When the King Edward VII School under-16A rugby team lost a match by one point recently, after their goal-kicker missed a last minute penalty from right in front of the posts, Nicholas Eggett, the team captain was faced with a chance to exercise excellent leadership, and he came through it with flying colours.
“We all felt terrible, of course, most of all him, and I knew there was no point in chewing him out,” he said. “So I went up to him and reminded him that he was our kicker because he was the best at it in the team and that there was no-one who could do a better job of it than he could. It was in the past now, I told him, and we needed to look ahead at our next game.”
A mature approach from a 15 year-old and a fine example of the sort of boys you find at KES.
Nicholas became the under-16A captain this year, and he is loving it. “I try to lead from the front, and to get my team mates to come along with me.” It’s an approach that is working, and the under-16As are having a good season.
Nicholas is also a very good cricketer. He took the second most wickets, as a quick bowler, for the under-16A team this year and the team has been unbeaten for the last two seasons. In the second half of the year there is no under-16 team and the players go into the open age group. The best of them will go into the first team, but Nicholas will be happy playing for the seconds or thirds.
“I’m going to take rugby seriously,” he said. “Ever since I was in grade eight it has been my dream to play for the Reds one day, and the current under-16As become part of the off-season training squad. We will start preparing at the beginning of next term and I am going to give it a full go.”
Nicholas is in School House and he says it is the best thing for him. “I have found that I am closer to my family since I went into the hostel and I actually appreciate them more. I certainly do more school work in the hostel than I did at home, and it shows in my marks. My average for the first term this year was the best that I have ever achieved.”
Nicholas was at St Peter’s Prep School where his mother is a teacher and, he says, when he was in grade 7, coming to KES was not an option for him. Now he thinks it’s the best thing he could have done.
“I have made great friends, I have grown closer to these guys in three years here than I did in eight years at primary school,” he said.