There were groans all round in Pocklington’s packed rugby clubhouse on Saturday night as England exited the 2015 World Cup so disappointedly.
But for Pocklington’s two newest residents there was great celebration as their country, Australia, won the game and went on to the knockout stages.
Charlie Wilson and Johnny Wood both arrived in Pocklington last week from Newcastle, New South Wales, planning to live in the town and play rugby for the club for the next two years. And their first weekend in Pocklington just happened to result in a momentus triumph for Australia.
For Charlie, 20, arriving in East Yorkshire is actually a homecoming of sorts. Charlie is the son of former Pocklington scrum half and mining engineer, Pete Wilson, and spent the first few months of his life in Stamford Bridge before his father went to work in Australia. The family soon followed Down Under and 20 years on Charlie has decided to return to his roots and bring his mate Johnny, 21, along with him.
The pair played in their club’s Grand Final back in New South Wales the previous weekend before flying to England and getting straight into training with Pocklington, and they were welcomed to the rugby club by Pocklington club captain, Micky Beard, who also happens to become Charlie’s godfather all those years ago in Stamford Bridge, and first team captain, Ben Rees.