|Weight||124kg (19st 7lb)|
|Caps||0 Test appearances|
A whirlwind start to a professional career for Kieran Brookes involved joining Newcastle Falcons in 2009-10 immediately after completing his studies at Kirkham Grammar School, Preston. After only 40 senior matches, he appeared off the bench for Paul Doran-Jones for the England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham in late May this year.
Six days later, he helped England Saxons to launch their Churchill Cup campaign on his debut with a runaway 87-8 win over the USA at Franklin’s Gardens. He was initially an eight-minute blood replacement for Matt Stevens and then took over from Matt Mullan for the final 14 minutes.
Before switching to Kingston Park, he was with Fylde for ten years, starting at the age of nine and his cosmopolitan background brought a dual qualification for Ireland as well as England. Schooled in Perth, Australia and Grahamstown, South Africa, Kieran represented Ireland Under 18s and U19s and England Under 20s and two seasons ago helped Lancashire to win the Bill Beaumont Cup final at Twickenham.
His Guinness Premiership against Saracens soon followed in October 2009, a source of pride for his home town club Stoke-on-Trent where he first played at the age of six. Kieran’s mentors were coaches Andy Eastic, Aled Trenhail, Mark Nelson, Alan Holmes and Nick King and at Newcastle, he has shared the same training ground as All Black powerhouse Carl Hayman and fellow props Micky Ward and Jon Golding.
He has been studying for a sports coaching qualification at Northumbria University, has played for England U20, Irish Exiles U20 and is a former captain of Lytham St Annes High School. His father John played rugby in the Navy, uncle Andy is involved with Staffordshire club Stone and brother George has been a member of Kirkham GS team.
Kieran, a hooker turned prop, admires Steve Thompson and Keith Wood and Jason Leonard, England’s most capped player and has relished other sporting fields, playing cricket for the Lytham and Wrea Green clubs and the Fylde District.