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In Conversation with James Tracy…

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Kildare native James Tracy is a professional rugby player for Leinster and Ireland making his senior debut for Leinster in November 2012 against the Ospreys.
The former Newbridge College loose-head prop began the transition to hooker on the advice of Joe Schmidt in 2013.
It was announced in May 2014 that he would be promoted to the Leinster senior squad for the 2014-15 season following completion of the academy.
James made his debut for Ireland against Canada on 12 November 2016 where he scored his first try.
The 27 year old is also a brand ambassador for Joe Mallon Motors in Naas, County Kildare and he very kindly took time out of his schedule to have a chat with Motors Ireland.
“My interest in cars comes from watching Top Gear on the television when I was younger. I used to like looking at all of the cool cars that were featured on the programme as well as watching all of the challenges that the guys got up to,” said James.
“As soon as I hit 17 years of age I was driving and I think anyone any way in the countryside is driving way before they are 17 and as soon as they get a chance to do a driving test they do it.
“I can’t even comprehend how people go years without learning how to drive. My first car was a Renault Clio and the first car I bought was a Volkswagen Golf. I drove the Golf for seven years.
“I became a brand ambassador for Joe Mallon Motors in Naas in 2017. The Mallon family are in business since the 1970’s and my Grandmother and Mother would have bought cars from the family for years so I would have been around the garage when they were collecting their new cars.
“I was looking for a car and Joe Mallon Motors took me under their wing and I’m driving the Kadjar and I absolutely love it. Prior to driving the Kadjar, I was driving the Megane GT and I thought I loved that until I got the Kadjar.
“The Kadjar is a bit more spacious for me and I love the Bose sound system in it,” he continued.
Moving on from cars, how did James end up on the Rugby pitch?
“I would have played GAA in Kill National School as well as in Kill GAA Club and I did a brief stint at U5’s Rugby in Naas Rugby Club but I didn’t like it and I also played a bit of soccer as I fancied myself to play for Manchester United but that never came to fruition and then I went back and played for Naas Rugby Club for a year because it is compulsory to do that when you are a student in Newbridge College.
“In doing that, my career took off from there but when I was younger I had no real aspirations to be a professional Rugby player,” he imparted.
“I’ve had so many great times throughout my career to date and going forward I would love to win a few more Champions Cups with Leinster. I also want to put the head down and get back into the Irish squad because I think there are really exciting times ahead for the Irish team.”
As to the future?
“Time waits for no one and I think when you’re getting bashed for a living you need to have a back up plan. I’m finishing up my degree course in 2019 in Dublin Business School and I’m hoping to get in to business of some sort,” James enthused.
“It is guaranteed that your career is going to end even though you don’t know when it is going to happen, it is important to have something to fall back on.”
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