Utility forward Josh Redfern, is the player to be highlighted this week. He’s much travelled but quite a local boy, born and raised in Ashbourne he attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School where he was introduced to rugby, starting off as a prop but after a growth-spurt moving to lock and then the back row.
He studied at Sheffield University playing for the university as well as Sheffield Tigers and Rotherham Titans in the Championship; where he was spotted by county selectors and subsequently played for Yorkshire and England Counties Under 20s. For the last 3 years he’s shuttled between Macclesfield and Australia, playing six months for the Club and six months for Sydney Rams. Josh says he loves Australia but also enjoys returning home to play with his pals at Priory Park.
Josh has great praise for former Head Coach Giles Hegarty, who brought him to Macclesfield and along with Marshall Gadd, Chris Jones and Matt Coleridge helped his game flourish. After only a couple of matches for MRUFC he felt completely at home, with Peter Harper, the then Chairman, often awarding Redfern the Clapham’s Man of the Match tankard. However, the most influential teacher he had was Barney Maddison, when they both played for Rotherham Titans. Barney, who now plays at London Irish, in the Premiership, taught him all his line out techniques and the ‘darker arts’ of the scrum.
Rugby is a huge part of his life, his schedule includes working-out at the gym and 45 minutes of yoga stretching every day; and he never misses a squad session. Outside of the game he reads sports biographies, psychology and motivational books and goes hill walking with the family dog.
Josh is keen to praise his mother, who never misses a match when he’s playing in the UK; she and her partner travel to all the home and away games, they love the atmosphere at Priory Park. His mum, Carol, says that they are very happy in the way members and committee warmly welcome them at the Club. We at MRUFC love to hear observations like this.