Gloucester captain Lewis Ludlow: ‘After rugby, I want to be a policeman’
One day, if all goes well, Lewis Ludlow will take over crowd control in Gloucester, with a big dog for company. But for now, his priority remains rousing public fervor in the city.
The West Country club captain hopes to do just that again on Saturday when he and his team-mates take on Harlequins at Twickenham, knowing they need to get something out of the game to maintain their Premiership play-off hopes. live.
Ludlow will lead the visitors’ charge with typical energy and ferocity, in the grand arena where the flanker captained England on his Test debut last summer.
Gloucester captain Lewis Ludlow and his team-mates take on the Harlequins on Saturday
At 27, he has many years ahead of him to embellish his growing reputation as a modern folk hero in and around Kingsholm, where rugby is the main passion. But Ludlow is already preparing to serve his community in a different role.
“After rugby my plan is to be a policeman,” he told Sportsmail. I’m going to become a special constable with the Gloucestershire Police. I had meetings with the deputy chief of police to determine how the transition occurs. I feel like it’s very similar to a rugby team, in the police.
I’ve been with the dog handlers and doing traffic stuff. I have tried to accumulate as much experience as possible before the time comes when a flashy new number 7 appears that is much better than me. I can jump ship and become a police officer quickly!
The winger will lead the charge from the visitors at Twickenham with typical energy and ferocity.
‘The idea of being in the police force, in a team environment, working locally, serving the city; that really attracts. I just have to hope my body holds up. I don’t think you can be in the police if your body is completely mangled!
‘I want to be a dog trainer. I myself have three dogs. I have a German Shepherd, a Huskie, and a Rottweiler. I have always had big dogs. Our next door neighbor was a dog trainer so I went out and did a little training. Dogs bit me. They chase you and you have to stick your arm out. You hear the dog coming and before you know it, you’re on the ground and he’s standing over you with your arm in his mouth. He was thinking, “This is great. I could do this.”‘
Given his status as a sports figure in the local area, Ludlow has already been warned that he may not be allowed to take part in certain front-line duties, for fear of inadvertently inciting a riot.
Gloucester must take something from the game to keep their Premiership play-off hopes alive
“One of the biggest things the specials do is help out on Friday and Saturday nights with downtown crowd control,” he added. The police chief said, “You can’t do that. We are not insured to take it out and if something happens it will end up causing more problems because of who you are. A larger crowd will gather.” It would be: “Look, look, Lewis is arresting me.”‘
Ludlow is a busy and active character. He runs a small estate near Stroud with his wife: “I get a bit of time on the tractor, which is a good way to unwind.” He also helps his mechanic father fix classic cars, while finding time to continue his preliminary training for the police. But the fundamental focus is on his daily work. He is honored to captain Gloucester and looks forward to making a difference as the club continues its revival under the guidance of young director of rugby George Skivington.
‘I try to lead him by my example; working as hard as I can,’ Ludlow said. “I will not be beaten by anyone who is fitter than me and I will get into whatever hole I have to get into for this club.” If I can motivate other people to follow that and do it too, that’s great.
The 27-year-old striker is also a special constable with Gloucestershire Police.
I never see myself leaving. Every day, I keep thinking that he wouldn’t be a professional rugby player if it wasn’t for Gloucester, so I’ll give it my all to pay the club for it. If that means going to war for them for as many years as possible, I’ll do it.
“There will come a time when a youngster will come in and be a better seven than me, but still I would not like to leave, I would just like to adapt and continue to be part of the team and the club.” Let’s hope it will be a few more years before that happens!’
Ludlow loves his role and the task of representing an area that yearns for success in rugby. But he has enough humility to be uncomfortable with some of the duties that come with the captaincy.
“We had to do a photo shoot for (league sponsors) Gallagher and the trophy was there,” he said. ‘It felt a bit strange doing the shoot with the cup. I didn’t want to pick it up. I felt a bit uncomfortable. We had to stand next to him, but I was just thinking, “I’ll do this if I’ve won it.” It just didn’t feel right.
The 27-year-old has firmly established himself as a modern day folk hero in Kingsholm.
But of course there is a little voice in your head that tells you that if you win something, you will be the one to lift the trophy. That’s a buzz, think about it. At the end of the day, we all want to win things and as a captain you have the advantage of being the one to lift it.”
Of course, he has England ambitions, just like all the other countless contenders trying to catch the eye of Eddie Jones. But Ludlow is determined to retain a sense of perspective. He gives himself body and soul to the cause of his club and hopes that it will lead him to more, without being carried away by the desire for greater honors.
After being called up to take part in a training camp during the Six Nations, as a reminder that he is on Red Rose’s radar, he said: “It’s good to feel like you’re in the draw, but there’s a great player pool to choose from. , so he can’t sulk if they don’t pick him.
“That’s something I’ve tried to convey to anyone else who is there or around, ‘Don’t worry about it. If it happens, it happens. Don’t let it be the beginning and end of your life and your career. Want it, work hard for it, leave no stone unturned to get it, but if it doesn’t happen, that’s out of your control.”
He could have been talking about the Gloucester equation today. Whatever he and his team-mates do, the fight for the final play-off spot is out of his control, as Northampton are currently in fourth place. But Ludlow will leave no stone unturned and if the men around him follow suit once again, Skivington’s side could find a way to stay in the title hunt.