Richard Fidler talks sport with Dane McDonald

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Dane McDonald, aged 25, is in the squad for Sheffield Eagles Championship Grand Final against Featherstone Rovers on Sunday. The Australian is in his fifth season at the club.

What have you been doing today?

It was training at Don Valley Stadium in the build up to the Grand Final against Featherstone this weekend. This close to the game it’s more about getting the attitude right than physical stuff.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Eminem because of his poetic commentary on modern day life - his music is good to listen to in the gym and to get you pumped up on game day.

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

Anyone who was the best at what they did. Boxer Mike Tyson, the surfer Kelly Slater, skateboarder Tony Hawk and Australian rugby league great Laurie Daley those were my favourites.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I love golf. I can hit the ball quite far but when it comes to putting its a total different story. I always enjoy playing my team-mate Tim Bergin, because I always win!

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Danny Dyer the actor and Frankie Cocozza from X Factor - really cool down to earth guys who I’m proud to be friends with.

When was the last time you cried?

I honestly can’t remember. Probably a few weeks ago when I was cutting onions.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Definitely proud of my parents. I had a great upbringing on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Lots of fun.

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

Mumsy always told me: ‘What goes around comes around.’ I’m a big believer in karma and treating people how you would like to be treated.

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

When I started to get paid for playing rugby league I guess. It’s great when people think you’re worth your place in the team.

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

Underpants! You can’t go anywhere without a good pair of underpants. And if you’ve got mates like mine, always take a spare pair.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Flying from Australia to England (I’m not a great flyer). When it comes to horror films, I’m a bit of a scaredy cat.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Never! You can’t doubt yourself for a second. As soon as you do that’s when you drop the ball and puts your mates in trouble.

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

Killing socialisation skills for the younger generation. What ever happened to just ringing someone’s house if you wanted to talk to them?

How do you relax away from sport?

Xbox, DVDs, hanging out with the movies anything that doesn’t involve much movement really. I like to chill with the odd lager.

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

I’ve been to Magaluf, Spain, for the last two years and I would definitely do it again. Had a fantastic time. Great clubs and I’m a keen dancer.

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

Yes, I cook but only very basic. But if I had a favourite meal I’d have to say crumbed steak is my favourite.

What was the last book you read?

Twilight Breaking Dawn. I’m a huge Twilight fan and I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m also into biographies – musicians particularly.

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

I’m into my music and my singing and I can play guitar. I have to say a musician that had a one hit wonder.

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

I dunno, ’cause I play pro rugby I guess? We’ve had a good season and hopefully I can help the Eagles win the Grand Final for their fans.

Favourite TV programme?

I’m really into Misfits, Shameless and Skins but if I have an all time favourite most definitely Smallville.