Sunday 22 April 2018

'Chicago is my kind of town'

Take 20

Finlay Bealham of Connacht. Picture: Sportsfile
Finlay Bealham of Connacht. Picture: Sportsfile

Finlay Bealham

1: Pre-match meal? Favourite meal is pancakes, made by Dela! There is nothing like a good stack to get you ready for match time! Some of the other guys are into their porridge and other things, but I like to keep it simple.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Stephen Larkham, the former Australia and Canberra fly-half was always someone I looked up to. His drop goal from the halfway line at the World Cup against South Africa has gone down in folklore at this stage, and thanks to him I always fancied myself as a player, even though I ended up in the front-row!

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

I love sharing with Kieran Marmion. He's as quiet as a mouse. It makes match day preparation all the easier. I hope he says the same about me! The nightmare scenario is that you get someone who is a night owl when you're trying to get some kip, or a guy who snores the house down - I'll refrain from naming names here.

4: Who would headline your house party?

It would have to be Quinn Roux. He is one funny, funny man and would definitely get the party going!

5: First song they would play?

Men in Black.

6: You win the lotto, what is the first thing you would buy?

Toothpaste for Tom McCartney.

7: Favourite movie?

The Terminator. It's hard to beat the original, but the second one is not far behind either.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Game of Thrones - it's really addictive when you get into it. How long do we have to wait for the next season?

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

I was always a bit of a rugby league fan as a kid, but the Lions v Australia in 2001 made a real impact.

While I didn't get to any of the games - I was only nine or ten at the time - there was massive excitement around the event.

After losing the first Test, Australia were up against it, but Matty Burke's boot edged it. It probably convinced me to take up the game seriously.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

It has got to be Quinn Roux - he's a hands-down winner in this category.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Chicago, simply because there is always something cool to do there. I was over there with Ireland last year and our experience at Soldier Field against New Zealand will live in the memory for a long time. I'm sure I'll go back for a break sometime.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Ravenhill. It's a top facility and the atmosphere is always pretty fiery. Results haven't gone our way there since I got here, but it will always be a bit special for me considering my Ulster blood and my time in the academy there. Hopefully the win will be ours next time though!

13: Three people (dead or alive) who you would invite to dinner?

MMA stars Nick and Nate Diaz and the WWE's Stacey Kiebler. That'd make for an entertaining meal.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Winning the PRO12 in 2016. The way the whole season went for us as a team was a dream come true, but from a personal point of view it was a real breakthrough campaign for me. Having the trophy and winner's medal at the end was the icing on top.

My Ireland debut was a special moment too, but it is hard to beat the achievement that we earned as a team.

15: Do you have any pre-match superstitions/rituals?

Playing Call of Duty for three hours plus.

16: Who is the best player you have played alongside and why?

Our very own Seán O'Brien is a phenomenal player and an inspiration to guys around him.

17: Who is the best player you have played against and why?

Seán O'Brien for the same reasons as above

18: Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?

I played a lot of volleyball when I was younger and I was pretty good at it as well. Maybe if this rugby game doesn't work out...

19: Name three things that are always in your fridge?

Steak, Avocado and Vegemite

20: Best advice you ever got?

Float like a butterfly, sting like a wasp!

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