Dreams really do come true

Dreams really do come true

By Rob Kersey
12th August
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Ludlam named in world cup squad


When a young boy was sat watching the World cup final in 2003 as England lifted the trophy down in Australia he could be heard saying to himself I wanna do that.
His Dad brought him down to Humber Doucy lane where Lewis at aged 8 years old would start a story only he could write.

Lewis attended Kesgrave high school before moving to St Josephs College where he would play in 3 National schools festival's and captain the winning side in 2013 only the hosts third title.

Lewis's club rugby career took him from where it all started at Ipswich to Colchester followed by being selected for the Northampton saints playing his first game for the senior side in 2016/2017 season. During this time he has played for England under 18 and under 20's being named the country's player of the tournament in the world championships .

This season has really been a break through season for Lewis with the arrival of Chris Boyd the new head coach at Northampton saints he made 27 appearances for the club scoring 4 tries. This lead to him being invited to train with the England squad before the Barbarians game in May. In June 2019 Lewis was named as one of four uncapped players in the preliminary world cup training squad. Three training camps later Lewis is named in the squad to face Wales this past Sunday. Whilst he looked set to come off the bench an injury propelled him into the starting line up for his debut. A day I'm sure he and his family never forget. Lewis took his chance by the scruff of its neck and gave it his all, putting in a incredible performance.
Whilst after the game he got straight into some media bits before some well earned rest. He then spent the next 36 hours waiting with batted breath to see if it was enough for Eddie Jones to select him for the World cup.

At 1300hrs 12/08/2019 that dream came true as Lewis is named as one of the 31 man squad heading to Japan to do battle for that trophy he saw being lifted at the start of it all 16 years ago.

So how does the story end? Well Lewis is still writing that but on the 2nd November we will know the end of this chapter at least.

From all at Ipswich Rugby Club good luck Lewis

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