EX-QEGS Ge­orge is ready for his Var­sity chal­lenge

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter [email protected]­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

GE­ORGE Tresid­der will run out at Twick­en­ham to­mor­row to be­come the first for­mer Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Gram­mar School pupil to win a Blue.

The 24-year-old from Ash­bourne will play for Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity in the an­nual Var­sity match at the Eng­land rugby union head­quar­ters, tak­ing on the light blues of Cam­bridge in a meet­ing of the old foes which dates back to 1872.

Tresid­der, in his sec­ond year read­ing his­tory at Har­ris Manch­ester Col­lege, will line up at scrum half for the dark blues and that will be a proud mo­ment for ev­ery­one at his old school.

“You could al­ways see that Ge­orge had the qual­ity to make it,” said for­mer QEGS head of PE Martin Farr.

“If he had been an inch or two taller, he would be play­ing in the Premier­ship now, in my opin­ion, but even though he isn’t the big­gest he’s picked up a cou­ple of in­juries be­cause he’s not afraid to put him­self in dan­ger.

“He was also a good foot­baller and good crick­eter – a great all-round sports­man but also a very hum­ble, well-grounded per­son and a lovely guy.”

Tresid­der de­vel­oped his skills as a youth player with Derby Rugby Club, where he was spot­ted and signed by Le­ices­ter Tigers.

Dur­ing his time at Welford Road, he led Tigers to Plate suc­cess in the 2014 Premier­ship Sev­ens tour­na­ment but was re­leased af­ter mak­ing only one Premier­ship ap­pear­ance and went on to play 13 Cham­pi­onship games for Rother­ham Ti­tans, as well as four more in the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Cup.

How­ever, he de­cided to put his pro­fes­sional rugby ca­reer on hold to go back to his stud­ies.

Ge­orge Tresid­der in ac­tion for Le­ices­ter Tigers in the Premier­ship Sev­ens and (be­low left) in the dark blue shirt of Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity.

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