Former Thurrock resident wins rugby cup in Singapore
LEE Woollard of Grays played in the final of the Singapore Rugby Union Men’s National League last Saturday 7th March.
Lee’s team, Bucks, beat Wanderers 23-20 in a tense game to become the Cup Champions of 2019-2020.
Bucks were winning comfortably 23-13 with only a few minutes to go, but they eventually prevailed in monsoon conditions.
Lee’s mum and dad were watching the match live on You Tube back at their home in Grays.
“The picture was very grainy, so it was hard at first to make Lee out from the other players, but eventually we worked out he was number 11!” said his mum Vera. “We has to get right up close to the telly to see him.”
Lee, 35, has lived and taught sports in Singapore for four years. He and his wife Hollie, also a teacher and whose parents live in Chadwell St Mary, both originally met when students at Palmer’s College, where Lee played rugby.
He began playing rugby at The Grays School, now Hathaway Academy and, after Palmer’s, went on to represent Greenwich University, Orpington RUFC and Sidcup RUFC. He coached rugby while teaching sports at Dartford Grammar School.
Lee also got a few caps playing for the England Deaf Team – he has 25% hearing loss in one ear.
Last year Lee travelled with some of his ex-pat rugby mates to Japan to see the Rugby Union World Cup Final which, of course, England lost to South Africa.