Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy alumni Evan and Mackenzie selected for Welsh Six Nations Squad

26 Jan 2024

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Former Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy players Evan Lloyd and Mackenzie Martin have been selected as part of Warren Gatland’s Wales squad for the Six Nations.

The two talented young players, who both currently play for Cardiff Rugby, progressed from the CAVC Rugby Academy where they also played regional and international age grade rugby.

Evan Lloyd, 23, skippered the CAVC Rugby Academy in 2019 alongside his studies at CAVC. Evan is a proven powerful back row at regional and Wales U20 level, transitioning to a talented hooker, where he plays for Cardiff Rugby. He has just signed a new long-term contract with Cardiff Rugby.

Mackenzie Martin, 20, has started 2024 signing a new long-term contract with Cardiff Rugby and being picked for the six nations squad after making a real impact in the number 8 shirt. Mackenzie was a real impact player in the CAVC Rugby Academy during his time with the College.

Cardiff and Vale College Principal Sharon James-Evans said: “Huge congratulations to Evan and Mackenzie – everyone at CAVC will be cheering you on!

“In its short history, the CAVC Rugby Academy has achieved truly amazing results, becoming back to back WRU Welsh Schools and College Champions in recent years and developing a raft of talented players, playing regionally and at an international level.

“At CAVC we are passionate about sport and enabling talented young people to succeed in their studies, whether A Levels or a vocational career focused course, and at their chosen sport.

“To have two of our former players representing Wales in the Six Nations at such a young age is fantastic and a real inspiration to our current and future students. We’re so incredibly proud of them.”

The CAVC Rugby Academy is one of the College’s renowned sports academies. Made up of students from across the College, the academies provide a supportive and professional environment that combines first-class coaching and facilities with vocational or academic study, allowing young people to progress in their sporting careers while studying at CAVC.