Not many youngsters have a rugby club set up almost on their own behalf but Cadan Murley was given that accolade at the age of four through his mum and dad, Tamsin and Jon, who created Paderborn Pirates RFC in the Germany city.
Cadan said: “It enabled me and other children to have the opportunity to play. Jon has been my coach from the U5 age group to the present day. That meant there was always a chance I had the ability to play on a regular or full time basis.
But it was still very much an ambition until I was chosen for England U17 against Italy U18. I then realised, with complete dedication, my dream may come true.”
His dad played for the British Army, Harlequins, Reading, Bracknell, Salisbury and Cornwall. Frimley-born Cadan has followed his path to Harlequins and initially joined the club’s academy in September 2014 before signing a full-time academy contract starting in 2016/17. Previously, he studied for A-levels in biology, geography and PE at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury, having attended William Wordsworth Primary, Lanivet Primary and Broadchalke Primary.
Cadan has also played for Wadebridge Camels, along the way to his first eight U18 caps that featured two tries on his debut in the 43-14 win over France at Aylesbury last March and six in all at that level, including three during the tour of South Africa in August 2017. His other top moments were scoring a maiden try for Harlequins against Wasps and pulling on an England shirt for the first time, along with singing the National Anthem in front of friends and family.
Murley made his Premiership debut against Worcester in November 2018 also scoring his first try in the defeat to Leicester a month later.
He said: “I was also thrilled to lead out Bishop Wordsworth’s at Twickenham for the NatWest Cup final against Warwick School. Not being chosen for the Dorset & Wilts U15 had been a big setback but it made me determined to prove the selectors wrong. Terry Gilmour, the first team coach at Bishop Wordsworth’s, was a great help to me.”
Cadan also enjoys watching athletics, supports Manchester United and his favourite holiday destination is Cornwall where his parents were born. Hip hop, Loyle Carner and J Cole are his musical tastes. Hot Fuzz is his favourite film, Silent Witness leads the way in the TV stakes and Beef Wellington tickles his taste buds.
And what is his proudest rugby moment? That’s easy. Cadan added: “Not losing to my dad at an arm wrestle for the first time!”
30 points – 6T
2017 F, S, C, I, S (R); SA Tour: F, W, SA
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