Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 5th Feb 1996
Birthplace – Hemel Hempstead
Height – 5’ 10” (1.78m)
Weight – 18st 8lbs (118kg)
Position – Prop
Honours – Hertfordshire, England Counties U20s & Seniors
Joining the Cornish Pirates on a two-year contract ahead of the 2019/20 season, Hertfordshire-born Hayden first played rugby aged just six at Old Albanians RFC (St. Albans), Indeed, he still remembers parts of that training session, when being told just to catch and run!
As for his education, after first attending The Grove Junior School and then Sir John Lawes Secondary School in Harpenden, it was at Oakland’s College in Smallford (St. Albans) where he took part in the Rugby Programme there, studied Sports & Exercise Science, and decided he would love to play rugby for a living.
Representing Hertfordshire through the age groups, and later the senior county side, extra acquired honours would see Hayden play for London South East U18s & U20s and then England Counties at both U20 and senior level – fellow ‘Pirate’ Robin Wedlake was in the same 2017 team that played in Spain.
1st XV rugby has been played for Old Albanians (2015-2017), Blackheath (2017-2018), and Bedford Blues (2018-2019), from where he joined the Cornish Pirates and made nine appearances in his first season with the club.
Hayden has always appreciated the support given him by family and friends, but what about his hobbies? Well, they include weightlifting, cooking, music (as an ‘attempted’ musician – his words), gaming and photography. Also, apparently, he is a coffee connoisseur – and film buff!
Bedford Blues, Blackheath, Old Albanians RFC
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
iPhone and charger
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Full Lions Tour
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Danny Cutmore - to see the other side of 6ft
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I am trying to learn to play the Harmonica
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
Isles of Scilly
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?
A policeman or a chef