Welsh Rugby Union select Bevacqua for U18 training and development squad

Eastbourne College | 6 Mar 2019 | Top News Story | ISC Icon HMC Icon
Huge congratulations go to Eastbourne College 1st XV captain and prop forward Theo Bevacqua for being selected for the Wales U18 training squad and development matches against Scotland U18s.
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Theo scores for Harlequins

The selection news recognises Theo’s commitment, determination and endeavour, having travelled to Wales on many occasions in the last twelve months. Theo was also part of the Harlequins U18 22-45 win over Exeter at Sandy Park on 13 February which led to his inclusion in the squad for the Premiership Academy League Finals Day (which took place on Sunday 17 Feb at Allianz Park). Harlequins qualified for the 5th/6th place play-off match after finishing third in their regular season group (https://www.premiershiprugby.com/league-tables/18-academy-competition-table/). They beat Sale Sharks 31-15 to finish fifth.

Theo started playing rugby at his local club, Heathfield and Waldron RFC, at the age of five. The club gave him the positive start he needed, ensuring that he enjoyed his formative years while building his skillset towards his first trials with Harlequins at the age of 12. At that point, Harlequins felt that he wasn’t quite ready and it was down to Director of Rugby at Eastbourne College, Oliver Torri (Level 3 RFU coach, with Level 4 in progress), to help him hone his talents, which led to a second chance with Harlequins in the years that followed. This time round Theo converted the opportunity and was placed in the Harlequin Academy’s Elite Player Development Group (EPDG).

During his time in the EPDG, his Welsh background satisfied the entry criteria for the Welsh Exiles team, the development arm of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) that aims to identify players outside of Wales who may have the potential to play regional, national age-grade and elite senior rugby for Wales. It was during a development tournament playing for the Exiles that Theo was picked for the Wales U18 training squad.

‘It is a massive honour to be able to play at a high level’, Theo enthused, ‘hopefully one day I will represent Wales as it is where my Grandmother was brought up.’

The College are very fortunate to have been part of Theo’s success story and we wish him the best of luck going forward.

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Photo: 1st XV College players in action
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Photo: Supportive coaching framework at Eastbourne College

About Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College is fortunate to be stunningly situated on the edge of Eastbourne, yards from the sea and the glorious South Downs National Park. Students can flourish in this wonderful setting with access to a safe town centre that allows them to become more independent but without the concerns or restrictions of isolated rural or urban schools. With around 620 pupils in the school, it is very much a community rather than an institution, where every child is known extremely well. Boys and girls, brothers and sisters, day pupils and boarders are totally involved in a school that believes wholeheartedly in co-education and a flexible boarding offer. Recently, the College's learning environment has been enhanced enormously by the completion of a £33 million redevelopment called Project 150 (see below for more detail).

The headmaster, Tom Lawson, believes that the most important aim is to produce good people who other people want to be with. Furthermore, he is a proponent of the blue health that the school's location offers, adopting a healthy learning for the future approach. Since he began his headship, he has introduced a new boarding lodge which caters for day pupils with occasional boarding needs, an annual biathlon / steeplechase which encompasses the South Downs National Park, and has furthered the work of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, a community outreach project that accounts for 14,000 local school-children in the maintained sector. In July 2018, Mr Lawson and Head of Partnerships, Linda Salway, received the Education Business Awards Community Award, on behalf of Eastbourne College, for outstanding community partnering work.

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