|Weight||93kg (14st 9lb)|
A Blues player from the age of five, Aaron Morris has spent 14 years with the Goldington Road-based Championship club. He became a record-breaker when 17 by being the youngest Bedford player to make his senior debut in the professional era. The match was against Neath in the British & Irish Cup in November 2012.
He is a member of the first-team squad at Bedford but also trains with Saracens Senior Academy as part of the two clubs’ ongoing relationship. Aaron attended Newnham Middle School and Biddenham Upper School, both in Bedford and hopes to study History and Politics at university.
He played at fly half up to the age of 17 before moving to the back three. His target is to have a successful rugby career with the long-term goal of playing for England in Tests. He has represented East Midlands, the Midlands, England Clubs & Schools and England at U18 level.
Aaron landed two conversions on his England debut in the 23-3 win over Australia Schools at Harrow School last December. He said: “It was extra special to come up against our rivals from Down Under.
“I also played cricket and did athletics at county level until I was 16. Then I decided to concentrate solely on rugby. Rick, my father, was a top schoolboy athlete, running 100 metres in under 11 seconds.”
Aaron’s first match for England U20 was off the bench against Wales in the runaway, 67-7 victory at Kingston Park, Newcastle in March this year. His initial start was in the final Six Nations game against Italy in Calvisano the following week.
His favourite players are Jason Robinson (“he was a massive hero when I was growing up”) and more recently New Zealand full back Israel Dagg (“he is someone I model myself on and admire”).
Aaron lists his mentors as Alan Brown, his former PE teacher, together with club coach Ian Marshall, Bedford’s director of rugby Mike Rayer and Saracens Senior Academy manager Don Barrell.
U20 International Record
5 points – 1T, 1C
2014 W(R), It
Last updated: March 28, 2014