|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
As memorable matches go, Charlie Ewels’ original favourite was England’s 31-10 win over Wales U16 at Fylde in April 2011. He said: “Despite being dominated for the first five minutes and conceding a try, we came through extremely well as a team.” He also played in the England U18 preparatory games against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in 2011-12 before appearing against France at Fylde in late February that season.
He went on to become one of six players to start all three matches as England lifted the Justin Bridou Trophy as winners of the 2012 FIRA/AER European Championship title in Madrid. He captained his country to a 82-8 victory over Portugal when winning his tenth cap, before the side went on to lift the trophy for the second successive time in March last year. He started the first three games in the 2014 Six Nations at U20 level and played in all five matches when England won the Junior World Championship title in the summer.
Charlie, who studied for A-levels in maths, economics, geography and chemistry at Bryanston School, began playing when he was seven at his home town club Bournemouth and has since represented Dorset & Wilts U14-U16 and South West U16 as well as England. His previous education was at Moordown St John’s and Bournemouth School for Boys.
He has signed an academy contract with Bath and his school mentors were Mike Pyrgos and Andy Marriot. Charlie said: “Jim Kelly was my forwards coach in my time at county level and my dad has been my mentor throughout my playing career from the U12 to the U16 sides.”
Peter Walton, the England U18 assistant head coach, has improved all parts of his game especially lineout and ball carrying skills. Within rugby, Charlie aims to play for Bath at first team level and England and beyond it hopes to study for a degree and “maybe look into teaching after a career in rugby”. He captained Bournemouth U9-U16, Dorset & Wilts U16 and South West U16.
His most admired players are Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Victor Matfield and his top stadium is the Recreation Ground – the home of Bath Rugby.
U20 International Record
2014 F, S, I 2014 World Championship – It(R), A, Arg, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014