I'm very happy to have been a one-club man, but I wouldn't shoot down guys who have gone off and played in multiple clubs either because, essentially, it is an earning that people are after.

I was exposed to the gym at about 28. I never had a huge love or appetite for it - it was just a means to an end.

If you start thinking about retirement in six months' time, you're already there.

As you get older, the defeats become more painful. They definitely hurt more.

The Polynesian guys are pretty strong without going to the gym.

I didn't know Ian Smith myself!

I still get a great buzz from rugby.

For me, it took five years to understand what professionalism meant. But I'm more settled now. I'm married, life changes, and I've been lucky in managing my injuries.

I would always treat my attacking game as the more natural part. With defence, you have to get yourself in positions to understand the game and understand situations and that might not be as natural a thing.

You never sit on your laurels. It is always a case of trying to work on your deficiencies as much as working on your strengths.

I get burnt in the sun, so there's no point me getting pecs for when I take my shirt off in the summer.

The 2001 tour to Australia would have been a great highlight in my career if the Lions had won the series. That might sound strange because it was a great tour in many ways, but, for me, the more time goes by, the less of a career highlight it becomes, and just more of a frustration.

Everyone has tests in their life. They come in lots of different forms. I had two or three together, which definitely challenged me as a person and as a sportsman. The big thing is how you react to those situations. You want to come out positively at the other end, and that's what I focused on doing.

As the summer moves on, there are Saturday nights when I come home and find friends I haven't even been out with sitting up in the hot tub.

Until you win a series, it's difficult to place yourself in that elite group of great Lions players. It's not enough to produce one-off performances or be nearly-men.

I've got my head fixed on the next part of life. I know there will be an adjusting period of just not being a rugby player for a while, and over that period I'll get my head around what the next challenge involves.

I was a football fan before I became a rugby fan.

It's rare enough as an older generation player that you're 100% fit - there's always something niggling.

I would say I thrive in a competitive environment.

I've never bought a sports car.

I don't really want to be the centre of attention.

In a team situation, I think the players are more inclined to give the answer they believe the psychologist is looking for rather than maybe being totally honest.

The victory is always sweeter... winning things with friends.

Rugby takes its toll.

I was quite small as a kid and maybe a little afraid physically. When I grew into myself, the realisation changed. That when you hurt yourself, it's transient; it doesn't stay forever.

If you can be a good role model for people, well, great. You try and live your sporting life and the rest of your life as well as you can, and if it's something that people admire, well, fantastic. I don't sit at home and think about it too much, though - there's plenty of other things in my life going on.

I had massive admiration for lots of players. Richard Hill would be up there, along with Martin Johnson.

I'm fairly adventurous with my eating. I've tried kangaroo, and Moreton Bay bugs, which are a kind of lobster, are so good.

You have perspective when little people come into your life. You take the best things you have and let them overshadow your disappointment.

Growing up, I supported Manchester United, and my hero was Mark Hughes.

I have ambitions to set records which will be hard to chase down, like getting more than 100 caps for Ireland.

If you stick around long enough and you do enough of the right things, you get seen in a largely positive light.

You go into the Lions camp with preconceived ideas about players and teams and then find guys are actually very different, and the beauty of the Lions is that all those characters are moulded into it. I find that exciting.

Before there was any chance to go to England, I changed schools, and it was rugby from there on in.

You want to win everything you are in.

In your mid-20s, you think you'll go on for eternity. Then a point comes where you realise that's not going to be the case.

There have been a couple of things I've been involved in launching that have been a bit more public, but I've always had other things tipping away in the background.

I have always played into the belief that you are only ever borrowing the jersey; you never own the jersey because someone has gone before you and there is going to be someone after you, so it's a case of giving the jersey maximum respect.

When you talk to family and friends, they can't tell you anything from an impartial point of view because they have a vested interest in you.

Team sports are very important for shaping personalities. It's important that kids understand the mentality behind playing team sports and playing for one another and playing with friends.

My missus knows to leave me alone.

Timmy Horan was a childhood hero. He was a great distributor, elusive, good stepper, very physical, defensively very sound. What a rounded player.

The big upside to being captain is it's a huge honour, but the downside is that there is definitely extra pressure.

You can't rely on your defence to win a World Cup.

I had come across a few sports psychologists, and I had no time for nearly all of them. I just don't think they work in a team environment.

I found in the past when I did a bit of punditry, I was very conscious of not saying anything negative about people I played against, because players are elephants and they remember when someone says something - I stored things for years and just waited for my opportunity.

It feels great to be a two-time Six Nations winner.

I need to worry about the things that I am in control of.

What do you remember about Jason Robinson? His feet. Not how improved he was under a high ball or his kicking skills. Everyone remembers those feet. He could go round you in a phone box.