Further OJ Outstanding Rugby Success - this time from Joel Medcraft, Class of 2015.
Over the Easter Break, we managed to catch up with Joel Medcraft and find out about his encouraging rugby career: Hi Joel,
We hear on the grapevine that you are enjoying an outstanding season in rugby recently? You recently represented Premiership Academy sides Worcester Warriors & London Irish in various competitions this year, competing live on BT Sport last September. May I offer our congratulations!
Thank you, yep this season I played for Worcester Warriors in the 2019 Premiership Sevens - scored against Saracens, lost in the quarter final against Exeter Chiefs in extra time; played London Irish in the Premiership Rugby Shield twice - lost to Saracens, beat Harlequins
Currently playing in National 1 for Old Elthamians, the third tier of English rugby.Were you always good at sport at school?
At Judd I did rugby and athletics all the way through school, was rugby captain in years 9 and 10 and then played for the first team in years 11, 12 and 13, as well as football every lunchtime for 7 years! The football team came after I left. Loved sport at Judd, all of the teachers I was closest with coached me at one point or another!What did you study at Judd and what did you do when you left school?
My A levels were English, Biology, P.E and Maths, and I went on to do a Bachelors degree in English at Loughborough University, and then Masters degree in International Business also at Loughborough, which included a study semester abroad at Kedge University in Bordeaux. After my masters I worked in wealth management for a few months before playing rugby full time. Any famous rugby names you have enjoyed playing with/against who we might have heard of?
Some young players playing in the premiership for Saracens and Harlequins that I know well and have played with/against include Matt Gallagher, Gabriel Ibitoye and Rotimi Segun, and when I was playing for London Irish I was regularly training with World Cup stars like Nick Phipps (Australia), Saia Fainga’a (Australia), and ex Lions legend Sean Obrien. What's your advice for any rugby players at Judd wanting to go pro?
For any aspiring rugby players at Judd I would advise - while gym work is useful, there will always be players who are bigger or faster - making sure your skillset is always the best it can be is more important! There no such thing as it being too late, my first professional appearance didn’t come until I was 21.
Finally, listen to Mr Reilly (sometimes), he knows a thing or two.... What are your aspirations from here?
Aspirations - with some luck I’d like to try and play sevens at international level!
We will keep an eye on your career and please keep us updated with any news! Best of luck for the future, Joel! Judd are really proud of your success. Thanks for sending in the photos below!
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