Born: May 25, 1979
Occupation: Rugby Player
I refuse to go into a fast-food outlet - to use the toilet even - in case anyone got the wrong idea and thought I was sneaking in a quick burger.
We need to ask ourselves what are we here for and what have we worked so hard to be here for,
My own position is so far on the obsessive side of preparation and professionalism that I fear my point of view is not going to be shared by anyone.
The conversation topic in my head is not what role I should play; it is whether I am going to play at all,
I want to be more than just some guy who played in a World Cup final.
I do, have done and always will believe that I am very capable of performing and thriving at any level of the sport.
For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon Rugby Club and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me.
I'm not necessarily proud of the World Cups and the grand slams won or lost, the amount of points I scored, this record or that.
I'm pretty aware that the pursuit of perfection is, inherently, a flawed concept.
When you're obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy ... it's like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds.
Right through to the end of the last World Cup game, I still couldnt bear the thought of not being perfect or letting people down.
Those Aussie rugby fans are a bunch of sore losers. I hate 'em all.
I only get the points because I have team-mates who do the work and put me in the position to get them.
I play with a fear of letting my team down. That's what motivates me.
Playing the game, representing the team, giving my all and never letting go has meant everything to me.
I like to think I play rugby as it should be played - there are no yellow or red cards in my collection - but I cannot say I'm an angel.
I know that Martin Johnson [the England coach] was in the stands, but I didn't feel it was up to me to impress them. He and his assistant [Brian Smith] were here to support me.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss