How would you describe your relationship with Apple kit?
I’m staring at my iMac, using my iPhone and preparing to download some stuff onto my iPad for a holiday that’s coming up, so I’m a fairly comprehensive Apple user. I have been for about six years.
What converted you?
I got my first iPod back in 2003 for the Rugby World Cup. A couple of the boys already had them, so I bought one in duty free on the way to Australia. It was one of those white, fairly chunky iPods, with the four buttons along the top and the ‘disc’ to scroll through. You look at that now and it’s archaic, but at the time it was state-of-the-art. It was for listening to on the team bus really, or I could plug it into some speakers to play in my room. Downloading tracks wasn’t nearly as easy as it is now – everyone got very excited about LimeWire until we all realised it was illegal.
Did the squad share music?
We were always putting together compilations, and we had a superstitious playlist that we’d play on the bus on the way to the game.
What does a superstitious playlist consist of?
Oh blimey, you’re testing me now… [very long pause]. My song was a late 1990s dance track that I can’t quite remember. It might have been something like Sweet Like Chocolate – that type of dance music. UK Garage. There were a couple of lads who fancied a bit more punk because they were slightly older boys, but I was trying to get down with the kids.
How does it feel to think of yourself as a Rugby World Cup winner?
You don’t wake up in the morning and think: “Uh, I’m a Rugby World Cup Winner”. But certain things you see, maybe on Twitter, or the odd game on ESPN Classic, or you talk to someone in the street – you always tend to go back to that moment. It’s very humbling. I think more so now – I believe the older I get and the further away it gets, the more I’m likely to get romantic about it.
What do you use your iPhone 4S for now?
A bit of everything really. I use a lot of apps – mileage utilities, photos, YouTube. I don’t play games though, as I just haven’t got the time. I’m always looking at sports results, the BBC, the Everton homepage. And menus and stuff about food.
You’re very busy these days with all your TV work, writing, and foodie stuff. Have you tried using Siri to help you organise it all?
Yeah, I quite like it. I have to get used to the language. I think by the time I get used to it, it’ll be very handy for in the car, so you can go handsfree. It’s obviously great technology. I don’t think that you could say it’s a massive timesaver or convenience at the moment, but its potential is enormous.
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Have you ever caught anyone using their iPhone to cheat on Question of Sport?
No, it’s really quite frowned upon. Even if the audience are at it. It sounds ridiculous and old-school, but it’s very much a sporting quiz so you’re expected to test yourself. That’s why it gets quite competitive.
Did you hear about Will Carling tracking his stolen iPad, using Find My iPad, to a flat in Woking and knocking on the door? Would you do that?
Course I bloody would. Although I suppose it would depend on where you found yourself. If you were going to the back streets of some dodgy area, you might think: “You know what, maybe you can keep my iPad”. If it was a rural area and a cheeky little snotty teenager had a hold of it, you might fancy your chances.
Top five apps
1. Sky Go I would generally choose Sky Go for watching television on the move.
2. Twitter I’m on Twitter every day, so if someone has got something interesting to say I’ll reply.
3. Recipes This allows you to store your own recipes on an iPad. You can insert your own instructions, and a list of ingredients and the quantities.
4. PGA Tour Great for leaderboards and news, and stuff from the PGA tour.
5. iPrompt This is basically an autocue facility. I was doing some filming yesterday that I was never going to get time to learn, so we put it on iPrompt and held it right underneath the camera.