Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman inspire Cornwall's Luke Chapman

Phil Vickery, Steve Thompson and Trevor Woodman

England Under-18s prop Luke Chapman says he is inspired by the tradition of Cornish front-rowers as he seeks to establish himself for club and country.

Iconic players like Brian 'Stack' Stevens have given Cornish props a special status in the British game

Modern-day players like Trevor Woodman and Phil Vickery, the props in England's 2003 World Cup-winning side, have continued the tradition.

"I grew up looking up to them," Chapman told BBC South West Sport.

"And especially Trevor Woodman - he played at Liskeard-Looe RFC as a youngster, just like I did. So when I was a kid I was looking at him and basically just trying to be him.

"I met him when I was younger after they won the World Cup. He came to Liskeard with the trophy which was amazing to see."

Chapman has another connection with Woodman, with his father Bill having played alongside the former Gloucester and Sale star for Liskeard.

The Exeter Chiefs Academy player comes from a sporty family, with his father playing for Cornwall, his brother playing at Launceston and his mother Kaye representing Cornwall in netball.

Luke Chapman
Chapman is learning his trade at Exeter Chiefs and England U18s

Chapman is on tour with England Under-18s in South Africa, having progressed through the country and England representative set-ups.

"It's brilliant - everyone's really enjoying it and the team spirit is great," he said, after England's narrow 17-15 win over Wales.

"We were quite disappointed with the performance. We come out in the first 10 minutes and played really well but we dropped off towards the end of the first half and allowed Wales back in.

"It was a really physical game. When I came off in the second half thought we'd lost it. We'll look at the bad parts and the good parts and move on from it when we play France."

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