Born in Bulgaria, made in Wigan: The journey of Ethan Havard

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Ethan Havard may have been born in Bulgaria, but he was made his mark in Wigan. Now, the powerhouse prop is targeting international honours. 

The 21-year-old was born in Sofia to English parents, who met each other in Saudi Arabia. They then lived in Ireland for a little while. His mum was a nurse and his dad worked in telecommunications.

Havard’s family relocated back to England before his first birthday – but it was in the non-traditional rugby league area of Bath. When Havard was three the family moved to Wigan, where his dad was from.

“My earliest memories are being down at Wigan St Pats,” Havard told Love Rugby League.

“My dad used to coach there. So my earliest memories are from being there, throwing a ball around and warming up with some of the older lads.”

Ethan Havard targeting international honours with England

Havard is now grateful his mum and dad made the decision to move back to Wigan because he has since gone on to become a professional rugby league player for the town’s famous rugby league club.

Despite still only being 21, Havard has already made more than 50 first team appearances for his hometown club.

Havard has been part of the England Knights squad in his impressive career so far – but he would love to make the step up of playing for England’s senior side one day.

“I’d say that is something I’m striving for,” Havard said.

“To be in the England team would be an honour. But right now I’m just focusing on club rugby and putting in good performances week in, week out.”

Havard has recently put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with the Warriors.

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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