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Theo Brophy Clews, a member of the London Irish Gold Academy, was thrilled to be part of the England U18 squad that beat Australia Schools 23-3 in front of a more than 1,000 spectators at Harrow School last December. He was used off the bench and said: “It was a proud moment for me and brilliant to play in a game that takes place only once every few years.” Theo also helped England to win the FIRA/AER European Championship in April and landed an important penalty in the 11-9 victory over Wales.
Now in the lower sixth at Abingdon School, he is studying for A-levels in maths, biology, economics and geography. He previously attended the Ilsleys Primary School, East Ilsley. Oxford-born Theo began playing when six at Newbury RFC and Warwick, his father, who represented Midlands U16-U20 and at Loughborough University, has coached him since he was in the U9 squad at the club. His school coach David Wickes, ex-London Irish Academy coach Jack Heald and the present one, Peter Richards have also helped him to progress in the game.
Theo captained Berkshire U16, toured Namibia and South Africa with Abingdon School and aims to obtain a degree in some area of business. He said: “I should like to become a management consultant. I should also love to play at Twickenham.”
His hobbies are the guitar and cricket and his top players are All Black Aaron Cruden – “a great runner and fly half even though he’s a small guy” and Jonny Wilkinson –“he first inspired me to play rugby when I was younger.”
Theo also appreciates the input of his mother. He added: “She has been a massive help, driving me to training, matches and camps when I was little – no matter how long the journeys were.”
U18 International Record
3 points – 1PG
2013 Aus Schools(R) FIRA/AER – P, W
Last updated: May 21, 2014