BeRugby’s Big Interview – with Matt Toomua
Matt Toomua currently plays for Leicester Tigers in The Premiership. The Australian playmaker has represented his country 33 times but moved to England in 2016 to join the Tigers. He played for the Brumbies between 2008 and 2016 and has also represented Western force.
Our competition winner Jonah from Chichester RFC helped us interview the Australia and Leicester Tigers star as part of his prize! See his interview below as our first young reporter.
BeRugby Magazine – Hi Matt thanks for talking to us today. Where did your rugby playing start?
Matt Toomua – I grew up in Brisbane Australia and started playing rugby at 6 years old. I played for the Brumbies and Western Province but when I was young I supported the Reds.
BRM – What do you eat before a big game?
MT – I eat plenty the night before and sometimes I have two dinners. On the day of the game I just eat to hunger. Not much to be honest just some vegemite on toast or a banana.
BRM – Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
MT – I don’t have any superstitions like putting my left boot on first or anything. I go through a few processes to get ready but no real routine. I listen to various playlists depending on my mood.
BRM – What is your favourite ground to play on?
MT – Few places can beat a full Newlands Park in Cape Town. Exciting place to play. Obviously, Welford Road. I have to say that, but it is honestly one of the best grounds in the world.
BRM – You are organising the club tour. Where do you go and why?
MT – I would probably take them on a café hunting tour. Like a pub crawl but with coffee.
BRM – We weren’t expecting that answer!
MT – Yeah, I’m a bit of an expert in the area of coffee, it’s the rugby players new thing. I would pick Melbourne as its full of great cafes and places to hang out and drink coffee.
BRM – If you could use one word to describe the great game of rugby, what would it be?
MT – A test. It’s a test of character and a test of skill. You learn lessons from it.
BRM – What advice would you give to a young rugby player who wants to go professional?
MT – I didn’t go well in rugby until I was a little older and I wasn’t getting picked. I stuck with training and worked hard and it paid off. Sometimes I felt like not playing but I stuck at it and didn’t give up.
BRM – What song do all the Leicester Tigers players know and have to sing on the tour bus?
MT – I think the favourite is Sweet Caroline cos that gets everyone going.
BRM – Who is the most lively/energetic player in the squad?
MT – I would probably say Ellis Genge. He pumps everyone up and screams out all sorts of things before the games.
BRM – Who has the craziest hairstyle?
MT – Probably Dan Cole. He has lack of hair. He has more in his ears than on his head.
BRM – What is the best thing about training?
MT – When its finished! I think it’s the kicking the ball around with your mates. It’s pretty tough most of the time though.
BRM – Who do you think will win the Six Nations and why?
MT – I’m probably going to sit on the fence and say England or Ireland. They both play well under pressure.
Fun Fact – Matt is married to Ellyse Perry who plays cricket and football for the Australian national sides. Now that is a talented couple!
Matt Toomua Factfile
Born – 2nd January 1990 in Melbourne, Australia
Height – 182cm
Weight – 91kgs
Position – Fly half/inside centre.
Test Debut – Australia v New Zealand 2013
Many thanks to Matt Toomua and all those at Leicester Tigers who gave us an awesome day full of fun, food and rugby!
These great photos were taken by Moments by Mimi Photography. Check her out on Facebook. Here are some more of the day.