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Profile

Sporting success clearly runs in the Loader family.

While Ben has broken through in rugby for London Irish and England U20s, his younger brother Danny has already tasted similar success in football.

Ben – educated at Wellington College – has long been tipped for big things as a wing.

He was part of his school first XV that won back-to-back Daily Mail Trophies before he joined the Exiles academy.

He was also part of the England U18 side that won the Five Nations back in 2016.

In the 2017/18 season, Ben started to make an impact at senior level – making his first-team debut for London Irish in the European Challenge Cup against Edinburgh in early December 2017. 

And a week later he made his home bow, and produced a man-of-the-match performance, as the Exiles came agonisingly close to downing defending champions Stade Francais.

Those performances helped him earn a call-up to the England U20 elite player squad in January 2018, ahead of the Six Nations the following month.

Born in Reading but later based in Sunbury-on-Thames, the powerful and pacy wing describes himself as "strong, honest and happy" and as a child modelled his game on speedsters Jason Robinson and Bryan Habana.

Also a keen Manchester United fan, Ben will always have football as his second love.

But it his younger brother Danny who has opted to go down the round-ball route. The Reading striker was part of the England U17 side that won the age-group World Cup in 2017. 

Last updated on 23 January 2018.

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