We catch up with Munster's JJ Hanrahan as he looks forward to the Munster 'A' head to head clash against Leinster in the B&I Cup semi-final in Dublin on Friday, 6th April.
In his second year with the Munster Academy
, 19 year old JJ Hanrahan
made his senior debut against La Rochelle
in Munster’s opening pre-season game in August 2011.
Hanrahan, who plays outhalf/centre is currently involved in the Ireland U20 six nations squad that achieved a historic win over France in Grenoble last Saturday putting them on course for a championship title.
Originally from Kerry, Hanrahan played his schools rugby with Rockwell College and represents UL Bohemian RFC at club level. Having made his debut in the B&I Cup competition last year, Hanrahan is hopeful the Munster ‘A’ side will go on to compete in the first final of the competition to be played in Ireland on Saturday, 28th April.
How old were you when you first started playing rugby and what club: I was 7 when I started in Castleisland RFC
First position you ever played: Prop - I think - because I wore a scrum cap
Most memorable try in career: Rockwell College v St. Munchin’s in the Schools Senior Cup. I got two that day and haven’t scored since!
Career highlight to date: Playing in the Ireland U20’s World Cup
Most difficult opponent: All the South African U20’s!
Most embarrassing moment on a rugby pitch: In a school’s game, kicking ball out over the line and cheering thinking we had won, and everyone started laughing at me because we lost.
Player you would most like to play alongside: Dan Carter
Best thing about playing for Munster: Living a dream
Best part of being a pro rugby player: Doing something you love for a living
Worst part of being pro rugby player: Not being able to travel with friends
Favourite other sport: Football/basketball
Sportsperson you admire most: Michael Jordan
Hobbies outside rugby: Watching movies, playing the tin whistle
Pet hate: Untidy people
Sporting event you'd most like to attend: The Super Bowl
Best place you've visited: Venice, Italy
Where you haven’t been and would love to go to: California/Thailand
What you see yourself doing when your rugby career over: Something in business
Three things you can’t live without: Internet, blackberry, car
Who would play you in a movie: Brad Pitt- we’re very similar!
Most famous person you’ve met: Holly from Jordie Shore
Person you would most like to meet: Michael Jordan
Favourite Food: Lamb roast
Favourite subject at school: Geography
Subject you were worst at: Irish
Favourite Film: Cinderella Man
Favourite TV programme: Entourage
Favourite Actor: Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe
Favourite Singer/Band: John Mayer
Three people you would invite to dinner and why: John Bishop (for the laugh), Tiger Woods (to get all the gossip), Mila Kunis (to ask her to marry me!)