Charteris a game away from World Cup final

11 October 2011

University of Bath graduate Luke Charteris is just one game away from helping Wales make their first appearance in an IRB Rugby World Cup Final.

Charteris graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2005 and has been a key figure in Wales’ campaign in New Zealand.

The lock, who stands six feet and nine inches tall, has started four of Wales’ five World Cup games to date, including the 22-10 quarter-final win over Ireland that set-up the semi against France in Auckland on Saturday (15 October).

“The quarter-finals were a real experience for us. We played well enough to earn a semi-final and we just hope to keep going on,” said Charteris, who plays his club rugby for Newport Gwent Dragons.

“For a lot of us it’s our first World Cup and we’re loving every minute of it,” he added. “We’re going to just try to enjoy the whole experience.”

Aaron James, Head Rugby Coach at the University of Bath, said: “It’s great to see one of the University’s graduates doing so well at a Rugby World Cup and we’d like to wish him the best of luck in the semi-final on Saturday.”

Matt Stevens, who graduated from the University with a degree in 2006 with a degree in Politics with Economics, featured for England at the Rugby World Cup.

The University of Bath is The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ 2011/2012.

For further information please contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518.

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