Monday 23 September 2019

Take 20: 'People probably wouldn't expect me to play the piano. I was forced to go to lessons as a kid'

Chris Farrell. Picture: Sportsfile
Chris Farrell. Picture: Sportsfile

Chris Farrell

1: Pre-match meal? In France, we used to get a steak and always a rice pudding for dessert. But in Munster I have potatoes, beans and salmon, which is a great combination. And there are always waffles and ice cream as well.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Yannick Jauzion, the centre for France. Sonny Bill Williams as well but that was a bit later.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Recently I had Rory Scannell. He doesn't complain about my snoring, he brings his ear plugs and he's happy enough.

4: Who would headline your house party?

Dire Straits.

5: First song they would play?

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'Money for Nothing'.

6: You win the Lotto, first thing you would buy?

A medium-sized yacht.

7: Favourite movie?

'Gladiator'. I just always enjoyed Russell Crowe and that movie for some reason.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Of late it's been 'Power', it's an easy watch. 'Peaky Blinders' is probably another one of my favourites.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

My first game where I went to watch Ireland was in Lansdowne Road against the Pacific Islanders.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne and Duncan Casey are three of the funniest people I have ever met. They take the p**s out of each other, and it's hilarious to listen to.

11: What's your favourite holiday destination and why?

Cape Town. You can be in the city and take a small trip to the coastal bits and you are in beautiful white sandy beaches.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Stade Mayol is Toulon is cool, one of the best things about it is the walk through the crowd tunnel when you get off the bus. It's definitely intimidating but they are not mouthy, they are supportive of away teams coming to their ground.

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

Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, would have some great stories about what it's like to be a rock star back in the 1990s. Joe Rogan and Tiger Woods too.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

The best memory was probably my first cap against Leinster, when I was 18, playing against Gordon D'Arcy. He was one of the players I would have looked up to when I was younger as well, him and Brian O'Driscoll were always the iconic partnership.

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

None. It's all completely random, I don't do anything on purpose before each game.

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

Gio Aplon. We used to always take the p**s out of him. He was capable of being missing in action for 79 minutes of a match. He could say nothing to you for the whole game. But whenever he wants to he could run 70 metres and beat whoever he wants. He can spark a chance from nothing every time he gets the ball.

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

I have played against some of the best-known players in the world, like Dan Carter and Ma'a Nonu. But one of the best I have ever played against was Josua Tuisova on the wing for Toulon. He is just so dangerous. He is big, he can do anything, step or bump you and any time he comes into contact it's like he wants to hurt you. Definitely one of the most dangerous players I have played against.

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

People probably wouldn't expect me to play the piano. I was always forced to go to piano lessons as a kid. It's good now to be able to play it. I did up to Grade 6 so I can play.

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

Butter, milk and chocolate.

20: Best advice you ever got?

Tenacity and persistence - nothing beats it.

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