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27 October 2017

Debut at Bristol for Aaron

Former King’s College, Taunton pupil Aaron Chapman announced his arrival on the top-class rugby scene in some style, when he scored two tries on his debut appearance for Bristol against Cardiff Blues in the British and Irish Cup earlier this month. The 18-year-old, who hails from Exeter, started playing rugby with his local club Topsham RFC when he was 12 years old.

Aaron joined King’s from St Peter’s Prep in 2012, leaving in 2017 after studying A levels. During his time here, he played for Exeter Chiefs Academy, and England, at both Under 16 and 18 level.

After leaving school, Aaron was invited to a trial with Bristol, and as a result, was soon offered a full-time Academy contract.

Against Cardiff Blues, he was given the opportunity to show what he was capable of and it didn’t take him long to get on the scoresheet – after just 90 seconds he scored his first try.

“Bristol gave me a trial during the summer which enabled me to show what I was made of and after that I got a contract, so I am now professionally signed up there.

“I am on a year’s contract at the moment as a full-time rugby player. This means five days training a week and a match at the weekend.”

“I am thrilled with how things have gone for me and very happy with the way that things went for me against Cardiff. It’s a great opportunity and it’s great to get the experience of playing alongside the older guys.”

Phil Lewis, Director of Sport at King's College stated: "Aaron was always a huge talent throughout his time at King's and although he always had the pace and physical stature, he worked hard on his skills and that is why he is playing at the level he is now!" We wish Aaron every success in his career and will be watching his progress closely.

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