- Date of Birth5 Dec 2000
Freddie Steward is a member of the Tigers’ Norfolk contingent and joined the club’s academy from Norwich School after progressing through the DPP group.
“I learnt a lot about the physical and mental requirements needed to make it at the top level during my time with the DPP,” he says. “I realised the commitment needed and it’s a great learning curve and helps to build your character. Tim Malone was really helpful as coach there and since I’ve been in the academy Jamie Taylor and Anthony Allen have been important.”
Full-back Steward also looks up to a fellow Norfolk boy in Tigers captain Tom Youngs as an inspiration. “He played for the same local club as me at Holt and I’ve been lucky enough to chat to him a few times at the training ground,” he says.
Freddie was a key part in the Under-18 Academies league title win for Tigers during 2017/18 and scored an eye-catching solo try in the Final win over Gloucester.
“I get teased a bit about not playing in the second row because of my height - but I’ve never been there and have no intention of going there any time!” he says.
“I play at centre with school and full-back with Tigers. It was Jamie Taylor at Tigers who suggested going to full-back a couple of years ago and really I’ve never looked back. The freedom is great at full-back and you are an organiser in the team, it’s a job where you talk to the players around you.
“It was an amazing year with the Under-18s, a really good bunch of players, the environment was great all the way through and to top it off with the win in the league was great.”
Getting to know you
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I wish I could turn back time, that way if you make a mistake it could be undone.
If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
The boxer Anthony Joshua just to see what makes him tick and how he remains calm and composed in everything he does.
What three things would you want if you were stuck in a desert island?
Sunglasses, suncream and a book.