Vikings’ September Lacon Brewery Player of the Month

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Connor Dudley is Niall Lear’s first selection as Lacons Brewery Player of the Month. The 22-year-old scrum half debuted against Tring in December 2021 and prior to the Barnes game had subsequently made 26 more appearances scoring eight tries. “Connor epitomises North Walsham,” commented Niall. “He’s immersed in every aspect of the Club and he’s been outstanding in every game, not only in his own play but in encouraging his teammates.”

Educated at Hitchin Boys School, Connor graduated from the UEA in the Summer with a BSc in Physical Education and is now doing a Masters in Business Management, also at the UEA. He’s from a rugby family – both his Parents played -and his Dad coached him all through the age groups at Hitchin, where he began his rugby career aged five. Before moving to Norfolk he spent three years in the Saracens Academy which was “very important in my rugby development.”

Connor joined the Club through our Partnership with the UEA. “I doubt very much I would have joined but for the Partnership and Ryan Oakes encouraging me to play at this higher level. North Walsham is a great club to be part of, there’s a real community feel about the squad and the Club as a whole and the atmosphere at home games is so good.” He does Performance Analysis at both the Club and UEA, coaches too sometimes on the Schools Programme and expects to stay in Norfolk after he’s finished his Masters.

On the season so far he commented, “we knew that with a new young squad it was going to be tough but the coaching team have been brilliant; we’re on the right track and I’m sure we’ll keep improving as the season progresses.”

Connor is sponsored by Dardan Security and the no 9 shirt by Old Brick Kilns Caravan Park.

Paul Morse

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