Since taking up rugby when six at Hornets, a club based in Weston-super-Mare, Josh Caulfield has been hooked on the game. Not only that because his family is, too. He said: “They are very rugby orientated and enjoy watching and playing. It’s a great family sport with passion and is very physical which I thought suited me. The team spirit is second to none.”
He is a member of Exeter Chiefs Academy, having been with the London Irish Junior Academy from 2010-13. Josh has been studying for a BTEC Level Three Sporting Diploma at Bicton College, having attended Castle Batch Primary School and Priory Community School, both in Weston-super-Mare. Taunton-born, he represented Bristol U16, England South West U16, England South U16 and England U17 before making his England U18 debut in the 39-27 win over Scotland at Kingston Park, Newcastle in 2015. Later that month, he scored a maiden try against France in the Rugby Europe Championship at Blagnac. A first cap for England U20 followed last February when he played off the bench for Justin Clegg in the 37-21 win over Wales at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. Josh went on to appear in all five matches in the World U20 Championship in June.
His mentors at Hornets, a National Three South West club, have been Jon Richardson and Matthew Langdon, together with Justin Bishop at London Irish. Rob Gibson, the Bicton College and Exeter Chiefs U18 head coach, has now taken over the mantle. He said: “It wasn’t until I went to college that rugby started getting serious for me. The environment’s pretty much based like a professional one – just with lectures.”
Josh helped the college to the U18 BCS League title as well as the AASE Plate and was in the Chiefs squad that finished as runners up in the 2014 Academy U18 Aviva League. He continued: “My proudest moment was singing the national anthem while standing alongside someone I grew up with - Curtis Langdon.”
His brother Jake has played for Taunton, England U16 and Ireland U20 and his rugby idols while growing up were Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson. He also enjoys playing and watching football, is interested in Formula 1 and supports Arsenal. Tournedos Rossini is his stand-out meal and he rates Thailand as the best holiday resort. In terms of films, his top choices are ‘Taken’ and ‘The Hangover’ and his favourite music is that of ‘Drake’ and Rick Ross.
2017 W(R), It, S, World Championship – Sam, W(R), A, SA, NZ
5 points – 1T
2015 S Europe: P, F, It; SA Tour: SA ‘A’
Last updated: 19 June 2017