Thanks a lot coach!

Thanks a lot coach!

You know that feeling when everyone's laughing at you and you're not entirely sure why? Well, I had a bit of a moment when I walked in to Quins earlier this week.

My coach at Esher, former Leicester Tigers and England centre Ollie Smith, has apparently said some very complimentary stuff about me to the rugby press.

So much so, in fact, that although I've yet to read it, the boys have all 'congratulated' me on his kind words!

I'm told he was quoted in The Rugby Paper as saying I'm quicker than he was at my age and I have a better outside break. Coming from Ollie, that is high praise. And didn't I know it! The Quins lads gave me some real stick when I went in. Needless to say, I briefly had some very colourful nicknames!

And after saying all about how he thought full-back was my best position, Ollie has gone and stuck me on the wing for this week's Esher game, so I've been having a go at him all week about that - thanks a lot coach!

It's been a slightly frustrating few weeks for me, actually. At the start of the month I fell ill and went home to my folks in Leicester hoping to be nursed back to health.

After having a couple of weeks off because of the illness, my first game back was a disappointing, last-minute loss to Ealing. They're top of the table and deservedly so, as they've been more consistent than us this year, but that game was frustrating.

We went in at half-time with a strong lead and dominated a lot of the match but they scored a try in the corner with the last play and we went down to the narrowest of defeats.

But confidence among the boys is still high. We're a tight group at Esher and the Ealing match, although we were edged out, just showed our quality and that we can compete in some pretty good, top-of-the-table rugby.

We need to be realistic now, though. Ealing are going well and, although we're by no means out of things, promotion is becoming less likely.

Some people are beginning to shift focus on to next season a little bit. For me, I'm not looking too far forward. It's strange to think I might not be playing at Esher next season, but obviously National One isn't really where I want to be playing. I've re-signed with Quins and I hope to be putting pressure on the first team guys.

Before that, I'm hoping Quins will let me play some Sevens. It's a format I really enjoy and I've played a fair bit now. We won the London Floodlit Sevens last year and I'm hoping to be involved with that again at the end of the season.

I can't not mention the England boys in the Six Nations - the Under-20 lads, I mean. My housemate Jack Clifford is captain and they're going pretty well.

They beat Scotland first up in a pretty dour, wet match before losing to Ireland in what was a bit of a surprise, but they came back well to beat France and are looking pretty good.

It's a little bit strange because there are guys playing who I played with, and against, for England U20s last year.

The focus for me now though is on having a strong rest of the campaign for Esher and getting plenty of game time. Oh, and tracking down a copy of The Rugby Paper, of course!

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