My favourite things – Scarra Ntubeni

Stormers hooker SCARRA NTUBENI tells about his favourite things.


Game of Thrones. I like action and the storyline is something else, although I didn't really like the ending. My missus always said the house was quiet – apart from the TV – when I was watching Game of Thrones!


There are a few, but American Gangster stands out for me. I love action movies.


Morgan Freeman is right up there, but I'll have to go with Denzel Washington. I've enjoyed all his movies, including Man on Fire and The Equalizer.


That's a tough one, I'm not a car junkie. But I really enjoyed driving the Range Rover Sport when I had it.


Definitely my dog, Bella. She's a six-year-old pit-bull staffy. We've spent a lot of time together – we lived together, just me and her, for a while – and have forged a lekker bond.


AB de Villiers. I hope he plays for the Proteas again; he's said he wants to come back for the Twenty20 World Cup. I've watched AB bat live many times and there's just something about him – he's just on a different level to the rest, he makes it look so easy. And he's a good man, too.


Two years ago, I went to Swakopmund to visit a friend. It was an impulsive thing, I didn't even take other clothes with me! The people are so nice and accommodating. I found a few nice pubs and had a good jol there.


Rugby has kept me so busy for the past 10 years that lately, I've really enjoyed my alone time. I'll take my dog Bella for a run through Newlands Forest or have sushi and a couple of beers on my own at a restaurant I like and take my laptop out if I want to. I think I'm at a stage of my life where I'm finding myself and enjoying my own space. I like to be able to switch off by watching TV or a movie, and an afternoon nap is always great!

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Definitely winning the Currie Cup with Western Province in 2012, when I was 21 years old. Kitsy [Steven Kitshoff] and Frans [Malherbe] were also only a year-and-a-half out of school and we had to scrum against the Sharks' Springbok front row of Beast [Mtawarira], Bismarck and Jannie [du Plessis]. Even the people I know well said we were going to get stuffed up front, but the scrums went super well and lifting that trophy was an amazing feeling.

Interview by Simon Borchardt