|Weight||108kg (17st 0lb)|
A switch to hooker from the back row last season marked another stage in the career of Cameron Neild, who joined Sale Sharks Academy straight from Manchester Grammar School in June this year. He has represented England U16 twice, England U18 Clubs & Schools and appeared in three warm-up games for England U18 against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in the past two seasons.
Cameron first played the game at Altrincham Prep School and his initial club was Altrincham Kersal, where he was involved from the age of ten to 14 before he switched to Macclesfield. His subjects at school were chemistry, biology, physics and maths, and he aims to study dentistry at university while furthering his rugby career.
He has already played for Sale Sharks U18 in the A League and has trained during holidays with the club’s first-team squad. A former England U16 Player of the Year, he has enjoyed the benefits of a series of mentors. His latest ones are Peter Walton and Ian Peel, of England U18 and Dave Wilks at the Sharks Academy and, going back in time, Giles Heggarty, Mark Walmsley and Steve Swindells at Manchester GS.
Manchester-born Cameron said: “Tracy Howell and Garrett Coulson were fantastic coaches at Altrincham and taught me much about basic skills. Water polo coach Simon Jones gave me the mentality to train hard and got me fit between the ages of 13 and 16 – water polo is so tough!” He played that sport for the North West of England his brother Solomon is in the GB U14 squad and is also with Sale Sharks Academy.
Dad Colin played for Old Salians and was a member of the GB Judo squad for many years and mum Tracy is a “great motivator”. His favourite players are South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis (“a top ball carrier”) and Ireland Cian Healy (“a work horse”).
U18 International Record
2013 SA Tour – SA, W (R), F (R)
Last updated: August 26, 2013