It has been a big 12 months for Worcester and England Centre, Ollie Lawrence. He made his senior England debut in October 2020 and has since gone on to establish himself as a regular in the national squad under Head Coach, Eddie Jones.
Having burst onto the club scene in 2017 and been hotly tipped for national honours after strong performances at age-group level, Ollie is now hitting his stride in England colours – helped by an eye-catching try in England’s summer fixture against the USA.
We caught up with Ollie ahead of the new season to talk about his rugby career, his training regime and his sleep habits:
Ollie on getting into rugby . . .
“I got into rugby from an early age, inspired by my dad who was a keen rugby player. By the age of 16 I had decided that it was definitely the sport for me. By far the proudest moment of my rugby career to date has been playing for England in the Six Nations with my family there to watch me play.
“After an 11-month season it’s been a short off-season and then I’ve gone straight back into pre-season training.”
Ollie on relaxing away from the day job . . .
“When I’m not training I enjoy the time to temporarily switch off from rugby and recharge my body and mind by spending time with family and friends. I like to read a book, listen to music or watch a movie.”
Ollie on injuries . . .
“I suffered a bad ankle injury in 2019, which kept me out of the sport for 6 months. I partially dislocated the ankle and tore through the ligaments, which required a lot of work to rehab.
“Even now I still get pretty sore after training or playing a match and I have to strap my ankle and ice it. I started my recovery slowly by trying to walk again, then jog and then run. It’s a slow process to return to fitness so you have to be patient but I was lucky that I had a fantastic surgeon to fix me!”
Ollie on rest and recovery . . .
“Plenty of rest is one of the most important things we as athletes need to focus on to help recovery. After an intense game I need to give my body time to recover and having a supportive mattress really helps.”
Ollie on his sleep routine . . .
“When I climb into bed at night I like the room to be cold and as dark as possible. I aim for around 8 hours of sleep a night and it usually takes me around half an hour to get to sleep. I wind down by doing some research or reading an article online. I use blue light glasses, which helps me fall asleep quickly.”
Ollie on Mammoth . . .
“I was recommended a Mammoth mattress by the Rugby Players Association who have an official partnership with the brand. I was attracted to Mammoth because their mattresses have been designed for people suffering with back pain and are used by many professional sportspeople.
“I love my Mammoth because it is firm but also moulds to my body. Sleep is so important to all professional athletes and my mattress definitely helps me with my sleep; it is one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on!”