Ryan Hunt with London Wasps' Jack Wallace
London Wasps winger Jack Wallace went through primary school focusing on football and athletics but, in a similar fashion to our CoacHclass Ambassador Sam Jones, gave rugby a try after moving to Aylesbury Grammar School (AGS). After two years of developing his core rugby skills at AGS, Jack decided to join Community Partner Club Amersham & Chiltern RFC and participated in our CoacHclass events at Aylesbury RFC, Beaconsfield RFC and High Wycombe RUFC.
During his time at AGS and Amersham & Chiltern RFC, he received representative recognition at county level through the Buckinghamshire School of Rugby and was called up to the England Under 16 Squad. Following these achievements, Jack completed his GCSEs and moved to the Sixth Form at the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (RGS). At the RGS, Jack represented the England Under 18s aged 16, captained his school side and was invited to train with the London Wasps Elite Player Development Group in the evenings and school holidays.
After his time at RGS ended, he was invited to join the London Wasps Academy on a full time basis where he would continue to develop his skills for two years. During this period he represented England Under 19s, England Under 20s and made his London Wasps 1st team debut versus Gloucester in the 09/10 LV=Cup. To date, Jack is in his 2nd year in the London Wasps squad and has made 27 appearances, scoring 4 tries.
The London Wasps CoacHclass Programme
"If you played rugby, you wanted to go on the London Wasps CoacHclass. You learned a lot about rugby as it was very game-related. All of the skills that the coaches taught you, were to help you in games and the way they coached was through playing games. When I go along to CoacHclass nowadays, I see they are still coaching through games and the kids love it; its popularity has grown so much."
The link from CoacHclass to Academy:
"It really helped knowing that the CoacHclass guys talked to the Academy Management about good young players, and the progress of those already being looked at. Back then, I know that Alun Powell (former Academy Assistant Manager) would sit down with the community guys to highlight the players on CoacHclass that should be trialled at Academy-level and why. Thinking about it now, it's important that players at all levels receive the chance to be seen by coaches that can identify good young talent."
His most memorable match
"The England Under 18 team toured to Australia and I made my debut for them aged 16 against a Northern Territories team. It was a great experience and I played pretty well." Jack was awarded Man of the Match for his performance
His favourite player to play with
"Riki Flutey. When he came back to the club I was pretty new to the environment and he really helped me. He has great experience in the game, and worked with the young guys and acted as a mentor. He even gave us extra coaching sessions."