Former Uckfield Rugby Club player Jamie Beeney has become an internet star after a video featuring him scoring a PROP goal for his new club went viral.
He was playing for Hatfield Queen Elizabeth RFC, where he is also a coach, when his chance came. He shouldn’t even have been scoring goals as a front row prop but he told Uckfield News he spotted a “once in a lifetime opportunity and decided to go for it”.
He spotted somebody videoing the match, realised they had captured his special moment, and later asked for a copy and uploaded it to Youtube.
From there it was uploaded to Facebook by the Rugby Banter Page where it has currently been viewed more than 47,000 times.
Not everybody in the team was pleased with his drop goal success: “I took the limelight away from the hairdressers (the backs). Normally the front row do all the hard work and the backs finish it off.”
Jamie, 30, grew up in Uckfield and attended Uckfield Community Technology College. He joined Uckfield Rugby Club minis, played with the juniors and went all the way through to the seniors.
He moved away about five years ago and now lives in Hatfield with his partner Lianne and their two children Troy, six, and Ava Louise, two. His day job is as a driver for a builders merchants.
Jamie’s mother Julie still lives in Uckfield and so do his brother and sister and he still likes to keep in touch with what goes on in his home town.
Read more about Jamie’s goal in this Rugby Week story: PROP Goal makes Amateur player an internet star.
And here’s the video Jamie uploaded to his own Youtube channel.