- Date of Birth26 Apr 2003
Ollie Royer’s rugby career began when his dad – who was on Tigers books in the 1990s – took him to Melbourne RFC as a seven-year-old.
From a small village in Derbyshire, Ollie also played at school and then joined friends at Derby RFC.
“I started at Melbourne with tag rugby and I enjoyed it as soon as I got there,” he says.
“I moved to Derby and from there I got nominated for the DPP centres. I was in that at under-13s and two years later I was lucky enough to get picked for the PDG centres.
“The quality of coaching was something I enjoyed on top of my school and rugby club coaching, then at under-15s I played a few fixtures for Tigers which was quite surreal at that time.
“I got through the County programme at under-16s, played for NLD and then went to Wellington Festival which was an amazing experience.”
Getting to know you
Who was your favourite rugby player growing up?
I liked to watch Aaron Smith. I just like the way he operates, he talks a lot, something I want to bring to my game, and I like his core skills, passing and kicking, it’s all there and they’re all nailed on.
If you could play alongside any rugby player in the world, who would it be?
George Ford. Obviously he’s at Tigers, that would be a dream one day to play with him. It would be easy to play with him, just pass him the ball!
What do you like most about rugby compared with other sports?
Probably playing for my team-mates. I like building the friendships. On the pitch, you feel that bond between every player. Being part of that team and that energy is a really nice feeling to have.