Oakham School’s U15s rugby team may have lost their Natwest Schools Cup Vase final last week but schoolboy sensation Tyrese Johnson-Fisher showed once again there is no one quicker in youth rugby right now - maybe any standard of British rugby right now.
Last year Johnson-Fisher won the U15 Boys 100m final at the prestigious English Schools’ Athletics Championships held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in an incredible 10.92 seconds.
To put that into perspective here is how he matches up to some of the quickest players to ever grace the top flight game.
US sevens star Carlin Isles went from the track to turf, running 10.18secs over 100m and taking part in the USA Olympic trials before turning his attention to the oval ball game.
South African winger Bryan Habana, who raced a plane once (in an advert) has been clocked at 10.4secs over 100m and he was gassed by USA winger Takudzwa Ngwenya in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in the try of the tournament but the Biarritz flyer only has a 100m pb of 10.7secs.
Legendary All Black Jonah Loma, despite being 6ft 5in and 18st 10lbs, also remarkably has a 10.7secs 100m pb.
In terms of English rugby few come quicker than Wasps duo Tom Varndell and Christian Wade. Varndell is rumoured to be able to run the 100m in 10.5 and as a 16-year-old Wade ran the distance in 10.82 sec reaching the finals of the English Schools just like Johnson-Fisher.
Historically the fastest man to pull on an England shirt is Bath winger David Trick who recorded 10.4 over 100m and the fastest man currently in the England elite squad is Gloucester’s Jonny May who burned the All Blacks with his blistering speed to score one of the great Twickenham tries back in the Autumn.
The Cherry and Whites winger has worked with Olympic gold medallist Marlon Devonish (Athens, 2004, 4x100) on his sprinting in the past and ran 10.7secs for the 100m two years ago but believes he is now quicker.
Looking back further to the amateur days there have been some flyers who have made a name for themselves both on the pitch and the track. Legendary British and Irish Lions winger Ken Jones won a silver medal at the 1948 Olympics in the British 4x100m team. Fellow Welshman Nigel Walker was an Olympic semi-finalist in the 1984 games in the 110m hurdles and had a 100m pb of 10.38secs.
Scottish winger Eric Liddell, who was immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire which also told the story of the former Lord Burghley, David Cecil, who later won the 400m gold at the 1928 Olympics, was no slouch either. Liddell played seven tests for Scotland and won the 400m gold in 1924 and claimed bronze in the 200m. He famously didn’t run in the 100m, his best event, because as a devout Christian he refused to compete in the heat which took place on a Sunday. However his time for 100 yards was recorded as 9.7 seconds.
At just 15 the future looks incredibly bright for Johnson-Fisher and in a few years time he too could add his name to the this illustrious list.
The Oakham School captain, playing at outside centre, scored a hat-trick of tries in the final at Twickenham on March 25 as his side lost 24-34 to Sherborne School in a game which saw 10 tries scored.
You get the feeling it might not be the last time this star in the making graces the Twickenham turf.
Take a look at Tyrses Johnson-Fisher’s four try burst in the semi-final which brought him to the rugby world’s attention by clicking here
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