Gloucester’s giant signing gives an insight into what he’s like off the field
How have you settled in at Gloucester? I’m really enjoying it. I’d only known one way having been at one club (Bath) for so long, so the change has been quite nice. Everything is new to me and it’s been good fun.
Who are the jokers in the squad?
I find Ollie Thorley funny because he’s so posh. I talk to him like I’m someone from Robin Hood – where art thou?
And Fraser Balmain is an interesting character. He’s got a very dry sense of humour and keeps a deadpan face.
Any practical jokes?
The other day I hid in the toilet and jumped out at Ben Vellacott. Everything is scary for him because people are so much bigger than him! I’ll try to do a few more of those – if it doesn’t bring a smile to their face it will to mine!
I love hiding somewhere for a long time and then jumping out at people – it’s simple but effective. I always set up a mobile phone somewhere to try to get the reaction, a tough bloke with a high-pitched squeal. I like to put it on social media to break down the facade that we’re all big, tough men. Do you have any phobias? Not really. I’m not a massive fan of small spaces but that’s just from being big. And I don’t like people holding my head under water – I have a big brother! What’s your nickname? Just Banas. I’ve seen some people spell it Banners but I’m not a sign on a wall. What really annoys you? I hate it when people are late. If they say they’ll be there at 1pm, I expect them to be there at 1pm or just before. I’m likely to have something planned after that and if they’re late it’s ruined my day.
Do you have any superstitions?
No. Before a game I’m just thinking how lucky I am to be a rugby player, how I’m a kid from Jersey who got the opportunity to do this. So I go onto the pitch with a smile on my face. Who would be your three dream dinner party guests? My dad when he was younger so I could see what he was like in his prime.
Tiger Woods – he was so far ahead in his sport, the best, and I’d like to know how he goes about things. Then my grandad, again when he was younger. He passed away last November but would tell
“I love jumping out
at people – it’s simple but effective”