Sunday 13 October 2019

'My mam tells me that I taught myself how to swim when I was four'

Take 20: Brian Scott

Brian Scott says he would be a fireman if he didn’t play rugby. Photo: Sportsfile
Brian Scott says he would be a fireman if he didn’t play rugby. Photo: Sportsfile

1. What's your pre-training routine?

I don't really have a pre-training routine. But I do like to listen to whatever music is on the radio on the way to the High Performance Centre in UL.

And then when I get there I do my strapping before I take to the pitch and get going for training. Nothing too strange really.

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

I wouldn't play any music really, I usually go with whatever is on.

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

I'd be a fireman if I wasn't a professional rugby player.

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

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If I was stranded like that I would have to have a boat, some filtered water and an unlimited supply of food with me.

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

I would have to pick Kevin O'Byrne because he would probably find a way to get us off the island.

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

I follow Tyson Fury's Instagram page. I am a bit of a fan of boxing but he is a great character outside of the ring too so I enjoy his page.

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

If I'm away from the training ground you would probably find me playing FIFA or eating food. They're my two favourite things to do when I'm not training or playing a match.

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

As a spectator, my first sporting memory would probably have been Munster versus Toulouse in the 2000 European Cup over in Bordeaux. I went over with my grandparents and it was a good memory, Ronan O'Gara's try and all that. It was probably Munster's biggest European win at the time and everyone remembers it.

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

Probably go to the gym properly when I was in school, I didn't get into it until later.

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

As a tighthead prop, I would like to be the best scrummager in the world.

11. Favourite song lyric?

I wouldn't have many song lyrics in my head really.

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

I'd have to pick Owen Franks just because of what he has achieved as a tighthead with the All Blacks. Not many players have made as big an impact on the game in his position.

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

I have only ever had one professional scrum coach and you would have to give it to him, Jerry Flannery. He has given me good exposure and he is really good technically too. I have learned a lot from him.

14. What was your first car?

A 2000 Fiat Seicento.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

The Super Bowl.

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 just listen to what I am told to be doing and I would do that. I wouldn't really have the legs to run the pitch and score the winning try all by myself.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

The last concert I went to was Christy Moore in the Marquee in Cork last summer.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I wouldn't know really but my mam tells me that I taught myself how to swim when I was just four, so that was probably an interesting fact.

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

My best memory for Munster would be making my European debut against Glasgow a few years ago. That was the Axel match and there was an amazing atmosphere that day in Thomond Park. It was unforgettable.

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

Munster will win the PRO14 and Champions Cup and Ireland will hopefully do the business in the World Cup.

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