Rouban Birch demonstrated a knack for winning trophies from a young age as he lifted the Cheshire Cup at U15 level with Lymm RFC and the Daily Mail Schools Trophy and Sedbergh Super 10s with Sedbergh School.
In fact, Rouban scored for Sedbergh in the 53-12 victory over Millfield in the Daily Mail Schools Trophy to complete an 11-game unbeaten campaign.
He made his international debut for England U17 in August 2017, impressed by scoring a number of tries at U18 level in the Premiership Academy League with Sale Sharks the following campaign and earned an England U18s call-up in early 2018.
A rounded athlete with a great engine – appropriate as he plays in rugby’s engine room as a lock – Rouban is an avid fell runner and competes in triathlons, winning the 2017 Sefton Triathlon in which hundreds raced.
Using this love of running in his rugby game, he played on the wing for a large part of his development due to his wealth of pace, before transitioning into the second row.
And the 6ft 2in powerhouse claims he prefers playing in the pack and getting stuck in.
He explained: “I much prefer playing in the second row – it’s much better than hanging out on the wing. There’s more contact and involvement.”
Last updated: 7 March 2018