Former Cockle gets England call up

PUBLISHED: 15:31 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

A FORMER Exmouth resident, Joe Launchbury, is celebrating a call-up to the England under-18 rugby squad. The Launchbury family lived in Exmouth from 1983-2000 and Joe was born in Exeter then lived in Exmouth until he was 9

A FORMER Exmouth resident, Joe Launchbury, is celebrating a call-up to the England under-18 rugby squad.The Launchbury family lived in Exmouth from 1983-2000 and Joe was born in Exeter then lived in Exmouth until he was 9, when the family moved to Horsham. Joe went to St John's School in Sidmouth and he was first introduced to the sport at the age of 7, at Exmouth Rugby Club and went on to represent the Cockles in both the under-8 and under-9 sides.His coaches in those early days were Jon Stone and Shaun Parkin.Now in the Grecians (upper 6th) at Christ's Hospital, a boarding school near Horsham, West Sussex, Joe plays first team rugby whilst he also excells at both football and cricket in the School teams.He is captain of Christ's Hospital first XV and also plays for Sussex, London and SE District from which he was selected for England duty.He has also been a member of the Harlequins Academy for the last three years and he plays at No 8 or second row.Joe's call-up to the national squad will see him travel to Toulon in France in April for the AER (Association Europeenne de Rugby), tournament.


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