|Weight||82kg (12st 12lb)|
Tag rugby when five at Devonport Services RFC gave Jack Arnott an introduction to the game that he carried through to his England U18 try-scoring debut against the Namibia Invitation XV in July 2010. He also sustained a broken thumb in that match at East London.
Fast forward five months and Plymouth-born Jack helped the U18 side to beat Ireland 29-12 at Donnybrook. He also started the Scotland match at Headingley Carnegie in March 2011, the Wales game the following month that brought a thrilling 38-34 victory in Auch and the subsequent match against Ireland at Tarbes.
He studied at Ivybridge Community College where he took a BTEC National Sports Diploma Level 3 in Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness, alongside an AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) and is now a full-time member of Exeter Chiefs Academy. His first team debut was in the LV= Cup match against London Wasps at the end of last season and he is currently on loan to Plymouth Albion.
Jack attended St Peter’s RC Primary School and St Boniface’s Catholic College in Plymouth. Those who have guided his development include Devonport Services coaches David Bateman and Reg Perkin in the younger age groups, followed by Howell Phillips, Barry Tucker and Andrew Williams at St Boniface’s College and Rob Gibson, from U15 to present, at Ivybridge and Exeter Chiefs.
He captained West Devon and Devon in age group rugby, Devonport Services from U11-U16, toured Italy with England U16 last Easter and wants to play for the British & Irish Lions, and England of course, with a career aim outside the game of becoming a PE teacher.
Athletics brought him the Devon Championship at U14 in the 100 and 200 metres but sport was already in the family, his father David having played schoolboy rugby for Plymouth Albion. His best memory is the England U16 win over Italy U17 by 26-25 at the Stadio Flaminio in April 2010 and scoring the decisive try converted by Will Hooley.
He represented England U19 last year and was due to make his debut for the U20 side against Italy last season but the match was called off because of a frozen pitch. Jack played the first of his three games for the U20 team that won the RBS 6 Nations Championship this year against Scotland at Brickfields, Plymouth.
Players with pace and flair are his favourites – Corey Jane and Israel Dagg are the ones Jack admires most. His top ground – no contest. It is Sandy Park, home of the Chiefs.
Jack’s youngest brother James has an arm/shoulder injury and last July was classified as a T46 athlete that means he can compete in the 100 and 200 metres as a disabled athlete. He aims to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic Games.
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2013 S, I, F
Last updated: April 24, 2013