|Weight||108kg (17st 0lb)|
As an academy member at Northampton Saints, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi regards Soane Tonga’uiha, a former Saint, and Courtney Lawes as his role models. He has been studying for an Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) at Moulton College and played for Northampton Casuals (1998-2006) and Wellingborough (2006-10) before going to Franklin’s Gardens and joining Coventry on loan in January last year.
Northampton-born, he took his first steps in the game when he was four and appeared for England U17 against France and Scotland in 2011 and for U19 against Wales the following year. Danny was initially educated at Vale Mead Primary School, Lings and Northampton Academy and made his debut in their 26-19 win over Leinster at Donnybrook in August 2011.
He said: “They attacked us near the end with multiple phases. It was tough and physical but we kept our lead.” Danny appreciates the help of various guiding influences in his embryonic career.
“My dad Olly Awoyemi got me into the game at an early age and is always keen to share his opinions on my performance,” he said. “Jon Phillips (ex-Northampton) keeps my feet on the ground at Moulton College, Paul Larkin helps me there with general skills and Alan Dickens and Mark Hopley give me top tips on improvement at the Saints Academy. John Fletcher, Peter Walton and Ian Peel have boosted my performances.”
His England U18 debut was in the starting line-up in the 18-16 win over France at Fylde in late February 2012. He played off the bench in the 20-8 win over Scotland at Hawick and then shared in all three victories when England triumphed in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Madrid. More recent achievements were playing in all of the past 20 England U20 matches when the side not only won the 2013 U20 Six Nations title but also the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013 and 2014. His maiden try at that level was in the 42-15 victory over Ireland in this year’s semi-final in Auckland.
Danny’s family has multiple links with the game. His father played for London Nigerian and currently turns out for and coaches at Northampton Casuals. Jeremy Hobbs-Awoyemi, Danny’s brother, is a former Casuals player and another brother Yinka Awoyemi still appears for the club. His uncle Robert and two cousins Edward and Lawrence play for Stafford RFC while his mother Gilli Hobbs represented Staffordshire at county athletics.
U20 International Record
5 points – 1T
2013 S(R), I, F(R), It, W(R) World Championship - F(R), SA, USA(R), NZ, W(R) 2014 F, S, I(R), W, It World Championship – It, A, Arg (R), I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014