- Date of Birth10 Nov 2000
An international debut for Scotland against England provided a highlight of the 2017/18 season for young prop Alex Maxwell.
Now a student at Brooksby Melton College, Alex came through minis and junior club rugby with Walsall and then Wolverhampton to earn a place in the Tigers academy before adding representative honours, beginning with that game against England.
“The game should have been played at Stirling County but because of the weather it was moved to Murrayfield,” Alex says.
“It was snowing, it was my first visit to Murrayfield and all my family were there to watch, it was unbelievable, a great experience.”
Alex says he admires Scotland international hooker Ross Ford – “He always keeps a cool head” – and identifies his dad as his biggest inspiration.
“I started playing rugby when I was very young,” he says. “But I had a bit of time out before picking up the ball again and at that age, I was playing against the year above because I was always one of the bigger lads on the pitch.
“I got into the Tigers programme at under-15s which was quite late but I probably just wasn’t good enough before then. Anthony Nixon was the lead DPP coach and was very good with us. He’s always straight to the point so you know where you stand.”
Getting to know you
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Imagine having super strength – it would be brilliant as a prop.
What three things would you want if you were stuck in a desert island?
I’d go for the essentials – water, food and sun cream.
What fillings would you add to your perfect sandwich?
Nothing beats a sweet chilli chicken sandwich.