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NTU joins the World Cup celebrations as alumnus scores hat-trick

The Rugby World Cup has so far led English fans on an emotional rollercoaster. It all came to an abrupt stop last week after they crashed out of the tournament in a crushing defeat against southern hemisphere giants, Australia.

The Rugby World Cup has led England fans on an emotional rollercoaster, but it all came to an abrupt end last week after they crashed out of the tournament with a crushing defeat against rugby giants, Australia.

However, it was England's final game of the tournament, against Uruguay, that got NTU excited. Alumnus Nick Easter became the oldest hat-trick scorer in test rugby history and with his impressive performance the 37-year-old was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match award for England's final flourish in the competition.

Nottingham got involved in the World Cup festivities early on when Championship side Nottingham Rugby played host to Tonga in a warm up match ahead of the competition. Fans of Nottingham - known as the Green and Whites - from all over the county cheered on their team, which contained current NTU scholars, but unfortunately they couldn't prevent a 69-14 defeat.

Just a few weeks later England's own World Cup campaign got off to a flying start with an opening round win over Fiji. Things ground to a halt, however, in their next match as, after an intense game against rivals Wales, Stuart Lancaster's side were pipped to the post in the final few minutes as Wales recorded a 28-25 win.

England's bad luck continued when they then faced Australia in a final bid to make the quarter-finals. It was during this match that ex-NTU student Nick made his first World Cup appearance. However, Australia's golden-booted fly-half Bernard Foley kicked his team to victory, ending England's World Cup campaign.

The host's final match of the tournament against Uruguay had NTU on its feet though as Nick made his mark, in what is rumoured to be his final international fixture.

Nick has been a highly regarded sports alumni since his career took off. NTU was excited to receive messages of well wishes and good luck to last year's scholars from the sporting legend, a relationship we hope to have continue in the future.

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NTU joins the World Cup celebrations as alumnus scores hat-trick

Published on 15 October 2015
  • Category: Sport

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