Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 29th Sept 1992
Birthplace – Cardiff
Height – 5’ 9” (1.75m)
Weight – 15st 1lb (95.7kg)
Position – Scrum-half
Honours – Wales 7s
Jean-Baptist, or ‘JB’ for short, signed for the Cornish Pirates in June 2019, having joined from Yorkshire Carnegie.
After first playing rugby for Llandaff North when aged about 5-6, JB next played for St. Joseph’s in Cardiff and then Glamorgan Wanderers. As for his education, that was at Whitchurch High School and at Llanishen High School, where he excelled in athletics at – perhaps surprisingly for a scrum-half – both the javelin and shot put. He also enjoyed rugby action playing for Cardiff Blues and the Dragons at under 16 and under 18 level.
Attending Filton College in Bristol really aided his rugby development and in 2011 he had a year on an Academy contract with Saracens. He also played for Old Albanians and for Wales Sevens before moving to France to play for second division club Le Pays d’Aix where, during his time there, he spent time on trial at Toulon and was mentored by Jonny Wilkinson.
Returning to England from French side Le Parc in 2014, a move to Worcester saw him help the Warriors to gain promotion back to the Premiership in 2015, besides captaining the team to British & Irish Cup success.
In 2016, JB returned to France to play for Nevers, during which he had a loan spell at Clermont Auvergne, and it was from Nevers that he joined Yorkshire Carnegie ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Influences throughout his rugby career have included his Welsh mum and his French dad, as part of a family that love their rugby. JB also has two sisters and a young daughter called Bella-Rose – whilst included in his hobbies he apparently loves cooking!
Leeds, Worcester, Nevers
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Craig Mitchell - chilled but professional, would love to see what he gets up to in his free time
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I speak fluent French - I can play hooker too
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?
Policeman or DOR