Ollie Lawrence: ‘I was given an opportunity and I couldn’t not take it’

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The Premiership’s player of the season on Worcester’s woes, bouncing back with Bath and proving the doubters wrong

To collect his award as the Premiership’s player of the season, Ollie Lawrence had to leave Bath’s end-of-season bash in Lisbon on Tuesday. Two delayed flights later, plus a mad dash from Gatwick to central London, and Lawrence made it with moments to spare. Suffice it to say that tortuous journey is small fry compared to that which he has been on this season.

Lawrence was a worthy winner of the award for the manner in which he has performed on the pitch, firstly for Worcester despite their slide into the abyss, then for Bath who offered him, as he puts it, “a second chance”. He speaks of playing with a “desperation” to make the most of the lifeline afforded to him at the Rec and that was evident in his performances from the word go – bursting tackles and hitting rucks with such alacrity you could not help but take note. He is a worthy winner for how he handled himself off the field too, taking in a Worcester academy player who had been made homeless, addressing the Warriors’ plight in public with passion and resilience in equal measure.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/may/11/ollie-lawrence-i-was-given-an-opportunity-and-i-couldnt-not-take-it under the title “Ollie Lawrence: ‘I was given an opportunity and I couldn’t not take it’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.