School Captain in the Big Time
2011 Stamford School Captain, Louis Grimoldby, had his first test last Friday night as he made his First Team debut for Harlequins in the LV Cup. The 18 year old came off the bench at half time to enjoy his first taste of the professional game; lining up against the likes of Englands Matt Banahan, Springbok Michael Classens and World Cup winning All Blacks, Stephen Donald. It was a tight game in which it fell to Louis to nail two long range penalties to take the Quins to a 21-12 victory.
Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea, said: “We struggled a bit to keep our structure but you can’t coach bottle and Louis stepped up to make the goals under enormous pressure. Do people have the capacity to play sport at a certain level? Well, you find out at times like that.”
Louis returned to school on Saturday to watch the First XV, he said: “it was a great experience to line up against some of those guys, it was fast and physical, but it’s where I want to be week in week out, so I will keep on working at it and keep my fingers crossed for more opportunities.”