One of West Norfolk under 16s’ players, Rhys Charalambous (above, left), has been selected for Leicester Tigers U16s this year.
He is also currently playing for Eastern Counties U16s along with two other team-mates – playing against both Herts and Kent.
Charalambous has been a big part of West for a couple of seasons now and the club wishes him well with Leicester Tigers for his future rugby development and career.
Charalambous attended the Leicester Tigers summer camp at Bishop Burton College, outside Hull, in August. He played against Sale, Worcester Warriors, Scarletts, Newport Dragons and Northampton Saints.
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The game kicked off in terrible conditions.
Wymondham adapted to this better and their game plan was to kick West back into their own half. Wymondham opened the scoring but West hit back with Mitchell Anderson going over after some good support running.
Back to the kicking game, Wymondham scored from a well worked lineout move.
Once again West responded with Freddie Playford (pictured above, right) showing his pace and a clean pair of heels to Wymondham’s backs. Not to be denied, Wymondham benefited from a kick chase for a well-deserved lead of 21-10 at the break.
West came out for the second half with a lot to prove. Playford scored and turned provider for Yousef Idris to score and with the conversion West took the lead for the first time.
Playford found the gaps and completed his hat-trick. George Overton steamrolled over and Anderson flew down the wing for his second try.
MoM: Freddie Playford.
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With four players injured and three away at Eastern Counties, West hosted a well drilled U16s team.
Early on, Wymondham led with determination into the West 22. West retaliated with tough tackling by the forwards, but gave way to an early penalty with an offside. Wymondham cleared and took the play to the wing for the first try of the game.
Wymondham kept up momentum with organised rucking and managed a further three tries. West then drove through the Wymondham defence, clearing the ball to Thornton, who scored the first try for West, supported by Bone, Vernon-Wood and Thiart.
The second half saw a tired West keep the pressure on with a Wymondham try being held-up. Wymondham then brought on fresh players, who then won their line-out, cleared to the backs and scored their fifth try of the game.
West managed to score another try in the final few minutes.