Monday 16 July 2018

Take 20: Hard-hitting in the tackle and a nuisance at the breakdown, France legend Dusautoir the best I have played against

Jonah Lomu was Mick Kearney’s childhood idol. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Jonah Lomu was Mick Kearney’s childhood idol. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Mick Kearney

1: Pre-match meal?


2: Favourite player growing up?

The late New Zealand great Jonah Lomu.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Michael Bent. He's a non-snorer and he's neat and tidy. Key.

4: Who would headline your house party?


5: First song they would play?


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


7: Favourite movie?

Cinderella Man.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Entourage. It's easy watching!

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Playing my first game for Clontarf as a young lad against Coolmine and my dad on the sidelines cheering on.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Fergus McFadden.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Thailand. Great place to chill out and let the hair down.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Liberty Stadium. Superb stadium and surface is impeccable.

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

John Daly, Michael McIntyre and Tom Crean.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Playing for Leinster for the first time against Cardiff Blues in February 2016.

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


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

Craig Clarke - unbelievably professional in his preparation, never had a bad game.

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

Thierry Dusautoir - the Toulouse and French back-row. He hit hard in the tackle, nuisance at the breakdown.

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

I was born on Good Friday.

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

Milk, Frank's Hot Sauce and butter.

20: Best advice you ever got?

What other people think of you is none of your business.

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