Lewis Boyce signed for Harlequins at the start of the 2017/18 season from Greene King IPA Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie and less than six months later had earned a maiden call-up to the England senior squad.
The talented loose head prop, an England U20 alumnus who was part of the 2016 outfit that won the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, impressed so much during his first few months at Quins that Eddie Jones brought him into his 35-man group for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations as a 21-year-old.
Boyce made 30 appearances for Carnegie before switching to south-west London and was described by Jones upon his initial international call-up in January 2018 as "a young, strong prop, a good chop tackler and a tough boy," - glowing references from the England coach.
After taking up the game at the age of 12 with Acklam, a club based in his home town of Middlesbrough, Boyce represented North Yorkshire and Yorkshire at U14 and U15 level, together with the North of England and England U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20.
His debut in the oldest age group was against Wales at Ashton Gate, Bristol in March 2016 and he also started the final game against France in the Six Nations. Lewis then played in all five matches during the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, was in the starting side for the last three and shared in the ultimate 45-21 triumph over Ireland.
In February 2013, he helped England U18 to beat Leicester Tigers Academy 28-27 in a warm-up match by playing off the bench for 35 minutes. His full debut produced a try in the FIRA/AER victory over Portugal the following month and in March 2014 he contributed to all three wins over Scotland, Wales and France. He also trained with the England senior squad at St George’s Park, Burton, the previous month and played three more games at England U18 level when figuring in his second triumphant FIRA/AER tournament in Poland in April 2014.
He also appeared for Middlesbrough U13-U16 and was a member of the junior academy at Yorkshire Carnegie, where he had a four-year contract. He attended Archibald Primary School and Macmillan Academy, whose motto is “Inspiring every student to succeed”, in Middlesbrough.
Lewis took a BTEC in Sport at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley that Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care attended. He appreciates his mentors Craig Lilley, a coach at Acklam RFC, John Burridge and John Haddon at Middlesbrough and Andrew Rock and Jon Pendlebury at Yorkshire Carnegie.
As memorable matches go, he reckons the one at U16 level for England against Wales is tops. He also played against Italy and for the U17 side in games against France and Scotland and made his Carnegie debut against Rotherham Titans. Lewis also spent time on loan with Harrogate in 2014/15 and most enjoys the combative aspects of rugby.
He switched from No.8 to prop when in the Middlesbrough U14 squad, became Carnegie’ s Academy Player of the Year in April 2015 and his favourite players are Jerry Collins and Cian Healy.
2016 W, F World Championship - It(R), S(R), A, SA, I
5 points – 1T
2013 FIRA/AER – P, S(R), F(R); Aus Schools 2014 S, W, F(R) FIRA/AER – P(R), W, I South Africa Tour - W, F(R), SA
Last updated: 18 January 2018