Sunday 20 October 2019

Mike Sherry: 'I scored a try which was class, but I was running in the wrong direction'


Mike Sherry goes bass fishing every Sunday with Stephen Archer. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Mike Sherry goes bass fishing every Sunday with Stephen Archer. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

1. What's your pre-training routine?

Come down from whatever meeting we have had, get changed as quickly as possible and out onto the pitch to warm up. I would probably slag a few people in the changing-room and get slagged while I'm getting changed too.

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

I would hand that responsibility over to Conor Oliver, he is on a bit of a roll with the tunes.

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

I would like to own my own business, what that business would be I don't know quite know. But I would like to be my own boss and have a bit of travel in my job as well, I am quite used to that with the rugby.

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

I would take my family, phone and two dogs. We would all perish.

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

Probably Stephen Archer for good company and he has got an incredible nose for food so he would find something.

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

I'm not on Instagram.

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

I hang out with my family and dogs, or buddies, anything along those lines.

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

Going out to Garryowen when I was very young. I scored a try which I thought was class, but I was running in the wrong direction. That was the first thing that I remember.

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

Clermont in 2013, the then Heineken Cup semi-final. I would love to play that match again.

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

My biggest fear in rugby is being caught under a high ball on a wet and windy night in Thomond Park. I would like to improve my high-ball skills.

They are not bad I just have a huge fear of being caught in the back field and the whole crowd having a right laugh at the ball bouncing off my chest and going 10 metres forward.

11. Favourite song lyric?

"Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?"

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

The New Zealand hookers Codie Taylor and Dane Coles, I enjoy the way they play.

They are solid at set-piece and they really contribute around the pitch, they are very dynamic.

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

I would say Anthony Foley. I had him as a coach for a long time. We went through good and bad times. We had a couple of rows about selection here and there. Overall he had a very positive influence. When you say coach he is the first person that crops into my head.

14. What was your first car?

It was a turquoise Fiat Punto bought from Paul Neville in Hogan's Garage. It was a great car.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

I don't know if it qualifies as a sport but definitely WrestleMania.

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

Tap and go and joué.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

Ed Sheeran in Croke Park.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I go bass fishing with Stephen Archer every Sunday. We don't bring Peter O'Mahony, just me and Archie.

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

Winning trophies is something that stays with you the longest, so probably winning the league in 2011. It was a long time ago but I haven't won anything since. It was in Thomond Park, right up the road from where I was brought up. I have great memories of that.

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

I don't think there is any other answer to give than Munster, Munster and Ireland.

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