College rugby star just a touch away from England national squad

6 March 2018

A student living in Norfolk is on the cusp of being chosen to play for the under-18 England touch rugby team at an upcoming European tournament.

Charlie Delaney lives and a resident at the Easton campus of Easton and Otley College where he is in his second year of study as part of the rugby academy.

He only started playing this form of the sport (touch rugby) last year in Norwich where he was spotted by a scout and asked to travel to a trial in Leyton in London.

Out of 200 players who took part in the trial, Charlie has been included in a 34 man training squad. A further trial will now take place in March where Charlie hopes to become part of a final squad of 16 who will travel to Scotland in August 2018 to represent their country.

If selected to play for the final squad, he will be going up against teams from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In addition to the potential honour of playing for his country – the youngster plays as either a scrum half or fly half for the college, the Eastern Counties U18 side and the Wymondham 1st XV.

Charlie, said, “I’m delighted to have got so far and it would be an absolute dream to represent my country. I’ve been getting lots of advice from my tutors.

“To hear the national anthem whilst playing for your country is the dream of pretty much anyone who loves sport – so if this situation was to happen to me, it would be an amazingly proud day for my family and I.”

The head coach of the rugby academy at Easton and Otley College is Nick Greenhall. He said, "Charlie is a very intuitive player with tremendous creativity. Since arriving at our rugby academy, Charlie has developed in a number of ways.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

“Physically, Charlie is much more robust and able to tackle and defend with aggression and efficiency. He is technically one of our most agile and elusive players. In addition to this, he has excellent handling skills that can make it very difficult for defences to contain. I believe Charlie has a bright future in the world of rugby ahead of him."

Extra-curricular, sports manager, Sophie Hansell, said, “We are chuffed for Charlie. Over the years we have had a number of our students who have successfully represented their countries at various sports. Charlie looks set to be the next person to join this illustrious club and as a college we will be supporting him all the way.”