|Weight||107kg (16st 11lb)|
|IRB World Series||1 event|
Honours came the way of London-born Callum Wilson when he helped Loughborough Students to win the National Two North title two seasons ago. He was at Loughborough from 2010 until last year and his other places of education were Chichester High School for Boys and Havant College.
He said: “I didn’t play rugby properly until I was 11 when I took part in it during a PE session at school.” Before joining the England Sevens squad, he was involved at club level for Chichester, Worthing and Esher. He played in 15-a-side on the wing but can also figure in the front row at Sevens. His IRB World Series debut was in the Wellington tournament in February 2014.
Callum represented Great Britain Students 7s at University Olympiade in Kazan, Russia last summer, a contrast to his younger days playing football, hockey and throwing the discus. His rugby representative honours began with the London & South East U16 side, and he also toured Australia with Sussex U16 and played for England Royals in Dubai in 2012.
He continued: “My most memorable match was the first game in which I played. It was for my school against Portsmouth Grammar School. I didn’t know what I was doing but I loved the fact that I wasn’t being told off for throwing people around. The second unforgettable game was for Sussex U16 in Australia when we played Victoria State. I still keep in contact with some of the friends I made out there. The players I most admire are Gareth Edwards, Brian Lima and a Tongan rugby league player, Fuifui Moimoi.”
Reg Wilson, his grandfather, played rugby for various teams and Callum said: “He has always been a huge part of my rugby life.” His father Richard shot practical pistol for the United Kingdom in the 1993 World Championships.
Callum added: “Twickenham Stadium is my favourite ground. I have yet to play there and hope my first experience at HQ is in an England Sevens shirt.”
Last updated: February 13, 2014