Bath-born Charlie Hayter, a newcomer to the England Sevens centrally-contracted core group in July 2014, has a Midlands background, having been educated at Croft Junior School in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick School, where he captained the first XV and was mentored by coaches Mark Nasey and Richard Chapman.
He also studied at Nottingham University from 2007-10 and played for Nottingham RFC during that time before becoming a member of the Worcester Warriors Academy until 2012. Charlie joined Wasps in January 2013, having been with Moseley for the first half of that season and come under the benign influence of the club’s coaching guru Kevin Maggs.
Charlie has been training with the England Sevens squad since the start of June 2014 and made his debut in the first round of the FIRA/AER European Grand Prix Sevens Series in Lyon that month. He scored a try against the United States in his first 2014 World Series event on the Gold Coast in October and two months later appeared in Dubai before sustaining a hamstring injury in the third of the five games.
He returned for the Wellington event in February 2015 and scored two tries before running in five, including two against France, at Las Vegas. Charlie has played in 23 rounds overall, bagged 27 tries and 141 point in all. They include three tries in Tokyo in April 2015 and one against Brazil at Twickenham the following month. In May last year, Charlie was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Rio Olympic Games. Following the late withdrawal through an ankle injury of Alex Davis from the final 12-strong party and the inclusion of Ruaridh McConnochie as his replacement, Charlie was chosen as a reserve for the tournament.
Back on the World Seven Series circuit, he scored tries against New Zealand, Scotland and Wales in Dubai this December. Team GB head coach Simon Amor said: “He met us in Rio after being unfortunate to miss out in the original selection. He was coming back from injury at the start of the GB programme which put him behind a couple of others in that position but finished the preparation tournaments strongly.”
Back on the World Seven Series circuit, he scored tries against New Zealand, Scotland and Wales in Dubai last December and the following week ran in one against Argentina and two in the Cup semi-final win over Scotland in Cape Town on the way to England’s title success.
He spent time on loan with Stourbridge in 2010 and London Scottish two years later where he impressed Simon Amor, now the England Sevens head coach. But his first club was Stratford-upon-Avon from the age of five. He chose rugby because in his own words: “You are allowed to run into people, unlike cricket and football!”
A Daily Mail Schools Cup winner with Warwick in 2007, his most recent favourite game was playing for the Championship XV against New Zealand Maori at Castle Park, the home of Doncaster Knights, in the autumn of 2012. Charlie also toured Australia with Warwick School in 2006. He has two rugby-playing brothers. James represented England U21, was with Harlequins for six years and Llanelli for a season while Nick appeared for Coventry and Moseley.
His most admired players are Brian O’Driscoll, Jeremy Guscott and Christian Cullen and his top ground is Twickenham. Golf, cooking, tennis and cricket are his passions outside rugby.
Last updated: 24 May 2017