King’s take the county crown

25 Jan 2023 09:52
Published by: Scott Callan

KING’S First XV rugby squad have lifted the Cheshire U18 Cup for the first time since its inception 22 years ago.
The gutsy Macclesfield side withstood an early onslaught from Wirral Grammar to lift the trophy before a large crowd at Wilmslow Rugby Club.
In the end, King’s won by a comfortable 26- 3 to make the most taxing of challenges look easier than the score-line ultimately suggested.
King’s head of rugby and first XV coach Giles Hetherington said: “They threw everything bar the kitchen sink at us in the first quarter, but this side is resilient, tough and always ready to stand toe to toe. It was the individual skills of some superb ball players that made the difference.”
The win helps make 2022 a golden year for King’s rugby. Captain Haydn Keogh, who is pictured holding the trophy on the right alongside vice-captain Harrison Milner, has led by example and star player, centre Toby Wilson, has been invited to train with the England under-18 squad.
King’s won 11 of their 12 fixtures on the tough Northern circuit with its talented U15 side advancing to the National Cup Quarter Final, while the U13s ended the year undefeated. Giles added: “It’s no idle boast to say this is the best year in the 92-year history of King’s rugby.”

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