|Weight||90kg (14st 2lb)|
Winning Test caps for England, achieving a full medical degree and becoming a qualified doctor are the triple aims of Bournemouth-born Richard Galloway, a member of the Bath Rugby Academy. He is studying chemistry, maths, biology and chemistry at Sherborne School, where his mentors are former Fylde, Lancashire and England Counties forward David Muckalt and David Guy.
Richard previously attended Bournemouth School and also attributes his development to David Gibson, his coach there, and also to Simon Coulter, of Bournemouth RFC, where he rose through the age groups. His mentors at Bath are former England lock Danny Grewcock and Dave Williams. He has represented South-West U16, England U16 and U17, his first caps being in victories over Italy and Wales in the younger age group two years ago.
He said: “The match I look back on is the one when we beat Wales 39-35 at Wellington College in front of a large crowd. Wales rallied towards the end but it was a great win for us and scoring a try against them in the first half has to be one of the greatest feelings.”
His father Chris, an osteopath, and uncle Rich, who represented Zimbabwe Schools in water polo and rugby have links with the game. Richard was a flanker when he started playing before moving to centre and then to the wing and his favourite stadium is the Rec at Bath. He said: “It has to be – it was the first Premiership ground on which I played.”
Richard toured Canada with Sherborne, has captained Bournemouth and helped the club to win the Dorset & Wilts Cup at age group level and also represented Dorset in the 200 metres at the National Athletics Championship in Birmingham.
Music, art and watching a good television series are his pastimes and his favourite players are well chosen. They are Mike Brown (“for the way he counter-attacks and breaks the line”), Brian O’Driscoll (“for his dedication to the game and bravery”) and Jonny Wilkinson (“as he was my childhood hero”).
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Last updated: April 04, 14