Long term ambition – To play for the London Wasps 1st team!
What one word would you use to describe the current Academy boys?
How did you get involved with the Wasps Academy?
I have been involved with the Wasps amateur Club since I was a six year old. I started playing rugby there as a Wasps mini before later progressing into the EPDG (Elite Player Development Group) whilst at Hampton School and I haven’t looked back!
What is your average daily schedule like?
Our days consist of a few different components including a rugby session, strength and conditioning, mobility and rehabilitation/recovery. The frequency and order of these sessions depends on the date of our previous and next match.
How have you been enjoying playing with Rosslyn Park in the National One League?
I am loving playing with Rosslyn Park. It is great to be constantly playing at a high level week in week out. Game time is very important and these games are a chance to get yourself noticed both for Wasps and in the England U20s set up.
Do you play at Rosslyn Park with any of your Academy teammates?
I also play alongside Beno Obano, Tom Howe and Tom Baldwin at Rosslyn Park and it is great to be able to really progress as an outfit. Hugo Southwell joined the Club as backs coach this season too and it is really irreplaceable to have such an experienced player to learn from.
Who do you look up to in the current senior squad?
There are obviously a lot of legends that have gone through the Wasps ranks. I was a huge fan of Lawrence Dallaglio back when I was in the Wasps minis. Now though I am impressed with the younger guys coming through, such as Joe Launchbury, Sam Jones and Christian Wade. A number of current guys in the squad are products of the Academy system too, and if you take someone like James Haskell who has done very well for himself you really start appreciating the Academy system as a fine set up.
What do you do with your time outside rugby?
I finished school earlier this year and have just started my degree in Economic History at London School of Economics. It is hard to juggle training with University work but I generally try and arrange my lectures for the afternoon so I don’t have to play catch up too much!
How does it feel to have been named recently in the England U20s squad alongside Gus Jones?
It is great for me because ultimately as a rugby player you want to be progressing as well as you possibly can. The competition for places is very tough and moving up from U18s to U20s you suddenly find yourself up against some very accomplished players. I need to get my head down, work hard and play as well as I can to give myself a chance of being selected for the Six Nations squad.