Hotshots: Meet young Wasps rugby star Liam O’Neill

first_imgRW Verdict: Wasps expect big things of their 19-year-old wing/full-back. Billy Whizz is a terrific role model for him.Want to keep up to date with the latest upcoming rugby stars? Why not subscribe to Rugby World? Click here for all the latest deals. How did you get involved with rugby?I went to my local club, Old Leamingtonians, when I was seven. My brother had been there for a few years, so I decided to give it a go. At 13 I moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon, staying until 16. After that I got involved in the Wasps Academy.Which coaches have helped you the most? Neil Hobday at Stratford, Dorian Ward – still Mr Ward! – at school andmore recently Rob Smith.Who was your playing role model? Jason Robinson. He was such a fast guy and full-back is my favourite position, so there was a lot I learnt from watching him. Sting in tact: O’Neill makes a break at the Premiership Rugby Sevens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s been your highlight so far?Last year I was on loan at Henley and we won the league, which was special.What are your aims for the new season? To break into the first XV. But also to carry on my personal progression. If I can keep that up then hopefully representative rugby will come later.last_img read more

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