James Walter Selected For GB National Trials

Oxford Saints star RB/TE James Walter has been invited to the GB National Team Trials

The driving force behind the Saints offense has seen his hard work be justly rewarded, with a highly coveted invitation to attend the GB National Team Trials in Sheffield.

James will be attending the trials alongside other hopeful players as he strives to earn a spot on the final roster.

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He completed the 2015 season with 148 carries gaining 1103 yards in just 8 games, claiming 14 touchdowns with an average gain of 7.5 yards per carry. As dangerous as he is on the ground, James also hauled in 20 passes for an additional 186 yards and 3 touchdowns.

James led the team in carries, receptions, yards gained and touchdowns.

He is also the teams punter and is able to punt the ball with power and accuracy, which frequently give the Saints defense an advantage.

With thousands of adult players across the country, to be acknowledged for your achievements and given a chance to play for your country is a significant honour.

Following the recent successes of the GB Women’s Team, expectations are high for the Men’s team to follow suit and deliver a strong performance in Europe.

James Walter 2015 Highlights

Originally from Gloucester, James joined the Saints when he came to study at Oxford Brookes University.

Making his debut season in 2012, he quickly showed his abilities and proved himself to be a valuable addition to the team.

For several seasons James competed on the American Football field all year round, playing his university ball with the Oxford Brookes Panthers over the winter, then playing with the Saints in the senior leagues during the summer.

A hard task for many to achieve as the constant training and physical effects of playing can make it difficult for some, whilst also balancing academic work, but James showed his commitment to the game and worked even harder off the field to get his physical fitness to the level required for back to back seasons, year after year…

Following news of his invitation, fellow teammates have praised James on his achievements and are thrilled that his hard work through the season has paid off, wishing him good luck on his trials.

Oxford Saints during the BAFANL Division II SFC West match between Oxford Saints and Cornish Sharks at Oxford Rugby Club, Oxford, England on 12 April 2015. Photo by Gareth Brown.

Veteran Linebacker Dean Bryan:

“James Walter? What can I say. I could tell that this guy was talented when he first joined the team back in 2012. He was one of a very very good crop of OBU Panthers we recruited in the pre-season that year. James initially played as a tight end for us but he became a much more versatile player when he really hit his fitness regime hard.”

“The last few years has seen James become a dual threat in both the run and pass game. With all of that said, what impresses me just as much as his ability on the field is that over the last season and a half, he has really stepped up and become a leader on the offense. I still think #7 has another gear he can reach and we are delighted he chooses to play his senior ball here in Oxford. In open space, he is almost unplayable and practising against him every week definitely challenges our defense and makes us better.”


 

First year Running Back/Tight End Grant Tebb:

“It’s been a pleasure to play with James this summer, his leadership, passion and talent have been evident to me me in my first season with the Saints. The effort he puts in on the pitch and willingness to do all it takes has really inspired the offence and brought the level of play of all around him up. His call up to trials is well deserved and will allow him to showcase his full array of skills”


 

Veteran Wide Receiver Sam Armstrong:

‘Walter has thoroughly deserved and earned the call up to the GB trials. His hard hitting, always giving 100% attitude at training all season, his determination in every game to being the best he can be and fighting tooth and nail to get every single last yard out of every single play, even when dragging two guys behind him.”

“He hasn’t just improved himself this year, he’s helping improve the entire squad through giving the rookies valuable coaching and giving the vets a top tear player to train with and against.”


 

2nd year Strong Safety Chris Fox:

“James has been one of the most influential players on the team this year, not only with his ability but with his work ethic and willingness to teach others. Teaching others provides insight into your own technique and I think James has continued to develop his own unique playing style, harder and faster than last year and shows no sign of letting up now.”


 

1st year Linebacker Graeme Taylor:

“I’ve played this sport for 10 years with players from all over America and Europe, and I can honestly say that James Walter is one of the best players I’ve ever had the fortune of playing alongside. To gain over 1,000 rushing yards in an 8 game season is unbelievable, and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity to represent GB. I know he will do himself and the Oxford Saints proud.”

Oxford Saints v Torbay TrojansSky Bet League 212/04/2015.

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