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Young rugby ace swaps Stratford for the Caribbean

STRATFORD A-level student Charles Squires will be flying the flag for Canada when he takes part in the rugby sevens event at the Youth Commonwealth Games next month.

The 17-year-old pupil at KES will head to the Caribbean for the five-game round robin tournament after catching the eye on a school tour once his Canadian mum had given selectors a nudge.

He explained: “My mum managed to get in contact with someone over there that a friend knew and suggested that they go and watch one of my games.

Charles Squires is off to play rugby for Canada. Photo: Mark Williamson
Charles Squires is off to play rugby for Canada. Photo: Mark Williamson

“From there I got invited to a trial when I went over for a week or so when there was a load of training and a couple of matches and then, a few weeks later – after I’d also played in a sevens tournament in this country which was streamed and they might have watched – I had an email come through which was pretty good.”

Squires, who plays his club rugby at Stratford for the colts and 2nds, enjoys his sevens during the summer months but admits the next few weeks will be something else.

He added: “We will be playing some really big teams such as South Africa, Fiji and Scotland. We go to Toronto to train before heading to Tobago for the tournament.

“There are 13 of us in the squad so I should get some game time as we will be playing five games over the space of three days.”

Canada will open their tournament with back-to-back games against Scotland and Fiji on Sunday, 6th August.

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