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Ollie Thorley

I joined the Gloucester Rugby Academy aged 14 and my best moment was winning the Harrow tournament as an Under-15 with all the guys I’d grown up playing with and against. We played some great rugby as well and when I think back to those games the redeeming emotion is joy.

I had my first games for the senior team in the LV Cup against Northampton just after my seventeenth birthday. That was an unbelievable experience and it was a huge honour to become Gloucester's youngest player in the professional era. Even more humbling was to be able to play with Mike Tindall in the centres.

Growing up I played for Stow-on-the-Wold U7s till U16 and Cheltenham College U8’s till U18.

If I was to give any advice it would be to be ready to sacrifice a lot being a sportsman. Train hard, and always strive to improve as a person and as a player. Most importantly, however, is to make sure that you love playing, playing for Gloucester should always bring you the same joy as when you first started playing in the playground at school; if not even more.