Worcester Warriors scouted James Scott at a U15 county tournament but his rugby story began long before that when he played at U6/U7 level at Hereford RFC. He said: “When it moved to full contact, I quit the game because I didn’t want to be involved. Then I returned to rugby when going to Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School. All credit to Nick Vaughn, Mike Stubbs, Nathan Jarrold and Gary Preece, the PE staff there, because I actually began to enjoy playing. Also thanks to Nick Tisdale and Chim Gale, my Warriors U15/U16 coaches.”
He went on to represent England U16 against Wales in 2015, the U17 side against Ireland and France the following year and then the U18 team in all nine matches this year – not bad for someone who didn’t have rugby idols in his younger days and wanted to be a footballer. The player that he looked up to was Ronaldo.
Along the way he captained the Herefordshire U15 and U16 rugby sides and already has a good stock of memories. Receiving his U16 cap, beating France U17 in the final play of a match at Kingston Park, Newcastle and being on the winning side in all three games in the U18 International Series in Wales last April are all up there.
Solihull-born James has completed A-level studies in maths, physics and chemistry at Malvern College, having also attended Sutton St Nicholas and Lugwardine at primary level. He is not alone in family sporting success – his older sister Eleanor finished fourth in the national rowing championships. Playing basketball and cycling are his other interests and ‘anywhere with a beach’ is his favourite holiday hot spot.
Malvern pair George Amphlett and Jules Hobbs are his best rugby friends, along with Beck Cutting at the Warriors while anything from the chill genre on Spotify are his musical tastes. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings satisfies his film-watching and Prison Break tops his list of TV shows. His favourite meal is steak and reckons that he is ‘laidback, lanky and direct’, though guesses that his friends regard him as ‘loud, motivated and annoying’.
Even they must be impressed by his highest – literally – achievement away from the field. It’s reaching the top of Mount Kinabalu on the Borneo Expedition last summer!
U18 International Record
2017 F, S, W, C(R), I, S; SA Tour: F, W(R), SA
Last updated: 30 August 2017