|Weight||96kg (15st 1lb)|
|Caps||U20: 2 U18: 8|
Born in the village of Steeton between Skipton and Keighley in Yorkshire, Jack Walker relishes his family links with the game. His late father Johnny was in the England U21 squad, played for Otley and in rugby league for Keighley, Hunslet, Batley and Wakefield. Jack said: “He made it possible for me to achieve everything so far, was a great inspiration and I have huge respect for him."
Jack’s older brother Chris played for England U16 before captaining the U18 and U20 sides and becoming a member of the Leeds Carnegie squad. In March 2012, Jack agreed a four-year contract with the club at the same time that Chris committed himself to another two years at Headingley Carnegie.
As well as leading England U18 to victories over Scotland, Wales and France this year, he played for England U20 in the wins over Scotland and Ireland and also played for Leeds in the British & Irish Cup. He was also invited to train with the England Senior squad at St George’s Park, Burton in February.
Captaining Yorkshire U15 and U16, the North U16 and England U16 and playing for the national U17 sides signposted the way forward for Jack, a product of Yorkshire One club North Ribblesdale. He was among five young athletes receiving special recognition awards from the Jaguar Academy of Sport at the Savoy in London last year.
Jack said: “It was an incredible experience to be around people like Jessica Ennis, Denise Lewis and Sir Steve Redgrave. Gareth Edwards presented me with the award, which was special considering what he has achieved in the sport.”
He is studying for a BTEC in Sport and an NVQ in Rugby at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, having attended Settle Middle School and Settle College, where the North Ribblesdale club is based. He was with them from the age of six to 16.
Jack, whose most admired player is Schalk Brits, was a fly half at school and moved to hooker at U13 level. Sporting success is not restricted to the male side of the family, either. Jack’s mum Suzanne represented Zimbabwe as a swimmer.
U18 International Record
2013 S FIRA/AER – S, F; SA Tour – SA(R), W, F; Aus Schools 2014 S, W, F
U20 International Record
2014 S, I(R)
Last updated: April 04, 2014