My Set of Six: with Ireland international Dec O’Donnell featuring Terry Newton & Cumbrian derbies

Drew Darbyshire

In our new feature, we’re asking you, the fans, plus players, coaches and other rugby league personalities to give us their answers to our set of six questions.

Ireland and Workington hooker Dec O’Donnell is our latest guest on My Set of Six…

Favourite away ground?

The Recreation Ground, Whitehaven. Its always a great atmosphere when it’s the Cumbrian derby between Workington and Whitehaven and its always a physical game to be involved in.

Favourite player?

Terry Newton. I liked his no-nonsense approach to every game and he is probably one of the toughest players, in my opinion, to play rugby league.

Favourite memory?

Winning the 2018 Academy Grand Final with Wigan after what had been a tough couple of years for myself to say the least. That one meant a lot to me and it’s a memory I will cherish forever.

Worst memory?

It probably came in school in our Year 11 Champion Schools final with St Edmund Arrowsmith (Wigan) against Saints Peter and Paul from Widnes. Half of our year group had travelled down on a bus to watch us play our last game before we left school and we just couldn’t do it. It was a heartbreaking way to finish our time playing for school.

Best match you’ve seen?

The 2010 Grand Final when Wigan beat Saints. I can remember being at the game and just thinking Wigan are absolutely untouchable.

Your wish for the future of rugby league?

Hopefully once the horror of COVID-19 blows over and rugby league is back up and running, I would like to see it really take off and be successful in doing so. Also, I would like to see our game get the appreciation that it deserves. I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy during these testing times.

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