FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ex-Newport rugby star Dennis Perrott

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Five Minutes With... Dennis Perrott who played on the wing for the Newport side who famously beat New Zealand 3-0 in 1963.

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

I think it would have to be my wife, Beryl. I don’t think I could say anyone else.

What is your biggest fear?

I’m a bee-keeper so I’ve got no fear of animals or anything like that. I guess my only fear was being left out of the Newport side because of the competition there was. If you had a bad game, that was it. You are only as good as your last game.

Do you have any superstitions?

I don’t, no, but when I was at Newport they didn’t have the number 13 jersey for a long time while I was there.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

It would have to be something by Pavarotti – I’m a great admirer of his.

What is the most expensive thing you’ve bought, not including property?

I spent a year's salary on a Mini car in 1963 - £498. That would not happen today.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Pursue your ambition. The great mentor for me was the great Ken Jones of Newport – an inspiration from an athletics and a rugby point of view.

What is your indulgence?

I’m not a drinker but if I had to have a drink it would be a brandy or a Scotch. During my time with Newport, I travelled a lot with our groundsman, Fred Cox, and we used to have a bit of brandy now and again when we were going away.

What item could you not live without?

I’d say my car now but that’s a bit mundane. I could not live without the ability to travel the British countryside – I love the environment.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

People say ‘if you haven’t got a temper, you haven’t got passion’. I’ve got a lot of passion. But people might say that my temper is a bit frayed at times.

Where are you next going on holiday?

I’d like to go back to America. I went there in a Concorde with my wife once which was a great experience. We’d love to do a bit more travelling over there.

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