Here at FHM we like to feel that we’re real men, sitting in our manly office block, writing our masculine words and discussing what we might make ourselves for dinner that night - in a macho way of course. Most of the time, we’re happy with our level of butchness, one of the main exceptions being when we meet rugby players.
Standing in a bar surrounded by Jack Cuthbert (plays for Bath), Jake Sharp, Jamie George, Jackson Wray, Luke Baldwin and Will Fraser (from all Saracens) makes us feel a bit like everything we say is a squeak, and if we want to look over their shoulders across the dancefloor, we consider getting a chair to stand on.
Which is why we were relieved to head off and conduct an interview with All Blacks legend - the New Zealand team to novices - Dan Carter, who’s over here playing for Crusaders while Christchurch stadium is rebuilt. Dan is hoping to raise much-needed funds to help the shattered buildings and lives in Christchurch, which was hit by a deadly earthquake just a few weeks ago.
Over a few Heinekens (FHM that is), Dan told us what really sets him apart from other wannabe sports stars. This is, after all, a man who has 76 caps for New Zealand and has been starting for the team since 2004. He was top-scorer for New Zealand in the under-21s 2002 World Cup in South Africa.
He was then named International Rugby player-of-the-year in 2005. And in 2009 he broke the All Blacks point scoring record with 994 points with 25 tries, 169 conversions, 175 penalties and two drop goals. So all in all, a very qualified and intimidating man. Here's what he had to say:
What’s it like playing at Twickenham?
There’s always an awesome atmosphere and I’m looking forward to being the home team for once and having some support! Having a sea of white jersey’s wanting you to lose can be pretty daunting at times.
How do you feel about training 12,000 miles from home?
It’s been a different training week. Because of travel recovery has been really important, lots of stretching, walking but it’s been light training to begin with to get hand/eye co-ordination back then stepping up the intensity.
How did you reach the top of your game?
I turned professional at 20 when a lot of my friends were still at uni partying. I had to make lots of sacrifices and show true dedication to my game. Extra gym sessions, extra runs and extra kicking sessions all to improve my skill base so I could be the best player I could be. This is what sets amateur and professional players apart.
FHM spoke to Dan Carter at Movida nightclub. Big thanks to Essentially group, Nike, Grange Hotels and Heineken who all added their little bit to the night.
To support victims of the Christchurch earthquake, visit www.redcross.org