When his father Jonathan first took him to Kingsholm to watch Gloucester as a youngster, that was the spark that lit Ollie Adkins’ burning desire to carve out a career in rugby.
Having made his England Under-18s debut against France in March 2018, the loose-head prop, part of Gloucester’s academy set-up, appears to be heading in the right direction.
He made his U20 debut against Ireland in 2019 Six Nations.
Ollie was born in Gloucester and grew up in nearby Cirencester – first joining a club, Cirencester RFC, as an 11-year-old – and was part of the most successful rugby team in Cirencester Kingshill School’s history.
He helped Kingshill become district champions for five seasons running and his success continued at college level.
Ollie was at the forefront of Hartpury College’s domination of the AASE Championship – a competition they have won almost every year since its inception – going over for a hat-trick as they defeated Gosforth Academy 66-14 at Allianz Park in December 2017.
Over the years, he has progressed from the second row to the back row, and then to the front row, and became a key part of Gloucester’s side that competes in the Premiership Rugby Under-18s Academy competition.
Growing up, Ollie idolised All Blacks captain Kieran Read and when he’s not training or playing, the Gloucester youngster, a keen skier, loves to hit the slopes.
U20 International record
2019: Ire, Fra (1 try), Wal, Ita, Sco (R)
Last updated: 21 March 2019