Sunday 18 March 2018

'You just can't beat some Roman warfare'

Darragh Leader
Darragh Leader

1. Pre-match meal? My favourite would have to be pasta, pesto chicken and parmesan cheese. Pre-match meals are a bit of a routine at this stage but that's probably my favourite.

2. Favourite player growing up?

For me is was always Dan Carter. He was an unbelievable player and always really consistent. His man of the match performance in the 2015 World Cup final topped off a great career. He was great in club rugby as well in Super Rugby and the Top 14 in France. Its not just his kicking, his open play is equally as good.

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

That would have to be Kieran Marmion. He is always pretty clean and tidy. People might think he's a quiet fella but he is always up to mischief as well. There is always a bit of craic when you are rooming with him

4. Who would headline your house party?

Mc Pat Flynn.

5. First song they would play?

'Get on your knees'.

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

I would pay Mc Pat Flynn and have him playing live for me every day. I would probably go on a massive holiday with the lads too.

7. Favourite movie?

'Equilibrium' is a great movie. It might not be everybody's cup of tea but it has a good cast. It's a kind of science fiction action-type movie. Right up my street.

8. Favourite TV show and why?

There is loads of great shows but I have to say I love 'Spartacus'. You just can't beat some Roman warfare and 'Spartacus' has plenty of that.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

I started rugby late pretty late compared to most guys. I can't remember exactly what age I was, but I remember perfectly playing a blitz for Galwegians. I never looked back from there.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

I think its Andrew Deegan. He's the funniest Aussie bloke I've ever meet. A few other funny lads around the place but there's nobody up there with Deegs.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

I love San Diego. My brother is playing over there now so it's a good excuse to visit Pacific Beach. There is plenty of nice places in Europe and even closer to home, but San Diego is number one.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

That would be the Ospreys home ground, the Liberty Stadium. It holds about 20 thousand but even if it's not full there can be an unbelievable atmosphere. The fact that they share with Swansea FC means that there has been plenty of money invested in it down through the years. The only drawback of the place is that it's a hard place to go and get a result.

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

Neil deGrasse the author, Tyson Carl Sagan and Niyi Adeolokun. Niyi would make me look really smart in front of the two lads.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Playing my first game for Connacht against Ospreys away and Dan Parks taking me under his wing. He was a phenomenal player and I loved playing alongside him.

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

Not really but I do always like to tie my right bootlace last. I think it might be as much out of habit as anything else.

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

Mils Muliaina. His communication and knowledge of the game is second to none. He had such experience when he came to play for Connacht but he always made things look so easy and was always in the right place at the right time.

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

Brian O'Driscoll. No explanation needed for this one. He was the most unbelievable player for club and country. I don't think there will ever be anyone like him.

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

I'm a qualified financial advisor. I studied for my exams in my spare time around training and playing rugby.

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

Parmesan cheese, chorizo and Pepsi Max. Loads of other stuff in there as well but you are guaranteed to find those three.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Just give it welly.

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