|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
|Caps||Test: 0 Saxons: 0 |
As a product of Cranleigh School in Surrey and Rosslyn Park RFC, Will Collier has followed famous players from those nurturing fields into an England representative shirt. He joined the Harlequins Academy two years ago, having begun with Park at the age of six and helped the club to win promotion to National One after his most memorable match in which they beat Loughborough Students in a play off in 2010.
London-born Will initially attended the Hall School in Wimbledon but Tim McConnell-Wood, housemaster at Cranleigh and former Rosslyn Park player Chris Ritchie have been his mentors along his pathway to Surrey U15 and U16, London U16 and U18 and to England teams at those two levels.
His debut for the national U20 side was in the starting line-up against Italy at Bath in February 2011 and he also played against France, Scotland and Ireland that winter before appearing against Scotland, France and New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship that June. His first match for Harlequins was against London Wasps in the special LV=Cup match in Abu Dhabi in January 2011.
He captained Cranleigh at junior level, toured South Africa with Rosslyn Park U12 and went to Toulon with England U18. He said: “As well as the promotion winning match at Loughborough, a Cranleigh match played in heavy mud against Christchurch Boys, of New Zealand, stands out for me.”
Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Leonard and the late Andy Ripley, Rosslyn Park through and through, are his stand out players. Will’s famous rugby forebear is Larry Webb, his grandfather, who played for the Barbarians, captained Bedford and won four caps for England at tight head prop in 1959.
Last updated: January 22, 2014