Aaron Chapman joined the Bristol Rugby Academy in September 2017, following a successful trial period, and made his club debut a month later.
Ashford born, he is in the first year of a two-year course in biology, chemistry and physics at King’s College, Taunton, having attended King’s School, Plymouth and St Peter’s Prep School in Lympstone.
He began playing there and at Topsham RFC at the age of 11. He said: “Since then I have admired the competitive, yet respectful nature of the game among players, officials and coaching staff.”
His top honour before joining the England U18 squad was appearing for the national U16 side and becoming the side’s player of the year but he previously figured in the Prep Schools Barbarians team, represented Devon in the U11 to U16 age groups and the South-West U16 team.
He also came off the bench and scored two tries in the 39-15 win over Scotland in Stirling in March 2016
Aaron’s aims are to obtain a Premiership contract and also to go into medicine/veterinary studies and follow those career paths either alongside rugby or afterwards.
Haydn Thomas is his mentor for rugby across all platforms – school and club – while Ricky Pellow, Marek Churcher, Sam Morton, Ali Hepher and Rob Baxter have helped his progress at the Chiefs. There are plaudits, too, for his first coach, David Roberts at St Peter’s.
His grandfather David and father Nick both played rugby and his brother Tom is a black belt in Taekwondo. Aaron, who describes himself as a film fanatic, also enjoys fishing, cycling and spending time with animals, especially horses, dogs and cats.
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Last updated: 17 January 2018