A Southerners stalwart as a player, administrator and vocalist (he is Welsh after all…), Darrel is the first participant in what will be a series of articles on the who’s-who of the Southerners Sports Club…

Nickname: Dazza
Starsign: Virgo
Time in Thailand: 10yrs (2 stints)
Job/industry: Storage/Warehousing
Home city: Edinburgh, UK
Sports played with the Southerners: Rugby
Preferred (playing) position: In theory scrumhalf, in reality wherever someone is tired.
Beverage of choice: White Russian – can drink it at night or with breakfast.
Best tour destination: Vientiane, Laos
Worst Southerner to share a room with on tour: J-Lo…personal space;  Richie…his love of Richard Curtis films.
A little-known talent you possess: Valuing other people’s opinions.
Favourite Bangkok bar: Cheap Charlies (Suk Soi 11) & Rooftop (Khao San Road, Khao San’s answer to Cheers)
A little known Bangkok secret: My building seems to be a training ground for young Eastern European models…
Your greatest southerners moment: Saigon, Russians, Dominos
You love: Motorbike Taxis, Farang Chicks, Wales winning, toothpicking, Hooey’s pass (not his chat)
You don’t love: Singlets, Football, League, the English, Wales losing (I get emo), Glovebox’s expert sport explanations, Laurent’s French whinging
Rugby/sports teams you support: Llanelli Scarlets, whoever is playing the Bangers
Two points of advice to anyone new to Thailand/Bangkok: Always look down when you are walking; never ‘date’ a girl that is taller than you.
Facebook is…a vital tool for research.
Damian Hoo will never…put a shirt on.
Sukhumvit is like the…Mainstreet @ Disneyland.
Wales is to rugby, as Australia is to…Dingoes.
People say I look like…a young Charlton Heston or with beard; Brian Blessed.

Darrel co-ordinates the Southerners rugby section – get in contact with him if you’re keen for a game, or simply want to catch up over breakfast with a few cheeky White Russians.