|Weight||93kg (14st 9lb)|
Playing for Northampton Saints in the 27-25 win over the Army in the Mobbs Memorial match at Franklin’s Gardens in March last year is Josh Skelcey’s most memorable game. “It was a very tight match and we just edged it. The atmosphere was great and it was the most supporters I’ve had at a match,” he said.
Luton-born Josh, who now has a full-time academy contract at Northampton, used to figure at full back for Dunstable RFC between 2006-11, but when joining Northampton EPDG, he moved to the wing. He has appeared seven times for England U18, made his debut in the 57-13 win over Scotland at Darlington last March and scored a hat-trick of tries against Portugal in the FIRA/AER European Championship three weeks later.
He was educated at Icknield Lower School, Priory Middle School and Queensbury Upper, all in Dunstable before studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at Moulton College.
His first match was at the age of 13 for Priory Middle School, where he was spotted by his then future mentors Ian Marshall and Pete Capp, and recruited to his local club, Dunstable.
Other guiding influences have been Grant Seely, Barry Burgess and Ross Stewart, who used to coach him at Northampton EDPG, followed by present Moulton coaches Jon Phillips and Paul Larkin and Alan Dickens, Mark Hopley and Paul Diggin, his current ones at Saints.
Josh played for East Midlands and the Midlands U16 sides and is aiming for a professional playing career with Northampton and possibly moving into coaching after that. Wales wing George North is his favourite player. He said: “I admire him a lot because he broke into the scene at a very early age, is a strong ball carrier and great finisher. I also rate Julian Savea, the All Blacks wing.”
U18 International Record
25 points – 5T
2013 S(R) FIRA/AER – P, S(R), F(R); SA Tour – SA (R), W, F
Last updated: August 26, 2013