Clash of the Old Boys
A premiership sports match proved to be a clash of the old boys as five ex-Barnard Castle School players were pitted head to head on the rugby pitch.
Newcastle Falcons players Alex Tait, Tom Catterick and Alex Gray battled it out with Northampton Saint’s Calum Clark and Lee Dickson marking a competitive reunion for the former team-mates. Saints slogged to a 22-15 victory.
Barnard Castle School’s director of sport Martin Pepper said: “I had divided loyalties when I watched the match but was keen for them all to do well at such a high level.
A dozen former Barney students currently play in the premiership with many also representing their country.
Barnard Castle School boasts a long and proud heritage of turning out professional sportsmen and women.
The RFU’s director of operations and multi-capped England international Rob Andrew is also an ex-pupil, as are former England internationals Rory and Tony Underwood and England capped centre Mathew Tait, who has just signed for Leicester Tigers.
Lee Dickson also plays for England Saxons while Alex Gray is the current U20s England captain. Calum Clark has also captained the England U20s and Tom Catterick, Alex Tait and Rory Clegg have all played for their country.
Lee and Calum played for Saints in the recent Heineken Cup final in Cardiff versus Leinster and Rory was in the Harlequins squad for the Amlin European Cup final versus Stade Francais.
Old boy Tim Visser plays in the Magners League and is expected to play for Scotland soon.
Czech boarding student Karel Berounsky represented his country recently in the AER tournament in France.
The 18 year old flanker would love to play rugby professionally and is the third Czech Republic student at Barnard Castle School to play for his country.
“It was a great experience and I felt I learnt a lot about the game,” said Karel, who is a first team player and also a member of Barnard Castle Rugby Club.
Martin added: “Barnard Castle School offers so much more than rugby; we pride ourselves on turning out well rounded, high achieving and courteous citizens.
“But it is fantastic to see former students progressing well at the highest level of professional sport which inspires current students when they see what can be achieved.”