|Weight||82kg (12st 12lb)|
Jack Maunder is not only following in the footsteps of his father Andy by playing for Exeter Chiefs but like his dad, he is a scrum half. Andy appeared in 149 league games and captained the Chiefs for five years.
Jack, who made his England U18 debut against Scotland at Dalziel in March this year and played in all three games in the subsequent FIRA/AER European Championship, is in the lower sixth at Blundell’s School in Tiverton. He is studying biology, economics, physical education and psychology.
He is part of the Chiefs Academy and trains occasionally with the first team squad in school holidays, having first played the game at U9 level for Cullompton, where he stayed until he was 12. Jack went on to represent Devon U16, captained the side and played for South-West U16 and England U16. His school coaches are Edd Saunders and Charlie Gabbitass while skills coach Ricky Pellow is his mentor at the Chiefs, along with Charlie Guppy.
Exeter-born Jack said: “Playing in my first England game for the U16 side against Italy was extremely special. Also the England Schools Barbarians’ match against a French side in the Serge Blanco Tournament final at Biarritz, with a full main stand shouting at us, gave me a taste of what French crowds are all about.”
His top players are Haydn Thomas, the Chiefs scrum half, because he plays with such pace, together with Aaron Smith, of the All Blacks, and Dean Mumm, the Chiefs and Australia lock. Jack continued: “Dean’s leadership is amazing and he’s a great player and man.”
Jack also represented Devon at cricket from U11 to U19 level and the South-West U15 team. He added: “My parents have been incredible. Mum, who drives me to the Chiefs during my free periods at school to get extra training with Ricky (Pellow), has been amazing and dad has given me lots of advice from the experience gained from he was playing.”
U18 International Record
2014 S, W(R) FIRA/AER – P(R), W, I
Last updated: May 21, 2014