David's dad John, who spent 10 years as a professional with Swinton and attended the game with wife Karen and other family members , said: 'I was quite pleased because David played well.

'Obviously he was disappointed they were beaten but it was one of those things. You learn from these types of games. If they had won by 30 or 40 points, they wouldn't have got much benefit.'

David has been on Wigan Warriors books since the age of 11 but has another season at under-16s level with Halton Hornets before becoming eligible to play Academy rugby.

He and fellow Widnes youngster Michael McDonald have been selected for a NWC Under-16 tour of Australia later this year.


David Allen passed the latest test in his rugby league education with distinction.
    He was the only Widnes youngster in the Great Britain and Ireland Schools Under-15s side, who took on France, at Hull Kingston Rovers' Craven Park ground.
    The host nation were beaten 16 - 14 by an older French side who snatched victory with a late try.
    Loose forward David, who lives in Fairfield Road, vice captained the side on his international debut and scored an early second-half try to spur a British fightback which saw them turn a 10-0 deficit to a 14-10 lead.

David Allen
Article and Pictures Courtesy of the Widnes Weekly News