|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
Winning a first England U18 cap off the bench in the 23-3 win over Australia Schools last December was the initial career highlight of Epsom-born Ollie Adams, a member of the London Irish U18 Academy and AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence programme). He has gone on to win seven U18 caps, including three in the 2014 FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland.
A student at St Paul’s Catholic College at Sunbury-on-Thames, he is taking A-levels in biology, psychology and physical education, having attended Banstead Community Junior School and the Glyn School in Epsom.
He began playing in the U9 team at Chipstead RFC, where he stayed for two years before moving to London Irish Amateurs and appearing in the U12 to U16 sides. His mentors have been Giselle Mather (AASE coach), academy coach Jack Heald and former London Irish Academy manager Neal Hatley.
Ollie represented Surrey U14-U17 and London & South-East and England U17 before stepping up to the U18 squad. He has captaincy experience at the Glyn School and London Irish Amateurs, where he won a player of the year award for 2010-11.
He was a prop until U14 level and also figured at centre for his school in Year 11. His favourite ground is where he trains at Sunbury and his top players are Joe Launchbury and Bismarck du Plessis.
Ollie added: “Jack (Heald) gave me one-to-one coaching and Giselle (Mather) has supported throughout my time at AASE. Also my father Richard has driven me all over the country, never missing a game in which I have played with my mother always there too.”
U18 International Record
2013 Aus Schools(R) 2014 S(R), W(R), F(R) FIRA/AER – P(R), W, I
Last updated: May 21, 2014