Michael Dowsett: The scrumhalf who never gave up

By Sam Ryan In the past five years, Michael Dowsett has played professional rugby on five different continents. He’s played 22 Super Rugby matches, helped Northern Suburbs break a 41-year Shute Shield premiership drought and taken on some of the UK and Europe’s best with his current club Worcester. Not bad for a kid that couldn't crack the first XV at school. While Dowsett is happy to admit he’s never been the most naturally talented footballer, few have a greater love for the game than the self confessed “rugby nerd,” who has used his incessant drive and passion to forge a prosperous rugby career that is showing no signs of slowing up. I met Mike as a fifteen year old playing junior rugby at Burraneer in Sydney’s south. After failing to win a game a year earlier, we were struggling for numbers and were searching far and wide for players ahead of the upcoming season. Dowsett was at school with a teammate of mine and despite living in Pymble, on the complet
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