|Weight||89kg (14st 0lb)|
As the LV= Breakthrough Player for 2012-13, Jack Nowell has already achieved much in his burgeoning career. He was included in the Saxons squad for the first time last August and five months later was called up to join England’s 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship squad. On his Test debut against France in Paris, he made 87 metres, the most by an England player in that game and scored his maiden try against Italy in Rome.
He was chosen for the LV= award after a public vote from a shortlist of ten nominees. Jack was presented with the accolade by Rob Hunter, then the England Uunder 20 head coach and said: “It is a huge honour and I have been really fortunate with all the coaching I have had throughout my career. I should like to thank all the people who have helped me to get to this stage.”
Rob added: “All the players shortlisted are outstanding talents but Jack is a deserved winner. He has been a stand out performer in the England age grade sides and his progress has been really pleasing.”
Jack scored two tries against Italy and one against Wales in his three U20 games last season, helped his team to lift the RBS 6 Nations Championship title and in June was a try-scorer when England beat Wales 23-15 at Vannes and took the IRB Junior World Championship crown for the first time.
Being a try-scoring man of the match on his England U18 debut against Ireland at Donnybrook in December 2010 swiftly illustrated his talents.
Jack also bagged a try from full back on his second appearance against Italy at Sale in February 2011 and two in the Wales match at Auch two months later. His first was after only a minute and his second helped England to rally in exhilarating style from 27-10 adrift to achieve a 38-34 victory.
Truro-born Jack studied at the college there and took a BTEC in Sport Performance and Excellence. He also did the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme designed to help everyone in aspects of being a semi/professional rugby player.
A member of Exeter Chiefs Senior Academy, he has played for Redruth and deep into 2010-11 had started at full back in every match for which he had been fit and available. Jack was also a member of the Chiefs squad for the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Sevens round at Northampton in July 2010 and the finals at Bath the following month. He had loan spells with Cornish Pirates and Plymouth and played for Albion in the 2011 Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham.
Jack was educated at Newlyn School and Mount’s Bay School in Penzance and first played when six at Penzance-Newlyn RFC, where his mentors were Nicky Brooks and Peter Lugg. Marek Churcher, Josh Lords, Steve Larkin and Ian Boase have developed his game at Truro College and Robin Cowling, Ricky Pellow, Rob Gibson, Rob Baxter and Ali Hepher are his key helpers at Exeter.
England U18 coaches John Fletcher, Peter Walton and Ian Peel also oversaw his development, which encompassed six tries in seven matches for the side. They included one in his final game at that level when his team beat Australia Schools 46-19 at Ignatius College, Sydney in August 2011. He became a member of the England U20 squad for 2011-12 but suffered a long-term knee injury while playing for his club in the Amlin Cup win over Cavalieri Prato in January 2012.
His representative honours include Cornwall U15-U18, South West U18 and England U17 Academies. Jack toured Italy with Penzance-Newlyn and in 2011 went to South Africa with Truro College, but his highlight before his England U18 debut was going to Japan with his college for the Sanix World Championship.
5 points – 1T
2014 F, S, I, W, It
Last updated: March 21, 2014