Rugby star, Will Muir, caught the eye of the national set-up while playing for Northumbria University and has gone on to take home the 2019 England Sevens Player of the Year trophy. He has swapped lockdown life on his family’s farm near Guisborough, for a new professional 15s career in Bath. We check in to find out his luxe things in life…
GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>
Professional Rugby Player
Where is home?
Home is in Bath at the moment, but I’m originally from Guisborough, North Yorkshire. Bath is a new city for me so there’s an element of the unknown at the moment, but I’m equally excited to do some exploring.
Three reasons you love where you live?
Bath as a city has a very big rugby following, so it’s good to have support from a wide fan base.
THE DAY JOB >>
What do you do for a living?
Professional Rugby Player for Bath.
A day in the life of you?
A typical day in my life involves an early morning gym session and a rugby skills session with the squad.
After lunch we will have a team meeting to discuss the game plan and tactics for the weekend’s game, followed by rugby training
in the afternoon.
Then it’s time to rest and recover to make sure my body is ready to go again the following day – all whilst avoiding getting run over by the huge forwards on the pitch!
Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?
I have recently transferred from England Sevens to Bath, so I am currently doing a lot of background studying to get back up to speed with the 15s game.
This involves reviewing footage from games to get to grips with the team structures and playing patterns.
What does downtime mean to you?
Downtime is an opportunity to get away from rugby and enjoy some time with friends and family.
LESSONS IN LIFE >>
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I was always football and rugby crazy, so being a professional sportsman was always the dream.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There will always be setbacks on your journey towards your destination. Injury has interrupted my plans through my career numerous times, but that is inevitable. You can only control the controllable.
What is your greatest fear?
You can’t play rugby forever. It’s a short career and once your time is up you have to find another profession to fall into, so it’s important to explore different career paths prior to retiring from rugby.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
The sports person I admire most is Freddie Flintoff. After such a successful career in cricket, he now shows his great character on TV.
He dominated in the famous 2005 Ashes, which has gone down in history, and he always inspired me to beat my brother in garden cricket over the last 15 years – something that is incredibly prestigious in the Muir household back on the farm.
LIVING LUXE >>
What is top of your bucket list?
I’d love to do a skydive over The Palm in Dubai.
What is your most treasured possession?
It has to be my monthly Luxe subscription. It allows me to keep up to date with all things from entertainment to doggy diaries – particularly now I’m away from home.
What does the weekend mean to you?
Weekend is match time. The whole week’s work leads up to match day on a Saturday.
Once the game is out of the way, I think it’s important to relax and let yourself go before having to start building again on Monday.
A memorable holiday?
My girlfriend Millie has a villa in Portugal, so I often find myself having a week of relaxation and great food over there with her.
Getting suited up for a wedding. I live in my gym kit at the moment, so any opportunity to get dressed up smart is always welcome.
Who would be your top three dinner guests?
Tyson Fury, David Brent and Will Smith.
The last place you ate?
Wagamamas – plenty of crispy chilli squid thanks to the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ promotion.
The last book you read?
Behind the Mask: My Autobiography, Tyson Fury. A great read that explores his battle with depression and the rise, fall, then rise of the Gypsy King.
The last thing you listened to?
Kanye West – Graduation.
The last thing you watched?
The last movie I watched was The Peanut Butter Falcon. A real feel-good film. Highly recommended.
Your three luxe things in life?
A good coffee, walking the dogs on the farm and winning a match on a weekend.