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Will Backhouse

  • Date of Birth23 Jan 2001
  • BirthplaceSheffield

A blindside flanker, Will Backhouse has worked his way up to black belt status in Japanese jujitsu alongside finding his way in rugby.

From Sheffield, Will played at Dronfield RFC before moving into the Tigers academy in the summer of 2017.

“I’ve been able to learn from some good coaches since I started playing,” he says. “I was in the first year of Minis and Juniors at my club and came all the way though.

“The team at the Tigers DPP at Mount St Mary’s and now the Tigers academy are always offering advice and guidance on how we can improve, not just as individuals, but also to help our team-mates.”

Will, a student at Brooksby Melton College, says the All Blacks provide an inspiration on and off the field for any young player.

“They are very professional and humble,” he says. “And I like the big, physical players in the game, players like Picamoles, Chabal, Bakkies Botha. I like the presence they have when they get out on to the pitch.”

Getting to know you

If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Conor McGregor because I’m a fan of MMA and he is the face of the sport. He’s an icon, a character and meeting him would be pretty special.

What fillings would you add to your perfect sandwich?

You can’t go wrong with a good chicken, bacon and lettuce sandwich.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Having the ability to fly would be pretty useful on the rugby pitch. It would make the journey to training easier too.