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Rocky speaks to Inside Rugby

BIG Wallabies backrower Rocky Elsom has always done things his way. Whether it be preparing for a game or even making sure he is the last man to run out on to the field ‘The Rock’ has danced to the beat of his own drum!

So it wasn’t surprising that he headed to Ireland at the end of last year’s Tri Nations for a stint of Northern Hemisphere Rugby with Leinster. Sure the money was good but it wasn’t all about that – it was the right time to take a break from the roller coaster that is professional Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere and he has lapped up the local culture and everything that is good about European Rugby. The big fellow has enjoyed his time in Dublin enormously, but the success of Ireland in the Six Nations has whet his appetite for international Rugby again.

Elsom’s keen to play for the Qantas Wallabies again this winter and will do everything in his power to make sure that that happens. That’s good news for the Wallabies and head coach Robbie Deans – we can see the smirk on his face now as he reads this. Inside Rugby caught up with Elsom as he prepared with his Leinster team-mates for the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup. “When you’re over here watching everyone compete in the Six Nations you want your piece of the action so that’s all I’ve been thinking of is getting back so I can play in those Tests,” Elsom told Inside Rugby magazine. “I don’t know what the normal situation is but I remember Joe Roff having some kind of sabbatical, not that I’m having one, but that’s sort of similar.”

Elsom is confident that the more time that that the Wallabies spend with Robbie Deans the better they will get. “You’ve got to remember when Robbie took over he had the Super 14 Final and three days later we were in camp for one week, which was three or four sessions, before we got into that Ireland game,” Elsom said. “So we absolutely no time together and the Spring Tour was the only time we had a good patch of time that we could actually train together and work at the patterns that we wanted to run with. So I think with more time that we’ll have this year it will definitely be more of the same and you’d expect it to also get better.”

 

Elsom also reveals a passion for drumming in the long ranging and exclusive interview. “I’ve got a drum kit in the boiler room at the back of the house in the middle of four back yards and it is the loudest thing ever,” Elsom reveals. “Someone said what would you be doing if you never played rugby? I didn’t put much time into the answer so I said I’d be a drummer. So a friend of a friend rang me up and said do you want a drum kit? Well he gave me his drum kit when I was in Australia so I had a bit of a bash there and when I came over here I got one sent over from the UK.” Wherever he is “The Rock” is making plenty of noise!

AND YES THERE’S MORE

THE exclusive chat with Rocky Elsom is just part of the menu in the latest issue of Inside Rugby magazine. Wallabies legend David Campese joins the team and nominates the six current day players that he would pay at the gate to watch. We’ve also got Les Kiss, the Ireland defence coach, on how the men in green won their first Six Nations grand slam in 61 years and we’ve also spoken to one of the key men in the British and Irish Lions squad Brian O’Driscoll on what he expects to achieve in the series against the Springboks.

There’s an insider’s view of how the game went professional back in 1995 from Warwick Waugh, one of the men at the coalface in those turbulent and historic times! We’ve also spoken to big Queenslander Hugh McMeniman about what he want to achieve in 2009 and also the thoughts of Wallabies prop Al Baxter and what lies ahead for our best tighthead in the next few years. Our national clubhouse pages take us around the country as the grass roots of the game gets ready to strut its stuff. It’s all there, great words, great pictures taking you inside our great game!