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Captaincy experience is growing for Huw Taylor, who leads his school, Old Swinford Hospital in Stourbridge and has skippered the Worcester Warriors U18 side for two years. He has toured Argentina with his school and has another diary date with a repeat trip this year to Canada with Old Swinford.
Bridgnorth-born, he is taking A-levels in psychology, maths and sport, having previously attended Claverley Primary School and is signing a contract with the Warriors for 2014-15 after completing his studies. His previous club from 2001-2010 was Bridgnorth, where he began playing at the age of five.
Huw appeared for England U17 in the 34-12 win over Georgia U18 at Broadstreet in March last year and has also represented North Midlands at U16 and U18 level and the Midlands U18 team. His England U18 baptism was in the 28-6 win over Scotland at Dalziel RFC, Motherwell last March and he went on to start the first two matches in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland the following month.
He aims to play Premiership rugby and to work in sports business management, following his work experience with Olympic events.
When 15, he appeared for the Old Swinford team that lost narrowly to Dulwich College in a Daily Mail Cup final. He said: “We were heavily supported by the school, friends, parents, family and alumni and it was an unforgettable experience.”
Ed, his brother, captained England U18 Clubs & Schools and Worcester Warriors U18, was contracted to Worcester and played in senior games before going to Loughborough University where he appears at National One level. Other family sporting excellence includes his cousin Briony sailing for Great Britain Juniors and playing hockey for Wales Colleges while another cousin, Jamie, rows for Newcastle University and won the United Kingdom U18 Indoor Rowing Championship.
Huw’s own interests feature water sports, cricket and volunteer work that included travelling to communities in Uganda and Cape Town. His favourite players are “Sergio Parisse for his flair and determination, Louis Picamoles for his strong carrying and Joe Launchbury, who has an incredible work rate and the ability to do the hard yards.”
U18 International Record
2014 S(R) FIRA/AER – P, W
Last updated: May 21, 2014