Halifax-born Ali Crossdale, a product of Sedbergh School, is studying real estate at University College of Estate Management.
He played for England U16 and U17 before being included in the U18 squad for the South Africa Tour in August 2015, winning his first two caps at that level and scoring a maiden try off the bench against South Africa.
In 2018 he was part of the England U20 side that reached the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship, although injury restricted him to just one appearance, an opening victory over Argentina.
Prior to Sedbergh, Ali attended Brooklands Primary School, Sale and Altrincham Grammar School where he captained the first XV for five years. He also led Cheshire U15 and U16 and Sale Sharks Academy before switching to the Newcastle Falcons Academy and signing for Saracens in June 2016.
He began playing with Bowdon RFC at the age of eight and spent six years there.
Ali, who can play at fly half or full back, helped Sedbergh to win four trophies at sevens two years ago, having contributed to a series of Cheshire Cup triumphs while at school in Altrincham.
A former member of Manchester United football academy, he especially savours two matches – playing for the England U16 team that beat hosts Wales by 24-22 in 2014 and Sedbergh’s 37-34 victory over Wellington College at Broadstreet RFC.
He scored two tries on his England U20 debut against Samoa in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia but suffered a hamstring strain that ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.
His favourite players are Dan Carter “for his dedication and commitment to the game”, Owen Farrell “for always keeping cool and managing the game expertly” and Jason Robinson “purely for his amazing footwork and speed”.
10 points – 2T
2017 World Championship - Sam, 2018 World Championship - A
5 points – 1T
2015 SA Tour: SA ‘A’, SA(R) 2016 SA Tour: F, SA
Last updated: 22 June 2018