Thursday 22 March 2018

'Cian Healy is nuts, he's mad enough to get into the Octagon' - Isa Nacewa dishes the dirt on Leinster team-mates

Fiji international Isa Nacewa is to rejoin Guinness PRO12 side Leinster
Fiji international Isa Nacewa is to rejoin Guinness PRO12 side Leinster
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Isa Nacewa has revealed the dressing room secrets among his Leinster team-mates, from the most vain to the player least concerned with his personal appearance.

After winning five trophies in his first stint with the club, including three European titles, Nacewa has returning to the Irish province to hoover up more silverware.

Speaking at the Modern Man panel at the Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival, the former Fiji international was quick to point out the player least concerned with personal grooming.

"Definitely Mike Ross," he joked. "No one wants to sit beside him. He has the changing room to himself!"

At the other end of the spectrum, the 32-year-old is in little doubt who takes the most care around his appearance, hanging his club captain out to dry.

"Ah it's Jamie Heaslip," he mused. "He has pots of hair product everywhere."

Nacewa was speaking alongside SBG coach John Kavanagh, the man who has overseen Conor McGregor's meteoric rise through the UFC.

When questioned whether any of his provincial colleagues might cut it in the world of MMA, Nacewa backed 112kg prop Cian Healy to hold his own.

"Cian Healy is mad enough to get into the octagon. He's nuts. He'd definitely give it a go."

Nacewa quit Leinster in 2013 and after a spell away from the game, says watching his team-mates fall just short in Europe last season after extra-time heartbreak against Toulon in the semi-final was "dreadful".

"There's nothing worse than sitting at home in New Zealand and watch Leinster drop out of the Champions Cup in the 100th minute. It was dreadful."

Nacewa will join up with a depleted squad because of Leinster's strong representation within Joe Schmdt's international squad, but is eagerly looking forward to the season ahead.

"It's challenging," he admitted. "A World Cup year always is, but I'm here to win trophies, that's the bottom line."

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