|Weight||106kg (16st 9lb)|
A two-year contract to become part of Sale Sharks full time academy will take the career of Andrew Hughes to another stage. He has appeared for the U18 side this year in the academy league and is also playing for the Hartpury College team in the same age group while studying biology, geography, physical education and psychology. Manchester-born Andrew said: “I am aiming to study physiotherapy at university.”
He marked his England U18 debut with one of their nine tries in the 57-13 win over Scotland at Darlington RFC in March this year, having taken up the game with the U9 squad at Preston Grasshoppers. Educated at Bolton School, he played for the first XV there, captained the Lancashire U16 side and represented the North at that level.
Andrew was voted as players’ player of the year in the U14 and U16 age groups at the ‘Hoppers and his ongoing aim is having a private practice as a physiotherapist and playing at Premiership level and for England.
His happiest rugby memory was the U14 Lancashire Cup final against Aldwinians. He said: “We were level 7-7 at the last play and I chipped over the defence which led to a try along the way to the second of our five consecutive Lancashire Cup wins.”
Andrew most admires Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe, of Argentina, for his passion and dedication to his clubs Sale Sharks and now Toulon and his country. “He always gives everything he has for his team,” added Andrew, who has figured at inside centre for club and school but is a specialist back row forward. His favourite stadium is the Recreation Ground, Bath.
Various coaches have boosted his career – Caspar Joseph at Bolton School, Chris Johnson and Bill Kin at the ‘Hoppers and Sale Sharks pair David Wilks and Brendan Thomas.
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T