Hotshot: Cardiff Blues prop Dillon Lewis
Date of birth: 4 January 1996. Country: Wales.
How did you get into rugby? My father, Tony, took me to Pontypridd minis when I was eight. He was a huge influence and coached my team until I was 13. What positions have you played? I was second-row, then No 8 when I was 14 or 15, then got asked to move to tighthead after a Blues U16 trial. How did you manage the move? I was quite open to the idea and Chris Horsman helped me with my scrummaging a lot in the Wales age groups. I learnt a lot in my first year of senior rugby with Pontypridd last season, against older players. Did you mostly play for Pontypridd last season? Yes. I started the 2015 SWALEC Cup and Principality Premiership finals, which was a good experience. I was in the Blues Academy but trained with the seniors and I had about 20 minutes off the bench against Wasps in the LV= Cup. That was a big step up. How was your Guinness Pro12 debut in October? I only got on for a couple of minutes against Munster but it was great to be involved. What are your aims for this season? I was hoping to make an impact through the 2015 pre-season and have an opportunity (for Blues) somewhere along the line, but I didnâ€™t expect it to happen as soon as October. The primary thing Iâ€™m working on is my scrummaging, because thatâ€™s the main job for a tighthead, but I like to play a bit more open rugby when I can, with the ball in hand. RW verdict: This product of Pontypridd minis and schools already has ten Wales U20 caps, yet doesnâ€™t turn 20 until January 2016. He got game time in both the Bluesâ€™ European games last month, and has a bright future. First published in the January 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.