Billy Burns

Rugby World - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view Sarah Mock­ford // Pic­ture Press Eye/ Ul­ster Rugby

Get to know Ul­ster’s new Ire­land- qual­i­fied fly- half

“My two best hol­i­days were Syd­ney three years ago with a cou­ple of lads, and Dubai with my girl­friend lastsum­mer.”“I’m a bit of an old man! I like to go out with the boys and for dog walks – we have a King Charles Cava­lier called Ozzy. I play com­puter games like FIFA, but not of­ten. That’s about it. I prob­a­blysound bor­ing!”“I don’t cook at all. My girl­friend,Jade, does all the cook­ing and be­fore she moved over I’d be go­ing round the boys’ houses or eat­ing at the Ital­ian down the road from my place. I was there so much they gave mea dis­count!”“My mum and dad have been the big­gest in­flu­ences on my ca­reer. My dad still plays. The amount of ef­fort they put in for us – I wouldn’t be any­where near where I am now with­outthem.”“First and fore­most, I’m here to play for Ul­ster. It’s a great club with a great his­tory. But I do have in­ter­na­tional am­bi­tions – as I’m sure ev­ery player does – and I qual­ify for Ire­land through my grandad. At the mo­ment, I’ve got to fo­cus on per­form­ingin a dif­fer­ent sys­tem to what I’m used to.”“Com­ing to Belfast, one of my hob­bies has to be golf as there are so many great cour­ses here. I play off a hand­i­cap of about ten and have played with theboys here.” “A lot of peo­ple talk about get­ting away from rugby in their spare time, but do­ing a bit of coach­ing is my re­lease. I coached Chel­tenham Saracens for three years and had to leave fairly abruptly, but I loved it and keep in con­tact with the boys.”“My brotherFred­die moved from Glouces­ter to Le­ices­ter and Le­ices­ter to Bath, so he’s beenthrough that tran­si­tion to a new club. It’s great to have some­one who’s been through it to talk to and as he’s my brother he gives theharsh truth of it!”“My child­hood hero was Steve McQueen.I loved The Great Es­cape and when he tries jump­ing a fence on his mo­tor­bike. He was very cool and I had a cou­ple of pic­tures of him around the house. What I liked about him was he lived on the edge alit­tle bit.”“I do like an adren­a­line rush and used to have a scram­bler mo­tor­bike.Water­parks are my favourite place – but I don’t liketheme parks.” “I’ve got my Level 3 for coach­ing and I think I’ll look for an­other club to coach over here. It’s def­i­nitely some­thing I’m look­ing to do at the end of rugby. For now, I need to fo­cus on Ul­ster and set­tling in. This was a good time to make a change and chal­lenge my­self.”

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