|Weight||96kg (15st 1lb)|
As a student, taking a Level 3 Sports Diploma, at SGS Filton College, Lucas Slowik has much to anticipate. He received the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary Fund of £1,000 in March 2013 to accelerate his rugby development. Born in Macon, France he qualifies through his English mother and is a member of the Gold Elite Player Development Group at Bristol, where he is in his initial season with the club.
Lucas also became Bristol’s youngest first team player in the professional era at 17 years and 268 days old and was among the try-scorers when appearing in the starting side for the British & Irish Cup match last December in which Gala were beaten 62-7 at the Memorial Ground. It is his most memorable match so far.
He attended Swainswick Primary School and Beechen Cliff Boys’ Secondary School and was a member of the Bath Academy last year, having played from the age of eight for the club’s minis. His ambitions within the game are “to play for Bristol’s senior side and to have a long and positive career, then either stay in sport and coach or take another path and start something new.”
Lucas has done that already because last year he was a flanker and No.8 and was converted to centre. He said: “My first coach Stuart Cooper taught me the game and gave me a platform on which to start while my older brother Auguy, who also plays for Bristol, inspires me by the way he has progressed and the manner in which he goes about his rugby. Bryan Rennie, at Bristol, also gave me tips and helped me to improve elements of my game.”
Having started his playing days at full back, he figured in various positions in the pack before settling at flanker until he switched to outside centre at college.
His outside interests are “swimming, being down on the beach and also cooking. My dad owns a restaurant and deli so one day I’d like to take that over from him. The Memorial Stadium in Bristol is my favourite one and Brian O’Driscoll is an inspirational player. He never gives up, doesn’t show pain and performs week in, week out.”
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T
2013 FIRA/AER – P 2014 S, W(R)