Blake Boyland was selected for the England U18s squad in 2018 after some impressive performances in the West Country.
The scrum half, who was born in Taunton but now lives in Bristol, joined the academy at Ashton Gate in 2013.
He made his debut for Bristol United against Oxford University and despite a number of minor injuries that have slowed his progress, Blake’s confidence never dimmed.
And it was in his second year on the academy the belief that he could make it as a professional began to grow.
Along with his brother Sam Boyland – who represented England at U16 level – Blake began playing at the age of only five and represented both Cleve and Clifton coming up through the ranks.
His proudest moment however came when he captained Colston 7s before joining the Bristol Academy.
Although his hero is Carlos Spencer, Blake’s star continues to shine in the No 9 jersey.
Away from rugby, Blake’s other sporting love is the NFL although he is also an ardent Chelsea supporter.
His proudest non-rugby moment came in passing his Maths GCSE, a highlight for a youngster who otherwise describes himself as ‘pretty chilled out’.
In addition, Blake is also a huge fan of the music of Drake, and loves nothing more than sitting down in front of the TV to watch his favourite show Peaky Blinders with a big plate of lasagne.
Last updated: 5 March 2018