After sustaining a foot injury only 33 minutes into his England U20 debut against Italy in Manchester in June last year, Theo Brophy Clews was unluckily forced to withdraw from the World Rugby U20 Championship. Not only did he return to the squad for the 2017 Six Nations but he scored a maiden try in the 33-5 win over Scotland at Northampton in March.
Theo, a member of the London Irish Gold Academy, had been thrilled to be part of the England U18 squad that beat Australia Schools 23-3 in front of a more than 1,000 spectators at Harrow School in December 2013. He was used off the bench and said: “It was a proud moment for me and brilliant to play in a game that takes place only once every few years.” Theo also helped England to win the FIRA/AER European Championship the following April and landed an important penalty in the 11-9 victory over Wales. He captained the side against France at Blagnac in March 2015 and his other contributions include 18 points during the tour of South Africa the following August. He also became the youngest try-scorer for London Irish when making his debut against the Scarlets in the LV=Cup in January 2015.
He studied for A-levels in maths, biology, economics and geography at Abingdon School, having attended the Ilsleys Primary School, East Ilsley. He is now reading economics at Royal Holloway University of London. Oxford-born Theo began playing when six at Newbury RFC and Warwick, his father, who represented Midlands U16-U20 and at Loughborough University, has coached him since he was in the U9 squad at the club. His school coach David Wickes, ex-London Irish Academy coach Jack Heald and the present one, Peter Richards have also helped him to progress in the game.
Theo captained Berkshire U16, toured Namibia and South Africa with Abingdon School and aims to obtain a degree in some area of business. He said: “I should like to become a management consultant. I should also love to play at Twickenham.
His hobbies are the guitar and cricket and his top players are George Ford, Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter. He said: “Jonny Wilkinson first inspired me to play rugby when I was younger.” Theo also appreciates the input of his mother. He added: “She has been a massive help, driving me to training, matches and camps when I was little – no matter how long the journeys were.”
10 points – 1T, 2C
2016 World Championship –It 2017 S(R), I(R), World Championship – W, A, SA
45 points – 3T, 6C, 6PG
2013 Aus Schools(R) 2014 Europe: P, W; SA Tour – F, SA(R) 2015 S, W Europe: P(R), F SA Tour – F, SA
Last updated: 19 June 2017