IN A series of columns penned by some of Burton’s hottest sporting talents, we will hear about their prizes and pitfalls, the anecdotes and achievements – in their own words.
THE season has started quite well so far, and I even got to go abroad with the team this summer.
Our first pre-season game was in Geneva, in Switzerland, where we played Montpellier.
I came off the bench in the second half and it was good to get the lungs blowing after not playing since December after the operation on my knee!
Pre-season training the following few weeks were pretty tough but at the same time enjoyable.
The first competitive game of the season was against Northampton for the Tigers A team.
I only had 10 minutes on the pitch but that was long enough to break my nose and pick up an injury to my eye that needed five stitches!
I managed to get back on the pitch but we ended up getting beaten 23-15.
After a few CT and MRI scans I was declared fit just in time for the next game up in Newcastle.
That was a very tough game and we ended up losing narrowly (20-13), which was disappointing.
I played the whole match though, and I was pleased to get 80 minutes under my belt.
I’m really looking forward to the next few games which are coming up and hopefully we can get a couple of good results.
It’s also a chance to prove myself as a young player at Tigers.
My team-mate Manu Tuilagi got into a bit of hot water this week after his “rabbit ears” in a photo with Prime Minister David Cameron.
It was just a bit of fun really – he’s always up for a laugh and he’s good to have in the dressing room as he keeps everyone happy.
As told to David Broome