Monday 26 August 2019

Take 20: Captaining the Ireland U-20 side a career highlight to date for emerging Leinster flanker

Josh Murphy

Thomond Park is Josh Murphy’s favourite ground Picture: Sportsfile
Thomond Park is Josh Murphy’s favourite ground Picture: Sportsfile

1: Pre-match meal? Spaghetti Bolognese. 2: Favourite player growing up? The French back-row forward Thierry Dusautoir. Superb player for club and country.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Max Deegan. He tolerates my snoring which not many do!

4: Who would headline your house party?

The Kooks.

5: First song they would play?

'Naive'.

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

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A private jet.

7: Favourite movie?

'Good Will Hunting'.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

'Game of Thrones'. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. And it has dragons. Everyone loves dragons!

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Probably scoring my first try at minis.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Nick McCarthy.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

The island of Ios in Greece. Fun in the sun! And it has gyros! Which is a local dish like a kebab!

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Thomond Park.

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

Elon Musk, Rihanna and Michael McIntyre.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Captaining the Ireland Under 20s.

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

I constantly check to see that I have my gumshield in my bag!

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

Very difficult to pick one out. Very fortunate to have played with some great players at St Michael's, with the Ireland age-grade sides and now with Leinster. Come back to me on that one in a few years . . .

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

Akira Ioane - the Blues player and Maori All Blacks forward. Has incredible feet and pace for a forward. Always made yards when he carried.

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

I have a twin brother.

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

Chicken, yoghurt and steak.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Play to your own strengths and don't compare yourself to others.

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