Holm Truths: I've always been a Gloucester fan, says Matt Kvesic
A NOMADIC existence is all part of the army family routine.
The excitement of a European odyssey helps army parents turn their children into citizens of the world.
But a common battle is to provide those youngsters with a strong sense of home, and maybe even with a regional identity.
Matt Kvesic never suffered from that disconnect.
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Because wherever his family went, he and his soldier dad Mark always had Kingsholm.
They say you can see Gloucester's focal point from anywhere across the city.
In the minds of the Kvesics at least, they could see it right across the continent.
"Wherever we've been my dad would still try to get us to as many games as possible at Kingsholm," explained the 21-year-old England flanker.
Gloucester's newest natural scavenger was born in Iserlohn while his father was stationed in Germany with the King's Royal Hussars.
"My dad was born in Cheltenham and went to Dean Close School," Kvesic continued.
"He lived up in the Cotswolds in Kingham; he was brought up supporting Gloucester and that was passed down forcefully!
"So I was born out in Germany, then we moved back and were based in Bovington in Dorset – then we moved back to Germany.
"We came back to Dorset when I was seven and I haven't been back to Germany since.
"Then we moved to Tidworth in Wiltshire and that's where my family is settled now.
"My dad took me up to watch a few games when I first got into rugby, and certainly as a youngster it's pretty awesome.
"If you're a rugby neutral and looking to support a team, if you go to the Shed I think your mind will be made up.
"Even if you didn't want it to, you have to leave there a Gloucester fan.
"Dad played rugby for the army and for Newbury, as well as at school.
"He's a bit bigger than me, and he would like to think of himself as a big, bruising six or eight.
"I would have loved to see what he was like – he's a big old lump!
"Rugby was my dad's favourite sport, he was a big hockey player too as a kid, but rugby was what he enjoyed more.
"So that was just passed down.
"I went through a phase where football was more important, and played some representative stuff.
"But I quickly realised I wasn't going to suit the game, as I got a bit bigger than the other guys.
"I figured out it wasn't going to be for me, so I swapped over to rugby and enjoyed it hugely."
Despite the Gloucester connection, it was Worcester who spotted Kvesic's groundhog grunt.
Kvesic impressed one-time Cheltenham RFC coach Matt Sherratt at a summer camp jointly organised between the Cherry and Whites and the Warriors.
Then Worcester academy coach Sherratt invited 14-year-old Kvesic up to Sixways, and he has never looked back.
Gloucester recruited Char- lie Sharples at the very same camp – but Kvesic neither knew the flying wing ahead of that residential training break, nor befriended him during it.
Kvesic continued: "I didn't go along to that with any huge ideas of being spotted, but being a Gloucester fan I suppose I will have had that in the back of my mind.
"If I'm totally honest I was only there to kill time in my summer holidays!
"I did alright and then went up to Worcester off the back of it.
"When I finished my GCSEs at Blundell's School in Devon, I had to decide whether to stay on there or move up to Worcester.
"I chose to move onto the club's scheme with Worcester College, and that decision worked out really well.
"I now know that Charlie was on that training camp, but I didn't know anyone at all.
"I went on my own in the end because my mate who was meant to be coming too had broken his wrist so couldn't make it.
"Looking back from a club's perspective these camps are all about talent spotting, but I was just happy to be there and to get stuck in.
"Things have moved forward brilliantly for me from there and from joining Worcester.
"I'm absolutely loving being at Gloucester this season, it's a huge challenge but one I can get my teeth into too."