Teenager honoured for helping Scotland to win Mixed-Ability Rugby World Cup

Alex Cuthbertson in action
Alex Cuthbertson in action

A YOUNG rugby player’s amazing achievement has been marked in fitting style.

Alex Cuthbertson’s Mixed-Ability World Cup jersey was presented to his home club Allan Glen’s by Alastair Kellock, who started his career at Glens and captained Scotland at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Alex, aged 19, from Stepps near Glasgow was born with cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. He was selected for the tournament in Spain this summer just a year after taking up rugby, wearing his hero “Big Al’s” old size-14 boots.

As soon as he turned 18, Alex began playing with Trust Rugby International who encourage their squad of mixed-ability adults, able-bodied players and young adults with varying needs to participate to their full potential.

They’re big boots to fill… but Alex is giving it a try

The SRU presented their team The Clan with official Scotland strips ahead of the tourney where they played England – and won!

Alex played in every game and his dad Craig also featured in most of them alongside his eldest son after being drafted in as an injury replacement.

Al Kellock said: “I’ve known Alex for many years. To get himself over there was a special experience, and to be able to put his jersey on the wall of the club is a fitting testament to his achievement.”