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Felsted counting the hours before double Twickenham appearance

20 March 2013

  • Essex school to appear in U18 and U15 Vase finals
  • Le Chevalier happy to retrace Twickenham steps
Players from Felsted School in action

Photo: RFU Archive

The rugby pitches at Felsted School in Essex will be busy this week as both the first XV and the Under-15s do their fine tuning for Twickenham Stadium finals in the Daily Mail RBS Schools competitions.

Felsted's teams have won through to the finals of both the U18 Vase and the U15 Vase, with Yarm School from Stockton-on-Tees and Royal Latin from Buckingham respectively the opposition at the Home of England Rugby this Saturday (March 23).

It has given Felsted’s director of rugby Andrew le Chevalier a minor headache in planning the last few sessions for his two squads of boys but one he is happy to work through with his team of coaches.

“Our director of sport Charlie Knightley, who is the backs coach, and myself will be at almost every session this week,” said Le Chevalier, a former Wasps, Swansea and Grenoble prop who was also player-coach at Henley, Ealing and Barking.

“We’ll bring the 15s out an hour early and work with them, then their coaches will continue the session and Charlie and I will go and do the first team.”

All Felsted’s players are fit and available, which includes Charlie Kingham, the No.8 and first XV captain who returned safe and sound from training with the England U18 Clubs and Schools squad preparing for the international with Ireland on March 30.

“Charlie leads by example from No.8 and his dedication to fitness off the field is phenomenal,” said Le Chevalier.

“He asked me if he could help coach the U15s’ defence before their semi final and it was an example of how he has time for everyone.”

The U15s’ captain, Stefan Warner, plays on the wing and, having scored a try in the semi-final win over Emanuel School, he is hoping for a Twickenham family double, with his brother Benjamin on the bench as hooker/prop cover for the U18 Vase final.

Le Chevalier has won as a player at Twickenham during his time at London Wasps.

He was a replacement for Will Green in the domestic cup final against Northampton Saints (2000), and was in the squad for the previous year’s victory over Newcastle Falcons.

Now he is looking forward to a day the local people in Essex can be proud of.

“All bar three of the senior XV have come through from the prep school and it is a predominantly local intake,” said Le Chevalier.

“We have joked that the last person out of Felsted on Saturday morning should turn the lights off. I have had lots of old first-team players in touch or on Facebook saying they are coming to Twickenham.

“We are a comparatively small school but we have a great spirit.”

All four of Saturday’s Daily Mail RBS Schools cup finals will be streamed live on

How they got there

Felsted in the Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Vase:
26/9/2012 Felsted 34 Helena Romanes 10 (U18 Cup)
10/10/2012 Colchester RGS 59 Felsted 17 (U18 Cup)
7/11/2012 Felsted 38 St Ignatius College 5
21/11/2012 Felsted 50 Helena Romanes 10
5/12/2012 Felsted 15 Mill Hill School 0
9/1/2013 Langton GS for Boys 0 Felsted 22
16/1/2013 Felsted 27 City of London Freemens' 3
30/1/2013 Sheldon School 13 Felsted 15
3/3/2013 Felsted 31 St Ambrose College 27 (semi-final)

Felsted in the Daily Mail RBS Schools U15 Vase:
26/9/2012 Felsted 29 New Hall 41 (U15 Cup)
10/10/2012 Felsted 61 Newport Free GS 5
7/11/2012 Felsted 31 Hockerill Anglo-European 14
21/11/2012 Robert Clack 28 Felsted 29
5/12/2012 Beths GS 10 Felsted 13
9/1/2013 Felsted 46 Dover GS for Boys 0
16/1/2013 Felsted 10 Wimbledon College 8
30/1/2013 Katharine Lady Berkeley's 5 Felsted 27
10/3/2013 Emanuel 12 Felsted 17 (semi-final)

Daily Mail RBS Schools' Finals Day, Twickenham Stadium, Saturday, March 23. Broadcast live on
U15 Vase, Felsted School v Royal Latin School – 11am
U15 Cup, Warwick School v QEGS Wakefield – 12.30pm
U18 Vase, Felsted School v Yarm School – 2pm
U18 Cup, Dulwich College v Northampton School for Boys – 3.40pm

Travel information:

The following information is relevant for those travelling to Twickenham for the Daily Mail RBS Schools' Day Finals on March 23. Due to engineering works there are no South West trains using Richmond or Twickenham stations this weekend. The mainline trains will terminate at Barnes and Feltham and be replaced by a shuttle bus service, which will service the Twickenham area.

The mainline train service into Kingston is unaffected.

There are London Underground services into Richmond (District Line) and Hounslow (Piccadilly Line) and the London Overground from North London and Stratford will be running as normal into Richmond.

For further information on disruptions and services available, please visit the South West Trains and Transport for London websites.