Wasps and England centre Elliot Daly talks pints, pranks and party guests


Who are the jokers in the Wasps squad?

James Haskell throws banter out there and sees what will stick – one in five are funny. I’d say I’m up there with four out of five.

Can you tell us about any practical jokes?

It’s generally jumping out and scaring people. Sam Jones and Phil Swainston are my targets as their faces are so good when you jump out.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?

I once got a pint poured on me at Gloucester. I’d tried to score a try and slid smack into the barriers. First, one pint went past me, then another guy threw his pint on me. I didn’t laugh then, but it’s quite funny looking back.

Will Ferrell

I salute you: Actor Will Ferrell has made lots of films Daly likes. Photo: Getty Images

Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?

Will Ferrell. I’m a big fan. I’ve seen all his films about five times! Anchorman is probably my favourite.

Do you have any phobias?

I’m okay with heights unless there’s a glass floor, but I don’t like roller coasters. I went on the fastest one in the world (Formula Rossa) when Wasps played Quins in Abu Dhabi – I don’t know why – and I closed my eyes the whole way through and hated every minute.

What about bugbears?

Cold weather. I know – I’m in the wrong profession! I hate it when it’s that cold you have to wrap up really warm but if you go into any shop, you have to take it all off.

What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?

I’m involved in Return2Play – a concussion management system for schools and clubs. I’ve been going to schools to explain how to get back playing safely after concussion. Hopefully I’ll carry that on after rugby. Someone at Whitgift came up with the idea and asked me to get involved.

Sam Jones

Fair hair: Sam Jones. Photo: Getty Images

If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be?

Sam Jones – he’s very, very clever and has unbelievably good hair. It would be good to go around his mind. Edd Shervington would be the complete opposite. I don’t know what goes through his mind so that would be interesting too. Both would be short-term swaps, though, then I’d go back to my life.

What superpower would you like to have?

To fly. It’d just be easier. How are you getting home? Flying. The first place I’d go is somewhere hot.

Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?

Will Ferrell again. Brian O’Driscoll because he’s a childhood hero – I met him after the Leinster game. And Beyoncé.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

There are so many. I’m going chocolate.

What’s your go-to chocolate bar?

I’ll say a Mars bar. It’s got everything I need – caramel, nougat and chocolate.

Elliot Daly

Buzzing Wasps: James Haskell, Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury with the Six Nations trophy. Photo: Getty Images

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can juggle pretty well. My brother taught me and it’s one of those skills you don’t forget. I can’t juggle more than three balls but I think I could juggle three rugby balls.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Will Ferrell movies.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously, funny and energetic.

This article appeared in the April 2016 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here.