12th November 2018 — Pangbourne’s captain of Boys’ Rugby, Peter Hyde, has been making great progress with the sport for College, Club and county so far this year. Not only has he led from the front in the school’s First XV, over October half term he went on tour to Italy with his club, played in a comprehensive victory for his county, and got himself to trials for South West England.
The Upper Sixth student has played in the College’s First XV for the last two years, but outside of the school he has played for Newbury RFC in their junior teams since he was 16. Having moved from Tadley Tigers when he was 15, Peter will be stepping up to the senior teams next year and he recently enjoyed a four day tour to Parma, Italy with the Club.
Peter commented on the tour, saying: “Unfortunately, we had to cancel the first game due to our opposition playing a cup match, but their manager knew someone that was able to get us tickets to the night game, so that was great to see! We then had a rest day and played the day after - we lost very narrowly but there were a few injuries which didn’t help. It was a good game though, and a really enjoyable experience.”
This set Peter up for a game for his county, Berkshire, following his return. The game was split into three 30-minute segments, of which Peter was captain for two, and Berkshire came out as comfortable winners by 45-5. The Pangbourne pupil shows his versatility for the county by playing either second row or flanker, whilst playing at number 8 for his club and the school, and he has earned himself trials for South West England following his success with Berkshire.
Having first played for Berkshire since he was 15, the regional challenge will be the next step in his progression, and he has set out several clear goals for himself this season: “For the school, we are still in the County Cup, which we won last year, so we would love to defend that. For Newbury, I would like to win the league we are in and produce a strong performance in the knockout cup. It would be amazing to get into South West England and put that jersey on, so we will have to see how that goes too!”
He also discussed the positive influence that rugby at Pangbourne has had on his development, saying: “In Lower Sixth I was chosen for the First XV and it’s great because you have sport virtually every day in some form, so rather than just developing my rugby on a Sunday by playing for Newbury, I get to participate in a good level of training with good players all the time. We have tough fixtures against good schools as well, so it all contributes positively to my game.”