|Weight||86kg (13st 7lb)|
Not many players have figured in every back-line position and also at hooker and open side flanker but Joseph Marchant has done just that.
Winchester-born, he started playing for the city club when six and joined Harlequins mainly as a fly half or full back. He has now switched to centre, though wore the No. 10 shirt when making a try-scoring England U18 debut against Scotland at Dalziel RFC in March this year. He also touched down in the opening FIRA/AER European Championship match against Portugal in Poland the following month.
Joe is a student at Peter Symonds College, where is captain of rugby. He is in the first year of two, taking a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, is a member of Harlequins U18 Academy and is also a lifeguard at River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester. His previous schooling was at Harestock and Henry Beaufort, both in Winchester.
He played for Winchester mini-juniors from 2002-12 and in 2013 for Symondians, a club founded in 2012 with a direct link to Peter Symonds College but not an exclusive old boys’ team. Joe has played for Hampshire U14-U18, London & SE U16 and England Colleges and has led Hampshire this season and Harlequins U18 throughout their 2013-14 league programme.
He has also won various individual rugby awards, has a black belt in Wada Ryu Karate (2011), represented Hampshire in the discus, shot putt and hammer (2010-12) and was an English Schools finalist in gymnastics in 2010.
Mike, his father, has been coach and manager for Hampshire and at London Divisional level as well as liaison officer for international teams including Australia and South Africa. Joe said: “I most remember a one-to-one coaching session with Robbie Deans when he was Australia’s head coach and learning to understand the importance of box kicking in the game. I also enjoyed working with Newbury RFC, filming their games and putting together motivational videos for the club for two seasons.”
U18 International Record
10 points – 2T
2014 S, F(R) FIRA/AER – P, I(R)
Last updated: May 21, 2014