Rupert Harden (Gloucester Rugby)

Saxons Call Up Surreal

Saxons Call Up Surreal

Saxons Call Up Surreal

At almost exactly the same time last year, I was preparing for my first Gloucester start of the season away at Leeds in the LV= Cup.

This week, I have been given a stash of England kit and find myself based with the Saxons in Exeter after getting called-up for the game against the Ireland Wolfhounds.

It’s a bit surreal...

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Not In It For Nothing

Not In It For Nothing

Not In It For Nothing

Toulouse rock up at Kingsholm today and if we front up as well as did at their place, it will be one hell of a game.

On the face of it, there is nothing in it for us in terms of qualification, apart from pride after last week’s narrow loss at Quins.

But saying there is “nothing in it” under the lights at Kingsholm on a Friday night is a waste of a phrase.

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Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

For most of you, the festive period was probably a time for rest, relaxation, family and friends.

Not drinking on Christmas day is a small price to pay for the opportunity to play in front of over 16,000 people, all paying their hard earned cash to come and watch. But this is the one time of year it gets tough!

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PLAYER BIOG:

Name: Rupert Harden
Club: Gloucester Rugby
Position: Tight Head
Height: 6’4’’
Weight: 19st
Years in the professional game: 2

TEN QUESTIONS

What is your dream position on the field and why? Wing, All forwards really want to be backs at heart! Plus might actually get to score some tries.
Who is the hardest bloke you have ever played with? Peter Buxton
Was your professional debut memorable or forgettable? Against Australia midweek, Amazing experience!
What are your redeeming features - physical? I’ve still got all my teeth!
What are your redeeming traits - personality? Laid back
Best moment in rugby? My old man kept playing till he was 53 and my brother and I played his final game with him. Not many other sports could you do that!
Worst moment in rugby? Losing to Saracens in Prem semi final last year.
Are you angry or a sulker in defeat? Sulker
Which rugby player do you admire most from past or present? Guys like Jason Leonard who managed to not only play in the front row for so long but do it at such a high standard whithout ending up broken!
Where was your best rugby-related night out?  Cant beat the Toon!

THREE THINGS

Three things you like? 1) Beer 2) American Football 3) Shooting
Three things you hate? 1) Drivers that don’t thank you after letting them push in 2) Early Mornings 3) Politicians  
Three things you want? 1) A decent car, doesn’t have to be much just better then my clapped out focus! 2) My own property would be good 3) To be able to travel more
Three things you regret? 1) Not travelling more when I had the opportunity 2) Eating too many muscles in cornwall! 3) I Should have put more effort into my degree
Three things that need doing at home? 1) Always need to tidy my room! 2) Sort the car out 3) Find a new one

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