Lucky sevens for teacher

A HARTLEPOOL teacher is to take on the world in Brazil this summer – and does not want to come up short like Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

Aaron Myers is flying out to Sao Paulo early next month as part of the Great Britain squad competing in the World University Championship Rugby Sevens.

But rather than head to South America with one eye on the future like England’s football team did last month, the Dyke House Sports & Technology College PE teacher only has success on his mind.

The 25-year-old, who captained the GB squad to bronze at the University Olympics last summer, wants to go all the way and claim the top prize this time around – and can’t wait to get going.

Myers, due to meet up with the squad at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on August 3, said: “I have never been to Brazil and watching the World Cup has got me geared up for it. Hopefully the atmosphere from the World Cup will be still around. It should be because it is a big event.

“I might have to avoid going to the beach because the heat can sap the energy out of you, which is not ideal preparation for playing. We want to go there and do well, it won’t be just about going to enjoy the experience.

“We picked up the bronze at the Olympics last year and we should really have reached the final. We didn’t get our tactics right against France in the semi-final, so if we can get it right this time we will have a good shot at winning.”

Word in the classroom has reached the students that Myers, a back row who has signed for Darlington Mowden Park for the new season, is heading for Brazil.

His Town Cup winning Year 8 rugby team, led by pictured captain Aden Jackson-Smith, will be waiting to hear how he does.

The former Newcastle Falcons player, who plays rugby semi-professionally because of his teaching and studying at Teesside University, said: “The kids know what I am doing and have done, but I have to remind them of it!

“They don’t understand the scale of things. They saw me on TV the other day playing. It’s normal to them now. I love teaching. I love spending time with them and teaching them all about what they can get out of rugby.”