Saturday 17 August 2019

'I still like to play the piano when I get a chance. It's a nice hobby'

Take 20: Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Chris Farrell. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

1. What's your pre-training routine?

I don't really have a routine before I go out training. There is nothing specific at all really.

We would strap up in our High Performance Centre. And then because our training pitches at the moment are about 1km across the other side of the campus in UL, we fight over who is driving the car over to the 4G pitches.

We have been training on those pitches all season. We try to climb in the back of someone else's car and get a lift over from there. But there is definitely no set routine from my point of view anyway.

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

It would have to be Paul Simon. I'm a big fan.

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

I would love to be a criminal lawyer if I wasn't a professional rugby player. It would be something completely different for me to try my hand at.

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

A hurley, a sliotar and a lilo. I would be happy to die without the food and water.

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

Niall Scannell would be my team-mate of choice over there because we would debate everything there is to debate on the island.

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

Nature is Metal. It shows some insane things about nature that you would never see on any of the mainstream wildlife programmes, like a polar bear eating their own cubs and that side of things. It's very interesting.

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

I am currently trying to study a little bit. I am studying Sport and Exercise Science, and I am just finished the dissertation in University of Ulster. But when I am not playing rugby and the weather is a bit better I like to go down to Lahinch for a swim.

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

As a spectator, I remember watching Ireland play the Pacific Nations, the team made up of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, in the old Lansdowne Road. I think it was around 2005 or 2006 and Ulster's Paddy Wallace was man of the match that day, he was playing out-half and he might have got a hat-trick of tries as well. Good memories.

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

I would probably play my Ireland debut again. It was against Fiji and I really enjoyed pulling on the green jersey for the first time ever.

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

I would like to have insane speed.

11. Favourite song lyric?

'And Betty when you call me you can call me Al' by Paul Simon.

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

I would say New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams.

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

Mike Prendergast in Grenoble. He just allowed me to play with a lot of freedom while I was there for three years.

14. What was your first car?

It was a Volkswagen Golf.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

The final day at the Masters in Augusta, especially for the week that's in it.

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?

Just keep playing and be patient really. You can't force things because you will make a mistake that way. The score will come.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

I went to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Paris one year.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I still like to play the piano when I get a chance. It's a nice hobby.

19. What's your best memory playing rugby?

My first game in the Six Nations against Wales when I got man-of-the-match.

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

Munster, Munster and Ireland.

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