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Munster and Irish rugby player Peter O'Mahony is Marks and Spencer's first sports ambassador

Munster and Irish rugby player Peter O'Mahony is Marks and Spencer's first sports ambassador

Munster and Irish rugby player Peter O'Mahony is Marks and Spencer's first sports ambassador

The rugby hero chats to Chloe Brennan about his favourite people, places and things

The person

It would have to be my fiance, Jessica Moloney. Jess takes care of everything to allow me to perform at my very best on the rugby pitch, and she's a super mum to our two children, Indie and Theo.

The memory

The birth of our first child, Indie, and the birth of our son, Theo. These are really magical moments and memories that I will always cherish.

The moment of the day

My first coffee in the morning - I can't function properly until I've had a good strong cup of coffee!

The song

Walk of Life by Dire Straits. I have pretty wide and varied tastes in music, but this is one of my favourite songs.

The movie

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Gladiator. It's a classic. I've watched it tons of times, and I watch it every Christmas, as it always gets shown at that time of year.

The book

Japanese Gardens by Monty Don. I have a lot of books on gardening, plants and trees. It's a passion of mine.

The hero

My all-time hero is Anthony 'Axel' Foley. I'm privileged to have known him, played with him and been coached by him. He was a true Irish and Munster legend, and a gentleman both on and off the pitch.

The outfit

Black tie. It just takes all the hassle out of trying to put something together.

The accessory

A watch, no particular type. But I am a big watch lover.

The gadget

It has to be my phone. Unfortunately, so much of our daily lives are based around them now, which makes it hard to live without one.

The friend

Jessica - but I also have a lot of other close friends that I grew up with at home, and I have a lot of strong bonds developed through rugby, both with Ireland, Munster and the Lions.

The beauty product

Santal Eau De Parfum by Le Labo.

The pet hate

People driving in the outside lane when they shouldn't be. It drives me mad.

The holiday

The South of France. We love France and everything about French culture and cuisine. Jess is half-Belgian, so that probably has something to do with it, too!

The hotel

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. It's a stunning hotel in a gorgeous historical setting.

The advice

To be coachable. Not everyone has a willingness to listen and learn, but it is something everyone should try to be mindful of. Whether it's in sport or in business, you need to leave your ego at the door.

The drink

Murphy's Irish Stout.

The bar

The Oyster Tavern, in Cork, or House in Dublin.

The hobby

Gardening. I spend a lot of time in the garden, and find it really relaxing to switch off and to just potter around.

The part of my body

Hands. They're pretty important for what I do for a living, and I need them for my gardening and cooking!

The celebrity

Will Ferrell.

The smell

Lavender.

The taste

Spices. I've begun to cook a lot in recent years, and I'm beginning to learn a lot about the power of different spices in certain dishes.

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