Jack Maunder, just turned 20, whose Dad captained the Chiefs in the 90s in the same position, has played for England’s U16s, U18s (c) and U20s. His career started at Blundells school and Cullumpton RFC. Before playing in the premiership for Chiefs, Jack cut his teeth at Plymouth Albion and Redruth where he told Topsham’s Minis
'I had the best time and owe Redruth rugby club a huge amount'
Only that morning Jack relayed how he had heard that he’d just received his first Senior England call up, as one of just 2 scrum-halves heading to Argentina in the 31-man squad to play 2 tests in June..... ‘I was on the physio table and I looked up to see Rob Baxter just standing there. He looked at me and said “you’re going to Argentina” and that was that’. Needless to say, Topsham RFC Minis gave Jack a huge cheer at the news and Club Manager, Bee Jenkins, presented Jack with a bottle of champagne.
Before award winners were presented with their trophies by Jack, the audience were invited to ask their guest questions, from which we learnt that;
- If he could chose to play for any club other than Chiefs it would be Montpelier;
- Jack had to be reminded by Bee that his first try for the club was against Bordeaux;
- If he could change one rule of the game it would be the scrum (no more details provided); and
- The part of his game he would most like to improve is his footwork.
Afterwards, Mike Brown said
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“Jack is a fantastic ambassador for rugby and role model for the Minis. He joined in with good grace and sense of humour fielding questions from kids as young as 6 like a pro. We were so lucky to meet Jack on what was probably the proudest day yet in his incredible career.”