RGS celebrated in style at its Annual Sportsman’s Dinner to support RGS Rugby. Some 400 guests, including parents, friends and old boys were treated to an entertaining evening.
Sean Fitzpatrick and All Black legend spoke about his life and experiences with the most successful sports team in history, which was rounded off with a haka! To which he received a standing ovation.
The Headmaster’s welcome and the presentation of representative shirts and 1stXV Captains Cap by Sean Fitzpatrick to some of the senior RGSHW players was truly special. It was amazing and humbling to see so many of our old boys in the room supporting the current crop of RGSHW players, including OW Nick Heath and now renowned rugby commentator.
Barry Williams the master of ceremonies conducted an auction with some fantastic prizes before leaving the room in stitches after his comedy set.
The school would like to thank everyone who made this event such a success.
OW Christian Wade said he felt he was playing the best rugby of his career after scoring two tries in this win over Worcester, drawing him level with Kenny Logan as Wasps’ all-time leading try scorer on 79.
The 25-year-old took his season’s tally to 14, cementing his place at the top of the Aviva Premiership charts and earning him high praise from Wasps’ otherwise decidedly unimpressed head coach Dai Young, who described him as “the difference between the two teams on the day” and a player he “would not swap for anyone”.
Wade, though, was phlegmatic about his performance, saying he was more concerned with getting home to cook his mother a special Mother’s Day Caribbean meal of chicken, rice and peas and insisting he harboured no great expectations of an England recall in the near future, or a late Lions call-up, as he experienced four years ago.
“No, not really,” he said. “Since the World Cup – not getting selected and stuff – I’ve just stripped everything back to basics. Now I just try to improve week by week and just enjoy it. That’s been my thing since 2015 and I’ll continue like that. I’m improving all the time. I was left out for whatever reason [in 2015] but I’ve moved on.”
Young commented, “Very rarely does Christian not beat the first man. I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.”