Smiths present our player of the week to give an insight into our great club.
|Gary, Uncle Fester
|Wherever required, positions are flexible/optional in the 2’s. #Jouer
|English (with Irish family)
|Pre Lockdown – 92kg, Post lockdown probs an even 100.
|Previous clubs / Honours
|Former hockey player so this is my first rugby club, Smiths 2nd Team Captain
|Years at Smiths
Who at Smiths is…
|I do enjoy Wardell, controversially.
|Pritch or Hawker, both very sharp. BP and Nocker also clever blokes.
|Tie between Chazzy and Doug. Outstanding rugby players but may struggle to open tins or follow a map etc.
|Si ‘The Manx Maniac’ Ward. Lovely bloke 99% of the time though.
|Singer up there. Pete would be top rig though, glass ankles aside.
|Best / worst dressed?
|Best dressed – Euan Whitbourn, loves a barbour. Worst dressed – Cookie. Dresses like Mark Wahlberg.
|Best on the sesh?
|All the lads excellent on the beers, hard to pick a particular favourite. Enjoy Arran a lot though.
|How did you end up at Smiths?
|Saw a video on Arran Watkin’s Instagram (know him through mutual friends), asked if I could come for a run around as I was looking to get back into rugby, first session was a post-christmas fitness one and we didn’t touch the ball once. Been there since!
|Describe your approach to playing rugby?
|Enjoy marshalling from behind the defensive line, because I can’t tackle. Like to sit back and field kicks, then have a bit of a go. Love a fend/offload combo.
|What film/TV character are you most like and why?
|Hawkeye Pearce from M.A.S.H, love a wisecrack but happy to knuckle down if work needs doing.
|Something people might not know about you?
|I can use the post-nominal DipVCM, should I wish to.
|Memorable rugby moment?
|scoring from our own 10 after a lineout went awry in my first home game for Smiths. Ran out of gas around the 5 but it was so muddy managed to slide over anyway.
|2 weeks road tripping California, Nevada and Arizona.
|Best Smiths memory?
|Telling the Dinner Dance stories. Brings everyone together and they’re great fun to write.
|3 course menu?
|Waker’s Pork Belly skewers, Chicken and bacon carbonara al forno, chocolate fudge cake with cream.
|Favourite place to play/watch rugby?
|Big Field at Dean Close. Lived at the school so grew up playing rugby golf with my brother there.
|What is your spirit animal?