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Take twenty: Isa Nacewa

Isa Nacewa has too many superstitions to mention. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Isa Nacewa has too many superstitions to mention. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Hines' 'niggly work' and class act Payne earn the highest of praise from Leinster's captain fantastic.

1: Pre-match meal?

Bananas, honey and almond butter on toast.

2: Favourite player growing up?

New Zealand legend Christian Cullen.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Richardt Strauss. He makes a great cup of tea!

4: Who would headline your house party?

Mumford & Sons.

5: First song they would play?


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

Ferrari 488 GTB.

7: Favourite movie?

Shawshank Redemption.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Top Gear. Place I'm most likely to see a Ferrari 488 GTB...unless I win the Lotto!

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Oranges at half-time.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Fergus McFadden.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Portugal. Guaranteed sunshine which is key when you only get small windows to get away in the rugby calendar.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Thomond Park.

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

Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and then I'd throw an invite to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Gisele.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

My first time captaining Leinster.

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

Too many to mention...!

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

Nathan Hines. He was always a player you wanted in your team. He always did the unseen niggly work!

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

Jared Payne. Always makes the players around him look good.

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

I have four daughters.

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

Salmon, milk and kids snacks.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Unless you do something beyond what you have mastered you will never grow!

Irish Independent

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