Playing at the Towcestrians club in Northamptonshire ignited Charlton Kerr’s passion for rugby. He was only four at the time, having been born in Milton Keynes. Educated at John Hellins Primary School at Towcester, Wellingborough Prep School and Stowe, he completed his schooldays last year and hopes to study economics and finance.
A prop and centre at sevens, Charlton plays full back at XVs and has been involved with academies at Northampton Saints and Wasps and, with Stowe, triumphed in two Rosslyn Park Schools tournaments – the festival event in 2015 and the plate the following year. In November 2016, he was a member of the England Sevens Academy side that won the Singapore Cricket Club tournament and of the victorious Royals team in the International Invitational event in Dubai.
Charlton made an inspired start to his World Series career with a dramatic stoppage-time try that secured fifth place for England in the Las Vegas tournament in March. He came on in the last minute of the play-off against Australia and took a pass from Dan Norton to touch down and clinch a 10-7 victory. A week later, Charlton shared in England’s gold medal triumph in Vancouver. He scored two tries in the 52-0 win over South Korea in his third tournament, in Hong Kong this April before being unavailable because of a knee injury for the Singapore tournament the following weekend.
His father, David, has played for Olney RFC and brother Brandon represented East Midlands at U20 level. Charlton, who lives in London, said: “They have been an inspiration to me. Dad encouraged me to play and took me to training week-in, week-out. Brandon also wanted me to take up the game and we practised together. Bruce Reihana (Northampton Saints) was my rugby idol.
“Craig Sutton taught me the basics of sevens and Alan Hughes guided me along in XVs. Ethan Waddleton (a fellow England Sevens squad member) is my best rugby-playing friend. As well as rugby I most like to play football and take part in athletics.” He has represented Buckinghamshire in the 400 metres.
When it comes to holiday time, Patmos, a small island in the Aegean Seas is his chosen destination, ‘for the wonderful views’ while Drake and Section Boyz, an English rap group, are his musical focus. ‘This is the End’ tops his film list and ‘Game of Thrones’ is his favourite TV show. Home-made stir fry and roasts are the dishes he most enjoys and he views himself as ‘competitive, ambitious and odd
Last updated: 17 April 2017