Charlie Tector from Rathnure is in line to play a key role for Leinster Rugby this Friday night in Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales…
The young out half is named on the replacements bench for a tasty fixture against Llanelli Scarlets in what will be his debut for the boys in blue. Having nurtured his own talent on the Ross road at Enniscorthy rugby football club as a young boy under the tutelage of some great coaching folk at the venue his promise was further improved upon with his move away from home to that great rugby nursery that is Kilkenny College secondary school.
I rather randomly first caught a glimpse of him in a senior cup semi final match vs Newbridge college in 2020. To say that I was impressed with the display by Tector that day was an understatement. He then went onto play Leinster under 20’s again impressing coaches in the know and ending up catching the eye of the Ireland U-20’s coaches.
This spring Tector became a household name to anyone watching the coverage of the Ireland u-20’s team on RTÉ as they marched their way to a convincing and Historic Grand Slam. Tector revelled in the intensity of the Championship showing prowess and calmness in the 10 Jersey.
Some highlights in the Rathnure man’s displays were the cool last minute conversion to win the match against France, a thoroughly assured man of the match display against the ‘old enemy England, and schooling Gregor Townsend’s young lad in the Grand slam clincher against Scotland in Cork.
Tector through a try, penalties and conversions became the championships top scorer for 2022 amassing a grand total of 58 points.
At 6 foot 2 inches tall and 14 stone, Tector is a serious unit at the youthful age of just 20 and there is no doubt that Leinster will be encouraging him into using his bulk as an added element of danger in his all round game, alongside his slick passing and accurate out of hand kicking.
What I was very impressed with in his display for the U-20’s was his organizational skills and work rate. He was constantly issuing orders to his pack and scrum half, in a real leadership role. This is something that the Leinster coaching staff would have noticed.
In terms of work rate, he seemed to be very quick to react to lost turnover ball in either diving on loose ball or back tracking on kicks down field.
Charlie is a very efficient player in his goal kicking also for such a young man and under Kicking coach Emmet Farrell and Assistant coach Stuart Lancaster his kicking game and all round attacking game will improve so very much which is hugely positive and exciting for the young man.
Hopefully he will get game time on Saturday night and all in Rathnure, the Blackstairs, Enniscorthy and Co. Wexford will be looking on with great pride and excitement as he will join an illustrious list of Wexfordian senior Leinster rugby players like rugby legends Nick Popplewell, Gordon D’Arcy, Tadgh Furlong and others such as Josh Murphy and youngsters Brian Deeny and Temi Lassisi.
We wish you the best of luck Charlie on your debut; we here in sunny south-east are mighty proud of your progress and trust you will have a great cameo off the bench for the Leinster rugby team, how good does that sound!
The match kicks off at 7.35pm and will be shown live on TG4.
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