Tuesday 22 October 2019

'I am just after seeing the film 'A Star is Born'. I am enjoying Lady Gaga'

Take 20: Stephen Archer

Stephen Archer leaves the field with his son Casey and daughter Alex after last week’s Southern Kings clash. Photo: Sportsfile
Stephen Archer leaves the field with his son Casey and daughter Alex after last week’s Southern Kings clash. Photo: Sportsfile

1. What's your pre-training routine?

I have a cup of coffee. Then I do some stretches and foam roll afterwards. It's important to get all of that out of the way before we start up out on the pitch.

2. You're in charge of the after-match tunes, what goes on first?

At the moment I am just after seeing the film 'A Star is Born'. I am enjoying Lady Gaga so something from her probably.

3. Imagine a world where you're not a rugby player - what's your job?

A fisherman maybe. I go fishing with Mike Sherry and Peter O'Mahony. They are the main fellas that go. It is hard to know who is the best because it changes from week to week and a lot of it is just luck at the end of the day. It's good craic though, and a good way to spend the evening and wind down when you're not training.

4. Stranded on a desert island, what three things do you take with you?

A knife, matches and a fishing rod.

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5. Which team-mate would you want with you and why?

Mike Sherry definitely. You would never go hungry with him around because he'd keep a plentiful supply of food coming our way.

6. What's your favourite Instagram page you follow and why?

I don't have Instagram.

7. What do you do when not training or playing a match?

I have two young kids, Alex and Casey, and they occupy a lot of my spare time. Other than that I spend time fishing or I go golfing as well. My handicap is 14 right now. I like to catch up with friends over coffee as well so it's very chill.

8. What's your first sporting memory as a player or spectator?

As a spectator, it was the Heineken Cup final in 2002 against Leicester Tigers in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Munster lost and I was absolutely gutted afterwards. I went there with my dad. The atmosphere was class and we got a good feel for it but Munster could have won that day.

9. You have one moment from your career to do over. What is it?

Not really sure. There is no real point in dwelling on the past. It's better enjoying the moment and acting on the present for the future.

10. What rugby skill would you most like to possess?

I would like to have a bit of speed.

11. Favourite song lyric?

'I'm serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer' - Snap.

12. What current player in your position do you most admire?

Owen Franks, just for his durability and his incredible amount of All Blacks caps. Not many fellas play that many times for the All Blacks, especially in his position at tighthead prop.

13. What former coach has had the biggest effect on your game and why?

Axel Foley. He gave me my chance the first time ever at Munster. I learned a lot from him through the years too. He was a great player and coach.

14. What was your first car?

A 02 Volkswagen Polo.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

The Ryder Cup. I haven't been but I would love to go. I'm a bit of a golf fan.

16. One minute to go in the Champions Cup final, your team is four points down back on your own line. What do you do?

I would probably give the ball to someone dangerous like Earlsy or Chris Farrell.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

It was Ed Sheeran in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Once a month I go bass fishing with Mike Sherry, and sometimes Peter O'Mahony. We recently combined a personal best haul of six fish which was pretty impressive. That day it took us about four hours. There was a lot of fish in it so I ended up giving some away to my parents.

19. What's your best memory playing rugby for Munster?

Beating the New Zealand Maori a couple of years ago. The European matches in Thomond Park are always really enjoyable too.

20. Who'll win the 2019 Guinness PRO14, Champions Cup and Rugby World Cup?

Munster, Munster and Ireland.

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