When did you first know you wanted to be a rugby player and why?
I grew up in Norfolk and my dad used to play rugby at the weekends. I would go and watch him play and then joined my local juniors club, Crusaders. From then I just kept progressing until I was picked up by Leicester Tigers.
How are you finding life in the North East since joining the Falcons?
One of the best things about professional rugby is that it gives you the chance to travel and get to know different places and meet different people. I’ve really enjoyed my experience at the Falcons so far; everyone has been incredibly friendly since I moved to Newcastle.
After a game, how long does it take to recover?
It all depends on the type of game the team have just played. Say we’re playing on the Saturday and it’s raining, the contact is in close and it’s a physical game; it could take until the Tuesday or Wednesday before you feel back to normal. When a game is a bit looser with more running involved (usually when it’s sunny), it’s easier to recover so you tend to recover by Sunday morning.
What injuries have you suffered during your rugby career?
When I was at Leicester I had surgery on a bulging disc at Spire Leicester Hospital and couldn’t play rugby for almost a year. I’ve also torn my pectoral muscle which took four months to recover from. Most of the time, though, it’s little niggles that you suffer from. Injuries such as ankle sprains and little stingers (a nerve injury) are part of the game and our physiotherapists will monitor us and send us for a scan at Spire Washington if necessary.
How do you feel about being sponsored by Spire Washington Hospital?
Having spent a fair amount of time in Spire hospitals it’s a good feeling to be sponsored by a company I know. I didn’t have a sponsor last season since I was a new player and people didn’t know who I was, so personally it’s nice to have been chosen this year.
What are the benefits, in your opinion, of having Spire Washington Hospital on your doorstep?
The relationship between the club and the hospital means that we can be seen quickly for tests and scans, which is important with the short turnaround times we have between games. For us as players, it’s great to know that if we’ve got something wrong with us we’re able to get it checked straightaway at the hospital without waiting days or weeks.
What is your advice to any young player starting out?
Always listen to your coaches, keep your head down and work hard. A lot of players when they get a little bit of recognition start thinking they’re better than they are and their development stalls, so remember to be humble and keep your feet on the ground.
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