A former pupil and ex-rugby professional has been speaking about his transition away from the game in a leading national publication.
Andrew Fenby, who left the school in 2004, was working as an accountant when the opportunity to turn professional came along, and he enjoyed a glittering career with the likes of Saracens, Scarlets and Newcastle Falcons.
The 33-year-old has told his story as part of a feature in The Rugby Paper on Sunday, and he is the second former pupil to star in the publication in as many weeks after Sean Lonsdale’s rise to prominence with Exeter Chiefs was also given column inches.
Fenby, said: “One day I was plugging numbers into a spreadsheet and the next I was running out onto the pitch at Kingston Park alongside Jamie Noon and Carl Hayman for the Falcons.
“My career changed overnight, and my story is one that proves anything is possible when you apply yourself, work hard and seize every opportunity that comes your way.”
The former pupil also excelled at squash during his time at Rydal Penrhos, and earned national honours as part of the Wales U19 squad that competed at the World Junior Championships in Pakistan.
This earned him a squad bursary to the University of Newcastle, and following a stint with National League side Blacon where he scored 73 tries in 77 games, the Falcons approached him with a very enticing offer.
“After that, Scarlets offered me a contract and faced me with a choice between a nine to seven job or the chance to play for one of the Welsh regions at Scarlets. I knew I had to give it a go,” added Fenby.
“I was lucky to be at Parc y Scarlets when a number of the big-name Wales stars were emerging. The likes of George North and Liam Williams were coming through and when I realised a Wales cap wasn’t on the cards, I made the move to London Irish.”
After “returning on my own terms”, Fenby secured a job in the City with a sustainable investment fund set up by former United Stated vice-president Al Gore, before a swansong presented itself with a short-term deal at Saracens.
This has resulted in Fenby setting up his own rugby agency in Certo Management, which he described as “one of the greatest and rewarding” challenges of his career.