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Two Old Monmothians impress at Rugby World Cup

November 1st, 2019
Old Monmothian, Hallam Amos scores a try for Wales. Archive photograph.

Two Old Monmothians impressed on the international stage today at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Former Monmouth School for Boys’ Head Boy, Hallam Amos, scored an excellent try for Wales in a 40-17 defeat to New Zealand in the third-place play-off in Tokyo.

And fellow Old Monmothian, Wayne Barnes, let the contest flow as he refereed the breakdown intelligently and allowed both teams to play a free-flowing style.

Hallam played the full 80 minutes for Wales in his second appearance at the World Cup.

Hallam played at full-back and finished his try smartly after a dummy in the 19th minute. His converted try reduced New Zealand’s lead to 14-7.

Wayne, who studied at Monmouth in the Sixth Form, is one of the best rugby referees in the world and was widely expected to officiate the final had England not reached that stage.

It was a farewell for Wales Head Coach, Warren Gatland, who made two superb sell-out appearances at The Blake Theatre in July.

He leaves Wales after 12 years, winning four Six Nations, three Grand Slams and reaching two World Cup semi-finals.


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