At what age did you first play rugby?
I joined Cranleigh when I was about 11. My dad kept me out of rugby until it was full contact – he knew I’d get bored.
Have you always been a back-row?
I was a centre to start with and I moved to second-row when I was about 13, then into the back row when we first had full scrums.
Do you prefer No 8?
I enjoy all three back-row positions but I like No 8 the best because you get to carry quite a bit.
You played in the JP Morgan Sevens for Harlequins at just 17. What was that like?
There were a few guys my age in it and it was good fun. It tested your fitness and physicality. I’ve been with Quins since I was about 14.
Who are your mentors?
The main one is Quins academy manager Tony Diprose. I go through my games with him.
You made your Aviva Premiership debut this spring, was that one of your aims this season?
I wanted to play well in the A league and on loan at Esher, and get as many Quins appearances as I could. I also wanted England to do well in the U20 Six Nations – it’s the first time I’ve been the proper captain of a team.
What’s your next aim?
To do well at the U20 World Championship in France and then have a really good pre-season
so I can play well for Quins or on loan.