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Now in his third season at Lucs, Joe White is a young Tighthead Prop who has a very big future ahead of him. Introduced to the club by his then Worcester Warriors AASE programme coach, Ryan Watkins, in 2014, Joe has developed tremendously in a short space of time. He did his senior apprenticeship in his first season in our 2nd XV as he waited his time for an opportunity behind the experienced pair of Ricky Davies and Richard Jones. With that duo departing at the start of last season, the club appeared to have a rather big hole to fill, in this, the most crucial of roles, until young Joe stepped up throughout pre-season. His performances allayed any fears our coaches may have had and he went on to make 26 appearances last season in the 1st XV as our first choice Tighthead and was awarded Most Improved Player at the end of season awards dinner.
Joe is a hybrid of your modern day rugby player and your old-school forward type. A number 3 who is as equally adept at his work in the loose, carrying ball and making tackles, as he is in trying to become the cornerstone of the scrum. His work around the park is of a high standard for a bloke of his size and he is displaying a decent appetite to develop the essential set piece work that must become routine for a high quality Tighthead at this level. Aside from his technical ability he also brings a superb attitude and mindset to the group, a real asset for our squad.
Away from rugby he is working as a gardener over in Evesham, so there is obviously hope on the part of the club that he may stay local for a while. When I tell you that Joe has backed himself to ‘mix it’ with World Cup Winner Trevor Woodman’s daughter, you will realise that he is a feisty young bloke who is not afraid to take on anyone, regardless of reputation. A 19 year old physical specimen who possesses solid leadership qualities and the grounded mentality of fellow North Herefordians, he is certainly someone who could make a potential 1st XV skipper of the future should he stay at Lucs for long enough.