Josh Ovens

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Josh Ovens
Josh Ovens.jpg
Date of birth (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
School Monkton Combe School
Milton Abbey School
University University of Bath
Rugby union career
Position(s) Back row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bristol (loan)


Current local club Bristol Rugby

Josh Ovens (born 11 July 1989) is a rugby union player for Rosslyn Park in National League 1. He plays as a back-row.


Ovens was educated at the Prep School of Monkton Combe School,[1] a boarding independent school for pupils up to the age of 13 in Combe Down, a village suburb of the city of Bath in Somerset in South West England, followed by Milton Abbey School,[2][3] a boarding independent school in the village of Milton Abbas, near the market town of Blandford Forum in Dorset (also in South West England).

Rugby career[edit]

In 2008, he joined Bath, but enjoyed a spell on loan to Bristol in the 2011 Aviva Championship season, returning to Bath for the start of the 2012 season. Ovens re-signed with Bristol on a one-year deal, after the club facilitated his rehabilitation by allowing him to train with the squad, almost two years after recovering from a potentially career-ending back injury in 2012. Ovens returned to the field against Clifton RFC in August 2014, for the annual pre-season friendly between the two sides.[4]

After falling out of favour at Bristol RFC, Josh made the decision to combine part-time work at his family farm with part-time rugby for Rosslyn Park RFC where he joined former higher level players such as Hugo Ellis and Mark Lilley who have dropped down a division as they prepare for a future career outside of rugby. Ovens has left the door open to returning to professional rugby and works on the farm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while training on Tuesdays and Thursdays before matchday on Saturday.


Ovens' first cousin is Laurence Ovens.


  1. ^ Rugby - Boys play at local, county and national level Publisher: Monkton Combe School. Retrieved: 20 April 2013.
  2. ^ Ovens named in England Under-20 side Publisher: This is - (The Bath Chronicle). Published: 2 February 2009. Retrieved: 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ School's double honour Publisher: This is Published: 30 January 2009. Retrieved: 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-30.