Moving to France:
Published 31/01/2013 | 05:00
"I moved for the French women! Honestly, after 10 years playing in Wales, I felt I needed a change to freshen things up for my career. I spoke to a lot of people to get advice and, truthfully, it's been the best decision of my life. I am really enjoying it here, have learned so much and have improved as a player."
The Lions Tour:
"It's something every player is aware of. I loved the last Tour. It was the best experience of my rugby life. These Tours are special and I would love to go on another one. Hopefully, I will be able to prove myself during the Six Nations. It's not something you can think about too much, though. These things usually take care of themselves."
"Not as good looking as me, is he?! He's a threat. He brings a different dimension to Ireland around the ruck and has done really well. He is an excellent tackler and has a great break. He's got a good off-loading game and definitely takes watching."
Experience of Paul O'Connell as Lions Captain:
"He's funny. That's not something that's widely known, but he has a wicked side. When I've played against him, I've wanted to punch him on the nose, but he's a top bloke. I've a lot of respect for him."
"I suppose on the pitch I can be quite annoying. I think I'm very old school in a way. I am how I have to be in order to be competitive on the pitch. For me, what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch and I like to have a beer with those I've just played against and forget about what happened."