Teenager hon­oured for rugby cup win

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A young rugby player’s amaz­ing achieve­ment has been marked in fit­ting style.

Alex Cuth­bert­son’s Mixed-Abil­ity World Cup jer­sey was pre­sented to his home club Al­lan Glen’s by Alas­tair Kel­lock, who started his ca­reer at Glens and cap­tained Scot­land at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Alex, aged 19, from Stepps near Glas­gow was born with cere­bral palsy and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. He was se­lected for the tour­na­ment in Spain this sum­mer just a year af­ter tak­ing up rugby, wear­ing his hero “Big Al’s” old size-14 boots.

As soon as he turned 18, Alex be­gan play­ing with Trust Rugby In­ter­na­tional who en­cour­age their squad of mixed-abil­ity adults, able-bod­ied play­ers and young adults with vary­ing needs to par­tic­i­pate to their full po­ten­tial.

The SRU pre­sented their team The Clan with of­fi­cial Scot­land strips ahead of the tour­ney where they played Eng­land – and won!

Alex played in ev­ery game and his dad Craig also fea­tured in most of them along­side his el­dest son af­ter be­ing drafted in as an in­jury re­place­ment.

Al Kel­lock said: “I’ve known Alex for many years. To get him­self over there was a special ex­pe­ri­ence, and to be able to put his jer­sey on the wall of the club is a fit­ting tes­ta­ment to his achieve­ment.”

Alex Cuth­bert­son

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