Thursday 16 August 2018

'Jean Kleyn has the biggest joke of a dress sense'

Take 20: Dave Kilcoyne

Kim Jong-Un, Donald Trump and Mike Tyson are Dave Kilcoyne’s ideal dinner guests. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Kim Jong-Un, Donald Trump and Mike Tyson are Dave Kilcoyne’s ideal dinner guests. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Dave Kilcoyne

1: Pre-match meal?

I'm a chicken and pasta fan. You'd think I'd get sick of the same pre-match meal, but it does the business for me.

2: Favourite player growing up?

I loved watching Jonah Lomu. The World Cup in South Africa is one of my earliest memories and he was only a young fella then, but he really sticks out for what he did four years later against England.

3: Best away-day room mate and why?

Jaco Taute for the tea and chats. There are plenty of lads you try and avoid, and they know who they are without me naming and shaming them...

4: Who would headline your house party?

Coldplay with me as MC.

5: First song they would play?

Something Just Like This.

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

Think I'd fork out for a nice, long holiday for my parents.

7: Favourite movie?


8: Favourite TV show and why?

Entourage. It's hilarious. It is one of those shows that you can binge on for a few days, although I could do with a few more seasons being made.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Eoin O'Riordan scoring a hat-trick against me while I was playing for the U-12s UL Bohs team against Garryowen. You don't get over days like that too quickly!

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Jean Kleyn has the biggest joke of a dress sense while Niall Scannell laughs at all his own jokes. I'm the funniest with Stephen Archer a close second.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Las Vegas to enjoy all the spoils life has to offer. You're guaranteed plenty of sun and plenty of entertainment, so what more would you want?

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

The Aviva Stadium. I have so many good memories from there playing for Ireland, and it's always a huge day when we play Leinster there too - especially when the Munster fans travel in huge numbers. There is no place like Thomond Park on the special European nights, but playing in the Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium comes a close second in my book.

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

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump would get seats across from each other, while my man 'Iron Mike' Tyson would have to come along too to hand out a couple of old-fashioned ass whoopings to the other pair! You could nearly sell tickets and make a pay-per-view event out of that night!

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

My Munster debut at Christmas time in 2011 was unreal after all the work I put in to get there, but winning my first Irish cap against South Africa in 2012 was amazing. Having my family and friends and so many team-mates there too was incredible. I played against Fiji and Argentina in that same month.

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

I'm fond of a lovely creamy cappuccino. A good caffeine kick and a nice sugary jolt is the best way to prepare.

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

Has to be Ronan O'Gara - balls like a Belgian Blue.

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

Saracens and England's Maro Itoje. He is a great athlete and counter-rucked every single breakdown against us in the semi-final last year! He's an absolute beast, and you could see the impact he had with the Lions too.

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

I could tell you many interesting things about myself but most of them are probably not suitable for this forum! I'm still trying to finish my masters in the University of Limerick and I'm hoping someone reading this might force their hand and that they'll give it to me!

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

Chicken broth, milk and yoghurt. 

20: Best advice you ever got?

This is a top financial tip from a man I have huge respect for...They can't take the trousers off a bare arse!

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