Millfield Prep School introduced Josh Bayliss to the game when he was ten and he has graduated from the Bath Rugby Junior Academy to become a member of the senior academy for 2016/17. Tiverton born, he has also attended Wellington School in Somerset and studied biology, PE and psychology at Millfield, where he was joint head of school.
After playing for Millfield at U14 level, he captained the U15, U16 sides and led the first team. He represented the South West U16 side and figured in the Bath U16 XV and has captained their U18 team. Josh has also represented England Saxons U16 and England U17 and relishes: “The physicality and skill level required and the sportsmanship shown in the game.”
He scored a try on his second appearance for England U18 in the 33-8 win over South Africa A on tour in August 2015, having made his debut against France four days earlier but did not figure again in the side until playing in all three matches during last year's corresponding tour. He played in all the first three matches in the U20 Six Nations this winter and scored two second-half tries in an eight-minute spell against Italy at the Northern Echo Arena in February. Josh added a third try in this year’s the World U20 Championship final against New Zealand, having also played in the previous four games.
His mentors past and present are school coaches John Mallett and Jonathan Brimacombe, Danny Grewcock and George Tavner at Bath Academy, Aaron James and Scott Hobson at the club’s junior academy, together with England coaches John Fletcher and Peter Walton.
He said: “Others are Peter, my father and Dan Close, my coach at prep school. My most memorable match was the Rosslyn Park Sevens semi-final against Wellington College. We needed to land a conversion to draw the game but missed it narrowly. We lost but it was still a great match.”
Josh, who can play at lock and in the back row, is targeting a career in professional rugby and breaking into the full England squad. His favourite players are Richie McCaw and Jonah Lomu and Twickenham is his top ground.
15 points – 3T
2017 F(R), W(R), It, S(R), I(R) World Championship – Sam, W, A(R), SA(R), NZ(R)
5 points – 1T
2015 SA Tour: F(R), SA ‘A’, SA(R) 2016 SA Tour: F, SA 'A', SA(R)
Last updated: 19 June 2017