The Road Ahead : April May 2012
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2012 24 LIFESTYLE QUEENSLAND INTERVIEW Q. Who has had the most influence on your playing career, and why? A: That would have to be my parents, Rod and Jenny. They were the ones that got me playing rugby in the first place. They sacrificed a lot. Q. It's been said that you were a fiery player earlier in your career? Fair comment? A: I guess you could say that. Q. What have you done to tone it down? A: I had a good, hard look at myself and considered how my actions might impact on the team. Q. From Super Rugby zeroes to heroes in four years, how did the Reds turn their fortunes around? A: That's a difficult question. Bringing in (coach) Ewen (Mckenzie) obviously is one thing. Rewarding hard work and achievement is another. Q. How were you informed of being appointed Wallabies' captain? A: It was after a game in Durban (South Africa) and Robbie Deans (Wallabies' coach) said he would like me to lead the team. I was told we had to stay quiet about it -- the formal announcement wouldn't be made until the team returned to Australia). Q. What went through your mind? A: I was a bit shocked, to be honest. It was something I couldn't envisage happening at the time. Q. Describe the moment of holding aloft the Tri Nations Trophy before a record home crowd at Suncorp Stadium in your first Test as Wallabies' captain? A: As an individual, it was a truly amazing feeling. I guess the really rewarding thing was from a team viewpoint -- it was 10 years since we last won the Tri Nations. Q. How did you deal with the reality of Australia not making the World Cup final? A: It was very disappointing that we didn't go that far. But we had a game the next week (third place play-off against Wales) so we had to get up for that. We've moved on from there. Q. What's been the single biggest highlight for you to date? A: Winning the Super Rugby title last year with the Reds. Q. If you could have time over again, what would you change? A: Nothing. Q. You've had some serious foot and knee injuries. Are they well and truly sorted? A. It's all good -- touch wood. Q. The Reds are off to a flier this year. Your predictions for the season? A: We've won two from two, but we haven't played to our ability. We need to keep improving to keep winning. Q. Is a financially-lucrative stint playing rugby in Japan likely to figure in your thinking? A: Not at this stage. Q. When you retire from playing, how would you like to be remembered? A: As someone who was committed and passionate to wear the Queensland and Australian jumpers and gave everything to the cause. Q. What does life hold after playing rugby? A: That's a difficult question. I'm halfway through a business degree at uni, and hope to have it finished by the time I end my career. But I have no clear idea at this time. STORY BARR R Y GREEN 2011 1 1 1 1 PROVED A bumper season for James Horw willl. The 200 cm, 117 kg lock led d from the ffront iin ca c ptaii i i ningg th h h h heS S Stt G G G G G Georrge Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Que n ensl sl l l l lan and d d d d Reds to their first Super Rugby title of the p professional era and the Qantas Wallabies to their first Tri Nations crown in 10 years. He continued his career-best s f fform to con i i i i sit t stentl l l tly b b b beo one offf f f f th th th h th th th t e e Wa llabies' finest at the Rugby World Cup in New Zeal a a and in which they y y finis shed third, scoring Australia's sole try against South Africa in a tense quarter e -final to ensure his tteam progress d d d d d edp pastt t th th h h h he crucial, first knockout stage. Ho orwill is a Queen nsland product through-and-through. The 26-year- old dfr from the U University club w was b b born iin B Bi i ri r b b b b sbane e and d d d d d d d educated at Brisbane Boys Co o ollege. e In 34 outin ngs ffor Australia, he has scored seven tries sa and last ye y ar became th the 77th Walla abies' captai an. n. Here, h he ta t lks sca c ndid dly l about his past, , present a d d d ndf f f f f fft utu ure. • See page ge 75 5fo f rhow w wRA R CQ membe ers s can save e on tickets to o the St Georg g g g g g ge Qu Qee eensla and Reds' home ga ames at a Suncorp Stadium. IMAGE: JAMES HORWILL TAKES ON THE LINE. (COURTESY SPORTOGRAPHY).
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