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

Fast track: Aaron Morris on the attack for England U20. (Photo: Getty Images)

When did you start playing rugby? At Bedford Junior Blues when I was five. From the age of 18 I was training with the Saracens Senior Academy but still playing…

Going places: Garry Ringrose has emerged as a major talent at Leinster. (Photo: Inpho)

Who got you into rugby? My dad Niall was helping with the coaching at Blackrock College rugby club and took me along when I was five or six. I was…

Coming through! Ollie Griffiths on a Challenge Cup charge for the Dragons. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)

Tell us about your rugby background I started a bit later than most of the boys. I played football until I was 15 and then started rugby at Newbridge Comprehensive…

Green machine: Ciaran Gaffney on his way to a try. (Photo: Inpho)

When did you start playing rugby? My dad, John, is a coach at Galwegians and I used to go to training with him every Saturday. He convinced me to join…

Top prop: Paul Hill of Northampton and now England.  (Photo: Getty Images)

We gather you were born in Germany? Yes, my mum is German and my dad is English. We lived there until I was about one. When did you take up…

On the charge: Jamie Ritchie in action for Edinburgh. (Photo: Getty Images)

Where did you first pick up a rugby ball? My first club, for minis, was Madras, in St Andrews. I went to Strathallan on a scholarship when I was coming…

Leading the charge: Rory Thornton captains Wales U20. (Photo: Getty Images)

  When were you bitten by the rugby bug? I started in the U8s at Bonymaen with my neighbour Oliver Treviso. He still plays for them now. I was hooked…

Go Joe! Marchant scores for England U20s v France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Which was your first team? Winchester U7. I stayed with Winchester through the age groups. Did you play other sports? I’m a black belt in karate, I swam and did…