|Weight||129kg (20st 4lb)|
As a specialist tight head prop, Jack Stanley has developed an impressive physique since taking up the game at the age of 12 at Penzance & Newlyn.
He played at the club from 2008-2013 and went on to represent Cornwall, the South-West and England at U16, his most memorable match producing a 32-26 victory over Wales in April last year. Truro-born Jack said: “We were trailing 15-3 at half time but after a clear and very obvious chat we were able to fight back and win.”
He is in the first year of two, studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence at Truro College. His previous education was at Parc Eglos Primary School in Helston, Bolitho in Penzance and Helston Community College and he is a member of the Exeter Chiefs Academy. Jack’s England U18 debut was in the 28-6 win over Scotland at Dalziel RFC in March this year and he scored tries against Portugal, off the bench, and Wales when making his first start in the FIRA/AER European Championship in April.
His mentors read like a rugby “who’s who”. They feature Adrian Bick, the Penzance team coach, Gavin Cattle, the skills coach for Exeter Chiefs Academy U15, Thomas Rawlings, the Truro College conditioner, Marek Churcher, the team coach there and Ricky Pellow, academy coach for Exeter Chiefs U15 and U16. The formidable Robin Cowling, the ex-Leicester Tigers and England prop, is his current personal mentor at the club.
Jack, a former Helston Community police cadet, wants to become a full-time professional player and to continue his development pathway through the England set-up to the Elite squad. He is also eager to remain within the game in years to come as a mentor or a development coach.
He has won individual awards at Penzance & Newlyn, Helston Community College and one for sporting excellence from Exeter University last year. His father Darren and mother Susan played county standard rugby and Jack’s favourite players, both props, are Dan Cole and Thomas Domingo.
He added: “I enjoy cycling, such as mountain biking, as well as sea-swimming all the year round. I also like to watch live rugby matches.”
U18 International Record
10 points – 2T
2014 S FIRA/AER – P(R), W, I(R)
Last updated: May 21, 2014