Pundit Arena’s Darragh Cleary managed to meet up with Leinster’s Peter Dooley for twenty quickfire questions.
Peter Dooley is a 19 year old graduate of the Leinster rugby academy. As well as recently making his debut for Leinster ‘A’, Dooley was a key member of the Ireland U20 squad that performed admirably at last years IRB U20 World Cup, defeating Australia before eventually succumbing to a plethora of debilitating injuries, including Dooley himself who flew home before Ireland’s final game. A native of Birr, Co.Offaly, Dooley was also a keen and talented hurler in his youth, representing club and county before committing solely to rugby, his first love. Dooley is underage for the U20 grade once again and the promising Lansdowne prop will be key to Ireland’s aspirations in the forthcoming Six Nations.
Career highlight to date: Representing Ireland 20’s in 6 nations and also the world cup.
Biggest disappointment so far: Losing to New Zealand in the Junior World Cup last June
Biggest influence on your career: Father, coached me all up along.
Favourite player growing up: Brian O’Driscoll, Richie McCaw.
Ambition for 2014: Good Six Nations and World cup and hopefully get a few more Leinster A caps.
Toughest opponent: Ardie Savea.
Best player played with: Luke McGrath.
Best ground you’ve played at: Lucky enough to play hurling in Croke Park as a young lad. Unfortunately haven’t played in the Aviva, Thomond or Ravenhill.
Favourite food: Fillet Steak.
Favourite drink: Blackcurrant Dilute.
Favourite band: Kings of Leon.
Favourite other sports: Hurling.
Hobbies outside sport: Love watching hurling, going swimming and watching series like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.
Typical Saturday night: If not beside the fire at home, down watching a movie with friends.
Ever see yourself moving abroad? I’d always keep the option open, yeah.
Heineken Cup or Grand Slam: Grand Slam.
If you weren’t a rugby player what would you be? Hopefully a qualified teacher and a hurler.
If you could invite 3 people to dinner, who would they be? The Rock, Conor Mcgregor, Isa Goulart.
Which would be worse, Munster beating Leinster in a Heineken Cup final or Tipperary beating Offaly in an All-Ireland final? Definitely losing to Munster. The father is from Tipp so that wouldn’t be as bad.
Where will you be in 10 years time? All going well, still in Dublin.
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