Jack’s Journey to the top
Thursday 15th January 2015 @ 11:42 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Sports

A former Audenshaw High School pupil has his eyes set on the Rugby League World Cup and his sterling performance in December gave credence to that dream.

England Rugby League badge.

England Rugby League badge.

For 19 year old Jack Johnson, who studied at the Hazel Street School from 2007 to 2014, scored a try during England Under 19’s emphatic 28-12 victory against Australia on the memorable evening.

Jack has embarked on a similar journey to fellow Audenshaw product Gene Ormsby, who forged his way into the Warrington Wolves First team under the guidance of the schools PE department.

Jack has ideas of his own though, as the youngster dreams of becoming a full international with the England Senior Team.

Speaking to reporter Sport, the current Warrington Wolves winger said “Coming off the pitch on Friday night was the best feeling of my life.

“To win against Australia happens rarely so I’m delighted to be part of this effort.”

Despite harbouring ambitious desires, Jack remains grateful for the schools unconditional support. He added “I had Mr Rose as a school coach and he was also the Warrington Wolves Academy Coach and England under 16 coach.

“I was taken to Warrington in 2009 by Mr Rose on the Under 14 Scholarship programme.

“I was trained and taught the skills and techniques that would ensure I progressed into the higher ranks of the game.”

Jacks credentials within the sport transcend into both forms of the game, as the number 41 was often spotted at Audenshaw Park playing for Aldwinians RUFC.

Despite playing both versions of the sport, it was the England Rugby League side that came knocking in 2011, and a tasty fixture against the Welsh beckoned.

Relishing the opportunity to play an international fixture, Jack seized the opportunity with both hands and crossed the line with a debutant try.

The youngster describes his current situation as “living the dream” and feels indebted to the school for their invaluable contribution.

He added “I’m delighted to be playing professional and international rugby and my parents are immensely grateful to Audenshaw and the PE staff for the support they gave me over the years.”

Jack can recollect on several fond memories during his time at the school, but there is one in particular that foreshadows all the rest. He said “My fondest memory at Audenshaw was winning the Kirkham Sevens in 2010 as part of Mr Rose’s team.

“I also toured South Africa the same year which was a great experience.”

An afterglow looms large after December’s success, but for the meantime, Jack will prepare for the season ahead.