Who are rugby’s rising stars? Here are profiles of up-and-coming players who have been featured in Rugby World magazine

European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 4, Kingston Park, Newcastle, England 20/12/2015
Newcastle Falcons vs Connacht
ConnachtÕs Conan O'Donnell takes to the field 
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

How did you get into rugby? My first sport was Gaelic football, which I started when I was three or four, with St Mary’s. I played until U18s and we…

13.08.16 - Exeter Chiefs v Scarlets - Preseason Friendly -
Ioan Nicholas of Scarlets looks for a way through.

How did you get into rugby? My father, Adrian, was a wing at Pontyberem and when I wanted to start playing with my friends he coached our team all the…

Breakthrough: Stockdale scoring his first Pro12 try for Ulster.

Tell us about your rugby background… My dad and grandad played and I started when I was about six at Ballynahinch. Then I played schools rugby at Wallace High in…

Try time! Perkins scores for Saracens in an Anglo-Welsh Cup clash in November.

When did you start playing rugby? When I was about five or six, at Upminster rugby club. I didn’t play a lot of other sports when I was younger –…

Rising star: Anthony Belleau on the ball for France at the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship.

Where did rugby begin for you? I am from a village close to Agen in south-west France, so I played for my village from the age of six to 15,…

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Round 2, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales 12/2/2016
Wales U20's vs Scotland U20's
Scotland’s Ben Robbins
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ian Cook

When did you first play rugby? Towards the end of primary school, at George Watsons. It was the main sport and I didn’t enjoy it much at first but I…