|Weight||86kg (13st 7lb)|
An initial first team experience at Saracens for academy member Josh Sharp was benching in a pre-season match last year but he still drew benefits from it. “I didn’t get on the field,” said Josh. “But it was a very good learning curve having players such as John Smit and Adam Powell around me.”
Harlow-born Josh not only made his debut for England U18 in the 57-13 win over Scotland at Blackwell Meadows, the home of Darlington RFC, last March but he also scored one of his side’s nine tries. His Saracens first team debut was under the captaincy of Smit in the 19-0 win over the South Africa Barbarians at HAC two months later.
Josh began playing when six at Saracens Amateurs, stayed there until his U15 season and moved on to Bishop Stortford where he helped the U16 side to beat Old Albanians in the Hertfordshire Cup final. Josh continued: “Peter Calder was a big influence at Saracens in my early career and so was my dad Andy, who taught me the fundamental skills.
“In my academy, Matt Davies has shaped me as a player and this season Joe Shaw has come to the club and taken forward my understanding of the game as well as developing some technical elements. Saracens kicking coach Dan Vickers has played a big role for me in that department.”
Josh’s elder brother Jake, who is a strong influence on his career, plays for for Bedford Blues in the Championship. Playing for England U18 backs up Josh’s games for England U16 and U17 and outside the game he hopes to earn a degree within sports coaching or sports and exercise science.
He has captained his college in the AASE League and his most memorable game was when England U17 scored in the final move of the match to beat France. Dan Carter, “with his game-controlling ability and playing like he is wearing a dinner suit” is the star he most admires along with his own brother Jake.
U18 International Record
27 points – 1T, 5C, 4PG
2013 S FIRA/AER – S, F; SA Tour – SA(R), W, F(R)
Last updated: August 26, 2013