Name: Callum Sheedy
Club: Bristol Bears
Position: Fly Half
When did you first become interested in rugby?
I always loved sport, mainly football (and still do) but around 11/12 years old I become a bit obsessed with rugby and it went from there.
Who did you support growing up?
My dads side of the family are from Kildare so Leinster, especially with Felipe Contepomi!
First memory of playing rugby?
Picking up the wrong ball which came on from the side of the pitch and wondering why nobody was chasing me down to score…
Who are you most thankful to for getting you to where you are today?
My mother and father for sure.
Hero growing up and why?
I loved watching Carlos Spencer. The confidence he played with and you could guarantee he would try something out of the ordinary and back himself 100%.
Proudest moment of your career to date?
The promotions with Bristol have both been very special.
Best player you’ve played with?
Very tough. Could choose plenty of the current crop so I’ll go previous… Jordan Williams natural talent, David Lemi all round.
The martians have landed, and we’ve lost the toss…we’ve got Mars away next week in a game to save the world, who is the first player on your team sheet (past or present)?
Random, the Smyths
Favourite holiday destination?
What tops your bucket list?
I would love to go to America/Australia and watch a huge sporting event in the process. Either a Super Bowl or State of Origin.
If you could choose any three guests for your own dinner party, who would they be?
Cillian Murphy, Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United manager), Ben Stokes
If you weren’t playing rugby, what would you be doing now?
I would like to think I’d be coaching/teaching people helping them improve.
Do you have any plans for life after rugby?
I’m working on them…
What advice would you give for maintaining good mental health?
I think surrounding yourself with positive people and always having the right balance of what went well and what you can work on in life. Keep smiling and trust the process.
How does rugby support your mental health?
I think having so many highs and seeing the smile you can put on fans/children’s face will always lift you. But having fun with friends is the main thing – training and playing with your mates is why we all play!