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James Fish

Key Facts

SquadNorthampton Saints
Height1.84m (6'0")
Weight107kg (16st 11lb)
CapsU18: 3


Signing a full-time senior academy contract with Northampton Saints in July this year was another landmark in the career of Derby-born James Fish, who is studying for A-levels in maths, PE and geography at Trent College, Long Eaton. He is in his final year there.

His previous education was at Parkview Primary School, Oakwood in Derby and Heanor Gate Science College and his playing days began in the Under 8 section at Derby RFC, where he remained until Under 17 level. James said: “My dad Paul, the mini-junior chairman at the club, coached me in my first year of contact rugby and he was the person who encouraged me to play the game.

“Scott Johnson, an RFU community coach and Alastair Boden also helped me to develop during my eight years or so at Derby.”

While there, he was a member of various age group sides that won Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Cup competitions and last season he shared in Trent College’s 17-16 triumph over Exeter College in the NatWest Schools Cup U18 Vase final at Twickenham, his favourite ground. That is his most memorable match. He also helped the Northampton Saints U18 side to become Academy League champions   

Before graduating to the England U18 side that won the FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland last April, he had represented the Midlands and England South at U16 level. He is Trent College’s vice-captain and hopes to become a professional player and later to work in “something around sports science/management.”

He most admires Dylan Hartley and Bismarck du Plessis for their physicality and work rate.             

U18 International Record

2014 FIRA/AER – P, W(R), I(R)

Last Updated: August 8, 2014

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