FORMER KES student Louis Jackson will take part in one of rugby union’s biggest showpiece events today when he plays in the 137th Varsity Match.
The fly-half, who only went to university in September, has been called up to play for Oxford University against their ancient rivals Cambridge University at Twickenham.
It’s a remarkable effort for the 18-year-old, who is studying classics at Oriel College, having obtained two A* and three A grades in his A-Levels last summer.
Jackson captained the KES first XV last year and also played for Warwickshire through the age groups, as well being part of the Wrocester Warriors Academy before going to university.
There will be plenty of support from KES for the old boy – though not from everybody as headmaster Bennet Carr will be cheering Cambridge.
“It is quite an achievement for a first year to be selected for the Varsity Match, and I am truly delighted for Louis. He is a very talented all-rounder and yet he is utterly modest with it,” said the headmaster. “I wish him well, though not too well as I will be supporting Cambridge!”
Rob Cook, head of rugby at the school, said: “It is fantastic for Louis, he fully deserves this opportunity. In his time at school he was a role model to many of the younger students. Louis is a natural ball player and works extremely hard both on and off the pitch.
“The students and myself wish Louis all the best on Thursday.”
Cambridge have won the last two Varsity matches and lead 63-59 in the annual fixture which dates back to 1872, but Jackson’s team-mates include former England international and Harlequins forward George Robson.