Dickinson brothers make rugby union history at Trent College

HISTORY BOYS -- Trent Colleges rugby union-playing Dickinson brothers, from left, George, Ben and Jack, who lined up in the same school side for the first time and helped them progress into the next round of the prestigious NatWest Schools U18s Vase.
HISTORY BOYS -- Trent Colleges rugby union-playing Dickinson brothers, from left, George, Ben and Jack, who lined up in the same school side for the first time and helped them progress into the next round of the prestigious NatWest Schools U18s Vase.

History was made at Trent College, Long Eaton when three brothers lined up in the same victorious rugby union team.

Teenagers Ben Dickinson (year 11), George Dickinson (year 12) and Jack Dickinson (year 13) were all part of the Trent team that romped into the third round of the NatWest Schools U18s’ Vase, thus realising a five-year dream they have held to play alongside each other for their school.

Trent hammered Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, of Loughborough, 38-10, and will now host King Edward VI School, of Stratford, next Wednesday (November 2) as they bid to repeat their success of 2014 when they won the competition.

The return to the team of Leicester Tigers Academy player Jack provided a boost to Trent because he missed last season because of injury. Ben, whose kicking boots kept the score ticking over, and George are also Tigers prospects for the future.

Coach Steve McGinnis, who is also the college’s head of rugby, said: “It was great to see Jack returning to the field. He has worked hard and has been very patient with his injury, so it was a nice touch from the rest of the players and the home crowd to recognise this when he went on.

“Welbeck provided a tough challenge and made it very difficult for us. But I’m glad we were able to step up the physical aspect of our game, and I was impressed by our defence. We have a good group of senior players and have been steadily improving each week.”

The NatWest Cup and Vase are two of the biggest schools rugby tournaments in the world, with more than 1,000 teams in the U18 and U15 categories. The finals of both are played at Twickenham.

Trent had thrashed De Lisle College, Loughborough 29-0 in the second round.