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Getting to know England U20: Matt Kvesic

04 January 2011

  • England U20 and Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic on rugby and relaxing
  • Former England U18 skipper lifts lid on his international teammates

Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic has achieved a lot in his 18 years: the former England U18 captain is now at the forefront of Rob Hunter’s England U20 squad and has broken into the first team at club level.

He scored two tries against Esher on his full debut for Worcester last month, earning praise from Warriors Head Coach Richard Hill, who said: "He's 18 years old but plays way above his years. I'm delighted with him."

England U20 start their 2011 Six Nations campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 5, and with Kvesic likely to be involved, this year could be even better for the 18-year-old. caught up with Matt to discover a little bit more about him as a person.

Matt Kvesic in action for England

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How do you like to relax outside of the rugby bubble?
I like to just chill out; watch TV, play on my Play Station, spend time with my girlfriend or head down to the local driving range and slap a few golf balls.

Who are the best and worst trainers in the England camp?
The best trainer would probably be Fordy [George Ford], although Mako Vunipola works pretty hard too. As for the worst, no one is the ‘worst’ as such, but Billy Vunipola takes it pretty easy!

You’re stuck on a desert island with one luxury item, what is it?
A Swiss army knife would be pretty useful I imagine – 10 in 1, how could anything go wrong?

If money was no object what car would you drive?
I would keep my Renault Clio and buy a boat instead – insurance for young drivers is an absolute nightmare nowadays.

If you weren't a rugby player, what would you be doing?
I'd like to be involved in sport one way or another, so possibly a P.E. teacher would be something that would interest me.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
I’ve been to Portugal a few times and really enjoyed that, a place called Alvor in the Algarve. But you can’t beat Cornwall can you? Especially when it’s lovely and sunny.

Famous face: George Ford in England action

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Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Easy. George Ford. Although, thinking about it maybe meeting Chico from the X Factor was more special.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Completing my set of Power Rangers is the first thing that springs to mind. Although I did go over to India when I was younger and that was pretty special – tough question.

Who has the best skills in the England camp?
This might surprise a few people but Mako Vunipola has some lovely moves - all the more impressive considering he's a prop! Ryan Mills has also got a few skills up his sleeves.

What is your ideal three course meal?
Here we go: I’d have chicken with a peanut satay sauce for starter, main course would be my mum’s homemade pasty and for dessert I’d have to have a homemade lemon cheesecake.

What is the furthest you have ever ran?
I once ran 13 miles while at school for the CLIC Sargent charity, they care for young children with cancer so it was a very worthwhile cause.

Ben Ransom and his long flowing hair

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Who dresses to impress?
Ben Ransom. He spends so much time on his long hair, he wears hair bands and all sorts. Spends far too much time on his appearance for my liking. Apparently it took him three hours to get ready for the Saracens head-shot photo-call at the start of the season...

Tell us three songs that make you happy.
Anything by Kanye West or Mumford & Sons, but to be honest I like too much music to just pick three songs.

Who was your sporting idol growing up?
My Dad was a huge influence on my career, but from a professional point of view Lawrence Dallaglio was a big inspiration. He achieved so much for both club and country.

Who’s got the best banter in the U20 squad? 
Ryan Bower from Leicester Tigers. He has some quality sly chat. To the untrained eye he could come across as quiet, but really he is just assessing the situation ready to pounce.

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