|Weight||84kg (13st 3lb)|
After giving rugby league a try, Louis Grimoldby has made a successful return to the 15-a-side game. He began playing when five at Stamford RFC, captained Stamford School and is now in the second year of a three-year distance learning degree course in Leadership and Management at Northumbria University.
At the age of 15, he took up rugby league, was a talented full back, spent time with London Broncos and also had eight weeks in Australia playing the game during the summer when he had taken GCSE examinations. He accepted a trial with Harlequins in 2012 and subsequently joined the club’s academy.
Louis, who was born at Sutton-in-Ashfield, represented England U18 Clubs and Schools in 2011-12 and kicked 16 points in the 38-10 victory over Ireland Clubs. In April last year, he shared in England’s 22-6 win over France in an U19 match, has now graduated to the England U20 squad and is on loan to Richmond from Harlequins.
He played off the bench in Richmond’s 23-19 win over National One high-flyers Esher last December before producing a man-of-the-match performance in a 24-5 victory over Old Albanians. His Harlequins debut in the LV= Cup against Bath in November 2012 is his most memorable match so far. Louis said: “It was an electric atmosphere and a whirlwind match.”
His father Nic played rugby league in the front and second rows for Sheffield Eagles, Valleys in Brisbane and Fulham and later spent two years as chief executive of the RL Players Association. Louis lists Jonny Wilkinson and England Rugby League captain Kevin Sinfield as his favourite players and his top ground is Twickenham Stoop.
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Last updated: January 30, 2014