Monday 29 December 2014

From Boys to Men - Lineout talks to four players from victorious Six Nations squad

Check out our behind the scenes footage of interview with Jordi Murphy

FOOTBALL is the first love for Leinster and Ireland Six Nations Jordi Murphy.

Jordi Murphy talks rugby, Spanish football and losing that medal - only temporarily - after he generously responded to a young fan's request for some Six Nation's kit.

Reunited with the medal, Jordi brought it to our shoot with top portrait photographer Mark Nixon in Clontarf and the Leinster player- who was voted Powerade Young Player of the Year last year - also took on our culinary challenge which packed quite a punch for himself and his Leinster and Ireland team mate, Marty Moorel

The rugby player makes the admission about football in the interview - but is happy to say he was never any good at it.

"Football was my first love - I'm not saying I was any good at it. I was usually in the nets," he says.

As we all know, the 22-year-old is enjoying massive success with Leinster and Ireland.

But there is one drawback - being forced to watch his beloved Barcelona on the box.

"I'm a big follower. I watch a lot of their games. It's handy to have Sky Sports to watch La Liga every week and I get to see a lot of them.

"It was football first when I first got back, with rugby second but it's taken over since then," he added.

Jordi's full interview is in 'Lineout Magazine', available today.

We all know about the Munster versus Leinster rivalry amongst fans, but what must it be like for the players, especially after just coming out of bonding for the Six Nation's Championship?.

The desire to win is everything for these professional rugby players, even in a simple table quiz when tasked to recognise key rivals.

The 'Name Game' challenge featuring Munster and Leinster stalwarts Peter O'Mahony, Conor Murray, Ian Madigan and Dave Kearney is just one of 12 videos which Lineout magazine invites you to watch today.

In addition to the glossy men's lifestyle and sports magazine published today with the Irish Independent, there's a whole Lineout digital experience you can enjoy on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Did their eyes water in the Lineout 'Chili Challenge'? Yes, they did and were the boys frantically reaching for milk? Right again!  Watch the footage of Dublin chef Andrew Rudd as he invites the boys to spice up their interest in cooking.

We went back to school with prop Jack McGrath when he brought the Six Nation's trophy to St Mary's College junior school in Rathmines, the place where his rugby career started.

If Ireland fans found the last few minutes of the Ireland v France game hard to watch last month, player Devin Toner describes what it was like for the squad.

Irish Independent

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