Chichester’s part in the Six Nations - and England Saxons

England Saxons star Charlie Matthews in a recent training session with Chichester's colts  Picture by Louise Adams C131533-2
England Saxons star Charlie Matthews in a recent training session with Chichester's colts Picture by Louise Adams C131533-2

TWO former Chichester RFC youngsters are celebrating international rugby milestones.

Kieran Low has been named in Scotland’s Six Nations squad, primarily as a blindside flanker but with capability to cover second row.

This follows his recent international debut as a replacement against Australia.

Low learned his trade at Chichester - playing from mini rugby aged six through to the first team at 17 before moving on to England under-18 and under-20 honours and becoming a regular first XV player at London Irish. He has since opted to play for Scotland, which is he eligible to do because he has Scottish family.

Meanwhile, Charlie Matthews was called into the England Saxons squad for matches against Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A after a season which has seen him establish himself as a first-pick second row for Harlequins’ first XV.

Matthews played with Low at England under-18 and 20 level, which shows what an exceptional year group that was. Matthews played at Chichester up until under-16 level.

Gareth Webb, president of Chichester RFC, said: “Everyone who watched these great lads grow up at Oaklands Park, as top rugby players and people, are extremely proud of their achievements and wish them the very best of luck in their international careers. Hopefully they will one day meet in a full international.

“It shows what we as parents, coaches, players and supporters can help realise at the very top while providing great community rugby. I look forward to placing many souvenir international shirts on our new clubhouse extension wall.”