|Weight||90kg (14st 2lb)|
A first England U17 cap in the 34-12 victory over Georgia U18 at Broadstreet in March this year was a landmark in the career of George Perkins. He is a member of the Saracens Elite Player Development Group (EPDG) 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!”
George 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, winning the Welsh schoolgirls and senior 100m and 200m titles. His father Danny won a National Schools U18 basketball title when representing London Schools and his older brother James, has in George’s words, “set a great example for me and he has always been my greatest supporter and closest friend.”
His mentors have included Prince Duwai, a coach at Chelmsford Athletics Club, Mark Jordan at Upminster RFC (now with Essex Mavericks), 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.