Waiting tables leads to house renovation for Bath rugby centre

I have been enjoying a break from the norm this week and have been on work experience.

I feel like a kid again.

Stonewood builders have taken me under their wing and have been taking me thorugh the ins and outs of their trade.

They are not your normal builders.

Stonewood have over 40 years of experience in refurbishment, conversion or new builds and specialise in some seriously cool projects.

I got to know them after being a waiter at their table for a charity do and it went from there.

I have a huge interest in the trade having completed my own project in Leicester before moving down to Bath and now getting involved in doing another house up down here.

I like to think there is a lot of preparation that goes into rugby and it is no different for these guys. Doing this on a professional level has been a real eye-opener for me.

The costings, ordering parts, designing, snag lists and so on go on forever.

It has been an eye-opening experience for me spending some time with the lads but a fascinating one as house renovation is something I would seriously consider getting into at the end of my rugby career.

Dan Hipkiss on the attack for Bath

On the pitch I have enjoyed a good run of games before missing our defeat at London Welsh thanks to a red card against Exeter. The less said about that the better.

Things didn't go our way at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday but before then, we had been on a decent run of results and had won some close games too.

One of those was away in France in the Amlin and while you can take the view that it is "only the Amlin", any win across the Channel these days is to be cherished.

Add the Exeter win at home to that and it starts to breed real confidence. If you look a round the changing room and see people you have won tight games with, it does you wonders as a squad.


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