In the last 6 months Ben Morgan has become a household name to England rugby fans. The Scarlets number 8 was somewhat an unknown before the start of the 2011/12 season but has now shot to fame and become a popular choice with the England coaches and supporters.
After England’s poor show at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with a squad that was ageing, the selectors decided to give the young Scarlets forward a chance in the 2012 Six Nations. He came on for his debut against Scotland in the opening game of the competition then made his first start against Wales at Twickenham in the third game. In early March 2012, Morgan announced that he would be playing his club rugby for Gloucester during the 2012/13 season.
We had the opportunity to ask Morgan a few questions about his rugby career and the kit that he uses.
How long have you been wearing Kooga products?
I have just started wearing them this season, however I used to wear them as a youngster. I am currently testing the new Kooga XPS boots which will come out later this year. They have a brand new out-sole which is standing up well, and they come with D3o impact protection in the tongue. I have found them very comfortable as is a test version of the new impact protection pads and a new scrum cap.
What do you look for in a pair of rugby boots?
My main priority is comfort, but stability; durability; looks; and weight are also important to me.
Do you have a favourite colour for headguards/boots?
I have no real preference and have worn all sorts, but usually wear black or white. The new XPS boots are white/red and look good.
Do you wear shoulder pads. If so why?
I always wear shoulder pads when playing. I think they reduce the impact on your shoulders, and that can reduce the severity of an injury as well.
Congratulations on making your England debut against Scotland. How did you find it?
I really enjoyed the whole build up to the weekend. There was a short spell on match day where I was nervous, but when we arrived at the Stadium to the Scottish band I was just enjoying myself. When I got the call that I was going on the pitch, I just felt ready! It will be a memory I treasure for the rest of my life. Absolutely chuffed to have made my debut but left the pitch craving more!
How has your season been so far?
I have had a tough start to the season with the Scarlets, but the boys have shown some grit, and are currently in the final few stages of the Amlin and LV. We have a target of being in the playoffs at the end of the season too. This season is really competitive and we are committed to bringing back some silverware this year.
Do you have any advice to young players who aspire to play at the top level?
My advice is never to give up! Keep training hard and give it your all. I know it sounds like a cliche, but for me it all happened late. I missed all the academy and representative age grade stuff, and got picked up a few years ago. So it can happen!