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The Power Of Positive Thinking
Ask Jamie Heaslip how we are going to do in the World Cup in the Autumn and he responds: “We’ll win it.” But he says a lot more too, in what is his most personal and in-depth interview ever...
Anne Sexton, 02 Jun 2011
Do you have a temper?
I am a very patient man – but when I cross the line I can unload I guess.
What angers you?
Lies. People who are dishonest. I don’t like dishonest people, who say one thing and do another – or say one thing to your face and say another thing to someone else. I really have no time for that or fakeness or people who have an agenda and use people.
Being in public you must attract those people?
Yeah. But I think it’s happened to everyone in life where they think they can trust this person, be it in business or your normal life or whatever, and they’re not the person you thought they were. You think you’d get over that in school. That’s one thing I would have an issue with.
You can only have time for so many people in life anyway.
Yeah, I’m not one of those people with 500 or 1,000 friends on Facebook. I have a hundred or so friends and have a model – if I haven’t talked to you in six months, you’re gone. There’s no point.
Do you drink?
Yeah, to the disappointment of my father! He never drank and he has three sons and a daughter who like to drink.
Can you get drunk or not because of training?
Yeah. Go out and enjoy yourself by all means. Everyone has to let off steam. Our season’s long. We started training for this season in the start of July so we’re ten months into it. You’d be mad if you were totally restricted for ten months – and not do anything bad. You have to go out and celebrate the wins. It’s no problem as long as you turn up for training and are fresh and ready to go.
How about drugs?
No, no. I’ve been getting tested since I was 17. On our holidays we have to give an hour a day where we’re going to be, so the drug testers have the option of turning up and testing us at their will. It’s like the man in the air always has an eye on us.
That’s a bit like Big Brother?
Some of us had an issue at the start thinking that it was an invasion of your privacy, on your holidays. But the big picture… Sevens Rugby is an Olympic sport now and that was part and parcel of it no matter what. They could knock on my door when I go home if they want. Luckily it rarely happens. I’ve only been tested four times.