Croydon Harriers recently lost one of their biggest talents – physically and metaphorically – to another sport, when British discus record-holder Lawrence Okoye signed up for the San Francisco 49ers American football team.
Could they be about to lose another massively gifted athlete, following English Schools sprinting champion Tyrese Johnson-Fisher’s phenomenal four-try performance in the semi-final of the NatWest Cup schools rugby competition?
Johnson-Fisher secured his Oakham School under-15s’ place in a Twickenham final almost single-handedly with his pace and power against Sherborne.
But his performance on the rugby field this week has already been noticed: the national governing body, the RFU, has published this video of the quartet of tries on its own website. Watch through to the finish – Johnson-Fisher’s length-of-the-field fourth try is the best of an outstandingly good bunch.
Ian Smith, the Leicestershire boarding school’s director of sport, said: “Tyrese has the ability to score from anywhere, he is a very powerful runner, he’s still learning the game but he gets better every time we see him play.”
If that’s what Johnson-Fisher can do as a novice, watch out schoolboy rugby players across the country…
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