A former captain of Bristol Grammar School, Andy Christie is now studying at Harrow and helped them to win the Marches 7s, Reigate 7s and Middlesex 7s last year. His proudest moment, though, was his England U18 debut, off the bench in the 31-17 win over Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers this March. His maiden try was against Canada at Taffs Well three weeks later and also he crossed the Scotland line when making his fourth appearance.
That try was all the sweeter because he had trials for Scotland U18 last year and was not selected. Also it added to sibling rivalry because his older brother has represented Scotland U20. Bristol-born Andy joined Saracens two years ago, having first laced up his boots for the Old Bristolians U6 team.
Various coaches have guided his progress. He lists Jesse Coulson, his mentor at Harrow, Kelly Brown at Saracens, Luke Goodman at Bristol GS, together with Mark Scoble, Andy Dun and Jim Buck, who his inspiration in the U9 to U13 age group. Mum and dad Vicqui and Patrick ensured he was always organised and he says he has been a confident player since an early age: “Basically, It has been what I wanted to do since I played my first game.”
Football and Harrow Football are the games he likes to play outside rugby and as a spectator UFC, boxing and football appeal to him. His biggest rugby friends are Saracens and England U18 teammate Elliott Obatoyinbo, together with Sean Reffell and Reuben Bird-Tulloch at the Allianz Park based club.
Egypt is where he most enjoys holidays and musically, rap/hip hop, A$APN Rocky, 67, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, J.Cole, Migos and Post Malone are tops for him. As films go, the Lion King, the Pursuit of Happiness, the Wolf of Wall Street and Riot Club are his favourites.
In culinary terms, he relishes hog roast/pounded yam and Nigerian egusi stew and computer games? No contest – its FIFA/Rugby08.
10 points – 2T
2017 S(R), C, I(R), S
Last updated: 3 May 2017