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Take 20: 'I wanted to quit but dad encouraged me to stick at it'

Connacht centre Tom Farrell answers this week's 20 questions


Tom Farrell of Connacht in action against Sibusiso Sithole of Southern Kings Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tom Farrell of Connacht in action against Sibusiso Sithole of Southern Kings Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tom Farrell of Connacht in action against Sibusiso Sithole of Southern Kings Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

1: Pre-match meal? I like to change it up every now and again so I don't always have the same routine, but I love porridge with peanut butter and berries, which sets me up well for a match.

2: Favourite player growing up?

It has to be Brian O'Driscoll. In both defence and attack he was the best. Playing in the same position as he did you really do understand how good he was. 

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Rory Scholes is the best roommate going. He is real chilled out and on the same page as me.

4: Who would headline your house party?

I was always a fan of Scooter. It's hard to beat a bit of old school bangers.

5: First song they would play?

'The Logical song' - a classic!

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

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Mid-season trip with the lads. Training camp in Las Vegas maybe. I'm sure KK and all the coaches would give it the thumbs up. 

7: Favourite movie?

Dumb and Dumber. Never gets old. Jim Carrey at his best. 

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Power is my favourite show at the moment. The series follows a guy called Ghost, who owns a nightclub in New York. He is also part of a major illegal drug networks. The story is really about his struggle to cope with his legitimate and illegal life.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

From my early rugby days, I remember not being overly in love with rugby. I remember wanting to quit but my dad always encouraged me to stick at it for another while and brought me back. I'm glad now that he did and I owe him a lot.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

JP Cooney and Dominic Robertson McCoy are two serious characters. It must be a thing among props.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

I love Cancún. It has the most unbelievable beaches and serious Mexican food.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

I love playing in Cardiff Arms Park. The fact that it is a city centre location always gives it a great atmosphere and there is always a good crowd there. It can be a tough place to go to get a result though, Cardiff are always very competitive there, but with the artificial surface you're guaranteed a fast game. 

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

Morgan Freeman, Conor McGregor and my grandad who unfortunately I never got to meet. I'd say it would be an interesting conversation too.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Scoring a try against the Junior All Blacks in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France. It was a funny game though. I managed to pick up a yellow card five minutes later, which wasn't ideal. It was a really competitive game - we were gutted to lose 31-26.

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

No, I can't say I do. I just go with the routine, keep my head down and try not to let things distract me from performance.

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

Bundee Aki - he is a top guy to play alongside. He is a great communicator on the pitch and keeps you on your toes.

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

I played against Adrie Savea in 2013. Even at junior level you could see he was a phenomenal player back then and went on to be capped for the All Blacks at Sevens and senior level.

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

I weighed 12 pounds as a baby. I was obviously always conscious of bulking up - even at a young age!

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

You would probably find gone-off sauces, meat and vegetables. Mainly because I never finish them all.

20: Best advice you ever received?

Do not take life too seriously.

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