Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - ANDY HOWELL Rugby writer andy.howell@waleson­line.co.uk

WELSH rugby has got a rap­per in its midst, with Wales Sevens star Lloyd Lewis re­leas­ing his first songs after record­ing them in a con­verted garage.

The 21-year-old Dragons winger, who is on course to ap­pear at next year’s Sevens World Cup and the Com­mon­wealth Games, has had more than 36,000 lis­ten­ers of his EP SMS on Sound­cloud.

Lewis has writ­ten and per­formed seven tracks, which have been mixed by Aron B, and they have been given the thumbs-up by rugby-play­ing pals Kee­lan Giles, Great Bri­tain’s Rio Olympics sil­ver medal­list Sam Cross, Tom Hab­ber­field and Billy McBryde, among oth­ers.

The tal­ented Lewis, who is also study­ing for a de­gree in jour­nal­ism, me­dia and English lit­er­a­ture at Cardiff Univer­sity, spent months of his spare time work­ing on his mu­si­cal dream.

“I went to Ys­gol Gy­fun Gwyn­l­lyw in Pon­ty­pool and mu­sic is a big part of life at Welsh schools,” he said.

“I also went to stage school un­til I was about 12 and my group of friends in Cwm­bran were all into mu­sic.

“One of my school­friends con­verted his garage into a stu­dio and I just thought: ‘Let’s make some songs.’

“I thought I may get some stick from the rugby boys with Wales and the Dragons but, fair play, they’ve been re­ally sound and sup­port­ive of what I’ve made.

“I was re­ally ner­vous about the re­ac­tion from peo­ple when it came out, but I’ve hardly had any stick. It’s gone down re­ally well with them and on the Sound­cloud app.

“I wrote the lyrics my­self and my friend Aron B, who did a mu­sic course in col­lege, mixed them.

“I didn’t re­ally sit down and write – I just grab a piece of pa­per when some­thing comes to me or go to the stu­dio. It was quite a chilled-out process and I’m re­ally happy with the out­come.

“I’ve en­joyed do­ing it and in the next few months I may try and do a few more, rugby and univer­sity com­mit­ments per­mit­ting.

“It’s just a hobby and I’ve never thought about it lead­ing to any­thing. I’ve done it be­cause I like mu­sic and chill­ing with my friends in the stu­dio.”

But Lewis stressed: “Rugby comes first. I missed most of last season through in­jury but my aim is to re­main in the Wales Sevens squad for the Com­mon­wealth Games in Australia and the World Cup in the United States.”

The Croesy­ceil­iog prod­uct, who was Singha Pre­mier­ship Rugby 7s man of the round in the Welsh round at Cardiff Arms Park last year, added: “I’ve been capped at Un­der-16, 18, 20 and sevens level. What the fu­ture holds I don’t know – we’ll have to see.”

Rapping rugby player Lloyd Lewis

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