Tuesday 22 May 2018

'Harry Mallinder is the best player I have played against, he tore us apart in the U-20 World Cup final'

Take 20: Jimmy O'Brien

1. Pre-match meal?

Pancakes.

2. Favourite player growing up?

Dan Carter.

3. Best away day room-mate and why?

Hugo 'the Barnet' Keenan. Good craic and excellent supply of hair care products.

4. Who would headline your house party?

Rolling Stones.

5. First song they would play?

Sympathy for the Devil.

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

I'd buy the house we live in currently!

7. Favourite movie?

'Interstellar'.

8. Favourite TV show and why?

'Game of Thrones'. Keeps everyone guessing!

9. Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Playing minis rugby in Naas.

10. Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Will 'Porridge' Connors.

11. Favourite holiday destination and why?

Barcelona. Great night life with Pacha being a favourite spot.

12. Favourite away ground to play at?

Thomond Park.

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

Kevin Hart, Diego Maradona and George Best.

14. Most memorable moment in rugby?

The U-20s World Cup final.

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

No.

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

James Ryan. Amazing leadership qualities on and off the field. Delighted for him at the weekend.

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

Harry Mallinder. He tore us apart in the U-20s World Cup final. Class apart.

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

I'm half ambidextrous.

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

Milk, summer fruits and peppers.

20. Best advice you ever got?

Aim for the bushes.

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