A Burning Ambition for England’s George

Safe hands: Shropshire firefighter George Jacks has been picked to play for the fire service’s national rugby team.


A Shropshire sportsman is all fired up ready to play rugby for his country  - and hoping for a better result than the national side in the Rugby World Cup.

For Ludlow firefighter George Jacks (25) has been picked for the second time to play for the England fire service’s national squad.

A flanker for Ludlow Rugby Club, George will wear the number six shirt when he represents his country against Wales on October 15 at the Saracen’s ground in London with a 20,000 capacity crowd.

“I played my first game against Wales last year and we lost 27 to 24. It was a very intense and fast paced match and I’m really looking forward to playing them again later this month,” said George, an on-call firefighter for the past two years based at Ludlow Fire Station.

“I am the only Shropshire player to represent the English fire service team and it is very special to play at that level. It is quite inspiring,” said the former Ludlow School pupil who works as a supervisor at the Ludlow Nut Company.

6th October, 2015
Ludlow’s George Jacks rises to the challenge during his debut for the England team last year.
The England Fire Service rugby shirt logo
George Jacks, centre stage “in the thick” of the scrum at last year's England v Wales rugby match
Firefighter colleagues Chris Bayliss, (left) from Ludlow, and Matt Barrow, from Baschurch, fire up George Jacks ready for his England rugby match.