James Scott has a long rugby story that started at U6 level with Hereford RFC and took off when he was scouted by Worcester Warriors at a U15 county tournament.
James represented England U16 against Wales in 2015, the U17 side against Ireland and France the following year and then the U18 team in all nine matches in 2017.
Continuing his rise, the lock played twice for England during the U20s Six Nations in 2018 and started all but one of their games at the World Rugby U20 Championship.
Scott was one of three first-half tryscorers in the pool stage win over Scotland, paving the way for a run to the final of the event in France.
He played in all five fixtures of the 2019 U20 Six Nations, as well as against Junior Springboks in April.
Along the way he captained the Herefordshire U15 and U16 rugby sides and already has a good stock of memories.
Receiving his U16 cap, beating France U17 in the final play of a match at Kingston Park, and being on the winning side in all three games in the U18 International Series in Wales last April are all up there.
Solihull-born James has completed A-level studies in maths, physics and chemistry at Malvern College, having also attended Sutton St Nicholas and Lugwardine at primary level.
He said: “When it moved to full contact, I quit the game because I didn’t want to be involved. Then I returned to rugby when going to Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School.
“All credit to Nick Vaughn, Mike Stubbs, Nathan Jarrold and Gary Preece, the PE staff there, because I actually began to enjoy playing.”
He is not alone in family sporting success – his older sister Eleanor finished fourth in the national rowing championships - while he also enjoys playing basketball and cycling.
Even they must be impressed by his highest – literally – achievement away from the field. It’s reaching the top of Mount Kinabalu on the Borneo Expedition in 2017.
2018 It, W(R), S(R), F(R), I, SA, World Championship - A, It(R), S, SA, F. 2019: Ire (R), Fra (R), Wal (R), Ita, Sco, SA
2017 F, S, W, C(R), I, S; SA Tour: F, W(R), SA
Last updated: 13 May 2019