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Scots call-up for Prince William
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William's selection is said to have been on merit alone
Prince William is to play for Scotland's universities in an international water polo competition.

The 6ft 3in St Andrews University student will take part in the Celtic Nations tournament in Cardiff.

The prince competed with 30 other players for selection to the 13-man squad and organisers insist that he won his place on merit alone.

William is said to have become an enthusiastic player for the St Andrews University water polo team.

The prince was reported to have missed the trials last year due to other commitments and Clarence House said he was pleased to be on the team this year.

A spokeswoman said: "It is something he is delighted to be part of and he is pleased to be selected."

The trials at which William was selected for the international team took place at the council-run Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline, Fife.

Matt McGeehan, water polo co-ordinator for the Scottish Universities Sports Federation, said: "It is no different and we do not want it to be, and we are happy for him to be one of the guys."

Keen horsewoman

It was reported that the prince was offered private changing facilities when he arrived with a bodyguard but he insisted on using the main changing rooms.

Prince William has been described as a good team player and Mr McGeehan said he had high hopes for the Cardiff competition.

He said: "The Welsh team are quite a strong team so it is going to be quite hard.

"Last year we played and lost in quite a close match.

"We have a similar team this year so hopefully we can do better."

The prince is following a family tradition in sporting endeavour.

He shares a love of polo on horseback with his father Prince Charles and brother Harry and his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, achieved international standard in polo and carriage driving.

His aunt, Princess Anne, is a keen horsewoman and represented Britain in Three-Day Events at major sporting occasions including the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and European Three-Day Event Championships.

She was appointed president of the British Olympic Association in 1983.

Her daughter Zara Phillips - the prince's cousin - is competing for a place in the British equestrian team for this summer's Olympics in Athens, while her brother Peter has played rugby for Scotland's schoolboy side.

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