“i probably watched Jaws too many times as a kid”
Superstitions? No, I gave up. I found I had certain things I’d do or eat pre-game but then there were times I’d forget something or the hotel didn’t have the food I’d like, so I became flexible and more relaxed. Do you have any bad habits? Not dealing with texts, paperwork or emails straightaway. Then I end up with a stack to do on my day off. What winds you up? People on their phone when they could be talking. The art of conversation is dying! Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? James Haskell. He’s another entertaining guy who can make you laugh with his recycled banter and borrowed stories. What was the last book you read? It’s all baby books now, which suits me fine (he has a daughter Thea, aged one). Thomas the Tank Engine is the most recent. When I’m on tour I find myself listening to all sorts of weird and wonderfully interesting things from TED Talks, though. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would have to be teleportation. Travelling would be easier, as would robbing banks! What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought? Night-vision goggles. I used them to spy on Chris Ashton as it was a mystery what he did after training. What would you do if you weren’t playing rugby?