Since first handling an oval ball when he was five at Windsor RFC, Josh Basham’s playing days have moved on apace.
Born in Wexham, Buckinghamshire, Josh joined the London Irish Academy at the age of 15, captained the U18 team, along with Wellington College and has also been with Tanglin RFC in Singapore.
He won the Daily Mail Trophy in three consecutive years with his school and helped Irish to lift the Academy League title.
Basham left London Irish in the summer of 2018 to pursue his studies and is doing a economics degree at Durham University, also playing BUCS rugby.
Before breaking into the England U18 squad and making his debut in the 43-14 win over France at Aylesbury in March 2017, he had represented his country at U16 and U17 level.
He was also part of the England U18 squad that toured South Africa in August 2017.
In 2018, Josh broke into the U20s set-up, and appeared in all five games of the Six Nations as England were edged into second in the standings.
Josh came off the bench in their opener against Italy but started the next four games at blindside and scored a try against Ireland in the final game of the Championship.
He went on to play in all five games in the U20 World Championship – starting four and coming off the bench in the other - as England finished runners-up to France.
Steve Shortland has been Josh’s school coach since he was 15 and his favourite players while growing up were Lawrence Dallaglio and Josh Lewsey.
He said: “My dad Mark first got me into rugby and used to persuade me to go every Sunday morning, which wasn’t an easy task. Nikki, my mum, drove me selflessly around the country. My proudest moments include the first time I sang the national anthem on the pitch at an England match.”
Table tennis, basketball and football are the other sports Josh plays and he supports Chelsea while his top music is J. Cole, an American hip hop artist.
He enjoys eating chicken pie while watching Suits, Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders.
2018 It(R), W, S, F, I, World Championship - A, It, S(R), SA, F
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Last updated: 18 January 2019