Army gunner’s ‘great experience’ lining up for squad against navy at Twickenham
PUBLISHED: 16:37 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 02 May 2017
A Suffolk soldier soaked up the “unreal” atmosphere generated by 80,000 fans at the home of rugby union.
Gunner Connor O’Reilly was on the winning squad for the centenary Army v Navy match at Twickenham.
The 23-year-old centre, from Woodbridge, who also plays for Bury St Edmunds, ran out in the same fixture last year but was a reserve this time.
The crowd included Prince Harry – patron of the Invictus Games Foundation – and Suffolk’s anthem singer for England Rugby, Laura Wright.
Gnr O’Reilly, a former Farlingaye pupil, who serves as a light gun operator with the 7th Parachute Regiment, part of Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade, said: “Being there was a great experience. The atmosphere was unreal.
“I’ve been playing since I was 10 and being in the army has sent me to places like Australia, France, Germany and Portugal.
“I was a reserve, but didn’t want anyone to miss out, so I’ll push for it next year.”