When did you first play rugby?

I started at U10 level with Waunarlwydd.

Where do you play? 

I was actually a No 8 at the start, but as we got older I struggled with the height of the other, bigger players.  So then I moved forward.

Who do you model your game on now?

I think the one player to look at for me as a loosehead prop is Gethin Jenkins because of his work-rate. If I can replicate that I will be doing alright. But I don’t put pressure on myself. I just keep playing.

Do you cover as much ground as Jenkins?

Well, because I’m a prop the set-piece, the scrum and lineout, as well as hitting rucks are obviously a really big part of my game. But I like to get my hands on the ball, too.

How did you start out with the Ospreys?

Last year, with Ryan Bevington out, I got a shot off the bench against Munster. It was definitely different and since then I have been determined to take my chances.

How are the youngsters treated at the Ospreys?

There’s certainly a lot of us! We have to step up and deliver, and there are big boots to fill, but it’s nice that the coaches are giving some of us a go. It’s a big risk but they have faith and do let us express ourselves.

RW verdict: This prop, 20, has been trusted to start for the Ospreys and is thriving. He will go far.

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