Leading England U18 to a 43-14 win over France at Aylesbury last March is Will Porter’s proudest moment at international level and his best club experience with Wasps was making his Anglo-Welsh Cup debut at the Ricoh Arena. Will studied economics, maths and geography at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, and captained the club’s U18 team last season, having taken up the game when five at Amersham & Chiltern RFC. He has become a member of the Wasps Senior Academy for 2017/18.
Will was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA and attended Russell School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. He joined Wasps at the age of 15, represented England U17 against Ireland and France in 2016 and U19 in the French match last April. He said: “When I began playing at A&C, my dad Barry became a coach to learn the game and to help me to further my understanding of it. David Choles was my club coach there and James Honeyben has been throughout my time at Wasps. John Fletcher and Shaun Perry have guided me through the England Development programme for the past three years.”
Rob Andrew and Jonny Wilkinson were his rugby idols while growing up and he has met his biggest challenge of managing school work and rugby simultaneously. Will also enjoys playing football, basketball, golf and tennis and also enjoys watching American football, Australian Rules and supports Manchester United.
His best rugby-playing friends are James Seabrook, Joe Tunney and Tom Willis, all of Wasps, and Hugo Anthony at Old Merchant Taylors’. Will’s mum and dad both swam at National level and so did his sister Jessie, who went on a swim scholarship to Florida, which is also Will’s holiday hotspot.
Chance the Rapper is his favourite music artist, Gladiator heads his list of films and Game of Thrones is his TV choice. As for food, Will goes for homemade steak and pasta – and don’t forget the side order of garlic bread. His dictum is ‘believe, succeed and achieve,’ which sums up his best moment off the field – being awarded a sports scholarship to Merchant Taylors’ School.
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2017 F, W; SA Tour: F, W(R), SA
Last updated: 30 August 2017