Playing in the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry in August 2015 was a great experience for Ben Earl – and one he won’t forget. The former England U16 and England U18 player was in the Saracens side that didn’t reach the final stages, missing out by a point in their group behind Wasps and Harlequins but he said: “The boys fronted up well. This is the first time I’ve ever played in this kind of stadium and the atmosphere was unbelievable. It’s fantastic to come here and compare yourselves with internationals stars.”
Born in Redhill, Surrey, Ben is a member of his club’s junior academy, took A-levels in English economics and French at Tonbridge School and has completed his first year of three at Queen Mary University of London. Ben is studying for a BA in comparative literature. He previously attended The New Beacon School, Sevenoaks and initially played in a senior pre-season match for Saracens and A League games against Wasps and Bath.
Being in the England U20 squad and captaining the side against France and Wales last winter before sustaining a knee injury presented a different challenge that he couldn’t have envisaged when first playing, aged 12, at Sevenoaks RFC. He said: “The physicality element and the fact that the team is everything is so motivating. So is the comradeship. Rory Teague and Don Barrell at Saracens and Chris Morgan, Graeme Gales and James Johnson at school have guided me along.” He started four games in the 2017 World U20 Championship and scored a try against New Zealand in the final.
Ben aims to earn a full England cap and also to obtain a degree in English. He has captained Saracens U18, England U16 and Tonbridge School’s first team and established his leadership credentials. He was players’ player for 2015/16 at Tonbridge, player of the tournament at the Reigate Sevens and would love to tour abroad. He said: “I’ve not done that yet.”
He swam at national level and played cricket for Kent at U14 and U15 levels. His brother James had a golf handicap of ten when he was only 14 years old. Reading and playing other sports are his hobbies and, back on the field, his top games were two victories over Wales. the first was at U16 level and the other for the U18 side at Aberavon in March last year. He said: "We won 27-26 with the last kick of the match and it was live on television."
Ben used to play at centre before moving into the back row and his sporting idols are Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Billy Vunipola. His best rugby-playing friends are fellow England U20 squad members Nick Isiekwe and Jack Nay, together with James Grayson and Matt Williams. Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, is his favourite ground.
His top holiday destination is Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean, Football Manager is the computer game he enjoys most and steak and chips is the dish he likes best. When chilling out, he watches Made in Chelsea, Wedding Crashers and likes to listen to Sigala.
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Last updated: 19 June 2017