World Cup winner Will Greenwood appeared on Sky TV’s Game Changers and spoke about how he got into rugby union.
Blackburn born former Hopper Greenwood made reference to his old club in an interview
Will said: “I loved sport – my father captained and coached England so I had a rugby ball or football around in the garden 24 hours a day,” said Will. “I spent my youth chasing a ball.
“My favourite rugby club would probably be my first rugby club, which was a little club called Preston Grasshoppers, where a giant man called Wade Dooley came from.
“I was so happy when I was 17 years old and my Dad was 50 when we played together in Preston Grasshoppers fourths, which was my first ever senior game of rugby.”
The former rugby union player was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad.
Between the ages of 16 and 18 he played for the Preston Grasshoppers 3rd and 4th teams. He later made the first team at Preston with Paul Grayson.
In a previous BBC interview he said of his early playing life at Preston:
“It was an interesting experience as a young kid drinking a schooner of sherry before kick-off with the rest of the team, ending up half-trolleyed before the start!”
Greenwood currently works as a Sky Sports analyst and appears on ‘The Rugby Club’.