|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
A first England U18 call for the tour of South Africa last August and his debut against Wales at George continued Ciaran Parker’s international career that began with two appearances for England U17 against Georgia and France in 2012-13.
Stockport-born Ciaran was converted from playing at No. 8 to prop at the age of 15 by Ian Peel, a National Academy coach, and says: “I was never going to be quick enough to keep playing in the back row and wouldn’t be with England now if I had stayed at No. 8.”
He most admires Cian Healy, Mako Vunipola and Adam Jones and said: “Mako and Cian epitomise what the modern-day prop has become, whereas Adam is the core value of what a prop is.”
Ciaran has been promoted to the Sale Sharks Senior Academy and is training with the first-team squad. He was educated at St Winifred’s RC Primary School and is studying economics, history, English and philosophy at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns, Cheshire. His aims are to play at Test level for England and have a career in law after his rugby days are over.
His previous club was Manchester from 2008-13 and his representative honours span Lancashire U13-18, captaining the county U16 side in 2011-12 and playing for the North and England A in that age group.
When 12, he switched from playing football to rugby and his mentors past and present are Mike Murphy, his first coach at school, Paul Rush, the first-team coach there and Alan Toon and Keith Richardson at Manchester RFC.
U18 International Record
2013 SA Tour – W(R), F 2014 Aus Schools (R), W, F(R)
Last updated: May 21, 2014