Congratulations to Worth rugby player Max Morgan who was picked to play for the Major Stanley XV – a team of guest players including past internationals – in their annual fixture against Oxford University 1st XV.
This historic and long-standing fixture has been taking place since 1906 with the Major Stanley XV bringing together a scratch team to provide tough opposition for the Blues in their preparation for the varsity match against Cambridge University.
It was a physical and fast paced game, with some phenomenal rugby played by both sides and the Major Stanley XV were unfortunate to lose in the closing minutes of the game, going down 24-21 as Oxford continued their winning streak dating back to 2004.
Max said: “It was an honour to represent Major Stanley XV in this match and to join the list of players who have played in this long running, historical fixture. I was nominated by the team manager of The Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation, who promote social mobility and life fulfilment to young people from adverse backgrounds. This is a cause close to my heart as Matt Ratana was an inspiration in my rugby life before he was tragically killed while the duty officer at Croydon Custody three years ago. I have volunteered for the foundation since its formation three years ago.
“It was a step up in the standard of rugby that I am used to playing week in week out, however I would like to think I coped with the challenge well and that I had a good game. Only having a couple of hours beforehand to meet team-mates and to create the moves we would be doing at set piece meant that it was always going to be difficult but we quickly overcame the difficulties of playing with an unfamiliar, Barbarians-style team and gave an impressive performance that was both exciting to be a part of and very exciting to watch.”
Peter Mitchell, manager of the Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation, said: “The reason I picked Max was on recommendation from my talent spotting network. Max proved himself at Oxford at a very good level of rugby and has set the standards.”
Well done to Max – Worth is proud of your achievement.