- Jake Sharp speaks about playing at Wembley, snakes and facing his RFU Championship XV teammates.
- Find out who has the best banter and who is the worst dancer at Bedford Blues.
Photo: RFU Archive
Name: Jake Sharp
Club: Bedford Blues
Position: Fly Half
At Bedford Blues…
Best banter: Don Barrell, Luke "Baldmeister" Baldwin and Mark Atkinson (he enjoys sarcasm!)
Worst dressed: Don Barrell or Ben Ransom
Biggest appetite: Paul Tupai or Darren Fearn
Worst/best dancer: Worst would be Scott Spurling and best would be Luke “Baldmeister” Baldwin
Stingiest: Ben Ransom
Biggest practical jokers: Alex Rae and Ian Vassy
Favourite film: Shawshank Redemption
Favourite band: The Script
Favourite stadium/ground you’ve played in: I played football at Wembley but in rugby, it has to be Goldington Road (pictured below)
Favourite food: Sirloin steak
Worst habit: Biting my nails
Best moment in your rugby career: I have a couple. Definitely playing England 20s, plus my debut for Saracens and winning the JP Morgan 7s. All equally special!
Any phobias?: I don't like snakes or spiders
Best and worst room-mate: Marcus Watson is the best and worst would be Ben Ransom.
What annoys you most? People who talk down at you.
Who would play you in a story of your life? Bradley Cooper or Jamie George.
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Onto the rugby...
Q. You recently featured for the RFU Championship XV. How was the experience?
A. The experience was amazing; firstly, to be selected in the XV and then meeting a really good bunch of lads and having great memories together. It was a childhood dream to face the Haka so do it in front of a capacity stadium was definitely a moment I will never forget.
Q. Off the back of that game, Bedford went on to beat Cornish Pirates convincingly in the league. Was it strange to be facing guys you’d been in camp with the previous week? Like Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle?
A. It was a really good result from Bedford, the game was definitely one of our best. It was a really strong performance from the forwards paired with a controlled back line and on a personal note, picking up 22 points with the boot wasn’t bad!
It was good playing against Cattle and Paver and Phil Burgess; that was one of the great things about the Championship XV squad, we could finally put a face to names so when we play other teams it is a good opportunity to get to know them better. As is always the case in rugby, when you are playing in the field you forget about friendships and battle for the win, but after the game you shake hands and say well done.
Q. Finally, Bedford have been knocked out at the semi-finals stage for three years running. Is it frustrating to never quite reach the final hurdle?
A. Of course it is frustrating that we haven't made the final, however it shows the level of consistency that Mike Rayer and Bedford have produced over the years. We are striving to win the league, however we take each week as it comes and never look to far into the future. The boys have an excellent work rate and a desire to play well for one another, and hopefully this season can be the one where we go one step further. However, there are eleven other sides who will be aiming for the same goal, so we will just have to wait until May to see.