Scotland and Glasgow fly-half Pete Horne talks to RW about WWF, being sat down by Alesana Tuilagi, cooking and opening sandwich-shop with Richie Vernon
Do you have any phobias? I was petrified of sharks – I watched Jaws when I was really small. But last summer when I was in South Africa with Ruaridh Jackson, I got egged on to go deep-sea diving with great white sharks. I think I’ve conquered my fear.
What about bugbears? When you cook someone a meal and they don’t come to eat it when it’s ready. They take ages so by the time they eat it, it’s cold. It drives me insane. Also shaking hands with someone who has wet hands. Why can’t they dry their hands after washing them? And who knows if it’s water or not?
So do you like cooking? My old flatmate and best mate from school, Fuzzy (Chris Fusaro), got us into cooking. With his Italian roots, he taught me some bits and pieces. I love doing a Sunday roast. My family always used to have a big Sunday dinner so it’s a tradition I’m trying to keep going with my girlfriend.
Do you have any superstitions? I’m always last out of the changing room. I don’t know why, I’ve just always done it since I was a pup. I also strap my wrists and thumbs a certain way.
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? To be a good person, to be financially secure and have fun. My girlfriend is a lawyer and we’ve talked about moving Stateside for a bit. I did PE teaching before rugby and I’m now doing a business studies degree, so I’ve got options. Richie Vernon and I also have this crazy idea to open a sandwich shop or café. It’s a pipe dream but is something I’d love to do.
What’s your most embarrassing moment? Getting sat down by Alesana Tuilagi on my first cap and him running under the posts. The video went pretty viral. I wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last.
If you could be any of your team-mates, who would you be? I’m not sure. DTH van der Merwe) – that guy scores tries for fun. He’s always bombing it down the wing and breaking tackles – he’s the man!
Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? I used to love WWF wrestling – as it was then – so I think Road Dogg and Mr Ass Man would be good fun.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would be cool to be able to heal yourself. I’d also love to be able to run really, really fast – as fast as Tommy Seymour. He’s flying at the moment.
Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests? There’s this Canadian comedian, Stewart Francis, who’s really funny. The Rock would be a good one – he seems fun and is always enthusiastic. And Peter Griffin from Family Guy would be hilarious.
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What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? Probably a skateboard. A few years ago three or four of us got skateboards to mess around with and do tricks, but I only used it twice. I stacked it going down a hill in Kelvingrove Park and I never went on it again. I took it to a charity shop.
What’s your guilty pleasure? My PlayStation 4 – I love it. A few of us love Madden NFL.