|Weight||114kg (17st 13lb)|
Gratitude to those who have helped Jordan Onojaife along his way into the England U18 is high among the Colchester-born forward’s priorities. He said: “I have a lot of mentors and coaches to thank and wouldn’t be where I am today without any of them.”
Jordan, who is in Year 13 at Stowe School studying A2 mathematics, chemistry and physics, began at Stanway Junior School in Essex before going on to Jumeirah College in Dubai and is a member of the Northampton Rugby Academy.
He continued: “Daniel Riordan and Tim Boyle, coaches at Jumeirah College and my club Dubai Exiles respectively, first got me playing rugby there when I was 13 and I fell in love with the game.
“Richard Vivian, my school coach, mentored me back in Dubai at college the year before I knew that I was moving to England to play for Saints Academy and to this day still gives me advice.
“More recently, other influences have been Alan Hughes (the Stowe first team coach), who has helped to develop me on and off the pitch, together with Alan Dickens and Mark Hopley (Saints Academy coaches). John Fletcher and Peter Walton (he has shown belief in me and guided me into the dominant player I want to be) and Ian Peel have all been great.”
He played for England U17 against Scotland and France and made his U18 debut in the starting side that beat Scotland 57-13 at Darlington RFC in March this year. “Hopefully, I will have a long career, winning Premiership titles, Heineken Cup and even a World Cup to which every young player aspires,” he added.
Jordan helped Stowe to reach the semi finals of the Rosslyn Park School Sevens last year. His favourite players are Courtney Lawes and Richie Gray, “two big guys who are so athletic and physical” and his top stadium in Franklin’s Gardens, the home of the Saints. He figured at Number 8 for a few years in his earlier days but since then has mostly played in the second row.
U18 International Record
2013 S, W(R)