Richard Hadfield was part of the five piece band, Collabro, that will perform at the Royal Variety Show after scooping the top spot in the ITV show.
The twenty-year-old labourer, from Portslade, is a former Shoreham First XV player Richard Hadfield and performed last years NatWest RugbyForce fun day.
As a junior, he was also with Worthing Rugby Club’s mini section.
He is the son of Worthing RFC prop Lester Hadfield.
Richard and his bandmates beat opera singer Lucy Kay, rappers Bars and Melody and illusionist Darcy Oakewere to name a few.
Simon Cowell said: “You know what I like about you guys is that you have steel in your eyes when you sing. You are totally focused, you know exactly the kind of group you want to be.
“The first time I heard that song it was fantastic. This was even better. This was a step up. This was a performance where I could tell you wanted to stamp on this competition and win the competition, and I like people who want to be winners.”
Comedian David Walliams said: “It was wonderful. You couldn’t fault it. It was perfection. I see really, really big things for you guys.”
Alesha Dixon added: “I could feel that passion from you. I loved it.”
Amanda Holden said: “It was another faultless performance.”