Since he started playing rugby at the age of four, Sale Sharks’ Connor Doherty has always wanted to be a full-time rugby player.
Born in Manchester in 2000 to mum Jan and dad Mike – a former Sale player – Connor always had sport in his genes and first took to the field for Altrincham Kersal RFC as a mini.
Beginning his education at St Joseph’s Primary School, the outside centre went on to captain school rugby teams at St Ambrose College, his team becoming Cheshire champions in year seven, eight, nine and 11.
Connor joined the Sale Sharks academy at 14 and counts coaches Paul Howarth and Aled Trenhaile as big influences in his rugby development, as well as his father.
The 6ft 3in centre counts his proudest rugby moments as playing for England U16s and making his debut for Sale Sharks, where he made three Anglo-Welsh Cup appearances in the 2017/18 season, aged just 17.
He made his England U20s debut against Wales in the 2019 Six Nations, also scoring against Junior Springboks in April 2019.
Connor also represented his club at the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at Franklin’s Gardens after impressing as part of the England Sevens side which won a silver medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The young centre has studied A Levels in PE, biology and psychology at Lancashire’s Kirkham Grammar School and describes himself as driven, honest and funny.
Connor is also a keen tennis player and Manchester United fan, counts California as his ideal holiday location and considers The Blind Side to be his favourite film.
England U20 International record
2019: Wal, SA (1try)
Last updated: 13 May 2019