|Weight||108kg (17st 0lb)|
Sound advice comes from Charlie Hewitt, who said: “I just want to tell the boys out there that, like me, if you didn’t make England U16 don’t give up. I nearly did. Hard work pays off. Confidence in yourself is the key.”
He made his England U18 debut off the bench in the 57-13 in over Scotland at Darlington in March this year and at that time had also led Exeter Chiefs U18 Academy through an unbeaten season. Charlie played for England U17 last season in wins over Scotland and France, having played at Number 8 up to the age of 15 and “moved to lock as I grew about four inches in the year that followed.”
The players he has admired most are Victor Matfield for his ability to read an opposition line out, Bakkies Botha for the pure physical and aggressive elements he brings to a game and Joe Launchbury, “who has helped to prove to me that you don’t always get it your way first time around. But hard work never goes unnoticed.”
Plymouth-born Charlie is studying for A-levels in media, geography and business at Ivybridge Community College where he captains the side, having been previously educated at Manadon Vale Primary and Devonport HS for Boys. He first played for Devonport Services at the age of six and his mentors there were Rob Jordan and Gareth Jones, followed by Bob Crooks (Ivybridge College) and Rob Gibson at Exeter Chiefs.
Charlie appeared for England U17 last season in victories over Scotland and France, against whom he scored the vital try in a 28-24 victory. “It’s my proudest moment to date,” he said. Rugby is in his family – father Mark played for Shebbear College and grandfather Colin appeared for the Royal Navy and Devonport Services in the 1960s. Charlie added: “He was proud when I joined his former club at the age of seven. He’s probably my biggest fan and supports me in everything that I do.”
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