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10 Questions with Munster player Calvin Nash

Calvin Nash pictured above is doing Limerick proud as an Irish rugby union player for Munster in the Pro14. Picture: Munster Rugby Twitter

10 Questions with Munster player Calvin Nash

Calvin Nash is an Irish rugby union player for Munster in the Pro14. He plays as a centre or wing and represents Young Munster in the All-Ireland League.

Calvin is originally from Crecora Co. Limerick. He started playing rugby with Young Munster when he was 10 years old. His love for rugby grew and because of that he went to secondary school in Crescent College.

Calvin is currently studying strength & conditioning and hopes to finish his degree soon.

Calvin has already achieved so much in his 23 years from making his champions cup debut to captaining Ireland at U20 level.

We at I Love Limerick wish Calvin the best of luck in his career.  Calvin Nash

 

  1. What was it like for you growing up in Limerick?I loved growing up in Limerick, I was raised in Crecora and went to primary school there. My cousins lived beside us so we were very close. I pretty much spent my whole childhood outside playing sports and different made up games. I started playing rugby with Young Munster when I was around 10 and the love for it brought me to Crescent College for secondary school. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there especially over making friends for life it was definitely a massive part in who I am today.2.When did you know you wanted to become a rugby player?I feel I always dreamt of being a rugby player from when I first started because I loved the sport so much but I think when I won the schools senior cup I really wanted it to be my job. Just the sheer joy it brought to the school community I’d love to do that with Munster and Ireland. 

    3. If rugby didn’t work out the way it did for you what would you have done instead?

    I think I’d probably have stayed in the fitness industry as I quite enjoy the gym and I’m currently studying strength & conditioning.

    4. Who are your greatest inspirations?

    Growing up I always loved Jonah Lomu and when Doug Howlett came to Munster I always wanted to beat defenders like them. I think outside of rugby though two people I always admire are my grandad and my mother. 

    5. What has been your best and worst experience with rugby?

    The worst thing in rugby for me is injuries not only does it affect you physically but mentally knowing your goals are delayed. Thankfully with my injuries in Munster I’d a great physio Marc Beggs he really helped me through tough times. I think getting my first try for Munster or captaining the Irish U20s are two of my best experiences so far that I’ll never forget. 

    6. If you could make a dream rugby team who would be on it?

    The front row would be Tony Woodcock, Jerry Flannery and John Hayes. Second rows Victor Mattfield and Paul O’Connell. Back Row Sean O Brien, Ardie Savea and Athony Foley. At 9 I’d probably have George Gregan. Johnny Wilkinson at 10. I’d love to see Sonny Bill and Brian O Driscoll in centre together. My back 3 would be Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen and I’ll move Shane Williams on to the right wing.                                                        

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    7. What has been your greatest achievement?

    Making my champions cup debut in Limerick was definitely a very proud moment for me but also captaining my country at U20 level was a huge honour. So I’d say it’s between those two.

    8. How has the pandemic affected your career?

    I’d say the pandemic has affected everyone’s career but in the first lockdown I really tried to better myself each day and have a positive outlook on it which really helped. Now that we’re back playing rugby again I can just say that we’re really lucky to be allowed to do what we do. So hopefully with sport being around this time, it’ll make the lockdown that bit easier for everyone else especially those who have been without work and are struggling at this hard time. I can’t wait for spectators to be allowed back. The atmosphere in Thomond Park will be second to none.

    9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Hopefully, I’ll have my degree in strength and conditioning and own my own place but I’ll take that one step at a time. I’d like to have ticked off a lot of my rugby goals by 5 years times so I definitely want to keep pushing myself and see how far that gets me.

    10. What do you love most about Limerick?

    Considering I’ve grown up here I think a big thing in Limerick for me is the people and especially the rugby culture that they bring. Now that I’m a Munster player you really do see how passionate and loyal the supporters are. Limerick has beautiful walks too though I’ve been loving a walk by King John’s Castle in the evenings. The light from the Ferris wheel at night is unreal. I really liked heading into the milk market in the mornings when we could too. 

 

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