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Q & A with Edinburgh centre Mark Bennett

Daniel Barnes

4 Oct 2017

Edinburgh Rugby centre Mark Bennett, who made the switch to Myreside from Glasgow Warriors for this season, talks his toughest Guinness PRO14 opponent, who he thinks will win the championship and much more.

Q. Who is the toughest opponent you have played in this league?

I don’t particularly enjoy playing against Garry Ringrose. He’s a very similar player to me.

I find him quite tough to defend against. He’s right up there. I think he’s a good player.

Q. Who’s the hardest trainer at Edinburgh Rugby?

I’d go for Rory Sutherland. He’s a grafter. He comes in and just works away.

Rehab can be fun…

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Q. Who’s the last person to put their hand in their pocket on a night out?

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. I’ve got no hesitation in answering that one.

Q.Who’s the first person on the dancefloor?

Murray McCallum. He thinks he’s got some moves.

Q. Who’s in charge of the tunes in the changing rooms?

It changes a lot. For me, if there’s some good music on, I’ll listen to it but if it’s not good, I’ll have my headphones on.

Q. What are you most looking forward to about travelling to South Africa this season?

I think it’s the chance to take on something different.

Those two sides (the Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs) play a completely different style of rugby to us and that can only be exciting.

It’s a new challenge and it just gives something to look forward to. A trip to South Africa; it’s not the end of the world, is it?

Q. What does it say about the Guinness PRO14 that the recent champions have played with a lot of flair?

It’s a very attacking league. Every team comes out to play good rugby. There’s not many low-scoring games.

Q. What was your first try as a professional?

It was against the Dragons at Rodney Parade (in February 2013). I started and it was my second pro game.

I got a chance five metres out from a big dummy and went under the sticks.

We put 60 points on them, so that was a good night.

Q. Which player in the Guinness PRO14 would you least like to meet down a dark alley?

Nick Williams. He’s just a big man, isn’t he? A very scary man.

Q. If it’s not Edinburgh Rugby, who would you tip as favourites in the Guinness PRO14 this season?

I think that you’ve always got to look at Leinster, who play a really exciting, attacking brand of rugby.

But then you’ve got Scarlets, who did that at the end of last season. They were incredible. If they can find that form again, they’ll be tough to beat.

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