When did you first play rugby?

I played for Newbridge RFC from when I was nine. My dad was keen on rugby and played for Abertillery so he took me along. It was always my favourite sport.

Where do you play? 

I’ve always played centre. You get a lot of involvement in the game and get a lot of ball. A lot of opportunities to make big hits as well.

When did you join Newport Gwent Dragons?

I stayed with Newbridge until U16 level, then went into the Dragons Academy and had a couple of seasons with Bedwas, then started playing for the Dragons.

Who’s influenced you?

I learned a lot from Byron Hayward, Wales U20 coach. I always watched Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Roberts is a hero of mine. I’ve also learned a lot from Ashley Smith and Pat Leach in training.

How was last season?

I was set back with injury. I snapped the ligament in my big toe and had to have an operation and was out for four or five months.

Aims for this season?

I just want to get as much game time as I can for the Dragons. Lee Byrne and Aled Brew have joined, so I am looking forward to playing with them. I’ll be out of the U20s so a senior Welsh cap has to be my next goal. I’m looking to work towards that.

RW verdict: At 6ft 3in and 16st, Dixon, 19, is sure to prove a handful for Dragons’ opponents.

This hotshot was first published in the October 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in this month’s mag!