MCBN: Thanks for chatting to us. You are going into your off season in the North now as we go into our winter. What are your plans for the off season?
Brad Barritt (BB): It’s been a tough demanding and extremely rewarding season. I unfortunately been carrying a hernia injury, which has required surgery. So will be taking it easy. I am spending 10 days in Cyprus. And then bringing some Saracens friends Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith out to South Africa for 10 days! Which will be awesome.
MCBN: How has your time overseas in England been and more specifically playing for Saracens?
BB: I have loved life in London and live in North London, which has great advantages. Saracens is an amazing club to play rugby. With a family atmosphere and great friends. I have loved my opportunities with the England side, having toured Australia and New Zealand last June, and being in the Autumn International Squad before breaking a finger!
MCBN: There are quite a few South African’s playing over in the English league so it should be festive and almost like home, what do you miss the most about Durban ?
BB: Durban will always be home! I love the people and the relaxed way of life. But family and friends is what you miss most! And of course the beach and my jet-ski!
MCBN: With regards to the previous question, do you ever think you will come back and play in South Africa?
BB: I would never rule it out. The Sharks will always be a special place to me! However I am very happy at Saracens. Time will tell.
MCBN: Do you have any pre game superstitions or anything we should know about?
BB: Nothing weird or wonderful! I do enjoy a family recipe of Spagbol the night before a game.
MCBN: If you had any super power, what would yours be?
BB: Haha! Bit random… Maybe ability to always make people smile!!! (shocker)
MCBN: Who would you say your toughest and most respected opponent has been?
BB: Butch James, previously a team mate but been an opponent for 3 seasons! To have bounced back from significant injuries and dominate is an amazing show of character and mental bravery.
MCBN: If you could play against one player before your time, would who it be?
BB: Would have loved to play against Jeremy Guscott, always admired him as a player as a kid. And of course attempting to tackle the big man, Jonah Lomu!
MCBN: Tempers sometimes flare on the field, have you ever had to throw a punch or dodge a punch as we all know – Rugby is a man’s sport after all?
BB: To be honest, No! I don’t see the point in dirty play, as it always comes back to bite you! And there’s always someone bigger and braver than you, haha!
MCBN: Where do you see yourself ideally in 5 years’ time?
BB: Would love to have played for England in the 2015 World Cup in England, and playing for Saracens and having a property development company! That would be ideal!
MCBN: Playing Premier League Rugby, you must have a hectic training schedule, what do you do when you got some time off?
BB: Love London, Borough Market, Covent Gardens and Primrose Hill, a few favourites! but am studying part time for a Masters Business degree, which keeps me very busy!
MCBN: Thanks for the chat Brad and good luck for the next season!