Friday 20 April 2018

'I like to sing, I like to dance, I can unicycle and juggle - I am an all-round entertainer'

Take 20: Robin Copeland

Robin Copeland: ‘I love House. The main character is smart, funny, and sarcastic. A bit of ego-maniac, right up my alley’
Robin Copeland: ‘I love House. The main character is smart, funny, and sarcastic. A bit of ego-maniac, right up my alley’

Munster back row star Robin Copeland answer 20 questions.

1. Pre-match meal?

I have turkey burgers, mixed vegetables and sweet potatoes. And then after I'd have some ice-cream.

2. Favourite player growing up?

I really liked England back-row Tom Wood when I was coming up as a rugby player. He was very mobile and very athletic. Not the biggest but just made huge impacts in every game he played in. He didn't have to be the biggest or the strongest but he was fast and athletic, the kind of player I model myself and my game on.

3. Best away day room-mate and why?

Dave O'Callaghan is a good one. He stays quiet when he is sleeping and he is always good for a deep meaningful conversion, which I enjoy. Usually I am stuck with a back-row or a second-row. Fineen Wycherley is normally a good second option. I might get lumped in with him from time to time. He is a funny enough guy.

4. Who would headline your house party?

Me, I'm a great DJ. I love my tunes. I'd make sure everyone is having a good time and I'd be a bit OCD about that now. I would be the one in control. DJ R-Sizzle is the name.

5. First song you would play?

'In the air', the Morgan Page remix.

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

It depends on how much I am winning here. But if I won anything more than €5m I would buy a house and give my parents some money.

7. Favourite movie?

Shawshank Redemption.

8. Favourite TV show and why?

I love House. The main character is smart, funny, and sarcastic. A bit of ego-maniac, right up my alley.

9. Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Probably playing U-7 or U-8 for Gorey RFC. I was facing down Gary Jones, my next-door neighbour who I thought was really fast. Eventually facing down and catching him was a big moment for me when I was seven. It was nice to get one up on the neighbour.

10. Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Simon Zebo and Mike Sherry. Niall Scannell is up there, although I hate to say it.

11. Favourite holiday destination and why?

Dubai. They have good weather, a real mix of people, lots to do. I was just there once. Either there or Vancouver, which I loved during the summer.

12. Favourite away ground to play at?

The Sportsground in Galway obviously.

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

Donald Trump, Emily Ratajkowski and Liam Gallagher.

14. Most memorable moment in rugby?

Probably my Irish cap against Georgia, or playing for Cardiff Blues and beating Toulon who were double European champions at the time.

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

Not really. I have a routine that I stick to but I am not very superstitious.

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

I always thought Gethin Jenkins was a great player. Although he was a prop, he was everywhere. He was so fit. He always went above and beyond what was expected of him as a prop. He would be making turnovers, big tackles and he is a smart player. When I was at Cardiff he was a hugely influential person. Then the likes of Conor Murray, Zebo, Keith Earls… absolutely world class players.

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

I played against Jonny Wilkinson against Toulon. For what he has achieved in the game, how good he was, he would probably be right up there.

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

I like to sing, I like to dance, I can unicycle and juggle. I am an all-round entertainer.

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

Ballymaloe Relish, milk and a few cans of any type of beer, maybe Coors Light to the take the edge off.

20. Best advice you ever got?

See every game as a stepping stone. Don't think that you ever going to get there in one go. Just try to work on things week in week out, and you will get there eventually. Andre Bester told me that when he was my coach at Rotherham.

Irish Independent

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