“i prob­a­bly watched Jaws too many times as a kid”

Rugby World - - 30-minute Q&a -

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?

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