Off the field interview: Sean O’Loughlin

What would your last meal on Earth be?
Spaghetti bolognese probably, I like Italian food. I’d have a massive bowl of it with a garlic bread and cheese pizza. I’d wash it down with a pint of lager.

Good old Spaghetti Bolognese - O'Loughlin's favourite. ©ThinkStock
Good old Spaghetti Bolognese – O’Loughlin’s favourite. ©ThinkStock

What song do you listen to more than any other?
Anything Oasis!

Which superpower would you most like to have?
If you say x-ray vision that means you’re a pervert does’t it! I’d choose to be able to fly. The first thing I’d do? Probably fly home!

If you could become any animal, what would you be?
Tiger, a big tiger. They’re just cool aren’t they.

What year would you go to in a time machine?
Can you go forwards? No I’d go backwards actually. Probably about two weeks and get the lottery tickets!

What scares you more than anything?
I don’t like mice at all, they freak me out a bit. We’ve got mice in the shed and one, it didn’t jump on me, but it was right near my head and it freaked me out.

It’s my round, what are you drinking?
A pint of lager, any lager, I don’t mind which one. Nothing too strong though.

Amazing how something so small can frighten something so big. ©ThinkStock
Amazing how something so small can frighten something so big. ©ThinkStock

Do you have any lucky charms or superstitions?
I am not superstitious but I had a lucky charm that my dad gave me, he got it playing at Wembley for Widnes. It’s just a little Irish leprechaun; it’s gold. I don’t actually know where it is right now, but he gave it me before I played in my first Grand Final.

What is your favourite TV programme?
I don’t really watch much telly, just whatever’s on. I like Family Guy.

What is your all-time favourite film?
My favourite film ever is called Stand By Me, just because I remember watching it as a kid. I must have seen it about 100 times. If I go to the cinema I’m either watching a comedy or a chick-flick with the missus!

Dogs or cats?
Dogs. I’ve got a Boxer, a big white one called Casper. My mum and dad have always had dogs.

Curry or a Chinese?
Curry for a takeaway, chinese in restaurants. At the Indian we always get the set meal for two, butter chicken and chicken karahi. At the Chinese I get a boring chow mein.

Tidy or messy?
I thought I was messy before I went to Florida the other week with the boys! I’m not too bad but still messy. I get told off for leaving my kit bag around the house.

Lager - O'Loughlin's tipple of choice. ©ThinkStock
Lager – O’Loughlin’s tipple of choice. ©ThinkStock

Any bad habits?
Biting my nails and spitting them!

What was your first car like?
It was a Renault Clio in black, it was a brand new one because you used to get free insurance. It was the cheapest thing I could get, it was about £8,500.

Do you have any hobbies outside RL?
I used to play a bit of golf but now my spare time is normally filled by my two kids, they take up quite a lot of time when they finish school.

Who is your favourite fictional character?
The Incredible Hulk or Luke Skywalker. My kids are into Marvel and Star Wars.

Do you have any party tricks?
Not really, no, I can walk on my toes – that’s a bit weird. It used to hurt but it doesn’t any more.

What did you do for your first job?
I went straight into rugby, but my dad was a joiner, so I helped him out a bit and I did work experience at school for a joinery company. I left school, went to college, then started first team, so I’ve never had a proper full-time job. I’m hoping to go down the coaching route when I finish. When I finish my contract I’m looking at maybe starting a bit of coaching with some of the young boys here.

O'Loughlin bites his nails - and spits them! ©ThinkStock
O’Loughlin bites his nails – and spits them! ©ThinkStock

What is the greatest moment of your life?
After my kids being born it’s probably the trophies I’ve won with Wigan. The first Grand Final I won in 2010 stands out because it’s the first trophy I’d won, then after that, probably topping it, was getting the double last year.

Who is your best friend in the game?
That’s a tough one, I’ve got a couple. Probably Pat Richards who left last year, he came in and joined the club, and we spent a lot of time together. His missus is very good friends with my missus too, so we saw each other a lot away from the rugby. Our kids are similar ages as well. Hopefully we’re going to try get over there (to Australia) in the next year or two to go visit them.

Who is the funniest RL player you know?
Ben Westwood is pretty comical. It used to be Brian Carney when he played here, he was a bit of a comic. He was a practical joker. Terry Newton was another, he used to stitch all the young lads up.

Which pro has the worst dress sense?
[Without hesitation] Oh, Josh Charnley. Have you not seen him? After the Australians. No, probably before the Australians!

O'Loughlin would like to spend a day as a Tiger. ©ThinkStock
O’Loughlin would like to spend a day as a Tiger. ©ThinkStock

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Chocolate and crisps. I love Starbars and cheese Doritos.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I can’t tell you, I had it not so long ago. It’s not safe for print!

Have you ever been starstruck?
I remember seeing Dennis Irwin [former Manchester United football player] at the Trafford Centre. It was when I first started in the first team. I double took him and he looked back at me, I was like does he know me or do I know him? I was just staring at him!

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