- Date of Birth26 Nov 2001
A schoolboy footballer with Nottingham Forest, Ollie Smith also played rugby at his hometown club in Mansfield before coming through to the Leicester Tigers academy.
“It was my dad who took me to join the rugby club at Mansfield,” he says. “We’ve done pretty well there, we beat Nottingham Corsairs in the County Final in 2018.
“The coaches there were very good. Dave Elms was the glue that pulled it all together and he did all the man-management, then Ross Elms coached the backs and Carl Alton looked after the forwards. It was a good combination.”
Since moving into the Tigers DPP system, Diccon Edwards and Jamie Taylor have also provided guidance, while he says the Wellington Festival provided one of the highlights of 2018.
“We were unbeaten so it was successful for us,” he says. “But just being involved in such a massive festival was great.”
Originally a 10 or 12, Ollie is now settling in at full-back and says he enjoys watching Tigers’ Telusa Veainu in action.
Getting to know you
If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Who’s the most famous person you’ve taken a selfie with?
Dan Carter. When Tigers played Racing at the City Ground in Nottingham in the European Cup semi-final, I waited for an hour-and-a-half to catch him. And it is the worst selfie I’ve ever taken!
What three things would you want if you were stuck in a desert island?
A rugby ball, water and someone to keep me company.