Last week we shared this heartwarming story on our social media pages, only to then be blown away by the incredible response from the rugby loving public. The story has since gone viral, so today we’re archiving it here for those of you who missed it.
The story was captured by a teacher at Ysgol Brynhyfred secondary school in North Wales.
It features a match winning try against Ysgol Y Berwyn, but what isn’t clear at first is that fact that the boy who scored it, Ethan Morris, has Down Syndrome.
Scott Pollington Woods, manager of the Down Syndrome Association’s DS Active programme, told ITV that he has never seen anything like it.
“It’s fantastic to see players from both teams not only including him but allowing him to shine. People with Down’s Syndrome, as a result of the condition, often find it difficult to participate in mainstream and even PAN disability sports,” he said.
The story goes that players on both teams spoke to their teachers before the match in the hope of giving Ethan an opportunity to play the game he’s always wanted to play. Kudos to them.
The support and love shown for this wonderful achievement exemplifies the values of rugby. If you’d like to have an emotional read through the reaction, including comments from his mother and others, you can do so on our Facebook page here.