Two ambitions are driving forces for Leeds-born Max Wright – to become the best No.12 in the world and to start his own business. He is a junior academy player with Yorkshire Carnegie and took A-levels in business studies and product design at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley. Max previously attended Silcoates School, Wrenthorpe near Wakefield has been dual registered with Wharfedale, then of National One.
His Carnegie debut in the A League was against Saracens in January 2013 and his previous club experience was with West Park Leeds from 2010-12 and Sandal, where he began at the age of four from 2001-10. Max went on to represent Yorkshire U15 and U16, England U17 and made his U18 debut at that level against Scotland at Newcastle in March 2015. He played in all three subsequent matches in the Rugby Europe Championship in France and two more on tour in South Africa that August. Max was a try-scorer on his England U20 debut against France at Exeter in February this year and added a second from a length-of-the-field move against Wales at Colwyn Bay six days later. He appeared in every match during this year’s Grand Slam and in two World Championship games in Georgia this June.
A 'team' of mentors have guided him along, notably from Andrew Wilson at Sandal, Brian Ashton and Dean Ryan at the Sedbergh rugby camp, Danny Wild, Mark Luffman, Jonathan Pendlebury and Andy Rock at Yorkshire Carnegie and John Fletcher, the National Development Academy Manager.
He has won a series of individual kudos, including the Yorkshire Carnegie Spirit U17 award and players’ player accolades for West Park Leeds U16, Silcoates School U18, and at Sandal. His father Andrew and brothers Giles and Jonathan have all played rugby and his own most memorable matches were the AASE semi-finals in March 2014 when Prince Henry’s beat St Paul’s and the England U17 game against France the following month. His favourite playing surface is the second-team pitch at West Park Leeds.
Max said: “My passion and thirst for knowledge in rugby led me to undertake the AASE programme. This, coupled with the huge input from Yorkshire Carnegie Academy, has allowed me to gain a greater insight into what is needed mentally and physically to become a professional rugby player.
“I have a unique training programme focusing on physical, technical, tactical, mental and lifestyle adaptations. Within each of these areas, there are so many challenging applications e.g. nutrition, time management, critical evaluation of my and other players’ development, etc. This inspires me to increase my knowledge in all these areas to the highest level.”
10 points – 2T
2017 F, W, It, S, I(R) World Championship – Sam(R), W
2015 S Europe: P, F(R), It(R); SA Tour: F(R), SA
Last updated: 19 June 2017