|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
The accolade of being the youngest player to appear for Gloucester since the game went professional in 1997 was just the start for Ollie Thorley. A student at Cheltenham College in Year 12 of 13, he made his debut and played the full 80 minutes in the LV=Cup game against Northampton Saints last November at the age of 17 years and 56 days when partnering 2003 RWC winner Mike Tindall at centre.
The Gloucester Academy member said: “It was an incredible experience. I don’t think I played too badly but it was just fantastic to be there alongside Mike Tindall and Freddie Burns.”
Ollie beat the ‘youngest mark’ set last season by Billy Burns, Freddie’s brother, by 71 days. He first played when seven at Stow-on-the-Wold RFC in 2003 and a year later at Cheltenham College Junior School. Ollie had also attended St Paul’s Cathedral School in London.
London-born Ollie continued: “In terms of mentors, my dad is my first port of call. Wayne Loxton introduced me to the game at Stow RFC and Matt Dawson and Dick Lewis assisted me at junior school. Tom Richardson, head of rugby at Cheltenham College, helps me at both rugby-wise as well as with everything off the pitch.
“Andrew Stanley, Peter Buxton, Simon Lane and Geraint Davies at Gloucester are great as is John Fletcher with England. I should like to play professionally and push to reach the peak of the game while combining a university course.”
As a rounded and highly promising sportsman, he is a first team hockey player at his college as well as playing water polo, rowing and doing athletics, at which he has represented Gloucestershire and swimming. His great uncle Martin Britt played football for West Ham United and, as for role models, he lists Jamie Roberts, Brian O’Driscoll, Conrad Smith and, of course, Mike Tindall. He also rates Kingsholm as ‘unique.’
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