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Since becoming the youngest member of the 2012-13 England Sevens squad, James Lightfoot-Brown has played in the Dubai and George tournaments. He signed as an 18-year-old from Exeter Chiefs after spending a year in the Devon club’s academy ranks. He joined Ben Ryan’s set-up after helping England to lift the Sevens title at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011.
Earlier, a try off the bench launched his England U18 career in the 29-12 win over Ireland in December 2010 and he appeared in all seven subsequent England U18 games that season against Italy U19, Scotland, Wales and Ireland before touring Down Under to play against Australia Academy U19 and Australia A Schools. He was a ‘Test’ try-scorer in the 46-19 victory over Australia Schools in Sydney.
Born in Kingston-on-Thames, he took an NVQ and A levels in PE, Biology and Psychology at St Paul’s Catholic College at Sunbury-on-Thames. As a member of the London Irish Academy he made his debut in the Aviva Premiership A League against Saracens in October 2010, having already appeared in the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby Sevens that July.
He first played for the minis at Teddington RFC where his father Mike is youth vice-chairman. His brother Harry plays for the club, Middlesex and the London Irish Academy.
Last updated: May 1, 2013