ST IVES ROOSTERS duo Paul Ashbridge and Adam Peel played for England Lionhearts on Saturday. While their Roosters team mates were busy battling it out in a Conference East Regional play-off semi-final at Sudbury Gladiators, the influential pair were part of the England side that were beaten 30-24 by Grand Slam winning Wales in the Home Nations Trophy. Their presence was badly missed at Sudbury, as the Roosters missed out on a place in the play-off final in gut-wrenching fashion, conceding a last-minute try in a 28-24 defeat. And, although admitting being selected for the national amateur side is a massive honour, Ashbridge spoke of his disappointment at the schedule that forced him and Peel to miss the Roosters semi. He said: Everyone wants to play for their country, but it does put a strain on the club, because wed had done well to get to a semi-final in the first place. You dont want players to find themselves in a situation where they have to choose between club and country. Meanwhile on the duos Three Lions recognition, Roosters chairman Sue Gaunt said: Its always a massive honour for our club to have players selected for England. We have a great record of developing players and long may it continue. Turn to page 66 for a report from Saturdays play-off semi-final between St Ives Roosters and Sudbury Gladiators.