Young Rathnure Rugby Prodigy Makes His Debut For Ireland U-20’s

Wexford starlet Charlie Tector will line out in the pivotal position of out-half for the Ireland U-20’s rugby team on Friday…

The game, which takes place in Musgrave park, Cork, this Friday will surely be a very entertaining match versus their Welsh counterparts.

In recent weeks news filtered through local social media via the official Irish rugby website that this quality 10 had made it in the squad. It was with further delight that Charlie subsequently, was named on the starting team sheet for the game.

While many may have never heard the name before, to this columnist the name Charlie Tector may become a household name in Irish rugby circles if this youth continues his fantastic recent form and rise in stature.

Hailing from the Rathnure area, he started his journey on the grounds of Enniscorthy Rugby Football Club at underage. Through many adventures at youth level, no doubt the grá for rugby thrived within him under the many great Coaches on the Ross Road pitches.

Tector left Enniscorthy for a secondary school education to the famous Kilkenny College secondary School, a place synonymous for producing some great rugby talent.

I first came across the young mans talents watching a Kilkenny College vs Newbridge College Leinster senior cup semi-final in 2020 on television. It was incredible to see such an incredible array of skills from such a youthful character that day. 

Charlie, from what I have seen, has composure beyond his years, with sumptuous passing left and right for backs to run onto, a mercurial boot heaping pressure on opposing backs with a brilliant mix of long punting, Garryowen’s and little chips in behind.

Goal kicking is also made look handy for this young Rathnure lad with impressive long-range kicks from the tee.

He has a little bit of X-Factor also in terms of attacking on his own if needs be, with a strong physical run and mixed mesmerising jinking and dodging makes him hard to stop in full flow after breaking the line which he can do if he spots a weakness in the opposition defensive line.

Tector is not afraid to put the boot down and go through a gap. Unlike many 10’s, he’s not afraid to bust someone in the tackle, the hardiness perhaps a result of living life in the Blackstairs, some rugged Mountain folk up that neck of the woods.

The young Rathnure man recently starred for the Leinster U-20’s in their recent Inter Provincial Championships. Now Charlie plays for Lansdowne Rugby Club in Dublin and is surely experiencing the best of coaching to improve his out-half play from some of the best coaches in the Country.

Now the Wexfordian through impressive displays at club and Province has earned a deserved starting berth on the Ireland u-20’s team to face Wales and here’s hoping for a great display from Charlie. I bet his friends and family and all in Rathnure area are buzzing with excitement. 

The match is live on RTE 2, this Friday from 7.30pm.

He is one of our own and we wish him the best of luck.

By Byron Jones

Featured Image: Leinster Rugby

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