60 seconds with Sam Whitelock
Eurosport spent 60 seconds in the company of New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock and learned the perils of being hit on the head by a rugby ball.
Who is your sporting hero?
Michael Jordan. I played a lot of basketball when I was younger and he played for a long time and won a lot of titles. He also handled all the pressure pretty awesome.
If you were not a rugby player, what would you be doing?
I'd probably be playing basketball or be at home working on the family farm.
If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save?
Not sure. I'd probably just get out of there to make sure I survived.
What is on your iPod at the moment?
I've got a bit of everything. I've got some easy listening and some pop as well.
Who is your ideal woman?
I'm a tall man (6'7Ĺ") so probably a tall-ish woman would be good.
If you could sit down for dinner with any three people, who would they be?
Michael Jordan and probably my grandparents.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
I'm studying at the moment and still at university so I'd either be doing that or helping out on my parents' farm. Or I'd just be outdoors mucking around.
What is your most annoying habit?
You'd probably have to ask someone else about that, but I'd say being over-organised.
What is the worst music you have ever bought?
When I was younger I got a couple of presents that I wasn’t a big fan of but I was too shy to say. I can't remember the name of it though I'm afraid.
What is the most embarrassing moment you have had on the rugby pitch?
In the Super 14 semi-final I was passed the ball and it bounced off my head, went to the opposition team and they scored. That was probably my most embarrassing moment.
Which fellow sportsman or woman would you have the most fun with on a night out?
I think they are all pretty fun at times. You've put me on the spot here. One of the tight-forwards - they're pretty fun characters and normally get up to a bit of mischief.
If you could make one novelty change to your sport, what would it be?
I'd keep the ball in play longer. By any means necessary.
Sam Whitelock was speaking to Eurosport on behalf of adidas - official partner of the All Blacks