“I was picked up at the lineout in the bar for about three hours afterwards”

england international jack nowell has told all about his epic bachelor party last weekend in Ireland which resulted in live television cameras hilariously catching him with a munster shirt during your Heineken Champions Cup match with Exeter. The recently turned 29-year-old is currently unavailable for his English club due to the broken arm he sustained at Guinness last month. six nations waste of France in Paris.

Nowell spoke at length with RugbyPass in January about how he had given up alcohol to improve his Exeter form and come back in a England He tried on the jersey for the first time since October 2019, but that abstinence is now over after the trip to Ireland he had no idea about.

Nowell is one of four lions currently injured players at Exeter, such as Lucas Cowan-Dickie, jonny hill Y Sam Simmonds They’re also not available to Rob Baxter, and he scared the hell out of himself when he showed up at Cowan-Dickie’s house on Friday under the pretense that his teammate needed help preparing a barbecue.

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This was not the case at all and what unfolded instead was a raucous few days in Ireland that started and ended in Dublin on both sides of seeing Exeter play Munster on Saturday in their Champions Cup Round of 16 second leg. final in Limerick.

Almost recovered from the escapade, Nowell has reflected on his unexpected weekend away for a guest appearance on the latest BBC Rugby Union Weekly podcast. “I hadn’t had a drink since the first game of the season. I went from nothing to two days of Guinness and vodka,” she explained.

“I had gone cold turkey, I quit completely so I didn’t have a drop but my wedding is next week so I said it might be the first time I’ve had a couple of beers but then I turned back. at Luke’s house and there were already Coronas and everything in there and I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m not drinking this weekend.

Nowell explained how his family, friends and teammates from Exeter had trapped him. “I had no idea about this on Friday,” he said. “On Friday, I came home from practice and then Cowan-Dickie said, ‘Jack, come over and help me get my barbecue.’ I showed up at his house and it was my father, my brothers, a couple of my best friends from home and they said, ‘Here’s your passport, we’re going to Dublin.’

“They had known for months. The whole team knew about it too, which made me really mad because I’m usually the guy who likes to organize things and get in on the jokes. Having the joke with me now was a bit exhausting, but it was an amazing weekend.

“We stayed in Dublin, traveled (to Limerick) and got back on the train. The train was amazing because we were going down with all the Munster fans. I wore this extra, extra, extra small rugby top, must have been boys. Four XL shorts, full kit, full socks, everything and I was like, ‘Oh God.’ Everyone laughing.

“They [the Munster fans] they are really amazing. I was picked up at the lineout in the little bar for about three hours after going around the back of the stadium. Everyone sees the funny side of this, but some people say it’s pretty embarrassing. A lot of people see the fun side of this and it was an amazing weekend. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”

Asked about appearing on the big screen at Thomond Park during the match in a Munster shirt, Nowell added: “I spoke to Tom O’Flaherty After the match). He was in the field and he laughed. There was a stoppage in the game.

“Ian Whitten looked at him and said, ‘What the hell are you laughing at? We are losing, we are in a great game’. They both turned around, looked at the big screen and I was drinking a beer in a Munster top. They both just shook their heads.

“I couldn’t tell you the score. I know we lost, but honestly you wouldn’t have guessed from the way the guys were buzzing to see me afterwards, and the bus ride back to Dublin was like we won the Heineken Cup. But it has affected me a little bit now the fact that we are away, but even if we lost, it was a weekend that I will never forget personally.


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