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Video: Is Oakham schoolboy Tyrese Johnson-Fisher the next big thing in English rugby?

By Rob Byrne

Oakham School's u15 rugby squad EMN-150503-095334001
Oakham School's u15 rugby squad EMN-150503-095334001

Remember the name - Tyrese Johnson-Fisher.

The 15-year-old sprint sensation could just be the next big thing in rugby after capturing the world’s attention with a staggering four try performance captaining Oakham School to the NatWest Schools Under-15 Vase final.

Oakham School beat Bishop Wordsworth’s School 47- 27 at Saracen’s Allianz Park on Sunday and there was no mistaking who the star of the show.

Johnson Fisher could just be England’s answer to Carlin Isles, the United States sprinter who turned rugby sevens player and has been thrilling crowds around the globe with his blistering pace ever since.

On Sunday he scored four tries from centre, his fourth effort a stunning 90 metre weaving effort which saw home beat half the Bishop Wordsworth’s team.

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.

At the time Oakham School assistant director of sport James Clarke said: “This was just shy of the Championship record.

“It was a fantastic run, where he comprehensively beat the fastest sprinters in the country, as well as gaining a new personal best and a new school record.”

Since then Johnson-Fisher has been turning his attention to rugby with equal success.

Oakham School director of rugby and former Leicester Tigers head coach Ian ‘Dosser’ Smith said: “Tyrese has the ability to score from anywhere, he is a very powerful runner.”

“The scoreline in some ways flatters us, but in others it shows the potential that this side has. If they play as well as they can they can look forward to a great day out at Twickenham.”

Oakham and Johnson-Fisher have just two weeks to prepare for the final at Twickenham – familiar territory for Oakham School, who have twice won the U18 Cup there, as well as being runners-up in the U18 Cup and the U15 Vase.

If Johnson-Fisher does go on to fulfil his potential and become a household name he will join a host of rugby royalty to have been nurtured at the school.

Former pupils include England’s Alex Goode and Tom Croft and Scottish duo Hamish Watson and Ruaraidh Smith.


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