Friday 23 August 2019

'I played for the U-12 'E' team and I'd still play if allowed!' 

Conor Carey: ‘If I won the lottery, I’d bring the lads to Vegas’. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Carey: ‘If I won the lottery, I’d bring the lads to Vegas’. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor Carey

1: Pre-match meal?

I love the Pasta Factory on Mary's Street in Galway. I usually go for whatever one of the specials is that week. I usually head down with Jarrad (Butler) and Deegs (Andrew Deegan), and they always take care of us.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Carl Hayman the Kiwi tighthead was an amazing player in my position. He holds the honour of being the 1,000th All Black, from when he made his debut against Samoa in 2001. He also played for Newcastle Falcons and Toulon and achieved so much in the game.

3. Best away-day room-mate and why?

Quinn Roux. He is quiet, tidy and gave me the double bed!

4. Who would headline your house-party?

The Foo Fighters would create a bit of a racket, but you'd be guaranteed a great night.

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5. First song they would play?

Learn to Fly is a great tune to get the crowd going. Kick it off with a classic.

6. You win the Lotto, first thing you would buy?

I would go to Vegas for the next week off. I'd bring along all the lads and have a massive blow-out. Probably wouldn't have too much of the winnings left after that though!

7. Favourite movie?

The Dark Knight is a great movie. I thought Heath Ledger's performance was incredible as the Joker.

8. Favourite TV show and why?

It's Game of Thrones like the rest of the lads in the squad. It's always a huge talking point around the place, and you have to keep up to date to avoid spoilers, which are frequent.

9. Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Playing for the U-12 E team in my school with all the lads I went to primary school with who had never played rugby before. We soon picked it up, though.

10. Who is the joker in the dressing-room?

Dominic Robertson McCoy never lets the truth get in the way of a good story, but there are plenty of characters in the squad.

11. Favourite holiday destination and why?

Marbella always sticks out. I went with a group of my mates a few years ago and it was a great ten days.

12. Favourite away ground to play at?

Ravenhill. I always really enjoy playing at the ground of the team I supported when I was younger. There was a huge atmosphere when we played there earlier in the season, but the result just didn't go our way.

13. Three people (dead or alive) who you would invite to your dinner party?

Nelson Mandela, Kendall Jenner and Michael McIntyre. Not sure what the conversation topics would be but it would be educational and entertaining I'm sure!

14. Most memorable moment in rugby?

Winning the Ulster Schools Cup in 2008 and '09 with Methody College was amazing. Beating Ulster at home last season was also a big one for me too.

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

Not really, I don't like to make myself more nervous by having to do certain rituals. I just go with the schedule and follow the standard routine. It has worked for me this far so I'll stick to that.

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

Bundee Aki. He is just such a dominant force and makes everyone's job a lot easier around the pitch.

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

Joe Launchbury is a quality player for Wasps and England. He was everywhere when we played Wasps in the back-to-back Champions Cup games last year. He is a quality set-piece operator and dominant on the ground too. I think he was man of the match in the first game.

18. Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I played water polo for ten years and would still be playing it if I was allowed! I might go back to it when I retire from rugby.

19. Name three things that are always in your fridge.

Ketchup (I have it on everything), milk, Corona.

20. Best advice you ever got?

Don't compete against others, compete against yourself.

Ulster product played water polo for 10 years and would love to be allowed to take it up again

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