Tuesday 15 October 2019

'Getting a boot in the face making a tackle is my first sporting memory'


Rónan Kelleher dreams of making Game 7 of the NBA finals. Photo: Sportsfile
Rónan Kelleher dreams of making Game 7 of the NBA finals. Photo: Sportsfile

Take 20: Rónan Kelleher

1. What boots do you wear?

Adidas Kakari

2. What's your pre-training routine?

Getting a flat white from Thru The Green.

3. You're in charge of the after-match tunes, what goes on first?

The Vengaboys, 'We Like To Party'!

4. Imagine a world that you're not a rugby player - what's your job?

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A vocalist in a band.

5. Stranded on a desert island, what three things do you take?

A phone, a lighter and an axe.

6. Which team-mate would you want with you on the island and why?

Gavin Mullin. I think he was in the scouts so would be good to have around. He's big into nature as well so would know which plants were edible.

7. What was your favourite book as a child?

Harry Potter. Each and every one of them had a touch of class.

8. What's your first sporting memory as a player or spectator and what do you remember from it?

Training on the main pitch in Donnybrook and getting a boot to the face while making my first tackle. Not a great start.

9. You have one moment from your career to do over. What is it?

The Under-20 World Cup in 2017.

10. What rugby skill would you most like to possess?


11. Favourite boxset/TV series?

Peaky Blinders.

12. What current player in your position do you most admire?

Dane Coles.

13. Who has been the biggest influence on your rugby career and why?

My family. Support structure is so important and they've always been there in good and bad times.

14 What was your first car?

Volkswagen Polo.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

16. One minute to go in the Champions Cup final, you're three points down and you have a penalty in front of the posts… what do you do?

Kick the points and go again.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

Governors Ball.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

My brother Cian is a back and plays up in Connacht. And the fada is on the 'o' in my name not the 'a'...Rónan!

19. What's your own best memory playing rugby?

Winning the Junior Cup with St Michael's in 2012.

20. Who'll win the Gallagher Premiership in England and the Top 14 in France?

The top two in both at the moment.

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