30 Minutes with… Dan Bibby
England Sevens star Dan Bibby talks rom-coms, noses and being scared of the dark
Whatâ€™s the funniest thing youâ€™ve seen on the pitch? An Australian player was about to put the ball into a scrum in one game and Tom Mitchell tapped him on the shoulder, then moved to the other side so he looked the other way â€“ the old trick! It was a pretty intense moment so that was pretty funny. Do you have any nicknames? Bibs, Gonzo â€“ anything to do with my nose. Itâ€™s the same for Charlie Hayter and Alex Davis â€“ weâ€™ve all got big noses. We once measured the length of each and I won! Thatâ€™s the sort of fun thing we do on a day off. Whatâ€™s your guilty pleasure? Iâ€™m a big fan of rom-coms, like How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and About Time. Thereâ€™s a myth that rugby players are big and hard but itâ€™s a load of rubbish! When we have a movie night itâ€™s never an action film, itâ€™s always a rom-com. What are your bugbears? Iâ€™m pretty laid-back, so people being too serious annoys me. And bad drivers. Iâ€™m chilled out until it comes to bad drivers. What about phobias? The dark. I donâ€™t like being on my own in the house. I live with my fiancÃ©e and leave her on her own all the time with rugby, but if she leaves meâ€¦ Do you have any superstitions? I donâ€™t walk over three drains in a row. I donâ€™t like the number three in general. If Iâ€™d high-fived three people before a match, Iâ€™d search for someone else to do it with too. Whoâ€™d be your three dream dinner party guests? Peter Kay for the laughs. Muhammad Ali â€“ heâ€™s my sporting hero. And Megan Fox.
Whatâ€™s been your most embarrassing moment? We were playing Portugal and needed a try to win and go through to the quarters. I managed to get clean through but someone tackled me when I was about half a centimetre from the line. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation, to just click your fingers and get where you want to go. Weâ€™ve had numerous discussions when waiting for, say, a 28-hour flight from New Zealand about how much weâ€™d pay to be able to click our fingers and be home. If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be? Tom Mitchell. Heâ€™s good-looking and clever, if a bit boring! Or Ethan Waddleton has a really chilled-out manner.
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? I recently got engaged and Iâ€™m going to be a dad in September, so Iâ€™m looking forward to that family aspect. How did you propose? I printed off loads of photos of me and my girlfriend, Katie, then tied them to a piece of string and put it through the house. It was like a timeline of our relationship and the ring was at the end of the string. How would you like to be remembered? Just as a nice guy who had good morals. This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.