It’s been a great season so far for 18 year-old James Chisholm, with Heath from the age of six and an ex student of Warden Park School and Brighton College. Having captained England Under 18s to the Six Nations Championship and a successful international tournament in South Africa, last week James completed the job in leading his players to a convincing 23-3 win over Australia Under 18 at Harrow School. James broke countless tackles and clinched the game with a thrusting, deadlock-breaking try with ten minutes to go. Speaking to ‘The Rugby Paper ‘, he said:
‘After their disappointing games in Wales, we didn’t expect them to be that good, but they made us work very hard. We had a bit of try-line fever in the first half but we regathered in the second half and did things a lot better, It was great to have one last game for the Under 18s and hopefully it puts me in the frame for the Under 20s Six Nations.’
James won’t have long to wait. He joins the squad for a training camp in January before selection for the first game early in February. Meanwhile, James continues to ply his trade alongside Joe Marler and Luke Wallace at Harlequins, for whom James recently made his first Premiership appearance from the bench against Newcastle Falcons. Brother Ross, also with Quins, is making a good recovery from his ACL operation and may squeeze in some rugby by the end of the season.
All the best from Heath to all four of the lads. We’ll be seeing them at the Club for a Q&A session in January. Date to be announced very soon so watch this space.