WORCESTER Warriors under 16s player Cheick Kone is one of four inspiring youngsters who have been shortlisted for Premiership Rugby’s PLAY Achiever of the Year Award.

Kone was born in Ivory Coast and had no previous knowledge of rugby before he moved to England.

But after attending a Project Rugby session he is now a regular player for Wolverhampton and part of Warriors’ under 16s academy having demonstrated his ability.

He has also had the opportunity to go to Wellington College for the England Under 16s festival.

The Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards take place at the House of Commons on Wednesday, July 17.

A panel have already faced the daunting task of whittling down the nominations to a final four for the prestigious gong which rewards a participant who has excelled in any programme that introduces rugby to new audiences.

Every year hundreds of people up and down the country give their time to help run Premiership Rugby initiatives such as HITZ, Project Rugby, Tackling Health and Move Like A Pro.

The PLAY Achiever of the Year Award recognises those who have overcome physical, cultural or social barriers to become involved in the game while embodying the spirit of the PLAY campaign.