Hello, ‘tis I Shaza a.k.a #RugbyGlasgow *waves*
I'm a Glasgow born lass but was brought up (and still stay) in the 'Shire ... Ayrshire, that is! By day I work for the mighty NHS and by night I can be found tweeting nonsense and GIFs as #RugbyGlasgow (or on my own account @SharonMurie).
I've had a delayed relationship with rugby, I've always been aware of the game (watching the odd 6Ns game) but I grew up in a house where motor sport (of all varieties) was the primary sport and my own sports were netball and cycling. My first live game was in 2009, when I watched Scotland beat Australia at Murrayfield in the Autumn Internationals. It wasn't until 2011 that I jumped into club rugby when I went on a wee jaunt to Firhill Stadium to see Glasgow Warriors play Newcastle Falcons in a pre-season friendly (we lost if I remember correctly!) I decided there and then that I was going to jump right in at the deep end and buy a season ticket, after all, by this time I needed a regular rugby fix in between international fixtures! So off I went to Firhill with my rugby playing nephew and a new obsession was born.
Chicken Fajitas and Nachos
I'm not a big drinker but when I do it's always Jack Daniels and ginger ale
This is an evil question because there are so many programmes I love, so I'll cover it by saying anything nerdy (Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Chuck, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural etc)
Honestly, I don't know how anyone can pick one movie! I'm a Star Wars, Marvel, Disney nerd and proud of it ... Throw in some 80s classics too (Goonies, Breakfast Club) oh or anything with Pegg & Frost in it. I'm really rubbish and indecisive about picking one example ... you'll see a trend soon lol
San Diego 2016. The most epic of epic adventures I have ever had. Went with my partner in shenanigans @Kat_h3. We had a riot of a time including meeting some of our heroes, having a good old chinwag and catch up with the wickedly funny and adorable Maria, who runs @RugbySanDiego and a visit to Disneyland (Anaheim) where we where nearly roasted to death, honestly it was hot as hell ... with the heating on!
Sheesh there's a running theme here ... My first love is music so this is even more difficult than the movies and tv question. Favourite tune is relative to my mood, but I'll have to say that the Beach Boys "God Only Knows" it's an absolute work of genius.
*internal screaming* ok I'll attempt to pick one band ... (comes back 2 hours later) Led Zeppelin. Classic storytelling and kick ass music what's not to love?
Princess Leia (she still is!)
Dogs ... I have a cheeky Border Collie called Hal (named after Prince Hal from Shakespeare's Henry IV)
Pop music! I do love a boyband lols
Earliest Rugby Memory:
Jonah Lomu RWC1995 vs England ... Nuff said methinks
Best Rugby Moment:
Scotstoun Stadium. May 22nd 2015. PRO12 Semi Final against Ulster. The realisation at the final whistle that the hotel/flight/match ticket booked months prior to that moment, were going to be used to see our boys in their 2nd final. Scotstoun was bouncing and I was greetin' (as was my #RugbyGlasgow cohort @addiej27 but that was because she wasn't going to Belfast!! Sorry JJ for rubbing that in ... again)
Favourite Player of All Time:
Mossy - shocking I know, picking a former Edinburgh player, but the guy is a living Scottish legend so, Chris Paterson it is.
MillStad ... Sorry the Principality Stadium. We got a last minute ticket to see Wales v Scotland in the Six Nations (2012); the result was utter pants but the atmosphere, the banter and the experience was fantastic.
Best Ever Game Seen:
May 30th 2015, PRO12 Final vs Munster in Belfast. Honestly that match was about as perfect as it could've got. Players on the top of their game and everything just seemed to go right. After a season where we hardly put a foot wrong, the result was the cherry on top of the icing. Watching Big Al go in to his retirement lifting that trophy was a sight for rain soaked eyes.
One Law I Would Change:
HIA - this has to be more stringently enforced. You only have to watch the debacle surrounding AWJ on the Lions tour to see that teams are still bending the rules. The importance of player welfare kicks in when they aren't in a position to know what's best for themselves and the medics having the balls to tell coaches etc that the player is not fit to play on regardless of the impact that their departure may have on the outcome of a game. I'd rather lose a game than a player be permanently affected by concussion. Others have commented on it in their 20 questions, I'm no different get the Blue Card in the game pronto
My Clubs Player To Watch:
We're pretty fortunate to have a lot of really good prospects coming through, but I'll opt for wonder kid Matt Faggerson
Dream Signing: Sergio Parisse
RWC2011 Scotland home top; blue with gold piping ... Nice!
Why #RugbyUnited? : Fast forward a few years from my proper introduction to rugby and I've joined that new fangled interweb thingy (Twitter). I first saw the #RugbyUnited hashtag in the aftermath of the sudden and tragic loss of Ulster player Nevin Spence (alongside his brother and father). I saw the hashtag and thought it so uniquely summed up what being part of the rugby community meant. After using it a few times myself, I must have popped up on our #RU founder's radar and I was asked if I would be interested in running the #RG account - to say this scared the bejesus out of me is a massive understatement. I mean, I knew nothing about rugby. I've never played. I didn't know the laws of the game and was only slowly getting to know who was who in the league AND I was new to social media. I was genuinely worried about not having anything to say - those that know me have probably just choked at that statement! But I decided to give it a go, and I tentatively took my first steps in to the world of #RugbyUnited. To say things have never been the same again is another understatement. Sometimes it's good (I have made genuine friends for life and have had the great fortune of chatting with hundreds of really cool, friendly peeps across the world), sometimes it's bad (usual BS during 6N and RWC when the casual rugby observer and their bile come out to play), and sometimes I just walk away from it all together for the sake of my own sanity (usually in close season).
If you haven't already noticed, I'm not one for pushing agendas or my opinion on subjects (there's plenty of people out there doing that so you don't need me added to that cast of thousands), but I'll happily have a chat with y'all. I am the same on twitter as I am in "real life" ... I'll always treat you the way I want to be treated. I'm always happy to support a good cause and our grassroots communities. So in short, the Twitter me really is a digital version of me, I'm no different if you meet me in person (ok maybe I'm a little shyer in person!)
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or ten duck sized horses?
Oh can I have the teeny tiny horses please? Don't think I'd be just as scared of a wee horse as I am a normal sized one (is that horsist??)
I'd like to nominate @RugbySanDiego @RugbyUSA and my M8 neighbour @RugbyEdinburgh