Lewis Moody once asked me to deliver a bunch of flowers wearing just a pair of boxer shorts says team-mate Dan Hipkiss who looks back at playing with Moodos.
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I have recently been thinking about what avenues of life I might go into when I finish playing rugby.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of action in the old dog yet.
But this can be a difficult time in your life, as a professional rugby player, when you start to realise that you can’t go on playing the game for ever.
There is now a generation of players like myself who have come straight from school and into the sport at a professional level.
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England have picked an exciting bunch of players for their upcoming Six Nations campaign.
I just hope that people bear in mind that it takes a little bit of time for guys to find their feet when they enter international rugby.
Don’t expect miracles overnight.
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Full Name: Dan Hipkiss
Club: Bath Rugby
Weight: 14st 10lbs
Years in the professional game: 11
What is your dream position on the field and why? Full back, you get lots of ball and lots of room to run.
Who is the hardest bloke you have ever played with? Martin Johnson or Louis Deacon
Was your professional debut memorable or forgettable? I scored a try on my Leicester debut and we beat Biarritz. the following week I got subbed after 45 minutes though.
What are your redeeming features - physical? Compact
What are your redeeming traits - personality? Generosity
Best moment in rugby? Scoring in the 2010 Premiership final
Worst moment in rugby? Losing the World Cup final
Are you angry or a sulker in defeat? Angry
Which rugby player do you admire most from past or present? Daryl Gibson
Where was your best rugby-related night out. Just place and venue please? Limerick after beating Munster in 2007
1. I like coffee on Sunday morning at Jika Jika in Bath
2. I like being pampered
3. I quite like my girlfriend!
Three things you hate?
1. Training in the rain
2. Being late
3. Getting into an un-made bed
1. A robot vacuum cleaner
2. A couple of extra inches, in height of course.
3. Normal sized ears
1. Eating 3 almond croissants this morning
2. Turning up to an office wearing just underwear to deliver birthday flowers to a mate’s girlfriend .She was out on her lunch break too
1. Fill up the fridge
2. I need to buy a toothbrush holder
3. Remember my code on Sky so I can watch all programmes.....