With only a few days left until the Aviva Premiership Grand Final, I have been lucky enough to talk all things rugby with Saracens’ Jamie George . Touted as one of the next big things for not only the Saracens but also English rugby, the handsome youngster certainly has already achieved a lot in his 20 years and is certainly one player to watch for the future!
Name: Jamie George
Rugby Team: Saracens
National Team: England
U16s – 6
U18s – 12
U20s – 20
How/Why did you start playing rugby?
I would say my family are the entire reason for me starting/still playing rugby. My Father represented the Barbarians and Northampton back in the stone ages so always had an interest and I have two older twin brothers who are very good sportsmen so I learnt a lot off them. My Mum also never misses a game.
Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
I dont think that I can pick one person out for this as so many people come to mind. From my favorite school teacher Miles Norris, my uncle and family to our coaches at Saracens in Paul Gustard and Alex Sanderson.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
So far I would say it would be playing in the final at the Junior World Cup in Tokyo against New Zealand. However I think that this weekend’s premiership final will be up there – Hopefully!!
Who is the toughest player you have played against?
Well I have to train against Jacques Burger every week and I don’t think they come much tougher than him!! Sebastian Chabal is a hard bloke though!
What is your favourite stadium to play in?
Wembley! Just for the atmosphere that it produces.
You’ve recently just re-signed with the Saracens, was it an easy decision?
Yeah absolutely, everyone keeps saying that there is something special happening at Saracens and I certainly believe in that. There is no where else I would rather be!
How do you think the team will go in the Grand Final against the Tigers this weekend?
I think that the boys are obviously still feeling the hurt from losing in the last minute of last year’s final, but I have full confidence that we can go and do it.
Which player has impressed you the most this season?
In the premiership it would probably be Schalk Brits. He is a truly amazing player and its not just his running game that is world class, it is his work off the ball and set piece that makes him special.
Would you ever consider making the move to Super Rugby at any stage in your career?
I have always been interested as to what it would be like to play in the Southern Hemisphere but as I said I’m very happy at Saracens and I will just concentrate on being there….for now!
Playing for your country
You’ve represented your country in U16s, U18s, and U20s, what was that like?
It was obviously an amazing experience and each cap that I got at all of the age groups are very special to me. It is something that you dream about as a kid and I was lucky enough to play a fair few games in the end which is awesome.
Are you looking forward to this year’s Rugby World Cup?
Yeah definitely, I think that you just have to look at the quality of rugby that is being played in both the Premiership and in the Super 15 in order to see that it is going to be special.
What are England’s chances of winning this year?
I think very good. It is very important for the big players like Cole, Croft, Youngs and Flood to have a good tournament, but if that is the case I’m sure they will be up there.
Who do you think is the team to beat?
I think New Zealand will be the team to beat especially at home but always have to be aware of the young Aussies who have the potential to beat anyone.
A lot of your fans would like to see you on Twitter, are you going to join your teammates and get an account soon?
A lot of my teammates do have twitter but I really dont think anyone will be interested in what I have to say so will probably hold off on that one for a while at least anyway!
* UPDATE: Jamie George has now joined Twitter. Follow him now