Hot prospect Zach Kibirige helped Yarm School lift the Daily Mail RBS Vase at Twickenham on Saturday with a 17-15 victory over Felsted School, of Essex.
The Middlesbrough-born winger, 18, who has notched up four tries in three games for the Newcastle Falcons senior side this campaign, played a key role in his school’s triumph.
Scoring Yarm’s opening try in the first-half, the North East school became the first under-18s team in the region to lift one of the most prestigious trophies in schools rugby.
“It is an unbelievable feeling to have won the trophy,” Kibirige told the media shortly after the game.
“We showed great character to come back in the second-half and claim the win, and it was a big team effort,” he added.
Speaking in the tunnel at the home of rugby, Kibirige admits he would love to strut his stuff on the big stage again in years to come.
He said: “Hopefully I can be back here one day, but I’ll have to see what happens and I’m just enjoying my rugby at the moment.”
Falcons academy manager Mark Laycock, who hails from Hartlepool, added his congratulations, saying: “It is a fantastic achievement, and everyone connected to Yarm School should be very proud.
“Zach [Kibirige] clearly has an abundance of talent, and has an exciting future ahead of him at Newcastle Falcons,” he added.