Just four years ago the Ospreys man was gearing up for a career in the back row, but a dramatic shift to the front row has catapulted the 22 year-old to international honours. Lake is a unique talent with his explosive ball carrying, strength over the ball and ability in the wide channels marking him out as a player to watch.
And the Bridgend-born man believes his back row past can give him an edge over opponents. “I was 18 going on 19 when I converted to hooker,” he said.
“It was an exciting challenge. There were a lot of things that changed from back row to hooker.
“The throwing is a big technical work-on. I don’t think that was something that I properly worked on until maybe two years ago.
“My first game at hooker was for 20s. There was no playing at Premiership level before that opportunity at 20s.
“It’s been a big learning curve for me in terms of getting experience and the technical edge of throwing. But that’s starting to develop and the confidence is coming now.
“A lot of skills that you develop playing in different positions will help you in whatever position you end up in. You look at a lot of players, they’re not in the positions that they used to be.
“I think a back-row to hooker convert is quite well used these days. You see it a lot."