Ospreys captain Justin Tipuric has been a man of intriguingly few words throughout his career, but has now opened up following his recent retirement from the Test arena.
A man who has always done his talking on the field – and in some style – offers insights into his life and career in a video with Six Nations Rugby that will go live this evening (Wednesday 10th January) across all platforms at 18:00 GMT. It very much tells the story of the people and the places that have made the man.
In a wide-ranging interview, Tipuric describes his Croatian roots, and how his upbringing in Trebanos in the Swansea Valley lent itself to him becoming one of the best back rowers of his generation (as well as inspiring that headguard), with a three-year stint at Aberavon along the way playing a formative part in his development.
Tipuric, 34, was part of a golden group of Wales U20 players who went on to great success with the senior team, and he recalls playing alongside the likes of Leigh Halfpenny, Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies in age grade rugby. He tells of overcoming a perceived lack of size to break through into a star-studded Ospreys team, and reveals the incredible impact the late All Black Jerry Collins had on him.
As well as the many highs he experienced in the red jersey of Wales and the British & Irish Lions, Tipuric also discloses his moment of biggest regret. Content now to follow the national team as a fan, having provided over a decade of sterling service, he predicts who will be the next star for his country.
Don’t miss the interview with Justin Tipuric at 18:00 GMT across all Guinness Men’s Six Nations channels!