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Billy Burns

Billy Burns

Key Facts

SquadGloucester
PositionFly half
Age20
Height1.77m (5'10")
Weight76kg (11st 13lb)
CapsU20: 8

Profile

Rugby runs in the Burns family with Billy winning an England U18 squad place and following his three brothers on to the field. Freddie, who won five caps as a Gloucester player, joined Leicester Tigers for the 2014-15 season.

Billy, also a fly half and the youngest of his brothers, kicked a conversion and two penalty goals when England U20 beat South Africa 21-20 to retain the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park on the same weekend that Freddie made his fourth Test start against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Elder brothers Jack, a full back, and Samuel, a centre, also play the game. Samuel has represented Cyprus while serving there with the RAF and Jack is a member of the Combe Down first XV. They father Jerry, a lock, introduced them to the game after taking it up at the age of 40, and 16 years on, he still plays at second-team level for Combe Down.

Bath-born Billy, who represented Somerset Schools, is studying for a National Diploma in Sport at Hartpury College, is in the Gloucester Academy and has already appeared in an LV=Cup match against London Irish. He marked his England U18 debut by landing two penalty goals and a conversion in the 18-16 win over France at Fylde in February 2012, figured off the bench against Scotland at Hawick and then contributed 14 points in the semi-final and final of the 2012 FIRA/AER European Championship against Wales and Ireland in Madrid. His England U20 debut was against France at Draguignan in February 2014.   

His latest exploits, which include three appearances for England U20 in the RBS 6 Nations Championship this year, have developed from his formative years with Avon minis, Walcot juniors and Oldfield Old Boys. Billy was five when he first laced up his boots at Avon and he was educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Beechen Cliff Senior School, both in Bath. His favourite ground is Shaft Road, the home of Oldfield Old Boys.

Billy Clark at the Gloucester Rugby Academy and Barry Maddocks at Hartpury have overseen progress that he hopes will enable him ‘to go as far up the rugby ladder as possible’. He has captained Walcot U16 and U17, Somerset U16 and Beechen Cliff Year 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Winning the AASE League with Hartpury College and a Somerset Cup triumph are on his CV. Billy said: “When I was playing for Walcot U17, we beat Old Redcliffians 17-15 in the county cup final. It was the most memorable match in which I have been involved.

“From an early age the player I most admired was Jonny Wilkinson but as my brother Freddie went up the ranks and into the Premiership he is probably the one.”

U20 International Record

84 points – 1T, 23C, 11PG

2014 F, S, I, W World Championship – It(R), A, I, SA

Last updated: July 3, 2014

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