|Weight||104kg (16st 5lb)|
International rugby runs distinctively through the family with Ross Moriarty, the son of Paul and nephew of Richard, both Swansea and Wales’ forwards in the 1980s. Ross, who was born in St Helens, Lancashire while his father was in the north of England playing rugby league, is studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Excellence at Hartpury College.
Previously educated at Glyncollen Primary School and Morriston Comprehensive, he was with the Ospreys in 2009-10, having played for Swansea Schools and West Wales Schools. He is a member of Gloucester Academy, his most memorable game being his debut against Northampton Saints Academy. His first senior match for the club was against the Ospreys in the LV=Cup last November.
Before starting the opening England U18 game against France at Fylde in February 2012, he had appeared in preparatory matches against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers. He went on to score tries against Scotland and Wales in his first four appearances, helped England to become European champions in Spain and also played for the national U19 side. Originally a full back, he switched to flanker where one of his favourite international players Schalk Burger, of South Africa, excels. He also admires other back row forwards Sean O’Brien, of Ireland and Mamuka Gorgodze, who has won a half century of caps for Georgia.
Ross took up the game at the age of ten with Swansea Schools and aims to become a professional player. He started the first two games in the 2013 RBS U20 6 Nations but was unavailable for the final three after being red carded in the match against Ireland at Athlone. His return for the IRB Junior World Championship was a factor in England’s triumph. He played in every match and scored two tries against the USA in a pool game.
U20 International Record
10 points – 2T
2013 S, I World Championship – F(R), SA, USA, NZ, W
Last updated: June 26, 2013