|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
The reward for Lewis Ludlam’s hard work and determination was regaining a place in the Northampton Saints Academy. He said: “I was released by the Saints at a younger age and two years ago I would not have dreamed that I would be answering questions about myself for RFU.com.”
Ipswich-born Lewis was the BMW Man of the Match on his England U18 debut in the 18-17 win over France at Dunkirk in March this year and is in his final year of six at St Joseph’s College. He is studying sociology, business, and English Literature and captains the first XV, having attended Gorseland Primary School, Martlesham and Kesgrave High School, also in Suffolk.
Lewis continued: “I started playing the game at Ipswich RFC in 2003 when England won the Rugby World Cup before I moved to the Colchester club. It was from there that I was chosen to represent Suffolk and the Eastern Counties and then Northampton. In between, I was offered a scholarship at St Joseph’s.”
His mentors have been Mark Patterson, head of sport at St Joseph’s, together with Graham Richards and Peter Engledow, former heads of rugby at his school. Lewis leads his Eastern Counties age group team, has helped his college to win the Rosslyn Park U16 Schools Sevens and is the first member of his family to play rugby.
He has toured France, Ireland and South Africa with his college and, as a side line, was a member of a 24-hour world record rowing team. His pastimes include writing and he is interested in boxing, football and literature.
Lewis added: “My most memorable match was when we beat Dulwich College at the St Joseph’s Festival. They had knocked us out of the Daily Mail Cup two years earlier and it was incredible to get our own back and win by a big margin.”
Lewis began as a centre before moving into the back row, where most of his favourite players have appeared. They are Lewis Moody, Courtney Lawes, Richie McCaw, Sergio Parisse, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jerome Kaino.
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Last updated: April 04, 14