|Weight||74kg (11st 9lb)|
A switch from the south east, where he was born in Maidstone and schooled at King’s, Rochester to Cheshire provided the launch pad for James Mitchell’s rugby ambitions. He said: “I started playing at the age of seven at Lymm RFC, where I’m still a member and go to watch matches. It gave me the urge to play as long as possible and to keep progressing through the Sale Sharks system.
“I want to go as far as I can in the game. I’m a member of the academy U18 squad and we finished second in the U18 Premiership last season, winning four of our five games.”
James attended St Wilfrid’s Primary School, Grappenhall before studying at Lymm High School, where he is taking a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. He represented the North U16 side, played for England U16 against Wales and Italy in 2011 and the U17 team against Scotland and France 2012 before his U18 debut against Scotland in March this year. His first try at that level was in the 12-8 win over France in the final match on the 2013 tour of South Africa.
Along the way, he captained Cheshire U15 and U16, helped Lymm HS to beat Brighton College 24-10 in the Daily Mail RBS Schools U15 Vase final in 2010 at Twickenham and said: “The ground has an atmosphere like nowhere else. It’s the only time I’ve played there but we won and I scored a try. It’s a great memory.”
As a sideline, James figured in the U15 ECB National Cricket Clubs final for Warrington in 2010 and represented Cheshire U12 and Cheshire District U13-U15. He added: “My father Glyn, who has played rugby, was the reason I started in the game. Alex, my 'little' brother and also a scrum half, has been part of the England U16 squad.”
U18 International Record
9 points – 1T, 2C
2013 S(R) FIRA/AER – P, S(R), F(R); SA Tour – SA (R), W, F (R)
Last updated: August 26, 2013