What was it like to win the Junior World Cup last year?
It was quite surreal. We had a really good team and played really well, but this year everyone has as much chance as we did in 2013.
Your dad (Paul) and uncle (Richard) both played for Wales, so was rugby always in your life?
Since I could walk and talk I had a rugby ball. I used to go to training and games with my dad.
Did you like other sports?
I played in goal with Swansea City until I was about 11, then I played Swansea Schools rugby and that was all I wanted to do.
When did you move to the back row?
Not until I was 17. I went to Hartpury College as a full-back and I was playing second- and third-team rugby so I decided to try the back row. My dad said it would be difficult.
Which coaches have helped you the most?
Peter Walton, from England U18, found me playing for Gloucester U19 and has been my mentor ever since.
Were you tempted to play for Wales not England?
No, because I was at an English club and England approached me first.
What are your aims now?
To do ourselves proud at the World Championship, then to play as much as I can for Gloucester.
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