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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Take 20: 'I debated whether or not to become a pro water skier before committing to rugby'

Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian Fitzpatrick going through his paces. Photo: Sportsfile
Ian Fitzpatrick going through his paces. Photo: Sportsfile

Ian Fitzpatrick

1: Pre-match meal?

Pasta and chicken.

2: Favourite player growing up?

Shane Horgan.

3: Best away day room-mate and why?

Dr. Josh Murphy. He has grown on me over the years.

4: Who would headline your house party?

Daft Punk.

5: First song they would play?

'One More Time'.

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

Another ticket.

7: Favourite movie?

'Interstellar'.

8: Favourite TV show and why?

'Westworld'. Like 'Game of Thrones' ... only better!

9: Earliest rugby memory growing up?

Ireland playing against Argentina in the old Lansdowne Road.

10: Who is the joker in the dressing room?

Hugo Keenan. The lad doesn't know when to stop!

11: Favourite holiday destination and why?

America. Just so much to do in the one place. Great spot.

12: Favourite away ground to play at?

Franklin's Gardens.

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

Steve Jobs, Steve-O and George Best.

14: Most memorable moment in rugby?

Leinster winning the first Heineken Cup in 2009 probably tops the list for me. That win kicked everything off.

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

Pack and then repack my bag the night before.

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

Garry Ringrose. The guy is just a different class.

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

Maro Itoje. But surely I don't have to explain this one?!

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

I debated whether or not to become a pro water skier before committing to rugby.

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

Milk, butter and apple juice.

20: Best advice you ever got?

The early bird gets the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese.

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