Sunday 17 November 2019

'I am just 22 and I already have grey hair'

Sam Arnold says Rory Scannell is the best room-mate as ‘he sleeps like a baby’. Photo: Sportsfile
Sam Arnold says Rory Scannell is the best room-mate as ‘he sleeps like a baby’. Photo: Sportsfile

Sam Arnold

1. Pre-match meal?

Chicken pesto pasta. I like to keep it interesting.

2. Favourite player growing up?

Brian O'Driscoll was my favourite player growing up. He wasn't one of the biggest centres around, but he was definitely one of the best out there. He just had such a low centre of gravity and I am of a similar stature. I'd like to play that way too.

3. Best away day room-mate and why?

I played with Rory Scannell a lot in the midfield this season, and I roomed with him for two weeks when we were on the tour of South Africa too. He sleeps like a baby so we both slept very well. Happy out.

4. Who would headline your house party?

It's a tough one but probably Dave Kilcoyne. He lives in the same housing estate as me in Limerick. He would be getting everyone out of their houses, and that's what you want with a DJ.

5. First song they would play?

50 Cent, 'I Am the Man'. Because he thinks he is the man, not my choice obviously!

6. You win the Lotto, what is the first thing you would buy?

If I was lucky enough to win the Lotto, I would probably buy a plane or some of kind of big boat or yacht. I would go to the Caribbean with it.

7. Favourite movie?

'I am Legend', the film which stars Will Smith. It's a great action movie.

8. Favourite TV show and why?

'A League of their Own'. James Corden is hilarious. I would be into anything like 'A Question of Sport', it's more the comedy aspect of 'A League of their Own' that I like. It's very laid-back too, makes it easy to just chill out and watch it.

9. Earliest rugby memory growing up?

My first training season when I was starting out in the game. I played for a club called Cranbrook. It was just tag rugby at the time, and I had never played rugby before. I didn't know what to do so I was just running backwards and forwards, all over the place, not really knowing where I was going really. It was all a bit of fun really.

10. Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Definitely Mike Sherry at the moment.

11. Favourite holiday destination and why?

Probably Ios in Greece. It was full of Irish people and mates I would have been very close with, when I was there a few years ago.

12. Favourite away ground to play at?

Leicester Tigers' home Welford Road. It has a great atmosphere and I got to experience that first hand this year.

13. Three people (dead or alive) who you would invite to your dinner party?

Conor Oliver, Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston.

14. Most memorable moment in rugby?

When we did the back-to-back against Leicester this season, for the first time in a long time. It was unbelievable to feature in both games. And to get both wins was just awesome.

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

I would be a big music guy before games. Other than that I would just try and stay as relaxed and as focused as possible. I listen to my Spotify. There is a rapper I really like listening to, his name is NF. And another one called Logic. I'd normally throw those guys on and begin to get ready.

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

Keith Earls, just because he is such an unbelievable player. But he is also an unbelievable character on the pitch. He never gives up and lets no one run around him.

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

Ma'a Nonu, because of all of the caps he has got with the All Blacks, and the experience he has. He is a World Cup winner. It was a big moment playing opposite him in Thomond Park this season.

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

I am just 22 and I already have grey hair.

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

Greek yoghurt, chicken and maybe a cheeky bit of chocolate.

20. Best advice you have ever got?

'Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars.' It's just a quote I picked up as I was growing up and I really liked it.

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