Rugby gave me a confidence. I was quite shy and relatively timid, but it gave me the confidence to be a little bit more out-going and back myself a bit more.
Growing up, I supported Manchester United, and my hero was Mark Hughes.
I was a football fan before I became a rugby fan.
One thing I learnt early on my career is that personal gratification takes second place.
When you talk to family and friends, they can't tell you anything from an impartial point of view because they have a vested interest in you.
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
Team sports are very important for shaping personalities. It's important that kids understand the mentality behind playing team sports and playing for one another and playing with friends.
The 2001 tour to Australia would have been a great highlight in my career if the Lions had won the series. That might sound strange because it was a great tour in many ways, but, for me, the more time goes by, the less of a career highlight it becomes, and just more of a frustration.
When you are captain, you are never speaking for yourself.
You've to celebrate the good days because there are brutal days that make the good ones sweet.
A physical therapist does some unbelievable stretching with me.
I have always played into the belief that you are only ever borrowing the jersey; you never own the jersey because someone has gone before you and there is going to be someone after you, so it's a case of giving the jersey maximum respect.
My missus knows to leave me alone.
Rugby takes its toll.
Your name or what you've done on the rugby pitch is not going to carry you through for the rest of your life. I realise I'm going to have to eventually do something else, and that does frighten me a little bit.
The great thing about playing team sport is you win and lose together, and the pain is never as bad when you share it.
Just because you lost your last game doesn't mean you change anything.
It's happened a couple of times in training when I hyper-extend my back. Some facet joints send all the muscles in my lower back and lumbar-spine into spasm.
When you've done something for more than a third of your life, your whole adult life, and then all of a sudden you're going to have to switch off and say, 'No more,' you want to grasp as much of it and enjoy the last few years of it as much as you can. Because you can't get those years back.
You never sit on your laurels. It is always a case of trying to work on your deficiencies as much as working on your strengths.