An early convert from rugby league, Oliver Fox played the 13-a-side game from the age of five and joined Wakefield-based Sandal RFC four years later. He switched to the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy when 14 and so the story of his path to six England U18 caps rolled on. His senior Carnegie debut was against Newport Gwent Dragons last December but his first Red Rose experience was even earlier – for the U17 side against France.
Born in Dewsbury and a product New College, Pontefract, he took A-levels in psychology, history and PE and has fitted in the captaincy of the Carnegie Junior Academy in 2015/16 and 2016/17. He said: “Darren Reynolds, the Sandal Colts coach, was important in my development. He switched me to scrum half, showed me how to pass and handed on both his own knowledge of playing in that position and his game sense.
“My mum Lisa and dad Adrian encouraged me to move into rugby union, helped me in many ways, gave me emotional support and kept me grounded. Kevin Sinfield was my rugby idol when I was growing up. Receiving my England U18 cap after we beat Ireland 39-20 at Parc y Scarlets in April is one of my proudest moments, along with my first team debuts for Sandal and Yorkshire Carnegie, against Newport Gwent Dragons last December. My biggest disappointment was not playing at U16 level for England, though I did make the U17 squad for that match against France.”
He also enjoys ski-ing and golf and watching rugby league with his brother and cousin. Oliver also supports Leeds United. Austria is his favourite holiday venue because of the ski-ing opportunities there. His top film is The Italian Job and Oasis and the Stone Roses suit his music tastes. Game of Thrones and FIFA17, on his computer, are his other likes, along with a Sunday roast, complete with Yorkshire pudding – of course.
5 points – 1T
2017 F(R), S, W(R), C(R), I, S; SA Tour: F(R), W, SA(R)
Last updated: 30 August 2017