As the former captain of Gloucester U18 Academy side and with England caps at U16, U17, U18 and U20, Joe Mullis has already achieved much in his career. His proudest moments were winning his first U16 cap, touring South Africa with the U18 squad and making his debut at U20 level against France at Exeter last February. Joe appeared in all five matches during the subsequent World Championship in Georgia. He started playing when seven for Chosen Hill Former Pupils and was educated at Churchdown Village Junior School and Chosen Hill where his teacher Richard Knight put him forward for county and then district trials.
Lynn, his mother, said: “Richard has been the driving force behind Joe's England selection. His father Paddy and I are so proud of him." His specialist subjects at Chosen Hill were business studies, economics and applied science and after ten years with his former pupils club, Gloucester-born Joe is set for ongoing progress at Kingsholm and joined Cinderford on loan for 2014/15.
He said: “What appeals to me about the game is my enjoyment of team sports and decision-making environments where I can put myself in difficult conditions and try to get myself out of them with the help of others.” Guidance has come from Peter Buxton and Simon Lane at the Gloucester Academy and club coaches Richard Planch, Bill Bates Paul Ryland and Knight at school.
A flanker-turned-hooker, he also embarked on a major adventure in the summer of 2014 to New Zealand for three months to play for John McGlasghan College in the Dunedin suburb of Maori Hill. His other representative honours were for Gloucestershire U16 and South West U16 and his aim is to become a full-time professional player. He is also interested in sports management, understanding the way a team is run behind the scenes and is now pursuing that aim at Hartpury College.
Joe’s father Patrick has also played for Chosen Hill FP and his brother Rowan is a member of the Gloucester U16 squad. An open-side flanker when playing for England U16, Joe rates Schalk Brits and Michael Hooper highly and Kingsholm, the Cherry and White citadel, is the ground he most likes.
His best rugby-playing friend is Gloucester’s Alex Craig, New Zealand is his favourite place to spend a holiday and he enjoys ‘Game of Thrones’. When it comes to watching films, Saving Private Ryan appeals to him and so does Spaghetti Bolognese on the culinary front.
2017: F, W World Championship – Sam(R), W(R), A(R), SA, NZ
2015 S(R); SA Tour: F, SA’A’(R), SA
Last updated: 19 June 2017