Scoring two tries off the bench is not a regular occurrence but Arron Reed did just that when the England U18 side beat Ireland 39-20 in the International Series at Parc y Scarlets in April 2017.
He made his U20 debut in the Six Nations victory against France in February 2019, scoring his first try against Scotland.
He regards his other top experiences so far were being in the Kirkham Grammar School team that beat Sedbergh in two successive years. He captained the school side and also won trophies at the Colston’s and Durham Sevens.
Arron joined the Sale Academy at U15 level, having first played in the Tarleton U9 team. Chester born, he was also with Wigan, Sefton and Preston Grasshoppers and attended Standish Community High School. He has since taken A-levels in PE, religious studies and business studies at Kirkham.
Rugby runs through his family. His father Allan played for Solihull, Tarleton and Warwickshire, represented the West Midlands at athletics and uncle Steven played for England U19, Scotland U21 and appeared at professional level for Edinburgh after being with Leicester as an amateur.
He said: “I watched my dad in action and I wanted to be involved. I first thought I could play on a regular basis when I was in the sixth form at Kirkham and was in the Sharks U18 team. Aled Trenhaile, the head of rugby at Kirkham, gave me a good understanding of the game. Not being at a rugby-playing school earlier had been an obstacle.”
Golf, squash and table tennis are his sporting pastimes, alongside watching athletics and football. His Kirkham contemporaries Ewan Naylor (Preston Grasshoppers), Tom Carleton (Fylde) and Jorge Lewtas, of St Helens, are Arron’s best rugby-playing friends. In terms of food, he likes steak and sweet potato chips the most, loves Florida and enjoys alternative rock music, Catfish and the Bottlemen. Harry Potter is his favourite film and as far as TV shows go, it’s Peaky Blinders for him. His proudest moment away from the rugby pitch was winning the 100m at the Kirkham Sports Day.
He reckons that ‘laidback, fun and respectful’ fit his description but believes that ‘excitable and loyal’ would be the way that his mates would describe him.
U20 International Record
2019: Fra, Sco (1T)
15 points – 3T
2017 S, C, I(R), S; SA Tour: F, SA
Last updated: 21 March 2019