RUGBY WORLD: How did you enjoy your first Six Nations?
Lee Dickson: I loved every minute of it. I knew Stuart (Lancaster) already so I knew what to expect, but everyone was awesome. The lads came together really well and there were a lot of good characters, which was awesome for me because I’m a bit of a cheeky chappy.
RW: Who are the big characters at England?
LD: Chris Ashton has a big sense of humour. Ben Foden is a bit of a space cadet, and Dave Strettle. There was a good team environment and everyone took their bit of banter on the chin.
RW: What was it like having your brother Karl around?
LD: Brilliant, it was great for us and the family and he deserves it. He’s played well all year, hopefully he’ll stick around.
RW: Do you have any phobias?
LD: I don’t like pigeons. I kick them out the way.
RW: And bugbears?
LD: It annoys me when people, in jest, pick me up and throw me to the floor because I’m small. I’m quite cheeky so people can get annoyed with me, and they just grab me by the collar and throw me down. Off the pitch, bad drivers annoy me, like when people sit in the outside lane at 40mph.
RW: What three things would you take to a desert island?
LD: My iPhone, my missus, and a supply of Haribo to keep me going.
RW: Top three albums?
LD: I’m not big on albums but I like a bit of Eminem and Jay-Z.
RW: What’s your dream car?
LD: A Range Rover Vogue. Hopefully I’ll get one, one day.
RW: Who did you room with during the Six Nations?
LD: Ben Foden.
RW: Good room-mate?
LD: Brilliant. We watched TV series most days. He’s into Friday Night Lights and I’m on Sons of Anarchy. And we always had a cup of tea before going to bed.
RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?
LD: I’ve heard things that are unprintable! But a funny one was during a maul at Northampton, when someone, I can’t remember who, got his shorts pulled down and didn’t notice. He carried on for about 20 metres with his bum showing to the crowd!
RW: Have you got a nickname?
LD: Dicko or Weasel. Karl gets called Dicko at Quins, but he just gets called Karl at England.
RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?
LD: For political reasons, my missus. But otherwise Jessica Alba!
RW: What couldn’t you live without?
LD: Gadgets. My iPad, iPhone, TVs… I love how you can have your whole life on your phone!
RW: What are your bad habits?
LD: I fall asleep with the TV on. My missus doesn’t like it because she wakes up at 2am and has to turn it off. And I’m not good at cleaning up after myself.
RW: What’s the silliest thing you ever bought?
LD: A PSP. It’s still sat in its box at home.
RW: Any regrets?
LD: No, you shouldn’t have regrets.
RW: What recently made you laugh?
LD: Playing football with a Swiss Ball. Some of the jokers who can’t play in England’s backs!
RW: Did you win?
LD: Oh yes, we won, and I scored!
RW: What recently made you angry?
LD: Losing to Wales. It took until the Tuesday of the week after in Loughborough to get over it, when we were told to move on.
RW: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
LD: I’d fly, so if I wanted to go on holiday I could fly to Barbados.
RW: Is that your idea of a dream holiday?
LD: My dream sunny holiday would be in the Seychelles. But I love America. I went with the Saxons last year and it was amazing, so I’d go to Manhattan.
RW: How would you like to be remembered?
LD: As an energetic, cheeky chappy.
Follow Lee on twitter: @Dicko9
This article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.
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