Name: Dillon Lewis
Club: Cardiff Blues
Position: Tighthead Prop
When did you first become interested in rugby?
I was 6 years old and my dad took me training to Pontypridd I played up a year to start until I was about 9 then played my own age group after that.
Who did you support growing up?
Pontypridd and Celtic Warriors originally, then Cardiff Blues. Used to love watching league with Jarrod Evans when we were really young, we would be over at each others houses on the weekends – we use to support Bradford Bulls!
First memory of playing rugby?
Playing touch rugby for Ponty but I used to hate it because I was big and slow and never any good!
Who are you most thankful to for getting you to where you are today?
My parents and my Uncle John I’ve got the most to thank for. My dad and uncle were the ones who took me to every session and watched every game. My dad used to coach me when I was younger as well…my mother had the job of feeding me which wasn’t easy!
Hero growing up and why?
Used to love watching Ponty and the likes of Gethin Jenkins who I then had the privilege of playing with later on.
Proudest moment of your career to date?
Winning the Grand slam.
Best player you’ve played with?
Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans and Justin Tipuric would be the 3 players I’d have to pick. They can do stuff with the ball I’ve not seen many others do.
The martians have landed, and we’ve lost the toss…we’ve got Mars away next week in a game to save the world, who is the first player on your team sheet (past or present)?
Alun Wyn Jones.
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Onion Rings and Chicken Wings
Favourite holiday destination?
Cape Town or Hvar
Most embarrassing moment?
Missing the bus to Heathrow airport for a flight to play Italy U20’s.
If you could choose any three guests for your own dinner party, who would they be?
If you weren’t playing rugby, what would you be doing now?
I own a coffee company called Fat Dragon with a friend of mine Bradley Thyer so it would probably be something to do with that.
Do you have any plans for life after rugby?
A lot of sun and a lot of Pina Coladas
What advice would you give for maintaining good mental health?
Continue to talk about how you’re feeling. Find something that makes you feel good, relieves stress and use that as much as you can to help.
How does rugby support your mental health?
Rugby, like any professional sport, has its ups and downs but rugby being a team sport gives you a network of close friends that you can rely on and talk to whenever you feel you are struggling – I feel rugby has given me that.