Ethan Grant: the latest generation of the Grant family to play at Pontefract RUFC

Ethan Grant: the latest generation of the Grant family to play at Pontefract RUFC

By Jonathon Hill
21 February
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Ethan Grant: the latest generation of the Grant family to play at Pontefract RUFC


Ethan Grant: the latest generation of the Grant family to play at Pontefract RUFC

Three uncompromising brothers played in the forward pack at Pontefract Rugby Club during the 1960s and 70’s: Scott, Warren and Russell Grant. A generation later, James Grant was an ever-present in the front row from 1985 (when he also represented Yorkshire Colts) to 1999, captaining a particularly successful side in 1990 - 92.

The latest of the Grant rugby dynasty at Pontefract is young Ethan.

The 16 year old pupil at King’s School has played for Pontefract’s juniors for a number of years and is currently in the Under 17’s age group of Junior Colts. Ethan’s commitment, courage and skill at scrum half has caused a number of coaches to take notice and he has now been selected to join the Yorkshire Rugby Academy, based at York St John University, and a pathway to the elite professional game.

‘The Yorkshire Rugby Academy is a joint venture between England Rugby and the Premiership teams’ explains a member of Pontefract Colts’ coaching team, Ethan Potts. ‘Granty can expect to be playing against the rugby academy sides of teams such as Sale, Newcastle and Harlequins over the next few months, so it’s a great opportunity for him to get noticed by Premiership Clubs.’

‘I’ve learned a lot about the game this last season from both Pottsy and Tristam Hibbett, our junior coaching team. The video analysis we do with our new Veo system has also been invaluable in enabling me to overview the entire game, not just my independent role, so I can now appreciate how attacking opportunities develop in congested player traffic and how better to structure our defensive formations.’ This is the sort of sophisticated coaching introduced some time ago by Pontefract’s Junior Elite Training (‘JET’) programme.

Ethan is an ambitious young lad and a credit to the Club. He hopes to study Sports Science at the prestigious Bishop Burton College after sitting GCSE’s in the summer at King’s. Then the rugby world will open up before him.

You worked for these opportunities, Ethan. Make us, and the Grant family that have gone before you, proud.

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