Fly Halves George Ford (England) & Charlie Atkinson (England U18 & Abingdon School)

Abingdon School sixth former and England Rugby Under 18 Fly Half, Charlie Atkinson, was among the Abingdon School boys and students from other local schools, who welcomed the England team to Abingdon School on Friday 27 February to train ahead of their remaining Six Nations’ matches.

Speaking about meeting the players who have inspired him, Charlie, who also plays Fly Half for Wasps Academy, said,

“Having the opportunity to watch England train up close at my own school was extremely inspiring and motivating for myself and other pupils. It also showed me the step up required in skills and game management for me to reach a similar level and I hope to meet them again in the future.”

Charlie joined Abingdon at age 11 and has progressed through the pathway the School has in place for talented players. This pathway, working together with club academies, has produced several successful professional and national team rugby players in recent years.

Headmaster, Michael Windsor, met England Head Coach, Eddie Jones, and thanked him for the time his squad took to talk to spectators after their training. Mr Windsor said,

“It was a great privilege and a pleasure to be able to welcome the England team to Abingdon. Many students took the opportunity to come out and see the team train and I am sure they will have been inspired by the focus, skill and commitment that was on display today. I very much enjoyed meeting Eddie Jones, who is such a dynamic and charismatic leader, and I will certainly be cheering him and the team along when they play Wales at the weekend.”