The 24-year old has had an interesting few weeks, the highlight being lifting the European Rugby Challenge Cup three weeks ago, and the Manly-born midfielder continues to realise his recent career, from the outskirts of the Waratahs set up in Sydney, to Kingsholm, via a stint down the M5 at Clifton RFC.
“I pinch myself all the time if I’m honest. During the week, it is just normal business but when I sit down at home, I do think about how far I have come and where I am now, and I’m not ashamed to say I do pinch myself.
“I definitely do look back to Clifton, every time someone asks me how I got to here, I look back to Clifton and how good they were to me when I came over, they showed a lot of faith and supported me financially which I’m sure wasn’t easy for them, but I am extremely grateful for that.
“I had the time of my life there and made some friends for life and had some great days and played some great rugby.”
With fond memories of his time in the National Leagues with Clifton, Meakes is looking ahead now, and ahead to Sunday’s crucial European Rugby Champions Cup Play Off with Connacht Rugby.
“I don’t think there will be anything unfamiliar about this play off, we are in a really good place as a team and regardless of who we are playing, we will be concentrating on us and our game.
“We’re playing a really good brand of rugby, and the boys are really enjoying being out there and refreshed. This week is a massive focus, and we can’t wait to get out there and play.
“Home advantage is a key thing, we take a lot of confidence from playing at Kingsholm and no doubt everyone will be ready in Cherry and White to cheer us on.”