HARTLEPOOL teacher Aaron Myers is on a learning curve of his own after being thrust into the world of international rugby.
The 23-year-old former Newcastle Falcons youngster chose to turn his back on pursuing a career in the professional game in favour of his university education and now teaches at Dyke House Sports & Technology College.
But a recent call up to the England Rugby Sevens squad has seen Myers play a starring role during last weekend’s Grand Prix Series win in the south of France.
Now this weekend he is in Russia taking part in the second leg of the European tour.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the former High Tunstall school pupil, but the hooker told SportMail that he’s holding his own back among the full-time stars.
“I’ve been thrown in at the deep end really and I’ve had to find my feet pretty quickly,” said Myers after explaining how his selection came about following a tour of Spain with England Counties.
“To be playing alongside professional lads has been an amazing experience and quite an insight.
“It’s been difficult and it takes a lot out of you and I was pretty sore on Monday morning.
“But I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time and feel like I’ve done well.
“It’s quite testing because no sooner had we finished in Lyon than we’re off to Moscow. It’s all exciting stuff though and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail