After signing for a second year in the Bristol Senior Academy for 2017/18, Iwan Hughes is ready for new challenges. He has played twice for England U18, having made his debut against France at Aylesbury in March and had already signed off his junior academy career at Bristol with two tries in the defeat of Gloucester. “It was the perfect way to finish,” he said.
Bristol-born Iwan attended St Bonaventure’s Catholic Primary School and St Bede’s Catholic College before progressing to SCS Filton College, where he is in his first year of two, studying for a BTEC in Sport & Exercise Science. He had begun playing the game when six at St Brendan’s Old Boys RFC and captained the Bristol Academy U18 team several times in 2016/17.
His dad Ray played local rugby and brother Rhys has appeared for Somerset and the Welsh Exiles and is now in the Bristol Clubs Combination U20 side. Iwan continued: “I don’t have any rugby idols. I love watching matches but there’s not been any one individual player that has inspired me. I prefer to look at and review my matches in which I play and try to improve my own game, rather than trying to become like someone else.
“Ever since I was picked for the Bristol EPDG Silver group, I’ve had the confidence to believe in myself. It was tough when I didn’t get much game time for Bristol Schools but I worked harder to get a starting place which I achieved. Lailand Gordon, a Bristol Academy player, who is at SGS Filton College, is my best rugby-playing friend.”
Sport runs in the Hughes family. As well as playing rugby, Ray was the West Wales Cycling champion. Mum Sandy used to captain the West Wales hockey team and his younger sister Rhian figured in the South West U17 team and was in the Wales U17 talent squad. Older sister Bethan plays Korf Ball for Cardiff University.
Iwan’s top holiday destination is South Africa where he toured with his college side last year and he listens to acoustic music with good singers such as Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and James Arthur. His favourite film and TV show? It’s the Lion King and the Big Bang Theory and lasagne’s the food for him. He does not play computer games and regards himself as ‘hard working, grateful and determined. Winning the school principal’s award at a prize-giving at the end of Year 11 remains his proudest achievement off the field.
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Last updated: 6 May 2017