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School Sport: Campion get extra time to study

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 January 2014

Campion beat Dartford Grammar in the last round of the Natwest Cup (pic: Peter Luck)

Campion beat Dartford Grammar in the last round of the Natwest Cup (pic: Peter Luck)

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Rugby squad waiting to learn Natwest Cup opponents

Campion School’s first XV squad is still waiting to learn who their opponents will be in the last 16 of the Natwest Under-18 Cup.

Hampton and Whitgift have yet to meet in the earlier round, with a home tie against the Hornchurch pupils awaiting the winner.

And Campion coach Mike McDarby is hoping the extra time to prepare will help the underdogs.

He said: “The boys have come back not exactly in the shape they were before Christmas, but we’ve got a game against Brighton College on the 18th and we’re trying to line up something else.

“We’re definitely underdogs, but we back ourselves to put in a good performance.

“We’ve played Hampton already and know them quite well and Whitgift are always there or thereabouts. They do a lot of recruiting.”

The Croydon school won the competition in 2010, when their side included current England international Marland Yarde, London Wasps’ Elliot Daly and Lawrence Okoye, who is now competing in the NFL after representing Great Britain at discus in the London Olympics.

McDarby, a semi-finalist in the competition during his own playing career, added: “Nobody expected us to beat St Joe’s, but there’s no pressure on us.

“We’ve got belief in our ability, our defence has been outstanding and our work rate and spirit is second to none.”

Centre Ben Nugent, fly-half Matt Meehan and captain and hooker Joe Heavey all received praised from McDarby, whose brother Andrew won the competition with Campion in 2001.

He added: “All he ever says is ‘did you play at Twickenham’!

“It’s an opportunity for the boys to go as far as they can. Ben has been outstanding, Matt pulls the strings at 10 and Joe leads by example. But we’re fighting above our weight for sure.”


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