As the personification of phlegmaticness James Rodwell is not given to fretting.
Here, after all, is a young man who has opted to swim against the tide in pursuit of a dream viewed by some as fanciful.
At a time when several of his peers have devoted themselves to running ever faster and harder in the Premiership and Championship rat race, Rodwell has taken a longer term view and opted out altogether.
And even when that dream was becoming submerged in a torrent of negative headlines the 26-year-old’s default setting has been ‘rational’, which is probably just as well when one has dedicated the past year to making the England Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.
Rodwell departs for Delhi with the rest of his compatriots and travels with Bees Simon Hunt and John Brake and the goal of dethroning perpetual gold medal winners New Zealand.
Sevens has been played at the last four Commonwealths and the All Blacks have taken the title every time and once again they have rolled out the big names with Hosea Gear leading their cast list of Super 15 stars.
But for the last few weeks such considerations appeared minor when the very participation of Team England had been called into question because of the Indians’ shortcomings in preparing for the games.
Almost the entire English-speaking world has been ablaze with stories and pictures of the unsanitary conditions in the athletes’ village as filthy rooms, falling bridges and even the finding of a snake at the tennis stadium seriously jeopardised the very existence of the event.
And as much as he tries to play down the situation even Rodwell admits: “I would have been absolutely gutted if they had not gone ahead because I am not going to get another chance to play in a Commonwealth Games.”
Thankfully that has not come to pass. Hundreds of athletes have now arrived in the capital city and their initial reaction has been overwhelmingly positive – even if Indian boxer Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsed under him a few days ago.
However, the suspicion is that rugby players are probably less demanding than your average peacock-like world-renowned sprinter.
As a regular globetrotter on the IRB Sevens circuit Rodwell has learned a few things about differing standards of accommodation.
“It’s not always like the Sevens World Cup in Dubai where you get to stay in the top hotels, somewhere like George in South Africa, for example, is a complete contrast.
“The difference with Delhi is no one knows what to expect until they get there. As far as I am concerned all I need is a bed and I’m happy.
“I am really excited about going. It’s taking a while to sink in but the closer we get to leaving the more real it becomes.”
But having a bed is one thing, being safe in it is entirely another and security is cited as a major concern by some commentators. Rodwell expects that the England squad will have less freedom than is normally the case in Wellington, Hong Kong or Las Vegas although he insists he has faith in the organisers that as much has been done as possible to ensure their stay goes without incident.
“With the issues that are around I cannot imagine we will get to wander around like we do in the IRB events. We probably won’t leave the Athletes’ Village that much.
“I don’t mind that, though. Being there is going to be an experience on its own,” he said.
“Going around the world in the last few years I have realised you can’t control any of that stuff, the decision is out of our hands and I have been trying to concentrate on getting ready.
“If it wasn’t safe the whole of Team England would not go and I know what the press is like when major events like this come up, they jump on everything.”
All of which means the actual competition, which runs for two days from October 11, will be something of a relief.
Without being attached to a club following his departure from Moseley at the end of last season, Rodwell’s competitive diet has been the Middlesex Sevens and the new Premiership Sevens series.
He has spent three days in training camp with the rest of the squad for most of the summer and has returned to Birmingham in between.
And for the first time in many years he has not had a direct involvement with a club. “The start of the season has been very strange.
“I have been keeping an eye out for Moseley’s result on a Saturday, I still can’t get away from that.”
Indeed his connection with the Billesley club might not be as terminated as would appear from the fact he has been awarded a central Sevens contract.
Ian Smith and Rodwell’s agent have agreed to hold discussions about the back rower’s XV-a-side intentions when he returns from the sub-continent, there are, though, rumours of interest from Bristol.
While Rodwell remains unsure about the medium-term future, he insists he is committed to making his mark in the full version of the sport.
“My ambition is still to play in the Premiership – that’s hasn’t changed,” he said. “I am still open minded about playing Sevens beyond this year.
“I’ve got a contract for the rest of the season but the end goal has to be the Premiership.” But a Commonwealth gold medal wouldn’t hurt the pursuit of that.