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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 like being able to have interaction with people through Twitter?
I love social media. I think it’s a great forum. I’m more private on Facebook. I don’t have one that’s open to the public or anything. I do a public Facebook through Guinness – they have a couple of us rugby guys as Guinness ambassadors. We post pictures and videos and comments and interact with the fans. My own Twitter is a nice way of interacting with people. They can slag me and say I have a boring life and ask why I’m putting up such crap on Twitter. My reply is: ‘Don’t follow me then’ (laughs). It’s good to let people know your feelings on a game. People might have an interest in that.
You had a slightly heated exchange with a fan after the Six Nations.
It’s funny sometimes. You have the keyboard warriors and the armchair critics that want to put their tuppence in. Sometimes I take criticism from people who don’t play the game, but it can be hard to take. There’s only a couple of people in rugby, mentors of the game, I would listen to in regards to how to play or what to do – and other players as well obviously. But everyone else, I’d take what they are saying with a pinch of salt.
You must get drunk guys coming up to you…
You know what’s really funny? You go out and they won’t say anything to you until about 1am and then a bit of Dutch courage is on board. You can have people coming up and telling you the sun shines out of your ass and then people who want to start a fight with you (laughs). It can go two ways.
Which is worse?
If you believe all the good things people write about you and say about you, then the other side of that is you have to believe all the bad things they say and write about you. I just let it all fall on deaf ears.
I can imagine guys wanting to pick fights with you to prove something to their mates.
I’ve had guys in the past who’ve tried to make a scene or kick things off. I’m pretty lucky that – I touched on it earlier – some of my core mates I’ve known since I was eight. They’re great, they always have my best interests at heart, especially on a night out after a game. I can stick up for myself but you know they’ll see a situation and defuse it pretty quickly.