Fylde’s latest recruit is another talented young player from the North West who has attracted attention as a member of the outstanding Lancashire U’20s squad which beat all comers to win the Jason Leonard Shield in May. Prop forward Elliot Horner is actually Cumbrian born and was educated at Sedbergh School and Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He then moved on to Myerscough College’s AASE programme.
His club rugby was initially at Vale of Lune and Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC with whom he was a first team regular last season in their National Three North campaign. Elliot (6”1 and 115kg) has representative honours with Cumbria through their various age group teams up to U’18s before crossing the border to link up with Lancashire in 2018, alongside his new Fylde team mates, Tom Carleton, Nick Ashcroft, Ben Gregory, Toby Harrison, James Torkington, Sam Fisher & Henry Pearson.
Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg said: “We’re delighted that Elliot has agreed to join our 2018-19 squad. He’s a very promising player who is ready to step up to National Two rugby following his impressive Lancashire U’20s performances and a full season at Kirkby Lonsdale. He was very unlucky to miss out on selection for the North U’20s back in May. He can play both sides of the scrum and has a great attitude. Lancs U’20s Head Coach (and former Fylde favourite) Martin Scott really enjoyed working with Elliot.”
We asked Elliot about the person who had had the greatest influence on his rugby career. “It would have to be a coach from Sedbergh, Chris Webster, who taught me the values of the game and how they can reflect into life to make you a well rounded person.”
What about the prop position? “I play both sides of the scrum and have been for both Kirkby this year and Lancashire U20s, I like playing at both sides as I can learn what makes the other props feel uncomfortable and I know what works against me in both positions.
“I’d consider my main strength would have to be my ball in hand attack. It’s mainly due to my competitive nature and I love to run.”
He added: “Outside of rugby, my brother Lewis and I run a craft brewery called ‘Horner Bros Brewery’. We have recently opened up and we are both incredibly passionate about what we do.”