Fraser Dingwall became a stalwart of the England U20 side in 2018, starting in four of England’s Six Nations U20s matches and scoring in the final game against Ireland.
Four months later, he started in four out of five of England’s matches in the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championships, including in the final where they finished runners-up to France.
In between those two major tournaments, Fraser won the Premiership A League with Northampton Wanderers in April 2018, defeating Exeter Braves 31-21 in the final at Franklin’s Gardens.
The 2018/19 season would be a breakthrough campaign for Dingwall at Saints, making his Premiership debut for Northampton against Leicester at Twickenham Stadium also scoring his first tries for the club domestically and in Europe.
Fraser staked his initial claim for the English 13 jersey when he played a key part in helping them win the U18 international series in South Africa in August 2017, featuring in victories against France and South Africa schools.
After captaining Scotland U16 at the Wellington International Festival, Fraser won a cap for the U18 team against Wales in 2016 before switching his allegiance to England.
Ironically, he played twice against Scotland in 2017 – in the 43-12 victory at Preston Grasshoppers and the 45-24 win at Ystrad Mynach.
Cambridge born, he studied for A-Levels in maths, chemistry and biology and was not only head of school at Bedford, but also the first XV captain.
He has been with Northampton Saints since the age of 14 and is captain of the junior academy there this year. Fraser, the son of former London Scottish and Cambridge player Gordon, was previously with Cambridge RFC for seven years and has also appreciated the guidance of Barry Burgess, the head of rugby at Bedford and Simon Sinclair at the Saints.
Fraser said: “My parents influenced my rugby from an early age. Along with my brother Euan, I used to watch dad play.”
His best rugby-playing friends are fellow England U18 squad members Fraser Strachan and Cameron Redpath, who both represented Scotland at that level.
His favourite players are Dan Carter and Jason Robinson and as well as also being involved in football, supporting Newcastle United.
Fraser said: "My proudest moment so far was receiving my England U18 cap.”
5 points - 1T
2018 It, W, S(R), F, I, SA, World Championship - A, It, SA, F
2017 S (R), C, I(R), S; SA Tour: F, SA
Last updated: 18 January 2019