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For Joe Batley, playing in the 2013 AASE final for Hartpury College in the 20-10 win over Oaklands College at Allianz Park was the ‘tops’ and, for him, represented the team ethic in the game.
He said: “The nerves and anticipation before kick-off through to the final whistle and the hard work put in was worth it with the pride and joy. Being champions in my first year at college was unforgettable.”
Moving on, Portsmouth-born Joe won the AASE final for a second time last season at Allianz Park, this time as captain. He is a Gloucester Academy member and was previously educated in Gosport, Hampshire at Leesland Junior School and Bay House School.
He began playing when six at Gosport & Fareham RFC and his rugby mentors past and present are his father Rob and Simon Burns, his initial coaches, together with Alan Martinovic and Pete Buxton at Kingsholm.
Joe represented London & South East Under 16 and captained Gosport & Fareham at age group level before leading the Hartpury U18 team. He has toured Japan with the college and South Africa with Gosport and made his initial England U18 appearances in the wins over Australia Schools (23-3) at Harrow last December, Wales (43-12) at Neath the following March and France (18-17) at Dunkirk. Joe was one of only two players who started all three matches when England won the FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland the following month, wing Kai Little being the other.
He has also figured at lock, used to play football and still enjoys a kick about. Joe said: “As a child I loved watching Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio play. It’s great to have a day out at Twickenham but I also like Kingsholm’s atmosphere.”
U18 International Record
2013 Aus Schools 2014 W(R), F FIRA/AER – P, W, I
Last updated: August 8, 2014