Born and raised playing God’s other rugby code in the fine City of Widnes.
Shotts, as he responds to more than any other name (including the one he was Christened with) was a stand-off in League, graduating to openside flanker at 15-a-side.
English to the core but married to a Welsh girl with three Welsh children, rugby has become therapy from myopia.
Shotts has been at Wilmslow RUFC for 20 years and counting, but it’s just one of the eleven clubs he’s called home.
Rugby to Shotts is like Gin to Tonic…bitter without.
Rob was born and raised in Cheshire. Ever since birth, he was handed a rugby ball by his Dad (Shotts), so rugby was never a choice.
Being half Welsh, his International rugby team is Wales and he gets a lot of stick for this being born and living in England his whole life but his Grandad picked him up on the day he was born and said that if he was to ever play rugby, he would play for Wales.
At School, Rob was very fortunate to play in a team around great players (and mates) at Wilmslow High School. In 2010 and won the Daily Mail Cup Final at Twickenham and in 2013, he reached the Quarter finals. When he was 14/15 years old, he would go to all of the Friday night matches at Sale Sharks with his mates so the club team he follows the most is Sale however, I he’s just a fan of good rugby.
Rob is a full-back, but has played in every position across the backline and even played half an hour at 8! And is our Social Media Expert / Blogger.
With a Scottish father and Welsh lineage on his mothers side of the family, Dave naturally did the sensible thing and pinned his allegiances firmly to the Red Rose of England. Having grown up on the Wirral and moved to Manchester at 18, it was inevitable he would end up supporting the only local team around, Sale Sharks who he has followed across Europe at various points.
Although he will always maintain that he is a flanker, his biggest mistake was admitting he once played a game in the front row at school resulting in him becoming the ultimate utility forward. Last season alone he played every position in the forwards in addition to a half in the centres. An aversion to any training or regular fitness work means he is more than content running out with his mates in Wilmslow 3’s most Saturdays.
Dave is the content and creative specialist in the team having previously run one of the most succesful rugby blogs in the world.