|Weight||97kg (15st 3lb)|
The start of Kai Little’s playing days at the age of eight coincided with the Rugby World Cup trophy being on display at the County Ground, Exeter Chiefs’ former headquarters at St Thomas.
It caught Kai’s imagination that afternoon when the club was staging an ‘Introduction to Rugby’ session. He said: “From then on, I became an avid Chiefs fan and have wanted to play for them ever since. I still own a piece of the turf that was from their old ground.”
Now he does play for the Chiefs, as well as for Hartpury College, where he is in his second year of A-level studies in biology, chemistry and physical education. He previously attended Stoke Hill Junior School and St Peter’s Church of England High School, both in Exeter.
Manchester-born, Kai is a member of the Chiefs Academy and has trained with the first team squad as well as playing for their U18, U19 and U20 teams. His previous club was Exeter Saracens from 2003-2012. Mentors are Sean Marsden and Alan Martinovic at Hartpury and Chiefs U18 Academy pair Marek Churcher and Ricky Pellow and he is proud to have played in front of The Princess Royal at Sandy Park when he was ten years old.
He was one of only two players who started all three matches when England won the FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland in April this year, flanker Joe Batley being the other. Kai scored two tries in the opening 62-5 win over Portugal and has also represented East Devon and Devon at various levels. He was Exeter Saracens U16 Player of the Year and aims to play at professional level, win a full international cap and pursue a career in biological research. His best memories include last year’s Sanix World Youth Invitation tournament in Japan where Hartpury reached the final.
Athletics and basketball have been his other sports. He was in the South-West U14 squad at basketball, had trials for England U16, set school records for the 100m and triple jump and was invited to run for the South-West.
In rugby terms, he was a prop in the U8 age group before playing at centre and full back for Exeter Saracens. Sonny Bill Williams and Julian Savea are his favourite players and his top ground? Sandy Park, the home of the Chiefs.
U18 International Record
10 points – 2T
2014 S, F FIRA/AER – P, W, I
Last updated: May 21, 2014