Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Hepburn helps England to cup glory

FORMER Gillotts School and Henley College student Alec Hepburn played an integral part in the success of the England U20

FORMER Gillotts School and Henley College student Alec Hepburn played an integral part in the success of the England U20 rugby side that became the first northern hemisphere team to lift the Junior World Cup in France last weekend.

Hepburn, 20, played in both of England’s pool games against reigning champions South Africa and in the 100 point demolition of the USA.

Despite not starting the semi-final he came off the bench for the last 30 minutes making some vital tackles to help England defeat New Zealand 33-21.

Hepburn, who played for Henley Hawks during the 2011/12 season, was selected to start in the final against Wales in the first all-northern hemisphere final in the history of the competition.

In an enthralling contest England fought their way back from a two-score deficit to eventually win 23-15.

The season couldn’t have finished any better for Hepburn who had only managed to play one game during the English season, having been forced to undergo a knee ligament reconstruction in September.

The Australian-born loose head prop will now enjoy a short holiday before joining his London Wasps team mates for pre-season training.

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