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Getting to know England U20: Chris Cook

21 January 2011

  • England U20 and Bath Rugby scrum half Chris Cook on rugby and relaxing
  • Former England U18 international lifts lid on his international teammates

With England U18 honours already under his belt, Bath Rugby scrum half Chris Cook will be hoping to take every opportunity given to him with the England U20 squad this season.

At 19, Cook is your archetypal scrum half – quick hands and a smart rugby brain and with former Springbok Michael Claassens as competition for the No. 9 shirt at The Rec, it’s no wonder Cook is developing nicely.

RFU.com caught up with Chris to discover a little bit more about him as a person:

Chris Cook is all smiles with the England U20 squad

Photo: Getty Images

How do you relax outside of the rugby bubble?
I like to go for a coffee with the boys at Bath, but to be fair we normally talk about rugby, so that’s not escaping the bubble! I also like to go to the cinema and Nando’s which are conveniently located right next to each other, so that often gets exploited.

Best and worst trainers in the England camp.
Best trainer is George Ford, he always sticks around to practise his kicking. Marland Yarde is probably the worst.

If money was no object what car would you drive?
Money isn’t an object and I drive a Range Rover Sport (white on black).

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Sydney is my favourite city, closely followed by San Francisco.

Tell us something on one knows about you.
My apartment smells of rich mahogany.

Fondest childhood memory?
Getting accepted into Millfield School is right up there. It wasn’t at the time – but looking back, I had a really great time.

Mr Brains, Kieran Low

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Cleverest player in the England squad?
Kieran Low.

Talk us through your ideal three course meal.
I’d head straight to Hudson Bar & Grill in Bath. Scallops for starter, Porter house Steak (surf and turf) with chips for the main course and to polish it all off... sticky toffee pudding – amazing.

You’re stuck on a desert island with one luxury item, what is it?
Tesco’s – can't go too far wrong with that really, can you?

What are your top three films of all time?
Anchor Man, Gladiator and The Lion King – big fan of Simba.

If you had a pet lion what would you call him?
Well I just expressed my love of lions with the previous answer, but if I had a pet one I would call him Raymond.

Sporting idol growing up?
Definitely MJ. And that’s Michael Jordan, not Jackson.

Three songs that make you happy?
Black & Blue by Miike Snow, Corner by Allie Moss and Sky’s The Limit by Biggie Smalls.

England's Rob Buchanan demonstrates his silky skills

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Best skills in the England camp?
There are some good candidates for this one to be honest, but the one man who truly stands out from the rest of the crowd would have to be Harlequins hooker Rob “The Hitman” Buchanan.

Which rugby club do you support and who is your favourite current player?
I support Bath. I’ve lived there my whole life; they’re my local team and couldn’t really support anyone else. As for favourite player, I really rate my club-mate Butch James.

Give us a clean joke.
A young couple are on a scuba diving trip in the middle of the ocean when the man asks the captain: "Why do you roll into the sea backwards?" The captain has a little think before saying: "Well, if you rolled forwards you'd still be in the boat!" Not great, but at least it's clean. 

You can follow Chris on Twitter here: @Chris09Cook. And Keep up-to-date with all the latest England Age Group news in our dedicated news section.