Sunday 20 October 2019

'Reaching a final with your mates and school-mates is very special'

Jimmy O’Brien’s current phone screensaver is his dog Rocky. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jimmy O’Brien’s current phone screensaver is his dog Rocky. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Jimmy O'Brien

1. What's the one thing you always check is in the gear bag before you leave the house on match day? Boots. Tricky enough 80 without them!

2. Who sits beside you in the dressing-room?

Will 'the Donadea Oat' Connors is beside me and it's bleak enough to be honest.

3. What is currently on your playlist?

Gerry Cinnamon.

4. What did you want to be growing up?

A fireman.

5. Best advice you ever got?

Work smarter not harder.

6. Worst advice you ever got?

You should move in with Will Connors and Conor O'Brien . . .

7. What is your phone screensaver at the moment?

My dog Rocky!

8. What's your last three Google searches?

1. Is my house haunted? 2. Top Netflix series 3. Gerry Cinnamon tickets

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9. You can be another sportsperson in the world, in any sport and for one event . . . who are you and what is the event?

Has to be Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Chances are he wins too!

10. What is your favourite sandwich filling?

Taco sauce.

11. What was the last thing you bought?

A Toronto Raptors jumper.

12. If money was no object, who do you sign for Leinster Rugby and why?

LeBron James. Why? He's just a freak of nature, a unique athlete. I'd say he'd be more than able for some union!

13. What is your favourite piece of rugby memorabilia?

The third-place medal we got for finishing third (funnily enough!) in the London Sevens . . . having just beaten England. Amazing experience and to beat England as well on their home patch.

14 Favourite away ground to have played at?

Kingspan Stadium in Belfast is right up there with the crowd being so involved in the game and then also AT&T Park in San Francisco for the Rugby 7s World Cup was pretty unique to play at such an iconic stadium.

15. What is the one staple item that all men should own and why?

A razor. Clean cut all the way.

16. What is your favourite Instagram page?

The one and only @ianfitzmagic

17. What was the last holiday you went on?

New York.

18. Book or Kindle - and why?

Neither. A good audio book . . .

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

The Junior Cup Final with Newbridge in 2012. We lost to St Michael's who had James Ryan as captain, but a brilliant year and reaching a final with your mates and school-mates is very special.

20. Which young player should fans be looking out for this season and why?

Rowan Osborne. Young scrum-half, made in Eadestown. Speaks for itself . . .

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