We caught up with Zach Barrow who has come through the Hawks production line to claim a place in the 1st XV squad. He’s a former school friend of fellow Fylde team mate, Elliot Horner, Here’s some background on the young loose head prop
Zach said: “I learnt rugby at Lancaster Royal Grammar School where I was imbued with the culture and values of rugby for the first time. I really enjoyed my rugby there and managed to progress, culminating with the honour of captaining the team for a successful South Africa Tour in my final year.
“Upon reaching the University of Bath I suffered a shoulder injury which led me away from rugby for a time and I took up karate there. We were lucky to have extremely good coaches who taught us the values of martial arts as well as the technical aspects. While there I competed in a couple of BUCS karate tournaments and snagged 3 medals, and was Mens’ captain when we won the overall competition.
“The values of discipline, respect and dedication were are drilled into me, and matched extremely well with rugby values, so I hope to continue to follow those through my Fylde Rugby career.
“The year of Covid has been tough, I think, for everyone. However, what it has done has allowed me to refocus and rethink some of my ambitions. Because of this, I think I’m even more hungry to get my first cap for Fylde 1st team and represent the Club, and the values of rugby behind it that we all love. Honestly, I can’t wait to play again!”
Joint Head Coach Alex Loney said: “It’s seems like Zach has been at the club a long time, although he hasn’t, and this is credit to how he has built relationships with both players and management. Zach played a lot of rugby as a schoolboy and has now returned to the game following some years away from the sport during university.
“Since joining Fylde, he has trained very hard and played for the Hawks (pre COVID) with some positive reports. Zach has ambitions to play 1st XV games and I am sure he will compete hard for a place during the 21/22 season. He is strong, powerful in a variety of contact situations, and I am especially excited to work with him in the coming months during pre-season.”
Good luck Zach!
Photo below: Zach receives a pass from fly-half David Reed, with fellow tyro prop Matt Ashcroft in between.