Prop Alfie Petch grew up in Cornwall and has since made the move across the Tamar Bridge to become a member of the Exeter Chiefs academy in Devon.
Growing up in Bude, he then moved to Ivybridge Community College – the alma mater of the likes of Steffon Armitage, Dave Ewers and Stuart Hooper – before eventually moving to Exeter College on an AASE apprenticeship.
He joined the Chiefs academy at the age of 14, having only started playing the game for Bude RFC three years earlier at the age of 11.
In 2017/18, Alfie’s performances in the Chiefs academy were rewarded with a three-year deal at Sandy Park.
Alfie credits Sam Morton, Chiefs’ A League and U18s forwards coach, for his development, as well as Bob Crooks during his time at Ivybridge.
His rugby hero is another Chiefs and England front row, Luke Cowan-Dickie, who also played age-group level for England as a prop before making the shift to hooker.
Before becoming part of the U18s squad in 2018, he has previously represented England at U17 level, featuring away in France in 2017.
Away from rugby, Alfie was a keen swimmer, competing for Cornwall from the age of 10 until he was 14, while he is also a Chelsea fan in football.Last updated: March 5 2018