Submitted for publication within the Croydon Advertiser
A main faculty in Purley. South London is celebrating the success of a former pupil who performed his first sport for Harlequins below 18s on Sunday, Could 9.
Ben Waghor has been taking part in rugby at county degree for Surrey for the previous two years and had been invited to hitch the Irish Exiles to play towards Wales final yr earlier than the match was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 17-year-old’s skills have been noticed at an early age, with Laleham Lea encouraging Ben to develop his abilities taking part in rugby with the close by John Fisher College while nonetheless a 10-year-old Laleham Lea pupil.
Persevering with to play above his Yr group, Ben not too long ago joined Harlequins Academy and his first match on the well-known Stoop versus Northampton Saints got here lower than a month after becoming a member of the staff.
Laleham Lea head instructor, Karen Barry, mentioned: “We at all times knew Ben had a particular expertise and we inspired him to develop this from a really early age, as we do with all our college students.
“I bear in mind saying we might see him taking part in for England someday and that is simply the most recent thrilling step on that highway.
“Nicely executed Ben on all of your achievements to date; we’re all very happy with you and can’t wait to see you in an England shirt hopefully someday quickly.”
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