Cambridge-born Alex Coles began his rugby journey at Newmarket Rugby Club. He credits one of his first rugby coaches at school, Mr Anderson, for his development but also his parents for their support.
The lock forward cites his senior first-team debut for Northampton Saints against Wasps in the Premiership Cup as his proudest moment, along with singing the national anthem for the first time in an England shirt while playing for the U16s.
He was part of the England U18s squad that toured South Africa in August 2017 as part of the summer development tour.
Coles made his England U20 debut against Ireland in the 2019 Six Nations.
Off the pitch Coles is a huge Arsenal fan, with Thierry Henry a hero of his, while he also describes his music taste as ‘eclectic’.
The Office is his favourite TV show and Shawshank Redemption his go-to film and he says cycling from London to Paris with his dad was his proudest non-rugby moment.
U20 International record
2019: Ire, Fra, Wal, Sco
Last updated: 21 March 2019