Reece Topley back with England

Story of resilience from our most famous left-arm can inspire pupils to dig deep, work hard and always believe.


Two years since undergoing grueling surgery and just over four years since he last wore an England shirt, the RHS community is delighted to learn that Reece Topley (Drake 2011) has resumed his international career.

After five stress fractures of the lower back, one huge back operation, Reece Topley is back in the England squad for the imminent One Day Internationals (ODI) v Ireland. Reece last played for England four years ago and was a member of the T20 World Cup 'Runners Up' in India in 2016.


Topley has played 16 times for England, ten ODIs and six t20s and hopes to add to his tally later this week on Thursday in the 1st of three ODIs at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. All three ODIs will be live on Sky Sports Cricket with highlights on BBC2 in the evenings.

Former RHS pupil, Schoolmaster and father to Reece, Don Topley (Raleigh 1981) said, "Many people know Reece and know he is the type of character we all want with us, when we go over the trenches, or in adversity. His challenging and emotional journey over the last four years and especially the last two years since the spinal surgery has needed that spirit. Reece has shown resilience, 'bounce-back-ability', strength in mind, determination, motivation, desire and ultimately, ambition. He should be so, so proud of this achievement, we, as parents, are in total admiration. I know many would have quietly retired."


From the fields of RHS to the Essex youth cricket season, Reece made his first-class debut for Essex against Cambridge MCCU in 2011. He made his England Twenty20 International debut against Australia in 2015, and his One Day International debut also against Australia the same year.

The Royal Hospital School is proud of Reece's achievements and all our alumni whose stories inspire our pupils to get back up and to keep trying.