Moseley back row Ryan Wilson has paid tribute to Margot Wells, the sprint coach who, he says, also doubles as a surrogate mother.

The 20-year-old, whose short professional career has been blighted by injuries, started training with Wells around two years ago.

Since then the wife of, and the brains behind, Olympic gold medal winner Allan Wells has supported Wilson through his many setbacks, including two serious shoulder problems.

The second of those came in just his second game for Moseley, in the act of scoring a try at Cornish Pirates during the heavy defeat in September.

That kept him out for two months but even then was nowhere near as serious as the dislocation which, in June 2008, robbed him of the chance to build on an opportunity he had been given with London Wasps.

It kept him out for 11 months, indeed he only returned at the end of last season with a couple of games for London Scottish 2nds before being offered the chance to move to Billesley Common.

And Wells (left), herself a former Scottish sprint champion, has been with him every step of the way.

“When I lived at home I used to go six days a week, sometimes twice a day,” Guildford-based Wilson said.

“She has definitely got me quicker, in fact she is like my mum to be honest. Even up here, whenever I have done something I phone her up and say ‘Margot, I need this or that’.

“So I go home every weekend to see her because she has really helped me out.

“We have quite a close link, we’re both Scottish, we’ve known each other for a while and although it’s a bit of a drive back, it’s worth it.”

Indeed Wilson isn’t the only rugby player who works with Wells.

England’s Danny Cipriani, James Haskell and Paul Sackey have been tutored by the 57-year-old, who also works with athletes including her own daughter Zoe.

For his part Wilson has played five games for Moseley, the latest last Sunday’s loss at Nottingham where he came off the bench for the injured Dan Williams.