|Weight||98kg (15st 6lb)|
The biggest moment in Henry Cheeseman’s embryonic career was scoring a try from his own 22 for Harlequins in the third-place play-off against Buenos Aires in the World Club 7s at Twickenham last August. It was followed by a touchdown on his first appearance for England U18 in the 43-12 victory over Wales at Neath in March this year.
Carshalton-born Henry is studying for a BTEC in Sports and Exercise Science at Whitgift School, having previously attended Margaret Roper Catholic School. A member of Harlequins Academy, he made his first team debut against Cardiff Blues in January this year. He started playing at the age of seven for Chipstead RFC where his mentors were Pete Barber and Pete Mackay before he came under the tutelage of Chris Wilkins, the director of rugby at Whitgift.
His early representative honours were for Surrey U15 and U16 and London & SE U16 before he played for England U16 and U17. Henry’s aims inside the game and beyond are to play for England at 15s and 7s and to travel and see the world. He has captained the Whitgift U16 team and the first XV, when required, and the school’s 7s team. In the summer of 2013, he toured Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Cook Islands with Whitgift.
Richard, his father, played at No.8 for Purley (now Purley John Fisher RFC) and Surrey and last December became the British Rowing Indoor champion in the men’s heavyweight 55-59 category. The time he clocked was 2.6 secs behind the ten-year-old record set by the late Andy Ripley, the Rosslyn Park and England rugby legend.
Henry began on the wing before switching to No. 12, 13, then 15 and six, seven and eight. His favourite players are New Zealand’s Liam Messam and Israel Folau, of Australia and his top ground is Twickenham.
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T
Last updated: April 04, 2014