Worcester Warriors scouted James Scott at a U15 county tournament but his rugby story began long before that when he played at U6 level at Hereford RFC.
He said: “When it moved to full contact, I quit the game because I didn’t want to be involved. Then I returned to rugby when going to Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School.
“All credit to Nick Vaughn, Mike Stubbs, Nathan Jarrold and Gary Preece, the PE staff there, because I actually began to enjoy playing.”
James went on to represent England U16 against Wales in 2015, the U17 side against Ireland and France the following year and then the U18 team in all nine matches in 2017.
These were not bad achievements for someone who didn’t have rugby idols in his younger days and wanted to be a footballer. The player that he looked up to was Ronaldo.
Along the way he captained the Herefordshire U15 and U16 rugby sides and already has a good stock of memories.
Receiving his U16 cap, beating France U17 in the final play of a match at Kingston Park, Newcastle and being on the winning side in all three games in the U18 International Series in Wales last April are all up there.
He started two matches for England U20s during the U20s Six Nations in 2018.
Solihull-born James has completed A-level studies in maths, physics and chemistry at Malvern College, having also attended Sutton St Nicholas and Lugwardine at primary level.
He is not alone in family sporting success – his older sister Eleanor finished fourth in the national rowing championships - while he also enjoys playing basketball and cycling are his other interests.
Even they must be impressed by his highest – literally – achievement away from the field. It’s reaching the top of Mount Kinabalu on the Borneo Expedition in 2017.
2018 It, W(R), S(R), F(R), I, SA
2017 F, S, W, C(R), I, S; SA Tour: F, W(R), SA
Last updated: 23 May 2018