I was online a long time before the interview (to get used to the guys' voices)
There were some good songs ; and even a song-game (my favorite was Gary's, Madonna -I have to tell).
Twice heard the news and the weather news (sending some love to the people in the North who suffered from a flood and to whom Mrs Clark said they'll have to find another house... FREE HUG...)
Then the interview started at 7.47am (NZ time) on MoreFM Canterbury.
It was on the phone (so not really easy for me to get everything -but Baby Fan was there to help me...thank you Jo! By the way : we also wanted the balloons but apparently no-one heard us... I am really sad about this!)
Richie is happy to be home -even if it's chilly (they said 2°C on the weather news!)
He stayed at home only one night this week (I had one night in 6 weeks -but trust Jo on this one!)
Do you ever take anything with you on tour? Pillow? No doesn't bother anymore.
The guys (Si & Gary) had a mail from Amy, 13, who said that Richie was a gentleman, very chivalrous, because he'd marry her! (nice try, Amy, really!)
Do you get many marriage proposals? -too many!
(the question) Are you single?
(the answer) Yeah....umm...yeah
We'll take it as a no then!
(I literally copied here Jo's notes -again : thank you, Baby Fan!)
"Do you feel responsible for everyone? No not really. There’s a wee bit extra. If you look at it as burden you don’t do job right. The best way to do it is to enjoy the challenge.
If one of the guys has too many late nights do you ever take them aside? Umm, we generally try as a team. There’s nothing more powerful than players helping each other. If a guy gets a bit out of line you can talk to them but there‘s not too many times you need to do that.
Do friends ever say we’re not listening to you, you’re ‘full of yourself’? Not really, but I know what you mean. There’s a feeling you get when you have to talk to a mate. You think well what do they think of me because of it? If I was in the wrong I’d expect one of those guys to tell me. That’s the sort of environment we‘ve built and you just get on with it.
Corey Flynn told us you drove a ball into a persons house when you played golf recently? *laughing* Yeah, I just sort of pulled my hat down and carried on…" (bad boy!!!)
Then there was a joke about 'Richie McCaw-ism' that I didn't get (so if you know what it means, just tell me!)
Tomorrow, Gary will attend the match with his wife and Richie has to wave at them (we'll have a look at that, Gary!)
It's gonna be a tough match (Richie said) after what S-Af did in Australie (who said they had sent the B*team???)
***** End of the interview at 7.53am
Thanks a lot to Izzy the local spy for telling us about this interview ; and to Jo the Baby Fan whose notes were just great!
To the others : so sad you missed it (but we'll soon schedule another date, don't worry!)
Enjoy your weekend everyone,
Saturday is French national day so I don't think I'll be online to comment on the match,
See you on Sunday then,
ps : the pics were from last year's interview by Sy at Richie's place