Hotshot: England U20 wing Cassius Cleaves
When did you first play rugby?
Have you ever at all times performed within the backs?
I began off as a prop – I used to be a giant boy once I was youthful! Then I moved into the backs when individuals realised I had a little bit of fuel. I take pleasure in wing. I used to hate it, pondering you get much more ball within the centres, then I realised you possibly can transfer off the wing!
Any childhood heroes?
Exterior of rugby, Muhammad Ali. My mother and father named me after him so I heard loads about him rising up. He was a ridiculous athlete. My mother and father beloved his angle and the best way he went about his profession with no concern.
Speak us by way of your rugby journey…
I used to be introduced into Harlequins fairly early, 12 months Seven so 12 years outdated. I began taking part in club rugby for Wimbledonian Warriors as a result of that’s the place all my buddies from college performed.
I really like my sevens and in 12 months 9, Wimbledon Faculty received the Rosslyn Park Sevens and I received picked up by Wellington. So in 12 months Ten I began a brand new life at boarding college. I signed a contract with Quins in higher sixth.
What are your strengths?
I’d wish to assume my pace, my footwork, particularly in shut contact. Footwork is one thing I delight myself on, with the quantity of video evaluations and observe I put into it.
Who has been the largest affect in your profession?
My mum, Jacqui, has positively been a giant one. She tried to get me into rugby earlier than it was obligatory in school. She comes everywhere in the nation to look at video games.
Additionally my mates. Once I was in my final yr in school, I used to be hesitant about whether or not to play rugby or pursue my training. I might have strayed away from rugby however my mates saved me going to coaching.
What would you could have studied in case you had gone to uni?
Philosophy. I’m trying to do an Open College course subsequent yr.
RW Verdict: England U20 wing Cassius Cleaves has lengthy been on the radar following his feats at schoolboy degree and he’s set to shine on the senior stage too, particularly given Quins’ attacking mindset. As he jokes, he has a reputation to reside as much as!
This text initially appeared within the Could 2022 version of Rugby World.