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Monday 3 October 2011
A YOUNG rugby player from Yarm School has experienced a fantastic summer playing for the England U18 squad in Australia and at the Commonwealth Games.
Zach Kibirige, 16, from Kirklevington, was called up to play for the U18 squad whilst out in Australia on the school rugby tour. Zach made his debut appearance for England U18’s in the midweek victory over Australia School A, then despite being two years young, he gained his International Cap in their 46-19 test match victory over Australia Schools, in Sydney.
“I thought it was unlikely that I would get called up to the U18’s tour, when I got the call I was buzzing. I think so far my England games have gone well and I have been involved in the matches,’’ said Zach.
After a week to recharge his batteries, Zach flew to the Isle of Man to compete for England U18’s 7’s squad at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
England were drawn in a group against Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka and South Africa. England won all their group games. In the quarter finals England faced the Isle of Man, winning 52-0 before going on to face Scotland in the semi- finals. After a 19-5 win over Scotland, England faced South Africa in the finals where they went on to a convincing win, to be awarded the Commonwealth gold.
Zach scored tries against Sri Lanka and the Isle of Man, ‘’I enjoyed the challenge of playing 7’s at such a high level at the Commonwealth Games and I am delighted we won the competition.’’
Zach currently plays for Yarm School 1st XV and Newcastle Falcons Senior Academy, where he captains the squad. Prior to the Yarm School rugby tour, he was also been pre season training with the Falcons 1st XV squad. He adds: “The next England training camp is in October with the Six Nations after Christmas. However, before then I need to focus on our school fixtures.”
Head of Boys’ Game, Mr Chris Webb, said: “Zach has achieved much in his rugby career so far. Playing for England U18’s is a tremendous achievement, as he was playing with players that are two years older than him. Zach is a very talented rugby player, he has worked extremely hard and I am not surprised he was selected for the U18’s squad. He is a humble and well grounded young man and I know that his focus is to keep developing as he has over the last year. As a school we will continue to work closely with England and the Falcons and we will give him all the support possible to ensure he reaches his full potential. We look forward to watching his England rugby career over the next few years.”