Question Time with Jamie Kilbane

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Jamie Kilbane is currently Rotherham Titans’ longest serving player, having been brought to the club by Andre Bester in his first stint as Titans head coach back in 2005. Loose head prop Jamie is 28 years-old and has made 82 appearances for the club.

What have you been doing today?

I have been working on new educational programs to be delivered at the Titans Community Foundation. 

Who is your inspiration and why?

Usain Bolt, because he’s pushing the boundaries of human biological performance, I need some tips!

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up? 

David Campese and Michael Johnson, as someone who isn’t very fast I’ve always looked up to those who are.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Athletics, sprint events especially!

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Jamie Dornan, international male supermodel, Calvin Klein underwear/jeans/fragrance.

When was the last time you cried?

Last year, due to a family bereavement, so was understandably upset.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My mum and dad; because of their individual achievements in business and the public sector.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Fake it till you make it, when you’re at your lowest never show weakness!

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I received my first call up to play representative rugby in Ireland.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My iPhone, cliché I know, but it’s my second brain, so can struggle to function without it.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Before singing a solo at a school concert in front of 5,000 people; cue shakes and nearly vomiting.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

After the occasional poor performance/mistake, it’s hard to not doubt yourself, but only momentarily then you learn from it.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I don’t really use them, but I have a presence on Facebook, not a massive fan as I think it limits person to person interaction.

How do you relax away from sport?

I enjoy cooking/eating meals with my friends and going to the cinema.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

My last holiday was to San Francisco. It was amazingly interesting and cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge was a challenge but great fun. 

Do you cook?  If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal? 

Yes am a trained chef, and I love cooking Vietnamese/Thai Food, my friends love my sushi nights!

What was the last book you read?

The Unfolding of Language by Guy Deutscher

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would be a chef/restaurateur, owning my own restaurant group.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I’m not sure what qualifies me as interesting enough, but I wouldn’t exactly be the most typical rugby player!

Favourite TV programme?

X Factor, I love a little bit of reality TV!