Charlie captains Stowe School to rugby victory

Captain Charlie Maxwell Macdonald – front row, lifting the National Vase Cup – and his Stowe School rugby teammates celebrate after winning the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens rugby competition.
Captain Charlie Maxwell Macdonald – front row, lifting the National Vase Cup – and his Stowe School rugby teammates celebrate after winning the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens rugby competition.

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A 17-year-old from Tayinloan has captained his team to victory at the world’s largest school rugby tournament.

Charlie Maxwell Macdonald led Buckinghamshire-based Stowe School to success at the recent Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens rugby competition, at which 192 schools from across the UK competed for the National Vase Cup.

Stowe emerged as deserved winners after an impressive 33-5 victory over Oakham School in the final, following a comprehensive 33-10 victory over Haberdashers’ Monmouth in the semi-finals.

Charlie Maxwell Macdonald led Stowe School to lift the National Vase Cup.
Charlie Maxwell Macdonald led Stowe School to lift the National Vase Cup.

Charlie, who played his first rugby for Mid Argyll RFC aged six, was awarded a rugby scholarship to Stowe School, where he has played alongside academy training with Northampton Saints.

‘It was a pretty special way to finish my school rugby career,’ he said. ‘I’m really proud of the way the boys pulled together.’

Charlie will now have a gap year before starting university. He hopes to go to South Africa and play rugby there while travelling and working.