Aaron Hinkley knows all about the big stage having made appearances in the AASE final and the U18 Premiership Rugby final prior to his call-up to the England U20 squad for 2018 World Championships.
The back row helped Hartpury College triumph in the AASE final whilst reaching the showpiece event on the U18 Premiership calendar ranks among his proudest achievements.
Ledbury Rugby Club was the starting point at the age of six for Aaron, who has been a member of the Gloucester Academy since he was 13, making his Premiership debut in November 2018.
He had captained St Peter’s School, Gloucester and also played for Droitwich before picking up his first four England U18 caps in March 2016.
His first game came against Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers. He was a try-scorer in a match that brought a 31-17 victory for his team.
In late July 2017, he helped Gloucester to beat Saracens 22-12 in the Plate final at the Premiership Rugby 7s at Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens.
Aaron was called up to the England U20 setup in 2017 coming off the bench against France and Wales before starting the final three games.
In 2018, Aaron was named as a replacement in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championships as England lost to France 33-25.
Aaron’s heroes in his formative years were Mike Tindall and Lewis Moody. His helpers, less famous but equally as integral, include Mike Stubbs and Matt Ashcroft at Bishop of Hereford’s Blue Coat School and Simon Lane and Peter Buxton at Gloucester Rugby.
His rugby career all stemmed from his parents Peter and Samantha driving him to the Wyeside-based Ledbury club at the age of six.
Cricket and table tennis are among his pastimes and his favourite spectator sports are UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and horse racing, though he is a fan of Hereford FC.
His best rugby-playing friends include Tom Hardwick, a fellow England U18 cap, who is with Leicester Tigers, George Smith of Old Halesonians and Gloucester trio Tom Seabrook, Charlie Chapman and Harrison Fowke.
Geordie Shore is his TV choice and his best experience away from the rugby field was being batsman of the year for Herefordshire CCC.
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2018 W, S, SA, World Championship - It(R), S, SA(R), F(R)
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2017 S, C, I S; SA Tour: F, W, SA
Last updated: 18 January 2019