Jamie Barden started playing rugby at the age of seven where he played tag rugby for Cranleigh RFC before going on to play for Harlequins age grade teams.
A product of Cranleigh School, Barden captained his school’s first XV where they won the Rosslyn Park National Sevens title, Surrey Sevens and St Joseph’s College National Schools Rugby Festival tournaments across a two-year period.
Having an unbeaten final season at Cranleigh and being re-selected by Harlequins U18s were two of Barden’s proudest rugby moments alongside making his England Sevens debut in Marcoussis for the second leg of the 2018 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series where England won bronze. Head coach Simon Amor hailed Barden’s performance in Marcoussis calling him ‘outstanding’.
The sevens hooker attributes Cranleigh School head coach, Andy Housten, Cranleigh RFC head coach Gareth Stingmore and Harlequins Academy coach Warren Abrahams for his rugby knowledge and thanks his parents Caroline and Philip Barden for always getting him to training and matches regardless of the time or location.
Outside of rugby Barden enjoys playing pool, cricket and football and even had a spell playing football at county level. Barden is a fan of Fulham FC and names Steven Gerrard as one of his biggest sporting idols.