JosH bain­bridge york­sHire carnegie

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age 20 coun­try eng­land po­si­tion flanker So Josh, when did you start rugby? I joined Guis­bor­ough from U10s be­cause a lot of friends played and my gran­dad used to play. I had a sea­son at U15s for mid­dles­brough, then two years at prince Henry’s Gram­mar school. When did you join Carnegie? At 15. I got a call on 1 April 2011 ask­ing me to join their academy and my gran­dad won­dered if it might be an April fool! Have you al­ways been a seven? I was a cen­tre but the academy said I had the fun­da­men­tals to be a good back-row, so I switched to open­side. Andy rock (academy di­rec­tor) has been a mas­sive in­flu­ence. Has your game im­proved a lot play­ing se­nior rugby for Carnegie? Yes. One of the big­gest fac­tors is be­ing with play­ers of all ages, not just those in your age group. And we had Kevin sin­field, who you could speak to about any­thing. You got five tries against Bris­tol… I’d scored two against Don­caster the week be­fore and ev­ery­one was jok­ing that it would be amaz­ing if I got a hat-trick at Ash­ton Gate! It was all down to the for­wards as they were li­ne­out drives, but I’m proud of it. What are your im­me­di­ate aims? to play as many first-team games as I can and gain pro­mo­tion. We’ve signed a lot of good play­ers. What are your in­ter­ests out­side rugby? I’m in the sec­ond year of a part-time de­gree and do vol­un­tary coach­ing at moor­town U15 – it’s re­ally good work­ing with the kids.

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