Nick Isiekwe and Ben Spencer answer some quick questions!
While we were recently at Allianz Park we bumped into Nick Isiekwe and Ben Spencer. The Saracens lock and scrum half kindly agreed to answer a few quick questions for us. Top lads!
BeRugby Magazine – How did you get into rugby?
Nick Isiekwe – I was enticed into Old Albanians by the free food there. I fell in love with the game and played there from the age of 9 to 13 when Moses Rauluni saw me and got me into the Saracens academy.
Ben Spencer – My family got me into rugby, so I followed them to Manchester RFC. My Uncle played at a high level as well. At 16 I moved south and went to Exeter’s Academy then signed for Cambridge and a year later I moved to Saracens.
BRM – What do you eat in the run up to a big game?
NI – I eat a lot of pasta the night before something like tagliatelle in tomato sauce. Also, an apple crumble in the evening. On match day I have some spaghetti, salad, coleslaw, chicken and maybe pancakes in maple syrup in the morning.
BS – I eat a relatively healthy, carb heavy meal the night before and in the morning, I have something like porridge. I am not a huge eater before a game.
BRM – Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
NI – I wear tape around my left wrist. I’m not sure why?
BS – No real rituals but I do like to be the first out onto the pitch for the warmup.
BRM – What is the best moment of your career so far?
NI – My first England cap was very surreal and a proud moment for me. Also winning the Premiership last season with everyone here (at Sarries) being involved.
BS – My first cap for England. It was against South Africa and it was very emotional.
BRM – Who was the hardest player you have faced so far?
NI – Alun Wyn Jones when we played against the Ospreys. He is a gritty, hard player.
BS – David Strettle when he was at Clermont. He is so skilled and the stuff he does with the ball is special.
BRM – And who is the best you have played with?
NI – Billy (Vunipola). A very good player but also very funny off it as well.
BS – Owen Farrell. He bosses the game so well that it makes my job easy.
BRM – Where would you take everyone on rugby tour?
NI – Nigeria. I can get everyone to try Jollof rice!
BS – Bermuda. The weather and beaches there are awesome.
BRM – What is your favourite ground to play at?
NI – Allianz Park.
BS – Twickenham.
BRM – What one word would you use to describe rugby?
NI – It’s lit!
BS – Friendships.
BRM – What advice would you give to young rugby players?
NI – Listen to your coaches and physios. Its not all about skill but your body as well. Look after your body as it is what you use and play with.
BS – Work hard at rugby but make sure you enjoy it as well.