QUEEN Elizabeth Grammar School rugby star Oliver Fewtrell is “still in shock” after being given the chance to represent England for the first time.
The 18-year-old Ashbourne resident has been called up to England under-18s for a training camp and a match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March 30.
And after fearing his career was over following an anterior cruciate ligament injury two years ago, the inside centre said: “It’s been a long journey, because I was called up to the Midlands under-16s but then did my ACL.
“I had to have reconstructive surgery and I was almost out of rugby.
“But I got back to representing my county and got into the Midlands team again and played two games against the South-West and the North.
“That was where the England selectors saw me play and I got the call on Sunday.
“I’m still in shock, and I had to keep it quiet at first, but since it was confirmed I have ringing round to thank people.”
Fewtrell, who is in his final year at QEGS and also plays for Derby RFC, is hoping this will be a big step on the path to becoming a professional rugby player.
He said: “That’s my dream, and I’m hoping this will kick-start my career.
“I want to thank my coach, Martin Farr, and Dr Wilkes, the old headmaster at QEGS, who have been really supportive.
“Also my parents, who have given up so much to help me.”