|Weight||95kg (14st 13lb)|
An active and healthy lifestyle, in his own words, is serving Josh Bainbridge well. Now at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, he is studying physical education, biology and geography and was previously at Belmont Primary School and Laurence Jackson School, both in Guisborough.
Middlesbrough-born Josh, a member of the Leeds Carnegie Academy since 2012, was with Guisborough RFC (2004-11), Middlesbrough (2011-12). He represented Yorkshire U16 and played for England U18 in a warm-up match against Northampton Saints this season before figuring in all three FIRA/AER European Championship matches in Poland in April. He made a try-scoring debut against Portugal and also touched down in the 30-14 win over Ireland in the final.
His coaches have been John Wardell, at Guisborough, and Middlesbrough’s John Burridge, together with Andy Rock and John Pendlebury at Leeds Carnegie. One of his top achievements so far is winning the U18 Carnegie award. It’s a special honour given to the player who the coaches feel has had the best year across a combination of their individual development, playing performances and overall contribution to the academy environment as a young player.
His ambition is: “To play regularly at Premiership level with a good, solid club and hopefully, one day, to represent England at Twickenham.”
He has captained his age group side at Guisborough and the Leeds Carnegie U18 team and has led Prince Henry’s this season. Josh was a member of their AASE Plate winning side at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, last year and toured South Africa with the Guisborough club.
He represented Cleveland at athletics at shot putt and 4 x 100 metres relay, following his mother Allison, who was a sprinter. Josh said: “I like to cycle on my road bike, cook and am interested in sport generally.”
Josh used to figure at centre but has switched to the back row where his specialist position is at open side flanker. His favourite players are George Burgess, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu and Michael Hooper and his top pitch is the first-team one at Guisborough, where he developed his game.
U18 International Record
10 points – 2T
2014 FIRA/AER – P, W(R), I(R)
Last updated: May 21, 2014