Ledbury Rugby Club was the starting point at the age of six for Aaron Hinkley, a member of the Gloucester Academy since he was 13 years old. Along the way to his first four England U18 caps this year, the former BTEC student at Hartpury helped the college side to triumph in the AASE final. He had captained St Peter’s School, Gloucester and also played for Droitwich.
Aaron’s heroes in his formative years were Mike Tindall and Lewis Moody. His helpers, less famous but an integral part of his burgeoning career, included Mike Stubbs and Matt Ashcroft at Bishop of Hereford’s Blue Coat School and Simon Lane and Peter Buxton at Gloucester Rugby when he was in the 14/15 age group.
Reaching the U18 Premiership final with the Kingsholm club is among his proudest achievements. It all stemmed from his parents Peter and Samantha driving him to the Wyeside-based Ledbury club at the age of six.
For Aaron, it was a case of big steps and little ‘uns that took him into the England U18 side against Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers last March. He was a try-scorer in a match that brought a 31-17 victory for his team. In late July, he helped Gloucester to beat Saracens 22-12 in the Plate final at the Singha Premiership 7s at Northampton.
Cricket and table tennis are among his pastimes and his favourite spectator sports are UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and horse racing. He is a fan of Hereford FC and his best rugby playing friends include Tom Hardwick, a fellow England U18 cap, who is with Leicester Tigers. George Smith of Old Halesonians and Gloucester trio Tom Seabrook, Charlie Chapman and Harrison Fowke are the others.
Where does he go on holiday? Ibiza. What’s his favourite meal? One from The Beefy Boys Burgers in Hereford. He doesn’t play computer games but listens to Hip Hop, K.I.G. Head and his top film is The Wolf of Wall Street. Geordie Shore is his TV choice and his best ‘outside rugby experience’ was being batsman of the year for Herefordshire County Cricket Club.
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2017 S, C, I S; SA Tour: F, W, SA
Last updated: 30 August 2017