|Weight||113kg (17st 11lb)|
Once a prop, always a prop echoes the career path of Plymouth-born Luke Chapman, a member of Exeter Chiefs U18 Academy and a former student at Truro College, where he took a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence. He is now embarking on a sports coaching course at Bicton College and is on loan to Launceston for 2013/14.
Former England captain Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman are his role models and he represented England U16A and U17 before his U18 debut in the starting side against Scotland at Darlington RFC in March this year.
Like Woodman, Luke played for Liskeard-Looe RFC, starting at the age of eight and going on to represent Cornwall from U15-U18 and Exeter Academy U15, determinated to become a professional rugby player.
Conditioning coach Tom Rawlings, AASE mentor Will Davies and former England prop Robin Cowling have helped him head towards fulfilling his ambitions. Educated at Pelynt Primary School and Looe Community College, he shared in Truro College’s success in taking second place in the Sanix World Championship in Japan and also toured Japan with Liskeard-Looe.
He is a member of a prominent rugby family. His father Bill appeared for Liskeard-Looe, Launceston and Cornwall and brother Sam played through all Cornwall age groups and is currently with National Two South club Launceston, alias Cornish All Blacks. Mum Kaye played netball for Cornwall.
Luke figured in warm-up matches for England U18 against the academies of Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers last season. His favourite ground is Sandy Park, Exeter. Playing Xbox, kayaking and eating are his hobbies and interests outside the game.
U18 International Record
2013 S, W(R) FIRA/AER – P(R), S, F; SA Tour – W, F(R)
Last updated: August 26, 2013