Jack Singleton started for the England XV against the Barbarians in May this year and acquitted himself well in direct opposition to seasoned Wales hooker Richard Hibbard. He had won ten caps for the national U20 team and, when making his initial start against Italy in February 2016, became the first England player at that level to score four tries since back row forward Gus Jones did so against Wales in 2014. He was the joint top try-scorer with seven in the 2016 U20 Six Nations, alongside French centre Damian Penaud.
Born in Hemel Hempstead, he also figured in all five matches when the U20 side won last year’s World Rugby Championship title. Last month, he became the Warriors Young Player of the Year, having taken up the game when five at Harpenden RFC. His father David was a coach at the club but died tragically at the age of 56 when Jack was 13. He was educated at St George’s and Oaklands College, Harpenden and his Premiership debut was against Northampton Saints last November.
A summer spent in New Zealand playing for South Island club Rangiora Saracens added to the experience that Jack gained three seasons ago as a new member of the Worcester Warriors Academy. Not only that. He helped the Rangiora club to lift the North Canterbury Division One title for the first time and also played at representative level for the North Canterbury senior side.
Jack’s first appearance for Worcester was in a warm-up match in October 2015 against his old club Saracens, where he had progressed from the U16 team to become captain of the U18 side. He has benefited from the advice of his brother Michael, who has played for Birmingham & Solihull, Rory Teague, Mefin Davies and most admires Schalk Brits and Bismarck du Plessis. He was on loan to Loughborough, a National One club, at the start of 2015. His representative days had begun with appearances for the Hertfordshire U16 and U18 teams. Johnny Howard, his cousin and a scrum half, played for Northampton Saints.
Jack, who lives with his mother Jo and brother in Harpenden, enjoys watching football, playing golf and spending time with family and friends.
35 points – 7T
2016 S(R), It, I, W, F World Championship – It, S(R), A(R), SA, I
Last updated: 5 June 2017