Although he progressed into the Sale Sharks academy, Teddy Leatherbarrow began his rugby career with Knutsford Rugby Club at the age of seven.
Since those early years at Knutsford and then Lymm RFC, Teddy has developed into an openside flanker, taking inspiration from Richie McCaw and latterly Sam Underhill along the way.
One of his career highlights was reaching the U18s Premiership Final in 2017 with Sale, losing 20-8 to Harlequins but Teddy has enjoyed trophy success, most notably for his school, Kirkham Grammar, where he won the Brecon 7s and North of England 7s.
At international level, before winning a call-up to the England U18s squad in early 2018, he captained Scotland at U16 level.
And Teddy is full of praise for the support network of junior coaches and, particularly, his parents.
“My dad, Dave, took me down to Knutsford and helped me discover my love for rugby and my mum, Siân, drove me everywhere I needed to be,” he said.
“They have both been there through thick and thin.”
Being offered a scholarship to Kirkham Grammar was the moment he began to believe he could make a career out of rugby, but there is more to Teddy than just rugby.
A keen footballer and golfer, he is an Everton fan and idolised centre-back Phil Jagielka when growing up.
Teddy is no slouch academically either, earning 7 A’s and A*s at GCSE before going on to study A Levels in politics, economics and history.
He enjoys listening to techno and hip-hop; it is a toss-up between Drake and Post Malone for the title of his favourite artist.
Last updated: 7 March 2018