Free-scoring Ben Spencer has an eye for the try line and accuracy from the boot which has helped form a fine reputation across the country.
After impressing in the England U20 and the England Saxons, where he scored a debut try in the 23-17 win over Ireland Wolfhounds, the scrum half made his debut for Saracens in 2011 against Wasps.
The debut came at Twickenham but Ben has not been overawed by big stages and his maiden international call-up to England’s tour of South Africa in June 2018 is an indication of his progress.
His first England U20 appearances were off the bench for Dan Robson against France at Vannes and Ireland at Adams Park in 2012 and he played in four of the five matches that followed in the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.
Stockport-born Ben, a talented left-footed goal-kicker, said: “It was such an amazing experience to make my Premiership debut at HQ and I hope I have many more opportunities to play at the ground.
"I took up the game when I was five at my local club Manchester. I was too young to play so I trained until I was old enough.”
He spent 11 years there while attending Nevill Road Junior School and Bramhall High School, where he was coached by ex-wing Keith Fielding, who had represented England at rugby union and Great Britain at rugby league.
From there, Ben went to Ivybridge Community College in Devon, played for the local club and appeared for Cambridge RFC in the 2010/11 season before being earmarked as a player of outstanding potential by Moses Rauluni, a former Saracens scrum half who is now Fiji’s assistant coach.
Ben has since benefited from the input of Richard Wigglesworth and Neil de Kock at Saracens.
Rob Gibson and Tony Roques coached him at the community college, who reached the AASE League final in two successive years while he was a student.
A sporting all-rounder, Ben represented Cheshire and the North West at age group golf when he was 15 and played cricket for the county and table tennis for England in France.
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Last updated: 11 June 2018