Flying flanker rewarded after outstanding season

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TEENAGER Sam Bixby capped a fairytale first season in front of the Whittome Field crowd on Saturday by scoring a try that may go a long way to keeping Sudbury in London 2NE next season.

In his debut season, the youngster, who plays openside flanker, crossed the line to ensure a Sudbury victory against Beccles - following up his winning try for England Colleges the weekend before.

A presentation at the end of Saturday’s match saw the West Suffolk College student handed £450 by Sudbury Round Table and business leaders, as the town gets behind their star of the future.

Sudbury Round Table chairman Lee Parker said: “We are immensely proud and pleased to be able to support Sam and we were all immensely proud of him scoring the winning try against Beccles.”

With his family watching on, Bixby showed real determination to the cause to throw himself through a pile of players to clinch the game in Suds’ favour on Saturday - following up his winning try against Irish Exiles for his country.

Bixby said: “It is all going really well. I got called up to the England team at the last minute. The first game was not so good, but we went to Portugal last month and won 24-21, then last weekend (March 19/20) we beat Irish Exiles 24-21.”