A rugby player at Monmouth School for Boys has signed professional terms with Bristol Bears’ senior academy ahead of the new season.

Eighteen-year-old Joe Jenkins, a powerful and pacey centre, is among nine players who have just sealed professional terms with the English Premiership club.

In 2021, Jenkins, currently a deputy head boy at Monmouth, was named in the England Under-18s squad after impressing the coaches in a two-day training camp.

Unfortunately, he missed the whole of last season through injury, but was again named in the U18s training squad.

“It is fantastic news that Joe has agreed professional terms with Bristol Bears’ Senior Academy,” said Paul Morris, head of coaching at Monmouth School for Boys.

“Joe has been a huge part of rugby at our school. He has inspired many boys to follow their rugby dreams.

“Joe is an outstanding prospect and the contract with Bristol is testament to his talent, hard work and commitment.”

Jenkins, who lives near Chepstow, played at Hereford RFC from under-nine to under-16 level.