It was a double celebration as 22-year-old Harry Langley heard that he had been selected for the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby talent squad and cheered England on to a 30-6 victory against the Wallabies.
At Twickenham Stadium in the RFU Injured Players Foundation hospitality box, the occasion certainly deserved a cider or two as Harry, who captains Canterbury wheelchair rugby team and trains four times a week, said: “Having made the GB talent squad, my ambition now would be to work hard, make the elite squad and head for the Paralympics. That would be amazing!”
Harry was playing hooker for the University of Sussex in 2015 when he sustained a serious spinal injury which meant an operation the next day at St George’s Hospital in London, before four and a half months rehab at Stanmore."
“At Stanmore they have a wheelchair rugby team and, as I made progress, I used to watch them and think I want to play. Once I was home at my parents in Bromley I looked for a wheelchair rugby team near me and found Canterbury. The game is only really like rugby in that it’s a contact sport but also the social life and making friends is very similar."
“I recently went for a trial with GB Wheelchair Rugby and just got confirmation of being in the talent squad. I really enjoy playing and my girlfriend Poppy loves wheelchair rugby. My friends and family come and support me when I’m playing too."
“The help I get from the Injured Players Foundation makes a real difference They funded my special chair for playing and I can go to them for anything I need. I’m looking at going skiing thanks to the IPF. Their Engage programme is all about keeping active, making the most of life and I’m certainly going to make the most I can of this selection.”