Jake signs for top Irish side

Former Priory Community School pupil Jake Caulfield has signed for top Irish side Ulster.

EX-PRIORY Community School student Jake Caulfield has signed for high-flying Irish side Ulster.

The former Bristol Academy prop recently featured in their under-20 squad that clinched their first inter-provincial grand slam.

Jake, aged 19, attended the Academy Trust in Weston where he first started playing rugby. Mum Tania works at the school and brother Josh is currently taking his GCSEs and is also a bright rugby prospect after being picked up by the English coaches at the age of 14.

Jake said: “I’m really happy to have signed a three year contract at Ulster, it gives me a great opportunity to show the coaches of Ulster and Ireland 20s and senior coaches what I can really do.”

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Jake spent two seasons with London Irish after leaving Priory Community School before joining the Bristol Academy where he was dual registered with National Two South club Clifton.

The front row forward caught the eye of the Irish RFU who invited him to train with the Ireland under-20 squad. After impressing at a training camp, he was selected to play for Ireland under-19s in 2012.

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Jake has previously played for England Under-16 and 17s, but qualifies for Ireland due to Irish ancestry.

Head of PE and Sport at PCSA, Christopher Sherring said: “We always had great faith that Jake would make a truly outstanding professional rugby player because of his hard work and commitment both at school and outside. He was a pleasure to have as a student.”

Jake spent the summer in New Zealand playing with the Wellington-based Petone Rugby Club before returning to Ulster.

He said: “It was the best time of my life to play with a different culture, style and southern hemisphere players was amazing. To learn their tricks of the trade and to develop myself as a player and a person was a big part in why i went to New Zealand.”

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