When did you start playing rugby? At Bedford Junior Blues when I was five. From the age of 18 I was training with the Saracens Senior Academy but still playing…

Who got you into rugby? My dad Niall was helping with the coaching at Blackrock College rugby club and took me along when I was five or six. I was…

Tell us about your rugby background I started a bit later than most of the boys. I played football until I was 15 and then started rugby at Newbridge Comprehensive…

When did you start playing rugby? My dad, John, is a coach at Galwegians and I used to go to training with him every Saturday. He convinced me to join…

We gather you were born in Germany? Yes, my mum is German and my dad is English. We lived there until I was about one. When did you take up…

Where did you first pick up a rugby ball? My first club, for minis, was Madras, in St Andrews. I went to Strathallan on a scholarship when I was coming…

  When were you bitten by the rugby bug? I started in the U8s at Bonymaen with my neighbour Oliver Treviso. He still plays for them now. I was hooked…

Which was your first team? Winchester U7. I stayed with Winchester through the age groups. Did you play other sports? I’m a black belt in karate, I swam and did…