As a budding six-year-old Alex Davis joined Clifton and went on to represent England at U16 and U19 level before further international honours beckoned.
He was born in Gloucester, grew up in Bristol, signed an England Sevens contract in 2014 and made his HSBC World Series bow in the Gold Coast that October.
He made his bow at Port Elizabeth in December that year, before appearing in Las Vegas in February 2015 and Cape Town that December where he was England’s top try-scorer with five and Wellington the following month where he ran in four.
He added to his total with two in Paris in 2016, one in London in May, together with one in the 38-7 win over Russia in Dubai and two in England’s Cape Town triumph the following weekend.
Two more followed in Wellington in January 2017, one in Sydney the following month and another in London in May against Samoa to take him to 21 overall.
Alex was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, won a place in the 12-man party travelling to Brazil but was ruled out by an ankle injury sustained in training.
Team GB head coach Simon Amor described the setback as “incredibly disappointing”.
But Davis was a key part of the England Sevens squad that in the 2017/18 season that claimed bronzes in Dubai and Singapore as well as a silver in Paris as they finished the World Series fifth overall.
That was enough to earn him selection to the England squad that will contest the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco at the end of July in 2018.
In 2011, he was named Rugby World Schools Player of the Month before being chosen for the Rugby World All Stars team.
Earlier in his career, Alex had helped Great Britain Students to lift the sixth World University Sevens Championship title in São José dos Campos, Brazil in August 2014 and played for Loughborough University for four years.
His other distinctions include appearing in the annual Remembrance Day Match for the Barbarians against Combined Services at Plymouth in November 2013.
Alex is also a talented cricketer, having represented Gloucestershire.
Last updated: 10 July 2017