|Weight||107kg (16st 11lb)|
Derby-born Joseph Maksymiw, an all-rounder, enjoyed in his own words “lots of sports before turning to rugby. I played fooball, tennis and did athletics, cross country and basketball.” He also said: “I have a mixed heritage with my grandparents being English, Ukrainian, Irish and Welsh.”
Joseph, an A2 student in biology, chemistry and maths at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College in Leicester, had previously attended Holywell Primary and De Lisle Catholic Science College in Loughborough. A member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, he began playing at De Lisle when 14 and joined Loughborough RFU at the same age.
Tigers coaches Neil McCarthy, Tosh Askew, Brett Deacon and Kev Mannion are his mentors and Joseph also benefited from Loughborough coaches Dean Percival and Joey Staniford. He said: “They helped me to learn the basics of the game.”
Joseph made his England U18 debut off the bench in the win over Wales at Neath in March this year, having represented Leicestershire U16 and England U17 and became the Leicester Tigers Academy most improved player award for 2012-13.
He continued: “In terms of rugby, I want to make the most of each and every opportunity that comes my way so I have no regrets later in life. I also want to continue my education and to study chemistry at university.”
Tigers lock Geoff Parling and Paul O’Connell, of Munster and Ireland, are the players he most admires and as for his most memorable game – it was a Tigers v Northampton Saints Academy game last December. Joseph added: “It was a close match with the lead swapping hands before we finally won 29-26.” Socialising and music are his favourite pastimes while his top arena is Welford Road.
U18 International Record
2014 W(R), F
Last updated: April 04, 2014