A taste of senior rugby has already whetted the appetite of Callum Braley, who at the age of 17, had played in two British & Irish Cup games for his home city club Bristol against Cornish Pirates and Ayr.
Callum captained England U20 against France, Scotland and Ireland this year before missing the Wales game at Newcastle through injury. He scored a try on his return, off the bench, in the final Six Nations match against Italy at Calvisano.He is studying for a distance learning degree at Northumbria University and became a new full-time member of the Bristol Rugby Academy in September last year. Callum has been on a dual registration with Hartpury College, where he took A-levels in business studies, psychology and PE.
Callum was previously educated at Silverhill Primary at Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire and at Colston’s in Bristol. He has represented England U16, U17 and U18, together with Bristol Schools U15 and U16 and South West U16. His captaincy experience spans Colston’s age group sides over a nine-year span and Bristol Schools U16.
He took up the game at the age of five with St Mary’s Old Boys in Bristol, toured with the club to Treviso in 2005 and Brive four years later and in 2010 went to Rome with England U16. His father Stuart was club captain of Imperial in Bristol and then became Callum’s coach while his son played for St Mary’s.
Other mentors are Mike Hall and Matt Sherratt at the Bristol Academy and his college coaches Alan Martinovic and Barry Maddocks. In the build up to the 2012 programme of U18 matches, he played against London Academies and Northampton Saints U19 before scoring a try from a deft off-load by Anthony Watson in the 18-16 win over France at Fylde in February 2012. He added another in the 20-8 victory over Scotland at Hawick the following month before playing against Wales and Ireland as England lifted the FIRA/AER European Championship title in Madrid that April.
His maiden try for England U20 was in his second appearance when the side beat Italy 52-7 at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton in March 2013 and he shared in the team’s 23-15 win over Wales in the IRB Junior World Championship final at Vannes three months later.
Callum had already helped Hartpury College to win the AASE League in 2010-11 and the Bristol Schools Divisional Championship in 2010 when he was named as Bristol Young Player of Year. He has also represented Gloucestershire at age group cricket. His favourite players are Ruan Pienaar and Dimitri Yachvili because of their game management.
U20 International Record
10 points – 2T
2013 F(R), It, W World Championship – F, SA(R), NZ(R), W(R) 2014 F, S, I, It(R)
Last updated: March 28, 2014