High-flying former student shortlisted for prestigious rugby award

Exeter Chiefs forward Josh Caulfield, 21, of Priory Community School in Weston super Mare is one of two wildcard selections for the Breakthrough Player award in this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup.

His old PCSA classmate and best friend Curtis Langdon has also played in the Sale first team in the Premiership this season.

Priory has a long line of rugby players who have made great careers including British Lion Nigel Redman.

Josh has represented Bristol U16, England South West U16, England South U16 and England U17, England U18 and England U20.

Neville Coles, Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust, said, “Josh is a great talent and we are extremely proud of him. We wish him well with this award. We have followed his career with much interest. He has, of course, played for Chiefs First XI this season.

“To think that Curtis Langdon, who was in the same school year and team as Josh has also played in the Sale first team in the Premiership this season is amazing! Two local Priory lads from WSM playing in the Premiership with top teams.

“It is a testament to the pivotal role that sport plays at Priory and in particular the way in which Jamie Biddle coached rugby at the academy for several seasons, It is also much to do with the super Hornets RFC in Weston super Mare – they were instrumental in the development of these two lads and many others locally.

“Others ex-PCSA students play at a high level in south west leagues, most notably Dan Fry and Jermaine Jones with Old Reds. We wish both Josh and Curtis well and we hope to have two full England internationals in the near future’ – of course Priory already has a British Lion in Nigel Redman’.”