Every changing room throughout the country has its own dynamics. There are the bullies…and the bullied.
Worcester’s is no different.
Poor old scrum-half Ollie Frost is on the end of the most abuse I have ever known in any changing room across the world.
He is a great lad and I really get on well with him. But he gets so much stick for anything from his haircut to his clothes. He also has a natural ability to speak before he engages his brain at times.
That does him no favours.
Jake Abbott gets a hell of a lot of abuse too. If the coach says something, he tends to repeat it.
A few weeks ago in the Amlin Challenge Cup, coach Phil Davies gave out on-pitch roles to about seven or eight people to spread out the responsibility.
Jake took it upon himself to be self-proclaimed top dog in the forwards and marched up to the referee and proudly said: “I am pack leader so come and see me if there are any problems!”
We overheard and were killing ourselves laughing.
Chris Fortey can be brutal with his banter. You do not want to get on the wrong side of him.
Players like him keep the changing room buzzing – but I would say that wouldn’t I?
Alex Grove gets abuse too. But he is good at giving it out as well. There’s very little abuse flying around that Alex is not a part of. He has a foot in both camps.
Then there is Marcel Garvey. The most dangerous type of changing-room abuser. You will only realise that he has done the dirty on you when it is too late.
He will stick the knife it in the blink of an eye. But he’s not a big fan when the boot is on the other foot. Approach with caution.
Me? I just like a quiet life. And those who know me will vouch for the fact that I enjoy just sitting in the corner getting on with my own business!
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