FORMER Hereford Cathedral School rugby star Rob Lewis may be making waves in the Premiership for London Welsh – but he is still left sleeping on his brother’s sofa.
Rob alongside twin brother James, and former Whitecross pupil Nick Scott, is part of a trio of Herefordshire players helping Welsh upset the odds this season.
Scrum-half Rob, on loan from Cardiff Blues, orchestrated a stunning Exiles’ comeback earlier this month against defending champions Harlequins – pulling back a 21-3 deficit to secure a bonus point in the narrow 31-26 defeat – that would have gone down as the upset of the campaign.
After a frustrating few months – spending more time in the weights room than on the field for the Blues - Rob is happy to be back at the club he helped win promotion last year and is settling in, both on the field and off it.
“It’s been easy to step straight back in,” said Rob. “It’s just good to be back at Welsh.”
“I live with my brother, on his sofa bed. The tide’s changed because he was on my sofa bed a few years ago.
“He likes to rub it in now and again, but he’s good to be around.
“On the pitch I’m lucky to have Gordon Ross at 10 – who I’ve worked with before. He’s very vocal, and that makes my life easier. It’s all you can ask for as a nine.”
The identical twins, who are now aged 25, led the Cathedral School 1st XV to their a best-ever season before going on to star for Wales’ Grand Slam-winning Under-19 side.
But the Lewis brothers aren’t just causing problems for opposition defences.
“Some of the new boys are struggling to tell the difference between us – the head coach Kingsley Jones is struggling a lot,” said Rob.
It was Scott – Welsh’s top-scorer in the Premiership – who put his side within reach with an impressive solo effort, as the Exiles, now clear of the bottom, continue to defy critics who labelled them odds-on favourites for the drop at the start of the season “You’ve got to play to your strengths in this league – we’ve got a very good pack this year, and as a nine it’s good to have that base up front,” said Rob.
“We’ve got to treat every game as a cup final from now on.”