Rugby Union’s Ollie Hassell-Collins from Newbury gets his first cap

Rugby winger Ollie Hassell-Collins won his first international cap on Saturday 4 February, playing the first 65 minutes against Scotland at Twickenham in the 2023 Rugby Six Nation’s Tournament.

Ollie was schooled at St Bart’s in Newbury, and started playing at Newbury Rugby Club at the age of seven. He went on to play for ten years at the Newbury club before moving on to join London Irish.

He is the top try scorer in the Premiership this year and has again been selected in the match day squad for this weekend’s Sunday game against Italy.

Ollie has gained some publicity through painting his nails, probably the first rugby international to do so. They are painted red and white in line with his country’s colours.

Before Saturday’s game, BBC South visited Newbury Rugby Club to talk to coach Alaisdair Heath and some of the young players inspired by Ollie.

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