Saturday 24 August 2019

'Paul O'Connell was with the U-20s and had a massive influence on me'

Jack Dunne is tackled against Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Sportsfile
Jack Dunne is tackled against Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack Dunne

1. What boots do you wear?

Adidas Kakari Lights.

2. What's your pre-training routine?

Stretching and glute bridges.

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

'Memories' by David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi.

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

Physicist.

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

A plane, fuel and a pilot. Home in no time.

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

(Harry) Byrno, good source of entertainment.

7. What was your favourite book as a child?

'Dark Matter' by Blake Crouch.

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

I can't remember the exact game but watching Ireland in Lansdowne Road.

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

Hard to pick one. I loved my Leinster debut obviously this season and then playing with the Ireland U-20s was pretty special.

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

A better catch-pass.

11. Favourite box-set/TV series?

'Game of Thrones'.

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

Brodie Retallick.

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

Hard to pick just one person but Paul O'Connell was involved with the Ireland U-20s last season and he had a massive influence on me and my game.

14. What was your first car?

I don't drive!

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list and why?

The Super Bowl. It just looks class. Would be unbelievable to actually attend one.

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?

Take the points.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

Eden in the Olympia.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I study theoretical physics in Trinity College.

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

Leinster debut... but before that maybe winning the Clongowes Bicentennial tournament with St Michael's!

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

Saracens and Racing maybe.

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