Saturday 29 November 2014

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."

Conor Murray:

"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."

Mike Phillips:

"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."

Irish Independent

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