Being chosen to captain England at U16 level was extra special for Bristol-born Will Capon but he said: “All moments in a Red Rose shirt are filled with pride.”
It all started for him at Winscombe RFC when he was seven and in 2014 he joined Bristol academy, along with elder brother Jack. He opted for maths, history, Latin and Russian as his A Levels at Bristol Grammar School and lives in North Somerset.
Will played for England at U17 level in 2016 and made his U18 debut in the 43-14 win over France at Aylesbury in March 2017.
He also scored his maiden try at that level against France at Stellenbosch in August and powered over for both England tries against Wales in the second of the three tour games in South Africa.
The late Jonah Lomu was his rugby idol and he attributes his understanding of the game to a series of coaches. It began with Simon Martin and Tim Miell at Winscombe through to Mike Hall, Keith Leaker, Mark Irish and Sean Marsden at the Bristol academy and Peter Walton, Mark Luffman, John Fletcher and Russell Earnshaw on the England Pathway.
His parents Jo and Giles both enjoy rugby and his sister India played regional hockey. He has deep family roots in the game. Trevor Foster, his great grandmother’s brother, played rugby league for Wales, Great Britain and had an unbroken 67-year involvement with Bradford Northern, now Bradford Bulls. He was among the best known 13-a-side players in his era and was appointed MBE in 2001 for his charitable work in Bradford.
California is Will’s favourite holiday destination and he enjoys electronic dance music and Deadmau5. He also likes any Marvel film and TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine also suits him, along with rare rib-eye steak, peppercorn sauce, chunky chips and mayo satisfying his taste buds!
15 points - 3T
2017 F, S(R), W, C(R), I, S(R); SA Tour: F, W(R), SA
Last updated: 7 March 2018