|Weight||107kg (16st 11lb)|
A student in A-levels at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Neale Farthing played off the bench for England U18 in their opening victories over Scotland 57-13 and Wales 44-7 in March this year. He is specialising in physical education, psychology and business studies at college and is a member of the Leicester Tigers Academy.
He was previously educated Orchard Church of England Primary School and Thomas Estley Community College, both in Broughton Astley, and Lutterworth College and played for Market Bosworth RFC from August 2003 when he was eight years old until May 2011.
His mentors at Market Bosworth were backs coach Tony Nott, fitness man Pete Allison, head coach Mark Cheeseman and forwards coach Nigel Smith. His present ones at the Tigers Academy are Tosh Askew, Kevin Mannion and Neil McCarthy.
He played for Leicestershire U15 and U16, shared in Market Bosworth’s triumph in the Leicestershire U9 Cup and captained Lutterworth College’s Year 11 side. His most memorable match was his final one for Bosworth against Derby when he was made captain for the game and the team bounced back from an 18-point deficit to win with the final seconds.
Neale’s favourite players are Dan Cole, Geordan Murphy and Richie McCaw and his top ground is Welford Road. His father Melvyn played for Colchester RFC and Market Bosworth and brother Mathew represented Leicestershire U16 at football.
He said: “My rugby career wouldn’t have been possible without the support and time invested by my parents.”
U18 International Record
2013 S(R), W(R)