Josh Lesley’s athletic background in football led him to be curious about the sport of rugby when he was in the fifth grade. He was drawn to the high level of contact and eager to play, but the lack of protection created a hesitation. It wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he finally began to play rugby and never looked back.
Lesley played for two seasons at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. He helped lead Brophy to a state championship in its inaugural season. He was also a member of the Arizona Bobcats. Josh was invited to the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy All-American High School Rugby Camp and appeared in multiple tournaments, including: the Las Vegas Invitational 7s tournament, International Youth Tropical Rugby 7s, and the North American Invitational 7s. Although he only has two seasons of rugby under his belt, Josh has taken to the game quickly and garnered high praise from teammates and coaches.
“He is a team player on and off the field, with an underdog hunger to succeed. This quality in Joshua took notice amongst his peers and was with short order he became the team captain and voted Most Valuable Player from his peers,” said Ian Gregor, Bobcats Rugby coach.
Lesley graduated from Brophy College Prep with a 3.67 GPA and was involved in multiple extracurricular activities. He looks forward to advancing his rugby career and developing his skills at the next level at Arizona State University. He looks forward to the opportunity to travel the world and immersing himself in different rugby cultures along the way.
Off the pitch, Josh is pursuing a pre-med major at Arizona State University, with high hopes of attending medical school. He has a strong passion for helping others and would like to become a surgeon one day. Josh envisions a future of combining his love for sports and medicine and hopes to one day own a wellness center with athletic training, recovery therapy, nutritional, and clinical aspects to treat the whole patient.
Athletically, Josh is excelling in his new role with Arizona State University Rugby and has a bright rugby career ahead of him!
“He is very coachable, an outstanding defender, and has very good vision and distribution skills. He has started both our preseason games as a freshman and excelled on and off the field. So glad he is a member of the program and envision a great future for him with the program on and off the pitch,” said Arizona State University Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Pieter Hugo.