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Olly Morgan

Rugby is now Fully-Back – So Meet Gloucester Rugby’s Full-Back, Olly Morgan at the beginning of the new Season

Many Cheltonians are looking forward to a a great new season at Gloucester Rugby. There is a new Head Coach, new coaching team set-up and some new players. England and Gloucester full-back, Olly
Morgan chats to The Cheltonian about life on and off the pitch.

How old are you Olly and what have you achieved on the field?
I’m 26 years old, went to Millfield School in Somerset and have 2 England Caps (against Scotland and Ireland in Six Nations), as well representing Gloucester 135 times.

Why do you live Cheltenham and what do you like about the place?
It will be my 9th year living in Cheltenham and I am still loving every minute of it. I was thrown in at the deep end leaving school and going straight into professional sport; Cheltenham was the perfect place
for me. Its location is great, especially being able to visit family in Devon and friends in London and the who area is so picturesque. I love a good walk on Cleeve Hill, I am a food fanatic and in Cheltenham we are spoilt for choice with quality restaurants. It has everything to offer and all my family and friends that stay always say how lucky we are to live here.

Where did you meet your new wife Katie and how was the wedding?
I met Katie on a night out (in 13 nightclub!) 6-and-a-half years ago. I met her parents on our first date so knew she was keen! The wedding was great - definitely the best day of our lives. All the stress of planning it over a number of months, for it to all be done in a day! It flew by but was a fantastic day enjoyed by all our family and friends. It is safe to say that we have memories that will last a life time.

We know you have suffered a pretty serious knee injury, what’s the prognosis when do you hope to be playing again?
I injured my knee playing against Worcester 7 months ago and the early months were very tough and recovery has been hard. Unfortunately I've had a few difficulties along the way that have potentially set me back in recovery. A sudden operation a week before my wedding wasn't ideal either. Things though are back on track and I'm working well with the Gloucester physiotherapists. It's hard to put a date on when I'll be back as I'm just setting short term goals on a monthly basis, but I'm hopeful it will be some time this season!

What are your thoughts on the new coaching set up and Gloucester’s hopes this season?
The coaching set up in Gloucester has been great so far. Change in any organisation helps you refocus and set new challenges and that it was I felt Gloucester needed. Nigel, along with Paddy (conditioner), has brought in a new ethos that suits all the current players and staff which I feel will benefit us going forward. Pre-season has been very successful so far, different to what we have been used to in the past but I have been speaking to other players and they say they feel in great shape going into the season. I would like to think everyone's mind set is to win the Premiership but first and foremost, the focus for us is to get in that top four spot and a chance for semi/final rugby. Home advantage at Kingsholm will be a huge factor as well.