- Date of Birth20 Nov 2000
- BirthplaceKeighley, Yorkshire
Young prop James Whitcombe hopes to follow in the family footsteps by reaching first-team status at Leicester, a club where his dad Martin made 68 appearances in the 1980s.
There is a rich rugby heritage in the family beyond that too, with Martin’s grandfather Frank Whitcombe described as among the greatest Welsh rugby league forwards and his sons both playing at a high level.
The family home is in West Yorkshire and James played for Skipton and then Bradford & Bingley on the way to the Tigers.
Now in his second year with the academy, James was also capped for the England U18.
Getting to know you
Who’s the most famous person you’ve taken a selfie with?
Robbie Williams at one of his concerts. My dad took us to a Take That concert - don’t ask.
What is your favourite song to train to?
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
What three things would you want if you were stuck in a desert island?
My phone, some food and a rugby ball.