Lovell Rugby chats to… Josh Adams
January 05, 2018
English rugby’s top flight has never had a Welshman finish top of the try-scoring table at the end of the season, but could that change in 2018?
With 9 tries currently to his name, Worcester Warriors winger Josh Adams is leading the way in the Aviva Premiership and could soon be too hard to catch, similar to the way that defenders are struggling to get a hand to him when he’s running at them. We recently caught up with the 22-year-old to chat about his try-scoring form and dreams of representing Wales, as well as get him to dish the dirt on his Warriors teammates.
You’ve got 9 tries in 12 Aviva Premiership appearances this season. What’s the secret to your try-scoring form?
(Laughs) There’s not really a big secret behind it! It’s more of how we’ve progressed as a team over the last 6 or 7 games, and how far we’ve come since the start of the season in terms of our attacking style. We’ve realised that our strength is with ball in hand and have made the most of that. As for the try scoring, it’s been the players inside me that have done all the hard work and I’ve just had to finish them.
At the start of the season, did you set yourself a target for how many tries you’d like to score?
I always like to better the season before and I think I got 13 last year in all competitions so beating that is the goal that I’d like to achieve. I think I’m on 9 now in all competitions and we’re just over the halfway stage, so if I could get 9 more that’d be awesome!
Worcester’s win over London Irish in late December pulled yourselves clear of them at the bottom of the league. Are you confident of staying up this season?
Definitely! That win took us 10 points clear of Irish and now we’re only 3 points behind Northampton so our focus now is to overtake them. We’re looking up rather than behind us and if we can keep this momentum we’ve got going forward then there’s no reason why we can’t finish in 7th/8th come the end of the season.
Your form this season has led to talk about you representing Wales in the near future. What would it mean to you to play for the national side?
It was a dream of mine as a kid; growing up in Wales and playing rugby for your local team, everyone dreams of playing for Wales! If I can do that in the future, whether it be the Six Nations, summer tour, autumn internationals or whenever really, it would be a dream come true for me. It’s something that I’m striving towards and it’s why all the hard work is going in over the weeks to ultimately earn that Welsh cap.
“I think the latter two would compliment the power and size of Lomu well.“
There have been some great wingers to have worn the #11 & #14 shirts for Wales over the years. Do you have any favourites from when you were growing up?
My grandad use to take me down to Stradey Park, the old Scarlets ground, as a kid and Mark Jones was the winger for Scarlets and Wales at the time so I’d have to say him. Watching him as a youngster he was a good player and role model to follow, as well as being a tough player with some great speed as well. I’ve also got to mention Shane Williams for just how prolific he was at scoring tries.
From players past and present, who would make up your dream back three?
This is tough but at #11 you’ve got to go for Jonah Lomu I think. There was nobody in world rugby at the time that could stop him – he was a beast! Fullback would be Jason Robinson for how he could just ‘light-it-up’ and make something out of nothing with his speed and footwork, especially when running at a broken field. And at #14 would have to be Shane Williams as I’ve got to get a Welshman in there. I think the latter two would compliment the power and size of Lomu well.
Your Twitter account tells us that you’re a big Liverpool fan. What are your predictions for the rest of the season?
We’ve got a big one against Everton in the FA Cup this weekend and Merseyside derbies are always special so hopefully we can get the ball rolling with a good win in that one. Currently 4th in the league, so realistically Champions League football for next season is the target especially considering the fact we’ve just signed Virgil van Dijk to sort out our defence which has been pretty dire this season.
You’re currently wearing the Nike Mercurial Superfly. What is it about the boot that make it ideal for your game?
I think it has to be the overall fit and feel of the boot. I quite like a lightweight, snug fitting boot and the Superfly offers just that. The Dynamic Fit Collar sometimes makes it feel like you haven’t really got much on your foot and the traction they offer on the 4G pitch at Sixways is spot on.
Fastest? Would have to be Perry Humphreys as he’s got the top speed recorded on his GPS at something like 10.3 metres per second so going off stats it’s him.
Worst singer? My housemate Huw Taylor – horrific voice!
Messiest? Would have to be Zac Xiourouppa who’s an academy lad. When I first joined I was living in the academy house with him and his room always looked like a bomb had hit it; clothes everywhere and plates on the floor that’d been there for weeks.
Strongest? No brainer, Biyi Alo. He’s our tighthead and I think he’s got the biggest bench press at the club with 230kg!
Teachers pet? It’s got to be one of the fly-halves as they’re always in the office talking through what the game plan is, but someone who likes seeking out the coach just for a bit of attention is Sam Olver. He actually goes and suggests meetings to the coaches instead of just waiting for them to come around.
Worst chat? There’s a few with bad chat, but I think I’ve got to go with someone who thinks they’ve got good chat when they haven’t and that’s Jack Singleton. He seems to be able to chuck the banter out, but he doesn’t do that well taking it. But in general, his chat’s pretty stinky to be fair.
Best dress sense? That’s easy, Francois Hougaard. He’s got his own clothing range and he’s on-board with Nike so he’s always got some nice clothes on.
Worst dress sense? It’s got to be one of the forwards! Donncha O’Callaghan wears some very rogue shoes sometimes – I’ve seen him wear bright blue recovery leggings with a pair of black and white chequered Vans which was a bit mad. But worse overall…let’s go for him.