England U17s, U18s and subsequently U20s – Rory Brand has developed his talents right through the national age groups.
Rory made his England U18 debut off the bench in the 21-5 win over France at Doncaster in February 2015, having played for Lancashire U15, U16, the North U16 and England U17s previously.
He progressed to earn his England U20 debut against Italy in the 2017 Six Nations and also started one match in the 2018 Six Nations - at scrum-half against Scotland.
In the same year Rory was selected for the World Rugby U20 Championships in France, making three appearances against Argentina, Italy and Scotland.
Rory started playing rugby when six at Melrose RFC and became a member of the Sale Sharks Junior Academy in 2013.
This was after he had rugby league experience with Wigan St Cuthberts and Rory was also briefly on the Salford City Reds Scholarship scheme.
Rory spent a season with Wigan RUFC and helped his age group to win the Lancashire Plate in the 2012/13 season.
He joined the London Irish academy and represented the club in the Premiership Rugby Sevens at Kingsholm in 2015, also helping the Exiles to beat Gloucester 35-11 in the U18 Premiership final in February 2016.
Rory has played regularly at centre, wing and scrum-half, whilst his favourite player is Aaron Smith, the All Blacks No 9, because of his clinical and composed attitude.
His own rugby mentors, past and present, are Jason Duffy at Sale Sharks, Wellington College’s Kevin Brennan and Paul Hodgson at London Irish.
2017 I(R) 2018 It(R), W(R), S, F(R), I(R), SA(R), World Championship - A(R), It, S(R), SA(R), F(R)
2015 F(R) 2016 F(R), S, I(R), S(R), W SA Tour: F, SA
Last updated: 19 June 2018