Jack Maunder is not only following in the footsteps of his father Andy by playing for Exeter Chiefs but like his dad, he is a scrum half. Andy appeared in 149 league games and captained the Chiefs for five years. Jack made his England U18 debut against Scotland at Dalziel in March 2014 and played in all three games in the subsequent FIRA/AER European Championship. He studied biology, economics, physical education and psychology at Blundell’s School in Tiverton.
He played in all three U18 tour games in South Africa in August 2015, is part of the Chiefs Senior Academy, having first played the game at U9 level for Cullompton, where he stayed until he was 12. Jack went on to represent Devon U15 and U16, captained the side and played for South West U16 and England U16. His school coaches are Edd Saunders and Charlie Gabbitass while skills coach Ricky Pellow is his mentor at the Chiefs, along with Charlie Guppy.
His Premiership debut was against Bath last October and by late February this year, he had made eight appearances in the competition and scored a maiden try in the 35-35 draw with Wasps at Sandy Park in his seventh game. He had also bagged a try in his first Champions Cup match against Bordeaux Bègles last December.
Exeter-born Jack said: “Playing in my first England game for the U16 side against Italy was extremely special. Also the England Schools Barbarians’ match against a French side in the Serge Blanco Tournament final at Biarritz, with a full main stand shouting at us, gave me a taste of what French crowds are all about.”
His rugby idols are Haydn Thomas, the Chiefs scrum half, because he plays with such pace, together with Aaron Smith, of the All Blacks, and Dean Mumm, the Chiefs and Australia lock. Jack continued: “Dean’s leadership is amazing and he’s a great player and man.”
Jack also represented Devon at cricket from U11 to U19 level and the South West U15 team. He added: “My parents have been incredible. Mum, who drove me to the Chiefs during my free periods at school to get extra training with Ricky (Pellow), has been amazing and Dad has given me lots of advice from the experience gained when he was playing.” His hobbies are surfing, water-skiing and golf.
2014 S, W(R) Europe: P(R), W, I 2015 S, W(R) Europe: P, F(R), It; SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’(R), SA
Last updated: 22 February 2017