Congratulations to Year 13 student and First XV captain Zach Carr on signing professional terms with Harlequins Rugby club. Upon graduating from Dulwich College this summer, Zach will train full time at their training facility based in Surrey Sports Park and pre-season in the current sweltering heat wave will have already given him and his fellow new signings a taste of the rigours of professional sport.
Zach has been at Dulwich ever since Year 3 playing rugby throughout the Junior and Lower Schools, playing a wide variety of positions across that time and enjoying many memorable individual and team performances. He contributed to many other sports too playing A team cricket, football, athletics and swimming/water polo. He even still held the Junior School Sports Day “Vortex throw” record until it was finally surpassed this summer.
In Year 10 he was put forward to trial with the Harlequins Developing Player Programme (DPP) and from there his confidence and rate of improvement soared as he competed at the highest level. It is fair to say that he has developed his game enormously progressing from the willowy fullback/centre in Year 8, to the now physically imposing and skilful all round forward we have seen playing for Dulwich, Harlequins and England these past few seasons.
Last season, Zach returned from injury in time to play in all three of England U18s Six Nations games in which they defeated Italy, Scotland and Wales. Whilst still at school, he was also asked to play for Harlequins in an U23 match vs The Combined Services where he started and scored a well taken try.
Zach leaves Dulwich having contributed enormously to sport at The College for 10 years. He has committed himself to train regularly, competed his hardest through wins and losses and has developed excellent relationships with his teammates and coaches who have supported him in return.
Despite his high achievements, he has barely scratched the surface of his potential as a sportsman. A lot of work, and a hint of luck, are always required for such potential to be maximised and all of us at Dulwich are excited to support him while he gives his all for Harlequins in the coming seasons.