Rugby players thrive in top British leagues after leaving schools and Hornets Rugby Club in Weston-super-Mare (By Rosie, 10)

Rugby players thrive in top British leagues after leaving schools and Hornets Rugby Club in Weston-super-Mare (By Rosie, 10)

By Rosie Hedges, 10, Jill Dando News Correspondent

2023 is the year when the top rugby premiership was taken over by Weston-super-Mare rugby players.

In a remarkable flurry of success, three players are thriving in the top British leagues.

Priory Community School Academy (PCSA) and Hornets Rugby Club have had a big influence.

Ex-PCSA students Curtis Langdon, Josh Caulfield and Nathan Langdon have all represented their teams in the Gallagher premiership.

Curtis has been playing for Northampton saints following a successful career with Sale Sharks earning International call ups to England in the past few seasons narrowly and missing out on a world Cup squad position.

Interviewing Curtis, our Jill Dando News reporter Rosie, 10, asked what he liked to eat before a game and what his biggest fear was playing rugby as a young person.

“Egg bagels” was his answer and his biggest fear was injury.

His biggest achievement to date he said was making his debut for England.

And he never forgets his old coaches at hornets and his PE teacher Mr Biddle from Priory School who used to coach the rugby team at school.

We also spoke to Josh:

He said playing in the Premiership was “awesome and a true privilege to be able to be playing in the top league in the country and also to be able to play for the club he supported as a child and watched on several occasions with father Simon and mother Tania.”

Josh, also a former student of Castle Batch Primary School Academy, has also been helping coach Hornets RFC in his spare time giving back what he can to his local team.

Speaking to Jill Dando News both players wanted to thank Priory and Hornets

Josh, 26, 1.93 metres tall, said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for me to be part of Bristol Bears because I am playing for the team I supported my whole childhood and aspired to be like the players I watched as a kid.

Curtis, 26, 1.84 metres tall, is a hooker for England and Northampton saints

Nathan Langdon is 22 years old born in 2001 and is hooker for Sale Sharks.

We asked: “Who inspired you to play rugby?” He replied by saying his dad and his brother Curtis Langdon.

Rosie of Jill Dando News is one of over 100 Jill Dando Journalists who find, write and publish positive good news out across the world in memory of Jill.

Jill Dando is also a former student of WCSA where the project began in Weston-super-Mare.

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