Six Nations - 60 seconds with Sam Warburton

Eurosport spent 60 seconds in the company of Wales star Sam Warburton and discovered his less-than-distinguished start in rugby as he battled to get hold of the rules.

Six Nations - 60 seconds with Sam Warburton

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Sam Warburton

Who is your sporting hero?

My first sporting hero was Lennox Lewis, mainly because when I was a kid I wanted to be about six foot five - I just wanted to be massive. I'd always ask my dad when I was eating stuff: "Would Lennox Lewis eat this?"

Is boxing what you'd be doing then, if you weren’t a rugby player?

Yeah, I do enjoy boxing. I've got a punchbag in the garage at home so I'll hit on that a few times if I have a little bit of extra energy. I do enjoy watching. I don't actually know how to box but I like to think I can.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save?

Probably I would save the frame that my first cap is in. I'm really proud of my first cap so I've got that in a nice frame. Probably also my TV, I like to watch a lot of TV so I'd take that too.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

My first call-up for Wales (against the USA in 2009), definitely. As a kid I obviously always wanted to play for Wales and it still seems a bit surreal when I look at the frame. I got my first cap and jersey and then a USA jersey, which is next to it with a couple of pictures of me playing. I was only 20 years old at the time so it came a bit sooner than I expected; we went over to America and Canada on tour and I have very fond memories of it.

What's on your iPod at the moment?

I like a lot of heavy metal and punk music so bands like Metallica and System Of A Down. They are pretty heavy, to be honest, and I'm not normally allowed to listen to it in the gym with the Blues or Wales: they like to listen to a bit of dance music so I have to keep it to myself.

What do you get up to in your free time?

When I became a professional I was suddenly usually finished by two o'clock in the afternoon so I was coming home and finding myself with a bit of spare time - so I bought myself a drum kit and have been playing for the last three years.

What is the worst country you've ever visited?

Probably Italy, to be honest. I'm not a fan of Italy although I'm not sure why. I think the language barrier gets on your nerves a little bit and you can't order a pizza in Italian so that frustrates me as well!

If you were to sit down to dinner with any three guests, who would they be?

Will Smith would definitely be one; I'm a big fan of Will Smith. I think Derren Brown, the psychologist guy and the third one maybe Lee Evans because I like a lot of comedy and he's probably my favourite comedian.

What is your most annoying habit?

Probably from my girlfriend's point of view, it would be my need to eat healthily. She'll want to go out and get a Chinese takeaway and I have to eat my own thing. So probably that.

What is the most embarrassing moment you've had on the rugby field?

When I was younger, I didn’t really understand the rules and in my first year I didn't know whether I was on the bench or starting. I was only about 12 years old and sitting in the dugout. A winger from the opposition side was running down the line and I came off the bench and smashed him when I obviously should have been sitting down. I didn't really understand what was going on but everyone was having a go at me!

Which team-mate would you have the most fun with on a night out?

I think Andy Powell would probably be the banker. I've had a couple of nights out with Andy before and they are very memorable, to say the least. (Powell became notorious for being dropped from the Wales team during the Six Nations in 2010 after being arrested "for taking and driving away a golf buggy" the morning after Wales' victory over Scotland. He was arrested near Junction 33 on the M4 motorway)

If you could make one change to your sport, what would it be?

Good question. I was thinking about this the other day and I can't remember what I was thinking! We're not allowed to check players with our shoulder, like they do in ice hockey. In rugby league I think you're allowed to do it and I think it makes defence even more a part of the game and even more competitive. So I think shoulder tackles should be allowed.

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