|Weight||91kg (14st 4lb)|
Since starting with the North Walsham club in Norfolk at the age of eight, George Catchpole, a product of Norwich School in his home city, has found a niche in the Leicester Tigers Academy. He is studying for A-levels in English literature, philosophy and PE at Leicester Grammar School and already has England U16 and U17 honours as well as representing London & SE U16.
Originally a prop, he has been since converted to an outside back with considerable success much to the delight of Dave Moore, his mentor at mini level, together with Norwich School staff members Iain Grisewood, Richard Simms and Rodney Bunting, and Tosh Askew at the Tigers.
George played his first game for England U18 against Northampton Saints U19 and made his international debut at that level off the bench against France in the 18-16 win at Fylde in late February this year. He also played against Georgia and Ireland in the triumphant FIRA/AER European Championship campaign in Madrid in March and April. Younger brother William has been involved with the Tigers Elite Player Development Group (EPDG). Second cousin and lock Jim Evans played for Harlequins, England U21 and England Saxons.
Memorably, George helped Norwich School to beat favourites Reigate School in a Daily Mail Vase quarter final. He said: “We defended on our own line for 30 minutes to seal the win. I was playing with a great group of people and it was a good experience as I was only 15 at the time.” He had toured Biarritz with Norwich School U14 early in his rugby journey.
All Black Conrad Smith is his top player, Pride Park, the home of Derby County FC remains his favourite ground and his diverse hobbies are cricket, livestock and poultry keeping and music. Away from rugby, George wants to become a journalist/television presenter.
Last updated: April 11, 2012.