Sport runs through the genes of the Butler family and Will is no exception with his multi-sport talent leading him to represent Herefordshire in cricket and rugby as a youngster.
His older brother Ben and younger sibling George also represented the county at age group level while his younger sister Sophie played hockey for Herefordshire.
Rugby though is not a new sport to Will’s family. Pete, his father, played for Durham University, Staines, Amersham & Chiltern and Ledbury while his grandfather, John, was secretary of Hereford for 25 years.
His other grandfather, Craig Nicholl, captained Moseley Public Schools and great grandfather Douglas Payne played for Moseley.
It was no surprise then that Will found his way into the Ledbury junior set up from U7 to U17 level and represented Herefordshire, North Midlands, the Midlands and England Lions in the U16 age group.
Will scored two tries on his England U17 debut against France in 2015 and then played his first game at U18 level against the corresponding French team a year later.
Remarkably, his U20 baptism was also against Les Bleus in February 2017, which he celebrated with a try, followed by another against Wales at Colwyn Bay six days later.
Will played in all five matches in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, starting four of them, and made two starts during the 2018 Six Nations where England came second.
He attended Ann Cam Primary School in Dymock before attending Hereford Cathedral School, where he took A-levels in economics, biology and PE.
A member of the Worcester Warriors Academy, Macclesfield-born Will has ambitions of working in the City as well as becoming an officer in the Army
10 points – 2T
2017 F, W, S, I, World Championship – Sam, W(R), A, SA, NZ 2018 It, S, F(R), I
Last updated: 23 May 2018