|Weight||82kg (12st 12lb)|
After taking up the game aged five at Wellingborough RFC, Howard Packman moved seven years later to Old Northamptonians and is now a member of the Northampton Saints Academy. He represented England U16A, U17 and first appeared for the U18 side on the wing in the 58-8 win over Georgia in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Madrid in March 2012. His first try for England was against Scotland in last year’s competition.
He made two appearances at full back for the team on the 2012 summer tour of South Africa and played for Northampton Saints, his home town club, in the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s. Howard went on to figure in every match in the 2014 U20 Six Nations Championship that includes two starts on the wing and another at full back.
After playing in the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series this year in Glasgow and London, he shared in England’s triumph in the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, scoring a try and a dropped goal in a 42-15 pool win over Ireland.
Previously educated at Parklands Primary School and Northampton School for Boys, he studied for the National Diploma Level 3 in Sports Science at Moulton College. His specialist subject was sports development.
Howard, whose father Frank played 376 games from 1982-96 for Saints as a centre and wing and scored 178 tries, has benefited from a series of mentors. They began with Mark Croxen at Wellingborough, followed by Eric Young at Old Northamptonians. Barry Burgess and Grant Seely, coaches at Northampton Academy, helped him along as did John Elder and Mark Lee at Northampton School for Boys.
His most memorable match brought England U16 victory by 27-23 over France. Howard said: “I used to play at No.13 but was moved to full back, where I prefer to be, and wing. The players I most admire are Benji Marshall, Israel Dagg and Quade Cooper and my favourite ground is the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, which has an awesome atmosphere.”
U20 International Record
13 points – 2T, 1DG
2014 F(R), S(R), I, W, It World Championship – A, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014