What’s coming up this year? The Aviva Premiership Season has started and there’s the LV Cup and the European Cup too. This year’s rugby calendar also contains a series of autumn internationals, the Six Nations and a Lions Tour to finish the year next summer, so it’s pretty full on!

What motivates you? My family and the guys I play with. I want to win trophies to justify all the sacrifices that we go through together.

What does your training schedule look like? We usually front-load the training week so that we’re fresh to play on the weekend. Monday involves leg weights, conditioning (usually running) and on-the-field rugby training. Tuesday is upper body weights followed by unit-specific work, so for me that would be scrummaging and line out practice, and rugby. By Thursday and Friday we’re down to just one rugby session so that our bodies get a chance to recover before we go through the mill again!

What is your golden rule when it comes to fitness? Find a way to enjoy what you do. Nothing good comes easily but you can always find a way to enjoy the ride

Where’s the coolest place your sport has taken you? I have been lucky to travel quite extensively with rugby – all over Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. I would say that my trip to Argentina and Uruguay was the coolest!

What’s your proudest sporting achievement? Getting my first Senior England Cap against New Zealand in 2010.

Who was your childhood hero? Neville Longbottom – he saved Hogwarts and humanity!

Which app could you not live without? Spotify. Acoustic covers playlist. Look it up.

Describe yourself in three words: Confident, thoughtful and practical.

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