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A newcomer to the England Sevens squad in 2012-13, Jack Preece gave up his job as a roofer to become a full-time professional player. He captained Birmingham & Solihull in National One in 2011-12 after which his five-year connection with the Bees ended.
He had become their players’ player of the year for the second time in succession and figured in more than 100 senior games after joining the club at the age of 17 and becoming the youngest National One try scorer.
Gloucester-born Jack was educated at Beaufort Community School, Tuffley and represented Gloucestershire at six levels from U15 to Seniors. He appeared twice for the county U20 side in Twickenham finals, has also been involved with Gordon League and Old Centralians and played for England Counties against Spain.
His Centralians’ connection involved coaching the club to their first Combination Cup triumph in the club’s 75th year when they also won promotion. He had already mentored Hucclecote U17 when they lifted the Gloucestershire Cup in their age group.
One of the best graduates in the No. 7 role from Gloucestershire club rugby in recent years, he switched to hooker in 2011-12 to further his career but injury intervened. In January this year, he played his first match in ten months for Cinderford after snapping the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Last updated: May 1, 2013