The year joined Ventnor RFC and started playing
What’s the primary position you play at Ventnor RFC??
Other positions you play?
Loose head, 2nd row
Your favourite professional rugby player
Your favourite UK rugby club?
Your favourite international rugby team?
Why do you play rugby?
I began playing Rugby in Middle School 30 years ago, with the support and encouragement of my best friends Dad, Geoff Bentham, I began playing for Ventnor in 1996 in the U14’s. I continued playing at Ventnor until 1999 when I joined the Army. I played for the Army Cadet Force regional and National teams and then my regimental team. I loved the team work, I loved the fitness and really enjoyed the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and exercise.
Most enjoyable part of playing rugby?
Least enjoyable part of playing rugby?
Who do you love playing rugby with at Ventnor RFC?
Only just returning as a playing member after a long absence from the game.
Most memorable Ventnor RFC moment on the pitch and why?
Beating the ESSO U16’s at home as the culmination of a fantastic season of Rugby where our team had gone from strength to strength and we had played out of our skins every week.
Most memorable club moment off the pitch and why?
Getting coaches player of the year. Very proud moment.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in rugby?
Losing my shorts to a voracious scrum-half a tackle at Cardiff Arms Park in the Cadet Forces cup
Least memorable moment at the club (on or off the pitch) and why?
Knocking myself out in the changing room celebrating a win. Can’t remember it to this day.
Who’s been the biggest influence on you playing rugby?
Geoff Bentham, my High School Science teacher, best mates Dad and my biggest fan. Can still hear him bellowing at me from the sidelines.
Who at the club would you most like to be stuck in traffic with and why?
Zoe. I wouldn’t have to talk, she would do it all for me!
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?
The hooker from the Trojans, mid scrum in a Cup game dropped his guts on his 2nd row. Had a bit of Delhi belly and redecorated their shirts!
What’s your favourite drink?
Rum and Coke
What’s your favourite film?
What’s your favourite song?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?
Why you play/ed for Ventnor RFC?
I played as a youth purely because I enjoyed it. Played both Codes (Sandown High was the only school on the island playing League at the time) coming back to play now to support my health and fitness and continue my weight loss!
Other clubs you have played for?
Army Cadet Force south region and National.
School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
1st Bn Royal Rifle Volunteers
What is your proudest achievement to-date at Ventnor RFC (on or off the field)
Playing as Captain of the U16’s.
What are your goals you want to achieve in rugby at Ventnor RFC?
Meet new people
Any other sports you play?