Life tips from Scott Bald­win: Don’t play with Li­ons!

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Po­si­tion: Fly-half Club: Benet­ton - over 25 ap­pear­ances Coun­try: Italy - un­capped Height: 180cm (5ft 11in) Weight: 90kg (14st 2lbs) Po­si­tion: Hooker Club: Ospreys - over 120 ap­pear­ances Coun­try: Wales - 34 caps Height: 191cm (6ft 3in) Weight: 114kg (17st 13lbs) Num­ber of hands: 2!

Scott Bald­win, the Ospreys and Wales hooker, re­cently trav­eled with his Osprey’s team­mates to South Africa for a PRO14 match against the Chee­tahs. The Ospreys were tak­ing in the sights of South Africa’s Wel­tevrede Game Lodge a cou­ple of days be­fore the game. The lodge (like a sa­fari zone) is home to a range of African wildlife, such as ze­bras, wilde­beest, impala’s and li­ons.

De­spite be­ing warned against stand­ing near the li­ons en­clo­sure, Bald­win and some of his team­mates put their hands through the fence of the en­clo­sure and started stroking the li­ons! Scott was quoted as say­ing that he turned to give his phone to a fel­low Ospreys player; so that they could take a pic­ture, and while his back was turned, the lion bit his hand! For­tu­nately, there won’t be any lasting dam­age, but Bald­win learnt a valu­able les­son: don’t play with li­ons!

Ospreys coach Steve Tandy wasn’t very im­pressed... “I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watch­ing where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kit­ten.” He went on to say that it is the “one of the sil­li­est things” he’s wit­nessed dur­ing his time in the game!

Novem­ber In­spi­ra­tion: Ian McKinley!

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