Last year’s Stockport Grammar rugby first XV captain James Flynn (OS 2012) made his debut appearance for Sale Sharks at the weekend in their dramatic 34-28 LV Cup defeat at London Irish.
Prop James was a late replacement in the game in front of almost 8,500 fans at the Madejski Stadium and, although he finished on the losing side, his first team debut will hopefully set him up well for a long career at the top level of the game.
While at Stockport Grammar, James’s exceptional performances for the school’s first XV led him to being chosen for Cheshire, the north of England and the England clubs and schools under-18s (pictured right) squads – all while he was training with the Sharks’ academy and playing for their second team in the Aviva A League.
Speaking about James’s Sale Sharks debut, Stockport Grammar first XV coach Mr Hugo Corbett said:
James’s ability, attitude and work ethic while he was playing for the school means it comes as little surprise that he’s already made this significant step up to playing first team rugby at such a high level.
Everyone at Stockport Grammar is very proud of him and we all hope his appearance at the weekend will be the first of many over the coming years.
James will be hoping to emulate the success of fellow Old Stop Chris Jones who made over 200 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2011, during which time he won the English Premiership in 2006 and was capped a dozen times for England.