|Weight||115kg (18st 1lb)|
Three months spent in Dunedin last summer has been part of Charlie Beckett’s rugby education. He played for John McGlashen College in the New Zealand Schools Highlanders competition. Charlie said: “It was an amazing experience going all over the South Island as well as playing at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, the home of the Highlanders Rugby franchise.”
His England U18 debut was in the 43-12 win over Wales at Neath in March this year and he scored his maiden try in the 18-17 win over France at Dunkirk but had already represented England at U16 and U17 level, as well as playing for Lancashire U14-U16 and the North U16 team.
Merchant Taylors’ in Crosby, Liverpool helped to develop Charlie, just as the same school did with Ben Kay, the former England lock. Charlie, who first played at Firwood Waterloo at the age of five, has even taken the same career path as Ben by joining Leicester Tigers. He joined the club’s academy last season and is now his second and final year of studying for A-levels in history, English Language and classical civilisation at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College in Leicester.
He had been with Waterloo up to the age of 16, where his dad Mark, a former North of England player, coaches sides in the U7-U16 age groups. Charlie’s sister Sarah is a member of the North U15 girls’ squad and Andrew Taylor, his uncle, was an England Schools player. His mentors at Leicester Tigers are Neil McCarthy, Tosh Askew, Brett Deacon and Kev Mannion.
Liverpool-born Charlie has captained the Tigers Academy League U18 side this season and has sometimes led the U19 team. His most memorable match was when Merchant Taylors’ first team won the Lancashire Cup for the first time when beating Manchester Grammar School 8-7. He said: “It was the most nervous I’ve felt before a game and the most relieved and happy I’ve felt after one.”
Watching films and reading are his hobbies, his favourite book being ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee while his top films are ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Top Gun’. The players he most admires are Jerome Kaino, of New Zealand, and South Africa’s Willem Alberts.
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T
2014 W, F
Last updated: April 04, 2014