Sunday 20 January 2019

Take 20: 'In sixth year, a teacher persuaded me to convert from centre to prop' - Peter McCabe

Peter McCabe: 'I’m a quarter Austrian – my grandmother was born there' Photo: Sportsfile
Peter McCabe: 'I’m a quarter Austrian – my grandmother was born there' Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

1. Pre-match meal?

I would be a big fan of pasta pesto chicken before a game. Generally I wouldn't stray too far from the carb and protein combo.

2. Favourite player growing up?

Being from Munster originally, I would have to say John Hayes. As a fellow prop I always admired what he achieved in the game and how he conducted his business. To earn over 100 caps for your country, go on two Lions tours, win a Grand Slam and also two Heineken Cups was some achievement. He was an incredible player.

3. Best away day room-mate and why?

Well us agricultural lads tend to hang out a lot, and since Shane Delahunt is always quick to share his agri knowledge I'll go with him.

4. Who would headline your house party?

I'm a big fan of MC Pat Flynn these days so he'd be a great one to have.

5: First song they would play?

'Get On Your Kneez' is his big song so I'd be annoyed if he didn't start with that one.

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

Even though I'm a Cork man I love Co Kerry so ideally I'd own a big house down in Killarney overlooking the lakes. I'm sure there's other stuff I'd get in time but the house will do me for now.

7: Favourite movie?

I know it's a bit of a cliché at this stage but I'd have to say Shawshank Redemption. It's one of those which you could watch time and time again and still not get sick of it.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

I've seen plenty of good and bad ones down the years but at the moment I'd say The Walking Dead is my favourite. I'd have to say the last few years haven't been as good but the first few seasons were class.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

The first event I can recall is playing underage with my local town and club Kanturk RFC. I'm very proud of my roots in the north-west of Cork, and they played a huge part in my development as a player.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

There's a fair few of them as you can imagine, but Dominic Robertson-McCoy tops the lot. Some of his jokes can be hit and miss though!

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

I'd have to say Austin, Texas. I love the American culture and lifestyle and in Austin you've got good food and amazing things to do and see.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

It has to be Thomond Park. I've experienced the place both from a home and away perspective and it's a brilliant place to play rugby regardless of who you're playing for.

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

I'd stick Michael Jordan alongside MC Pat Flynn and Darragh Leader. That'd be a good one.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Beating the Maori All Blacks in 2016 with Munster was an incredible experience.

Obviously, a lot has been made down the years of the time Munster beat the All Blacks in the 1970s, so I was incredibly lucky to experience something somewhat similar during my time.

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

I'm not that big into superstitions. I like my pre-game coffee, that's about it.

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

Top of the list has to be Conor Murray for the way he controls the game. He's easily one of the best scrum-halves if not the best in the world. I've played with him and against him, and when you see him up in the flesh you realise just how good he is.

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

Johnny Sexton, much the same reason as Conor Murray. We all saw in the Six Nations what he brings to the Ireland side, and his drop-goal against France sums him up.

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

Even though I'm Irish I'm also a quarter Austrian. My grandmother was born there.

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

Well being a prop, meat is the obvious one! Then I'd also have some milk and some Ballymaloe Relish.

20: Best advice you ever got?

When I was in sixth year in secondary school my teacher persuaded me to convert from a centre to a prop. Thankfully that worked out well!

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