Lee Dickson will bring down the curtain on an 15-year career at the end of this season with Bedford Blues. Lee has played over 350 games professional rugby matches for Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues as well as earning himself 18 International Caps for England.
We had a quick chat with Lee to talk about his career and whats next…
Fill Your Boots – What were your earliest Rugby memories?
Lee Dickson – Getting to the Daily Mail Cup Final with my school Barnard Castle School and playing at Twickenham.
FYB – Where was your first Rugby club, what did that experience give you?
LD – I didn’t have a first rugby club. I started playing rugby aged 12 when I went to Barnard Castle School.
FYB – As you approach retirement at the end of the season, what have been the highlights?
LD – My highlights have been winning the Premiership and Challenge Cup in 2014 with Northampton Saints as well as making my England debut against Scotland up at Murrayfield in 2012.
FYB – What were your fondest memories in an England shirt?
LD – Either my debut against Scotland or getting my first start at Twickenham against Wales, the atmosphere was unreal, there is no better place to play rugby at.
FYB – Can you tell us more about OutOfTheScrum?
LD – Outofthescrum started with 3 professional rugby players and a friend who wasn’t part of rugby looking at how we can take coaching online and is there a niche for it. We realised there was a gap for individual and small group skills. We show videos on how to perform these skills as well as drills to help practice. We also offer analysis where people can send in videos of themselves and get feedback from pro players. I guess the 2 unique things about us are you can find all the drills in one place and it’s professionals being filmed performing drills they use to improve.
FYB – What advice would you give to a young scrum half trying to make their way in the game?
LD – My advice to a young scrum half would be first and foremost, you have to enjoy what you do and do it with a smile on your face. Put the work in with your basic skills every day passing and kicking as this is the most important thing for a scrum half. Become a student off the game and watch other scrum halves and learn from them.
FYB – Have you thought about following your brother into refereeing?!
LD – No never! Karl is doing a fantastic job but reffing is just not for me!
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