Saturday 17 March 2018

'Thomond is the best place I've played in'

Take 20: Gerbrandt Grobler

Gerbrandt Grobler prefers pancakes to pasta for his pre-match meal
Gerbrandt Grobler prefers pancakes to pasta for his pre-match meal

1: Pre-match meal? Pancakes . . . they're the best part of the pre-match meal. I was never much of a guy for big plates of pasta in the lead-up to a game, so I try and stick to my usual pancakes and some fruit.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Joe Van Niekerk - Big Joe. He was the first rugby player I met. He is a real powerful back-row and meeting him as an aspiring South African rugby player was a massive thrill for me as a kid.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Obviously I've only been away on one trip with Munster so I'd have to say Sootala Fa'aso'o from my Racing time. You always have a few tough room-mates in a squad, but once you can have a bit of fun I'm usually happy.

4: Who would headline your house party?

Kings of Leon. I love their stuff, especially the early releases.

5: First song they would play?

Sex on Fire!

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

It would be a tough call between a golf course and a big truck.

7: Favourite movie?

Django Unchained - I'm a Tarantino fan. Pulp Fiction is right up there too, but he has made a few crazy movies also. It's hard to be Django in my eyes!

8: Favourite TV show and why?

Brooklyn Nine Nine - it's a funny show with good humour.

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Around ten years of age, the first ball I owned, I got it signed by the President at the time, and then I went off and played with it and my father was not impressed with me for playing with the signed ball!

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

In the short time that I've been here I enjoy two of lads going at it and that's Killer and JK (Jean Kleyn). That has been the most entertaining. In general, there seems to be a good laugh all the time with the boys, which is great to see.

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

Mozambique - I own a house there and it's a great place with good weather and food, even for South Africans! I have yet to get on the road around Ireland, but hopefully I can get some miles done on the down weeks and breaks during the season.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

When I was in France I reckoned Thomond Park was the best place I had ever played in so I'm going to have say my new home venue - the atmosphere from the fans and the silence for the kicker was new to me. It was an amazing place to play as a visitor, so I can only imagine what it must be like to line out there as a Munster player on a big European night.

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

My dad, an old coach of mine called John Dobson and Bob Marley who I share a birthday with. Bob could provide the music, while my dad and coach Dobson could talk rugby all night.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

My first Super Rugby game at the age of 19 against the Queensland Reds, that was a special moment. It was something that I had aimed to achieve for quite a few years, so to finally get there was a great moment for me. I'm looking forward to my competitive Munster debut also.

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

Not really.

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

I got the chance to play with Dan Carter, a world-class player and somebody I didn't think I'd get the chance to play with, it was a great experience and he's good craic on and off the field.

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

Sergio Parisse, he's got it all . . . except hair!

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

I'm a scratch golfer.

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

It's always empty . . . but at a stretch I'd like to think I'd have at least milk in there.  

20: Best advice you ever got?

Things usually make sense in time and even a bad decision has its own kind of correctness.

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