FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ex-Newport rugby star Dennis Perrott
1:16pm Friday 14th March 2014 in News
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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