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At just 23, the fact that only a handful of current players have been involved with the 1st XV squad for longer than Jonny, is a reflection of the youthful trend within our senior squad, but also a pointer to how long he has been playing 1st team rugby for. Another home grown product of the Luctonians Junior Section, John made his senior debut in the club’s first game of the brave new era in National League 2 North in September 2010. In that first season at Level 4 he played in 27 of the 30 league games and really shot to people’s attention when he slotted a 45 metre drop goal in the last minute of our game against Hull to seal a memorable 23-20 victory, in front of a raucous home crowd. During that season John’s kicking ability really shone through as he notched up 272 points, with a 91% goal-kicking success rate, earning himself the nickname of ‘The Boot’. In what is now his sixth season at this level, John is Luctonians leading points scorer in the National Leagues by quite a distance, having amassed 626 points in his 82 games to date, his nearest rival being Paul Hulland on 290 points.
John’s stats make fairly impressive reading on their own, but when you consider that due to injury, he only featured a handful of times over the past three seasons, what could have been is a question that may well spring to mind! Thankfully this season, so far his injury woes seem to be holding off. Having bulked up a little and slowed down a little, his contribution to the team has been as a ball-carrying full back or winger who poses a serious try threat particularly close to the line, and he waits in the wings as a very capable back-up kicker should Louis Silver not be present.
Educated at Colstons, John has returned home to work on the family farm after a brief spell of travelling. Away from rugby he is your stereotypical young farmer, attending black tie functions seemingly every other week or alternatively ending up in Hereford on a Saturday night. John carries a reputation for being a bit of a ‘cannon’ after a few drinks, something I am sure he inherited from his old man! If ever there was a current player, who screamed future Alacadoo at you it is young The Boot. We look forward to having him involved at the club in all capacities for many moons to come.
The Haven, Dilwyn