Josh will play in Premiership, says coach

Fylde RUFC v Fylde Ionians. Bill and Hilary Beaumont with sons Josh (left) and Sam.
Fylde RUFC v Fylde Ionians. Bill and Hilary Beaumont with sons Josh (left) and Sam.
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TOP Fylde RFC prospect Josh Beaumont has been tipped to follow in his famous father’s studmarks by another top player.

The 19-year-old lock helped Durham University to an historic treble last season in his first year as an undergraduate.

The student side is coached by former Saracens captain Alex Keay, who guided them to the league, cup and sevens titles. He revealed: “This lad is going to be a Premiership player – I’ve got no doubt whatsoever about that.”

Josh, whose brother Sam is the Fylde captain , has been a sensation as a fresher in an all-conquering Durham side.

Keay, who joined the university as Director of Rugby after quitting as head coach of Preston Grasshoppers last year, said: “In the next two years, Josh is going to be some player.

“He has been outstanding this year and, for a first-year student, that is incredible.

“It is always a big ask when your name is Beaumont to follow your dad into rugby. It can be a huge millstone round your neck being the child of the former England captain.

“But it has proved to be anything but for Josh. He has really stepped up to the plate.

“The thing is there is so much more in him yet. I don’t think he knows how good he can be.”

The former Arnold School pupil has been a regular in the Lancashire squad from the age of 15. He now stands around 6ft 7in – already four inches taller than his father.

He has played for the Barbarians and turned out for the England Counties Under-20s against Scotland last month.

“Josh has made a very positive contribution to our success at Durham this year,” added Keay, who now splits his time between Durham rugby awnd running his own sportswear and sports marketing company TyGer Sports from his Garstang home.