Star bidding for international cap

Ian Ridgway has received a top award for playing rugby in Hong Kong. Photo contributed.

Ian Ridgway has received a top award for playing rugby in Hong Kong. Photo contributed.

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A FORMER Buxton Community School teacher is pursuing his dream of playing international rugby after enjoying another successful season in Hong Kong.

Ian Ridgway is a tighthead prop for Happy Valley Club, who have won the Hong Kong championship for the second consecutive year, and recently received a top player-of-the-year award.

And the 31-year-old will soon be eligible to play for Hong Kong’s international side.

Commenting on the player of the year award, Ian’s proud father Michael, who lives in Whaley Bridge, said: “He received the award for his style of play and enthusiasm. There are a lot of good players and it is not something they give out lightly.”

Educated at Whaley Bridge Primary School, Chapel-en-le-Frith High School and Harpur Hill College, Ian went on after university to become a highly-popular PE teacher at Buxton Community School, where he was heavily involved in promoting rugby.

He started his rugby career playing for Buxton Juniors at the age of 11, before going on to represent Derbyshire, De Montfort University, Bedford and Altrincham Kersal, before moving to Hong Kong to follow his rugby dream.

Added Michael: “He has an ambition to play international rugby, and when his three-year qualification period is over he will then be eligible to play for Hong Kong’s national team.”

“We are all very proud of what he has achieved.”