The former school of Bournemouth-based England rugby international Charlie Ewels has shed light on his character in preparation for this year’s Six Nations tournament.
The Bath City rugby union captain has made over 20 international appearances for England and is a “big man with a big heart”, according to Bryanston School’s Head of Pupil Development, Dr. Preetpal Bachra.
Ewels, 26, who was in Dr. Bachra’s boarding house, was “very humble” and has always “gone back to his roots”, despite all that he has achieved as a rugby professional at such a young age.
Ewels, who plays at the lock position, began his rugby career at the age of seven and attended both Bournemouth School and Bryanston School.
Showing signs of good promise at an early age, Ewels represented both England’s u18’s and u20’s squad – captaining the latter at the 2015 Six Nations U20 Championship and 2015 World Rugby u20 Championship.
Making his full senior international debut for England in 2016, Ewels has gone on to become a household name in the world of rugby.
“It is big because we do celebrate everyone’s successes,” Dr. Bachra said.
“When you’re growing up you need to have those role models, you need to look at the shirts, you need to see people on TV. So it is huge but I would say the big thing about Charlie being a success is how he’s kept in contact and kept that interaction.”
He added: “We’re proud of his England success but we actually point to him as a way of living a life.”
The rugby union Six Nations tournament will begin on Saturday 5 February this year, with England facing rivals Scotland in the first round of games.
Following last year’s disappointing tournament for manager Eddie Jones’ side, Ewels and the Roses will look to build on their five game unbeaten run as they prepare for this year’s competition.