Monday 23 April 2018

Take 20 - Peter Dooley

Peter Dooley answers questions from young fans at a Bank of Ireland Summer Camp in Portaloise RFC. Photo: SEB DALY/SPORTSFILE
Peter Dooley answers questions from young fans at a Bank of Ireland Summer Camp in Portaloise RFC. Photo: SEB DALY/SPORTSFILE

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Maro Itoje best I have played against, says drum-playing prop idol who maintains steady beat for Leinster's fab front-row.

1: Pre-match meal?

Spuds and chicken but I try not to eat too much.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Brian O'Driscoll

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Josh van der Flier. We also live together so know each other inside out.

4: Who would headline your house party?

Stormzy.

5: First song they would play?

Shut Up.

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

Probably a nice house in Dublin.

7: Favourite movie?

It changes a bit but Young Offenders at the minute.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Tipping Point. Endless entertainment.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Winning an U-11 All-Ireland Community Games in Mosney 2004 with Birr RFC. We won it the year after as well but that first one is the earliest memory. A great club that I owe a lot to.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Uncle Rob Kearney.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Hard to beat America and then either New York or Las Vegas. Two great spots but for very different holidays!

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Liberty Stadium. With Swansea also playing soccer there the pitch is always immaculate.

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

Em Rata (or Emily Ratajkowski to those that don't know her!), Conor McGregor and Tom Brady.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont last year. Didn't get the result but was a very special occasion to be involved in my first European semi-final.

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

Nothing set in stone. I like to have a midday nap if it's a late kick off but that's about it.

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

Garry Ringrose. He's a dream to watch.

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

Maro Itoje. I played for Ireland U-20s against England in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. He was just a freak. So strong and athletic.

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

I play the drums.

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

Milk, bacon and yoghurt.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Go to bed early...from the mother!

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