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Jack and the sea

Jack Now­ell’s fa­ther, Michael, is a trawler­man who runs a fleet of three boats out of Pen­zance. How­ever, Jack ad­mits, “I’ve never been out on the boat (fish­ing) with my dad. I’m the first Now­ell not to carry on the fish­ing trade. I think my dad’s a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed, but ob­vi­ously he’s more than happy with what I’m do­ing now – and my broth­ers are go­ing to fol­low me as well, maybe.”

The sub-plot is that his mother, Louisa, did not want her son – who as a young­ster some­times feared for his dad’s safety – to work at sea.

When Now­ell first broke into the Eng­land team he gave this ex­pla­na­tion: “I used to wind up my mum by say­ing, ‘I think I’ll go to sea with dad next week’. She used to have a go at me ev­ery time. ‘I’m not let­ting you go, that’s your dad, you’re dif­fer­ent’.

“I’ve only been out on the boat once, when my un­cle passed away, and we all went out on my old man’s trawler to spread his ashes.”

Jack’s love of Lego

Now­ell shares his love of Lego with celebri­ties like ac­tor Brad Pitt, singer Will.i.am, and foot­baller David Beck­ham. He also has a kin­dred spirit in fel­low Lions wing Ge­orge North – but he says he’s not shar­ing.

He ex­plains: “I build maybe two or three things each (Eng­land) camp, and I’m hop­ing there will be a bit of spare room in my suit­case to take down a few boxes to NZ. I’ve got a whole Simp­sons house to be built, but I think that’s go­ing to be too big. I’ve got a nice lit­tle VW Bee­tle to go with the VW camper­van I made in the Six Na­tions. I tend just to do Lego (rather than other mod­els) – it’s helped me through in­juries in the past, and I stick to that.”

On Lego-bond­ing with North he says: “It could be good, but we will have to get the same box-sets be­cause I don’t like shar­ing. He will prob­a­bly be the same – you can’t share a pro­gramme, you won’t know what you’ve done, or what you’re do­ing next.

Jack the Cor­nish Lion

Now­ell says: “A few big­ger men have done it like Phil Vick­ery and Stack Stevens – a lot big­ger than I am. We’re a proud county of rugby down there, and some­times (Cor­nish) play­ers have not been recog­nised for what they do, or what they can do. So, to be picked and fol­low those guys is pretty awe­some. When we went to Aus­tralia with Eng­land last sum­mer, there were a few Cor­nish flags out there then, so it will be nice to see a few in NZ as well.”

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