It all started when…
They say that time flies when you’re having fun. That certainly applies to me as I celebrated ten years at Gloucester Rugby just a few short weeks ago.
Only two players remain from the first team squad in place when I arrived, if you don’t count Alex Brown who now occupies the role of Rugby Operations Manager – Charlie Sharples and Henry Trinder.
Charlie celebrated his testimonial season a short while ago, and now it’s entirely fitting that it’s Henry’s turn – a richly deserved accolade and I consider it an absolute privilege to be asked to pen a few words for his testimonial website.
I’m going to start by saying that Henry is probably the most mentally strong person I’ve worked alongside.
Sure, he’ll have his ups and downs like most of us, but consider what he’s been through as a player during his time in Cherry and White. I’m not going to list the various serious injuries that he’s suffered over the years but, for him to have the resolve and mental strength to embark upon another lengthy period of rehabilitation knowing what lies ahead of him, speaks volumes of the man. I can only take my hat off to him.
And, during that time, he’s remained a pleasure to work with. On several occasions, he’s joked with me that he might as well get all his appearances and media duties out of the way while he’s injured so he can focus upon playing when he returns!
One funny story does come to mind. Henry agreed to do the honours at a Premiership Rugby fixture launch in the off season at the BT Tower in London. It meant an early morning departure from Gloucester to make it there for a 10am start.
Unfortunately, a breakdown in communication led him to believe that we were leaving at 10am – when we turned up at his flat at 6am, he took it remarkably well to be fair! We scuttled off to Costa to pick him up a hot chocolate while he threw on his club gear, only for the lid to fall off and deposit the contents all over the back of the car as soon as he sat down. It’s fair to say that the day improved from that moment on!
I described him as mentally strong. But he’s also one of the most gifted individuals that I’ve had the pleasure to watch in a Cherry and White shirt. When he is fit and available, he has genuine X factor talent.
Go on to Youtube and watch the part he played in Billy Twelvetrees’ length of the field try against Worcester a couple of seasons back, marvel at the try that he scored in the European quarter-final at Connacht last season when he had no right to get near the line let alone touch down. And look at the smile on his face when something comes off on the pitch – he loves the game and he loves Gloucester Rugby.
I genuinely hope that there are plenty more of those moments yet to come in a Gloucester Rugby shirt for Trinds. As I said earlier, he’s been brilliant to work with – always prepared to do whatever is required from a media perspective, never moaning when asked to do just one more interview. He is absolutely one of my ‘go to’ guys and I’ll always be grateful for that.
I hope you have a sensational testimonial year Trinds, it’s been a pleasure to have shared your journey to date.