Millfield Upper Sixth pupil Josh Gillespie has become the youngest player to represent Northampton Saints in the professional era, after being called up for the team’s Premiership Rugby Cup game against Wasps 15 days after his eighteenth birthday.
Josh, who has played for the Northampton Saint’s Academy since the summer of 2017, is studying for three A levels in Economics, Chemistry and Psychology whilst training with the premiership team. He hopes to study Business at university and also gain a professional rugby contract. Josh also represented England U18 in South Africa last summer, starting in test matches against France and Wales, scoring a try in his debut match against France.
A number of successful former Millfield Rugby pupils have gone on to play professional rugby, including Sir Gareth Edwards (Wales, Cardiff), Chris Robshaw (England, Harlequins), Jonathan Joseph (England, Bath), Mako Vunipola (England, Saracens) and Henry Thomas (England, Bath).
Millfield’s Director of Rugby and former England and Bath prop, John Mallett, says, “Josh has had an incredible rise through academy rugby, to the England U18 tour to South Africa and recently making his Northampton Saints debut in the premiership cup. Josh has excelled on the athletics track as well as the rugby pitch for Millfield. He pursues his sporting excellence alongside a full A level academic programme.”