Not only a promising back row, Rob Farrar is also a handy cricketer and he utilises his talent in handling the smaller ball to help bowl opponents over on the rugby pitch.
With both bat and ball, the Newcastle Falcons academy youngster captained Cumbria at U15s level and in 2017, he was part of the Sedbergh School team that won the U18s National Twenty20 Championship title.
Rob, who joined the Falcons academy in 2016, has also tasted school success in rugby in 2017, helping Sedbergh win the Daily Mail Schools Trophy, a competition they had finished second in three times previously, following an unbeaten season.
The teenager, a Cumbria native, started playing at Egremont RUFC aged six and comes from a rugby-mad family.
His grandfather Bob Manners played for Pontefract and still travels regularly to watch his old team in action, dad John Farrar represented Cumbria and his brother Sam plays for Chester.
His family taught him to pass off both hands while his cricketing background has also helped develop his catching skills.
In January 2017, Rob made his debut for Newcastle’s U18s in a clash with Wasps and he counts Jason Robinson, Martin Johnson and Courtney Lawes among his rugby heroes.
He claims he knew he could make it in rugby aged nine after attending a Tynedale 7’s U10s competition. His team lost but he was given a jelly baby as a prize by the opposition coach, who said he was the best player in the competition.
Last updated: 5 March 2018