|Weight||87kg (13st 9lb)|
The youngest of the four rugby-playing Carpenter brothers, who have all represented North Somerset and Somerset, Nick has followed in the footsteps of siblings Matt, Will and Tony. He represented England U17 against France at Brive in March 2011 and appeared in all three England U18 warm-up games against London Academies, Northampton Academy and Leicester Academy in 2011-12 before winning 10 caps at that level.
His competitive debut was off the bench after 35 minutes in the 20-8 win over Scotland at Hawick in mid-March 2012 before he scored a maiden try in the 58-8 victory over Georgia in the FIRA/AER Championship at Madrid 12 days later. He also shared in the 25-13 victory over Ireland that brought the European title to England.
Nick studied for a Level 3 extended BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science, along with an A-level in Biology at Filton College, and now has a deferred place at Bath University to do a degree in sport & exercise science, starting in September 2014.
He previously attended St John the Evangelist Church of England Primary School and Clevedon Community School where his coach and personal mentor was Dave Owen. Nick said: “He was extremely influential in my rugby development as were my school team coach Kevin McCarron and Clevedon RFC coach Neil Tucker.”
Now a member of the Bristol Elite Player Development Group, he previously played at club level for Clevedon from 2004-11, having taken up the game at secondary school in Year 7. He represented Somerset U16 and Bristol Schools, South West U16, England U16A and England U17. Nicholas took up the game as a flanker in Year 8 before converting to fly half and then to centre.
His aims are to play at professional level for Bristol, his home city club and to work in a field in which sport sciences are involved. He led his school team from Year 9 to 11 and Clevedon RFC U13-U16, as well as playing in the Nottingham national festival of Rugby with ‘PROPS Barbarians’ in which the final was played at Twickenham Stadium before the 2009 Premiership final. His side won 7-0.
Nicholas also represented Somerset at cricket from U11-U15 and went on to have South West trials at U13 and U15 levels. In Year 9, he ran in the 200 metres for Avon. He added: “When I played for the Year 11 school team in our last match, we beat our opponents from Hereford by 25-14. It was memorable because of our special team spirit after being one of the few state schools to reach the last 16 of the Daily Mail U15.”
His favourite players are Jonny Wilkinson, Sergio Parisse and Luke McAlister and the Memorial Stadium, Bristol is his top ground, along with Coleridge Vale, the home of Clevedon RFC.
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T
2012 S(R) FIRA/AER – G, I(R); SA Tour – W, F(R), SA 2013 W; SA Tour – SA, W(R), F
Last updated: August 26, 2013