Jack Bartlett first picked up a rugby ball aged five and was soon playing for his local club Cinderford, before representing Lydney until he was picked up by Gloucester’s academy aged 12.
The tight-head prop made his debut for Gloucester’s academy team in 2017 when they played London Irish, and following some outstanding performances, made the bench for the first-team in the Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Leicester Tigers at just 17 years of age.
Both his parents were keen rugby players – Jack claims a rugby ball was the first item to be packed when going on holiday – and he was always eager to follow in their footsteps.
His mum, Emma, represented the South West at county level, whilst his dad, Nick, captained the Combined Services against Argentina and Romania.
It was following a discussion with his father, who had coached him for almost ten years, that Jack made the decision to move from No. 8 to prop in order to solidify his involvement in Gloucester’s squad.
The decision paid off, as he reached the U18’s Premiership Final with the Cherry & Whites in 2018 against Leicester Tigers, after they topped the Southern Conference with six wins out of six.
Jack certainly caught the eye during Gloucester’s outstanding season and earned a call-up to the England U18s squad in early 2018.Last updated: 7 March 2018