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Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall shares his favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 30-year-old is the scrum-half for Ulster Rugby. He lives in Belfast with his wife Miriam and their daughter Eleanor (1).

My best moment

Getting the opportunity to represent both Ulster and Ireland on the rugby field. I’ve been playing rugby since I was 21 and it’s like a dream come true.

My best song

I struggled with this one because I have a broad taste in music. I like Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls but my favourite song is Run by Snow Patrol. I’m a big fan of theirs and have seen them play three times now. I like their early stuff in particular, but Run is the best.

My best way to relax

Obviously because I spend most of my time being active I tend to prefer sedentary stuff for relaxing. I like the cinema, a DVD at home or watching sports on TV. I also love going out to the park with my daughter — it’s wonderful to spend time with her.

My best bit of advice

Try not to worry about what you can’t control. I was told this when I was younger and a selection of things, including my rugby game, weren’t going the way I wanted. I always remembered that — only try to change the things that you can.

My best job

I haven’t done much other than rugby. When I was 12, a friend who lived next door and I tried to set up a car washing business in our neighbourhood. We did have a couple of customers but there wasn’t much repeat business.

My best gift

The thing I was most excited about was when I was seven or eight was a Manchester United pillow and duvet cover set. I’ve always liked football and supported Manchester United, but my school didn’t offer football so I didn’t get a chance to play it. The bed set is the present that stands out most in my memory. Sadly it’s long gone now.

My best achievement

I didn’t do particularly well academically so my best achievement is getting married and having a family. Miriam and I have been married for nearly three years now and Eleanor is a joy.

My best book

I’m not a big reader but when I was younger I used to love the Guinness World Records books. I would get one every year at Christmas and I would spend hours going through it trying to find records I could potentially break. The one record that stood out for me was the guy with the longest fingernails in the world. I definitely didn’t want to break that record as the nails looked disgusting — they curled round like snails. I still haven’t thought of any records to break, though, so I haven’t made it in there.

My best buy

My iPad was a great buy as it really helps pass the time when I’m on long plane or bus trips with the team. There’s one board game called Settlers Of Catan that Kyle Alexander (Ulster rugby team’s physio) can play for hours

My best film

I do like films and again I like a lot of different genres, except sci-fi. The one that stands out is Crash with Thandie Newman, Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle. It’s a very thought provoking film.

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