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George Perkins

George Perkins

Key Facts

SquadSaracens
PositionWing/full back
Age18
Height1.85m (6'1")
Weight95kg (14st 13lb)
CapsU18: 5

Profile

A first England U17 cap in the 34-12 victory over Georgia U18 at Broadstreet in March last year was a landmark in the career of George Perkins. He is a member of the Saracens Academy and is studying for a BTEC in Sports Coaching and Fitness at Oaklands College, St Albans.

George previously attended Engayne Primary School, Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster, Essex and New Hall School, Chelmsford. He played for Upminster RFC from 2001-11 and has appeared for Essex Mavericks from 2011 to date.

His representative honours include Essex U14 – U16 and he was chosen for London & South East School U16 but the scheduled matches were cancelled because of bad weather. While at Coopers’ Company and Coborn, he played in the second or back row. He said: “I was tall for my age and Essex wanted me to figure at lock but I had to get out of the pack and into the backs!”

He played for Saracens in the JP Morgan Sevens finals at Bath last summer, having made a try-scoring England U18 debut in the 82-8 win over Portugal at the FIRA/AER European Championship the previous March. George went on to score a first half hat-trick of tries against Wales at Neath last March and played in his second FIRA/AER Championship when England lifted the title in Poland the following month.    

Romford-born, he competed in the England Schools Athletic Championships twice, winning the junior boys 100m in 2010 and the silver in the intermediate boys 100m and gold as part of the Essex 4 x 100m relay team. His fastest time for 100m is 10.86 secs. He also represented England Schools in a match against Scotland, Wales and Ireland Schools.

Sport runs in the family. His mother Diane represented Wales as sprinter in the late 70s and took the Welsh Schoolgirls and Senior 100m and 200m titles. His father Danny won a National Schools U18 basketball title when representing London and his older brother James, has in George’s words, “set a great example for me and has always been my greatest supporter and closest friend.” James plays rugby for Old Cooperians and has figured in international table tennis.

His mentors have included Prince Duwai, a coach at Chelmsford Athletics Club, Mark Jordan at Upminster RFC, Adrian Sweeney, a teacher at New Hall School, Jake Sharp, backs coach at Oaklands and Saracens, Dave Hesketh at Oaklands College and Saracens EPDG manager Matt Davies. Other influential coaches on his career at Saracens are Ian Vass, Rory Teague and Don Barrell.

U18 International Record

20 points – 4T

2013 FIRA/AER – P 2014 S, W FIRA/AER – W, I

Last updated: May 21, 2014

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