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Take 20: Conor O’Brien

Carbery footwork impresses young Mullingar centre whose skills on the oche might make him a dangerous opponent in the games room . . .

Conor O’Brien likes to play a game of darts in his spare time
Conor O’Brien likes to play a game of darts in his spare time Sportdesk

1: Pre-match meal?

Steak and spuds!

2: Favourite player growing up?

The French winger/centre Aurelien Rougerie. Superb player who is still playing for Clermont and won the Top 14 last season.

3: Best away day room mate and why? Anyone....but Will Connors!

4: Who would headline your house party?


5: First song they would play?

Waiting for Love

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

Going left field with this one...but I'd get corporate boxes in all of the world's greatest sporting stadia!

7: Favourite movie?


8: Favourite TV show and why?

Has to be Game of Thrones. Any amount of twists and turns. Never know what's happening next.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

My dad taking me down to Mullingar RFC for the first time when I was a kid.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Will Connors. But I don't find him funny.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Saint-Jean-de-Monts, in France. I have good childhood memories of going there with my family as a kid.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Thomond Park.

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

Tom Brady, Tiger Woods and Joe Brolly.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Beating New Zealand U20s in Manchester in June, 2016.

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

Say a quick prayer but that's about it.

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

Joey Carbery because of his unbelievable footwork.

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

England's Harry Mallinder. He destroyed us in the U20 World Championship Final. Superb player.

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

I've thrown five 180s in darts in my life.

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

Steaks, OJ and grapes.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Turn your weaknesses into your strengths.

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