KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
As we approach the end of this calamitous year, please spare a thought on New Year’s Eve, as this marks the 10th Anniversary of the loss of one of our most loved young players, Alex Wallis (known simply as “Wallis”).
The death of the young is always tragic, but all the more so with the death of Wallis who was an exuberant young man full of life, talent and character, and on the verge of a great career in rugby and indeed in life.
He joined the Club as a 7 year old, and represented the Club at every level all the way up to 1st XV. Even from a young age, his talent and enthusiasm were obvious. One of his coaches nicknamed him “Burglar Bill” due to his uncanny knack of emerging from any contact situation with ball in hand, much to the bemusement of those around him. He was not a big player by modern standards, but was exceptionally strong and agile.
His rugby skills were honed at Princethorpe College, and upon arriving in our Colts team he scored 9 tries in only a few months, being rapidly promoted to the 2nd XV and ultimately the 1st XV, scoring the last minute winning try via an interception on his 1st XV debut. He played one other first team game away at Malvern before his tragic death at the age of only 18, on 31 December 2010. He was on his way back from a gym session having set some personal bests when the accident occurred.
Wallis is well and fondly remembered by many at the Club, his name honouring the annual “Young Player of the Year Award”, with regular fixtures also played by our Barbarians (Under 23s team) in remembrance. Indeed, he was one of the inspirations for the setting up of the Barbarians in the season after his death.
In 2021, we are hoping to arrange a Memorial Game at Easter (Covid permitting), when we will invite players who have played for the Barbarians since its inception back in September 2011. We hope his Mum, Dad and sister Ellie will join us, as we continue to remember him by more than just trophies and memorial matches but by memories of his talent, his spark and his mischievous exuberance.
Rest in Peace "Wallis"