Q&A with Leeds Rhinos star Ryan Hall
1. When you were a child, who did you look up to and how did they influence you to play rugby league?
My friends were a big influence on me playing rugby league. They played it at school before I did.
I played football instead and resisted playing rugby for quite a while. But when I did try it I decided I was better at rugby league then at football, so I kept on with that and also playing with my friends.
2. If you were to give one piece of advice to an aspiring rugby league player, what would it be?
ABOUT THE STORY
- Leeds Rhinos rugby league star Ryan Hall has won a host of honours in the game
- The winger joined the Rhinos as a teenager from local amateur side Oulton Raiders
- He has won four Grand Finals, appeared in the Challenge Cup final, played regularly for England and was named the club's Player of the Year last season
- The 25-year-old gave up a place at Leeds University to study maths in order to concentrate on his rugby
Keep trying. I got scouted relatively late but I was lucky because I had kept persisting with it and training hard. It is also important to enjoy it!
3. What is your average day like? What is the first and last thing you do each day?
I've always had early starts for training but we recently had a baby so the first thing I do is go and see Harry and make sure he is okay.
I just grab my bag and go straight to the ground, maybe for a weights session, which usually starts at 08:30 or 09:00.
We have breakfast at the ground and there are either one or two sessions a day. We usually eat together as a team after training and then I go home and see the family. Rest is also important so I might spend time in the evening watching television or playing with Harry.
The last thing I do at night is pack my bag for the next day so I am ready to go again when the alarm clock goes off.
4. Which player, past or present, would you most like to play alongside and why?
I've been lucky enough to play with some great players for Leeds and England but when I started at Leeds I was playing alongside Keith Senior. I really enjoyed playing with him and he helped me a lot to develop as a player so I'd like to play with him again.
For England it has been great playing on the same team as the likes of Rangi Chase of Castleford and Wigan's Sam Tomkins.
5. What was your highlight from last season?
We won two trophies last year - the World Club Challenge and the Grand Final and they were both very special.
I've been lucky enough to win a lot of honours in my career so far but you celebrate winning every trophy because you don't know when will be the next time you will win something.
To have the chance to play at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final and at Old Trafford for the Grand Final are great experiences and you just take it all in and enjoy it.
6. What was it like to win the the World Club Challenge in front of your home fans at Headingley? Do you think you will repeat the feat when you play the Melbourne Storm at the end of February?
Winning against Manly last year in the World Club Challenge was a great feeling and we will be gunning for it again against Melbourne.
Having a big match like that so early in the season gives you something to aim for in pre-season because the end of the season is a long time away.