Life in Lockdown – Dewi Cross

With rugby returning at professional level, our Media Intern Tobias Hunt caught up with Bridgend Ravens and Ospreys wing Dewi Cross to see how he’d fared during lockdown, his thoughts on 19/20 and aspirations for 20/21.

Cross spoke about how he adapted quickly to deal with the lockdown. ‘With the gyms being closed and rugby stopped I got into a routine quickly. We could’ve had a call to go into training at any time. It was good to have that mentality and to stick to a plan to keep on top of things mentally and physically.’

‘Weekdays I was waking up at 8am to do some training on my own down the field, afterwards I would switch off for a while and play some PlayStation with my mates. I also got a bike over lockdown and bike rides weren’t my type of thing, but it grew on me as lockdown progressed. But the biggest thing for me was spending time with my family around the house, which I wouldn’t usually get to do.’

During lockdown Dewi also set up a fitness page on Instagram. ‘It’s basically fitness session ideas, one of my mates asked me for a fitness session one day and I thought I could help people out who are struggling to think of their own sessions. I’ve had a lot of good feedback from people saying they’ve really enjoyed the ideas.’

Talking about last season with Bridgend Ravens he said, ‘It obviously wasn’t nice to finish bottom and we never want to aim for that. We came across some games which were there for the taking and we lost in the dying seconds of those matches. But I know for sure this year will be much different on and off the field.’

‘Personally, I’d say Swansea at home just before the Christmas Break was the game we played our best rugby in. There’s always an edge when we play each other, we really took it to them that day, we backed ourselves in every aspect of that game. As an individual I think Pontypridd at home early in the season was my standout game. I had just come back from the Celtic Cup and it was great to be back out there playing again.’

‘I really enjoy playing for the Ravens, it’s a good bunch of boys and the backroom staff are all down to earth. My ambitions are to just keep enjoying playing rugby and not let that slip, I think I would be lost without it. Looking at long term I’d like to stay with the Ospreys and establish myself with the region.’

The Pencoed RFC product outlined his ambitions with the Ospreys. ‘I’d like to think I’m edging closer towards the first team. I’m trying to go out there and impress in every training session or games that I’m involved in. There’s huge competition there among the back three but it would be great to stay at my home region where I’ve been for three years.

I’m aiming to get some more game time there next season, that’s my biggest target. Other than that, I just want to score tries and be consistent in every game I play.’

The 20-year-olds performances warranted him with a start in last weekend’s derby for the Ospreys against Cardiff Blues.

Cross spoke about the Ravens’ targets next season, ‘I think this is a massive season for us, but enjoyment is the biggest thing. If we enjoy who we play and train with and build a good bond around the squad I don’t think we’ll go far wrong. There is plenty of talent within the squad and if we back ourselves going into every game we will be a strong side.’

Cross won the Bridgend Ravens Try of the season award for his effort against Newport. ‘I can remember being on the touchline and screaming at Chilly (Jacob Chilcott), we had a penalty advantage our way, so it was a free play, he put it right on the money for me.’

Dewi scooped up another two awards last year, winning the Supporters Player of the year and the Players Player of the Year. ‘It means so much to me, we’ve got the best supporters in the league and they stick by us through thick and thin. The players have been a pleasure to play with, if you make a mistake, they’ll always be there to keep your head up.

These awards have given me motivation for next season, I want to achieve this again and it makes me want to work even harder.’