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JJ Hanrahan: ‘I was on a hat-trick, I had a clear run in to the line and I dropped it’


JJ Hanrahan has great admiration for fellow out-halves like Owen Farrell, Dan Biggar and Beauden Barrett. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile
JJ Hanrahan has great admiration for fellow out-halves like Owen Farrell, Dan Biggar and Beauden Barrett. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

JJ Hanrahan answers Take20

1. What’s your pre-training routine?

Get down to the pitch early. I have a pair of bands so I can warm up up the glutes and hip flexors. I get them moving and get a bit of stretch. I get a bit loose and get the blood flowing. Then, hopefully, I get in a bit of kicking if I can.


2. You’re in charge of the after-match tunes, what goes on first?

Something by Fleetwood Mac.


3. Imagine a world where you’re not a rugby player – what’s your job?

I was in college and studied a business degree. So, I would do something with business.


4. Stranded on a desert island, what three things do you take?


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A knife, flint and plenty of water to survive.


5. Which team-mate would you want with you and why?

Chris Cloete, because he is very resourceful. I am sure he would find everything and kill whatever’s needed.


6. What’s your favourite Instagram page you follow and why?

House of Highlights is a good one. There is a funny one as well that takes the piss out of all of the rugby league players.


7. What do you do when not training or playing a match?

If I have time off, I would always try and go on holiday. If not I just try and chill out, drink some coffee and take it easy.


8. What’s your first sporting memory as a player or spectator?

My first sporting memory as a spectator was a football All-Ireland with Kerry. As a kid growing up it was all to do with football, rugby would have come later in life for me. I remember Seamus Moynihan was my hero. It was all through that era that I began to take a real interest.


9. You have one moment from your career to do over. What is it?

On my debut for Munster I was on a hat-trick and Conor Murray made a break. I had a clear run in to the line and I dropped it. It would have been a hat-trick of tries on my debut but I can always blame the passer.


10. What rugby skill would you most like to possess?

I would like to be better at keepie-uppies.


11. Favourite song lyric?

I’m shocking with lyrics, but something from Fleetwood Mac. My favourite song of theirs would be ‘Landslide’.


12. What current player in your position do you most admire?

There is an array of them. Beauden Barrett, Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell.


13. What former coach has had the biggest effect on your game and why?

In Munster, Rob Penney had a massive effect on my game. He allowed me to play my game and bring my strengths to the fore. He was a coach who had a big effect on me. I was breaking through and my first couple of years were under Rob. They were always memorable.


14. What was your first car?

My mum passed me down an Opel Corsa 1.0-litre. It was around the time of the Irish U-20s. I was carrying a lot of the second-rows like Shane Buckley, in the back, and eventually the engine just went.


15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

The NBA finals, I would say. I don’t really have a favourite team there, but I like Derrick Rose and LeBron James.


16. One minute to go in the Champions Cup final, your team are four points down back on your own line. What do you do?

We keep the ball for as many phases as we need to and we score a try.


17. What was the last concert you went to?

Ed Sheeran in Cork.


18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I hate this question!


19. What’s your best memory playing rugby for Munster?

One of my best memories was probably my debut for Munster. My starting debut was against Zebre and that was probably my best memory. Second best was this year in the Champions Cup against Castres. I had started in Europe before but that was my first start at 10 for Munster in Europe.


20. Who’ll win the 2019 Guinness PRO14, Champions Cup and Rugby World Cup?

Munster, Munster and Ireland.

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