England’s 2003 RWC triumph convinced Brisbane-born Jack to set his sights on playing for his adopted country which he achieved when making his debut off the bench for Chris Robshaw after 69 minutes against Scotland at Murrayfield in February last year. He went on to take the field in all five matches as his side clinched the Grand Slam and then ran half the length of the Twickenham pitch to mark his first start with a try against Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup. He also won the man of the match award and went on to share in the 23-7 victory over Australia in the second Test in Melbourne and the 44-40 triumph in the epic finale at Sydney. His second start was in the 21-16 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium this February.
Jack was selected in England’s 45-man elite player squad last September but missed the autumn campaign after ankle surgery. Ben Morgan was called in as an injury replacement for him.
Born to an English mother, he moved to Surrey at the age of three and has a British passport. His Harlequins’ first-team debut was in November 2012 and he signed a new contract with the club last autumn. He has been associated with ’Quins since joining their academy eleven years ago.
Last season, Jack was given the accolade of captaining the side in the European Challenge Cup against Cardiff Blues. He had led England to their double triumph in the U20 Six Nations and World Rugby Championship four years ago. Jack played seven times for England U18 and in 20 matches for the U20 side as well as appearing for England in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Tokyo and Hong Kong in 2014. In June 2015, he was a try-scorer for the England XV in the 73-12 win over the Barbarians.
He first played the game when nine for Cranleigh minis and joined Cobham three years later before Harlequins identified his talents. Educated at Tillingbourne School in Chilworth, Surrey and RGS Guildford, he won selection for the Six Nations squad after producing eye-catching club performances last season that included five tries in an eight-match spell. He has now made 66 appearances for Harlequins and scored 16 tries. In the previous season, Jack started eight matches at No.7, eight at No.6 and three at No.8. He said: “Being in all three positions has helped my development.”
5 points - 1T
2016 S(R), It(R), I(R), W(R), F(R), W, A(2R,3R) 2017 W, It (R)
Last updated: 1 June 2017