Cokethorpe’s former 1st XV rugby captain Henry Purdy (OC 2012, Queen Anne) has completed a dream season by being part of the England U20’s squad that recently won the Junior World Championships in France. Following a successful season with Leicester Tigers and having represented England U20s in the Six Nations earlier in the year, Henry helped England defeat Wales 23-15 in the final. Henry came off the bench into a very tense and exciting match where he helped England to recover from being 15-3 down to become champions.
During the course of the tournament Henry made an appearance in every single game and scored three tries, two against USA and one against South Africa. Henry made the starting XV against the USA and came off the bench in the other matches. After losing to South Africa 31-24, England reached the final by outperforming New Zealand in an epic 33-21 victory. It is the first time in the seven years that the Junior World Cup has been running that New Zealand haven’t been in the final and the first time England has ever beaten them. Henry, who still has one more year at U20 level, is looking to regain his place in the squad and be able to defend the team’s title next year.
This is a fantastic achievement for Henry and one we are sure he will never forget. Cokethorpe Director of Rugby, Mr Cummins, comments: 'All involved with Cokethorpe rugby are delighted to see Henry Purdy’s outstanding season with Leicester and England culminate in success at the World Cup. Hopefully his achievements will inspire other pupils to make the most of their talents and fulfil their aspirations.'