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Bishop's Stortford's Oscar Wilson scores on his Saracens debut against Northampton Saints in Premiership Rugby Cup aged 17





Last Wednesday night, Bishop's Stortford's Oscar Wilson was making his debut – and scoring a try – for Saracens against Northampton Saints.

By Thursday afternoon, 16 hours later, he was back at college, sitting in a maths class.

At the age of just 17 years and four months, Wilson was "honoured and delighted" to be called up to the Saracens squad.

Oscar Wilson made his debut for Saracens at Northampton Saints aged 17 and four months (59875990)
Oscar Wilson made his debut for Saracens at Northampton Saints aged 17 and four months (59875990)

It is understood that when he ran onto the pitch, he was the youngest player to represent the Gallagher English Premiership leaders for 12 years.

His parents Alex and Jo had to sign special dispensation papers to allow him to play as he is under 18.

Wilson has played for Bishop's Stortford since he was six in the under-sevens, having started playing in Hong Kong aged four.

He told the Indie: "I'd just finished training at Oaklands Academy [in St Albans] last Tuesday lunchtime when the coach called me over. He said 'Do you want the good news or the bad news?'

"I said 'Go on, give me the bad news first'. He said 'Sorry, but you're not playing for the academy tomorrow.

"For a second I was disappointed, but then he said 'The good news is you've been selected for the Saracens squad against Northampton Saints tomorrow night'. It was a very special moment."

The following day Wilson met up with his team-mates and took the team coach to Northampton for the Premiership Rugby Cup, first-round tie.

Oscar Wilson with proud parents Jo and Alex (59875988)
Oscar Wilson with proud parents Jo and Alex (59875988)

Wilson, who attended Henham & Ugley Primary School and Bishop's Stortford High School before going to Oaklands, attended a pre-match dinner before heading to The Cinch Stadium.

The utility back was on the bench for most of the game, but with five minutes to go he was told to go on.

"The coach told me not to be nervous, do your job and just enjoy yourself," said Wilson.

"I couldn't believe it when I scored a try three minutes later – I'll never forget that moment."

Northampton Saints ran out 58-34 winners. Incredibly there were seven players in the Saracens squad who had played at Stortford – either minis, juniors or in the senior team.

Wilson's proud parents were at the match. Dad Alex played at Stortford over a 41-year period, starting in the under-fives and playing more than 30 games for the first XV.

Jo said: "It was a very special day for us all.

"We'd very much like to thank all the coaches at Stortford who have supported Oscar over the years. They've been brilliant."

Oscar Wilson, front middle, with Bishop's Stortford youth colleagues
Oscar Wilson, front middle, with Bishop's Stortford youth colleagues

Wilson was back at the Silver Leys club on Sunday morning with his parents. Later that day his old team-mates, and great friends, in the colts played their National Cup match against Bury St Edmunds.

"Hopefully this is just the start of an exciting journey for me," he said.

"I want to play at a professional level and the dream is to eventually play for England. Anything is possible with hard work and determination.

"But I'll never forget all the help and support I've got over the years from everyone here at Stortford."



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