Having been capped at U16 and U18 level by England, Ben Earl was also a member of the U20 side that won the Grand Slam in 2017 as well as reaching the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia later that year.
Born in Redhill, Surrey, Ben is a member of the Saracens 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 during the 2017 Six Nations 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 Rugby 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 U20 and 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.
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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2017: F, W World Championship – W, A, SA, NZ
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2016 F, S, W, I, S, W
Last updated: 12 January 2018