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Stuart Fielden Q&A
Stuart Fielden celebrates after winning the 2005 Super League
Fielden was part of the Bulls team which won the 2006 World Club Challenge
You sent in loads of questions for Bradford and Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden - we picked the best and put them to him.


Q. I'm putting 20 on you getting the Man of Steel. Is this a good bet or poor bet?
Paul Craig, Allerton, Bradford

I want to have my best year and if I have my best year then I have a chance. But it's all part of the team doing well, too. I don't think a prop has ever won it, have they? If it happens, it happens.

Q. What is it that made you into the best prop in the world? Is it raw talent or do you have a different work ethic to others?
Robbie, Bradford

A mix of both. As one of Brian Noble's famous quote goes: "talent is overrated". A lot of it is down to attitude. I'm an absolutely terrible loser, whatever I'm doing.

That carries over into training which means I stay behind constantly trying to get better and make things right. It's very rare I'm happy with the way I played. As soon as I've played I'll be looking at what I can do to play better.

Q. In the modern game not many props can do the full 80 minutes, especially at the pace you play. What kind of diet do you have to maintain your strength? Surely it's not all red meat!
Stuart Royle, Bradford

Not too much red meat. I try to stay as healthy as possible. I cut out the bad stuff and stick to pasta and carbs. I eat a lot of chicken and turkey.

Q. What job would you most like to do if you weren't playing rugby league?
Declan Thorp, Dublin, Ireland

I'd be a professional footballer - in the Premiership. I played football from when I was eight and didn't play rugby until I was 15. Outside of sport? Well, my brother is a fireman and I'd like to do that. Or maybe go into the police force and do something exciting.

Q. Who is the hardest prop you have played against in the world and in Super League? Who has given you the biggest ever hit?
Martin, Salford

The hardest prop? The one who stands out as the toughest would be Shane Webke - we've had some right battles. It's always good to play against him.

Biggest hit? I don't tend to get smashed too much. I remember one years ago, I was only about 19, I think it was Gareth Carvell. But I was a lot lighter then and he ran into me. I'm sure there have been more, I just don't remember them.

Q. Do you miss Barrie McDermott not being around?
John Manning, Wolverhampton

I still see him and I've been on his radio show. I speak to him more than ever because I'm doing my testimonial and he's helping out with that. But yes, I did enjoy the games against Baz, we always got stuck in.

Q. How do you mentally prepare for a match?
Bethany Warin, Harden

We do a lot of training during the week and we've got game plans to work to. You just think about what you need to be doing.

On the day, I'll just single out a couple of small points to concentrate on. Getting up for every game is hard. Sometimes you get there and things don't go right. That's just the way people are.

Q. After winning everything available with the Bulls, what ambitions do you still have?
Richard Cousins, Leeds

I want to win something like the Tri Nations with Great Britain and possibly test myself in Australia.

Q. Have you already decided to go to the NRL or is there still a chance you will stay with Bradford?
Hayley, Steeton

Nothing has been decided. There's a lot of thought going into it at the moment. But I've got another season after this at Bradford and that's an awfully long time. A lot of things could happen, but I will consider every option.

Q. Do you think it's about time we adopt the video ref for all games in Super League, not the just the Sky games?
Iain, Wakefield

Yes, I do. It's a great concept and I'm fully behind it. If we are looking for consistency and taking the game forward it would be a great idea. It doesn't necessarily mean we have a big screen at every game. There would be just a bloke in the stand making sure the right decision was given.

Stuart Fielden in action for Great Britain
The "nice looking" Fielden plays with controlled aggression

Q. How come you are so nice looking but when you go into a tackle with someone you look so fierce and mad?
Alice Wear, Denholme

It's just part of the game. Aggression is part of rugby league. Actually, not aggression, more assertion or controlled aggression.

I'm sure not too many people would want pictures of me snarling at them on the bedroom wall, unless it was to scare the kids. Some players are aggressive, some are a little more passive and can still do it. But emotion pushes me on and I work off that.

Q. We've seen you wearing your headphones a lot and wondered what bands you listen to?
Deb and Kal, Malton, York

Anything. On game day in the changing rooms I have five or six tunes on the iPod which are based on a DVD I watch at home to get positive thoughts. They are things like Eminem, Run DMC and AC/DC.

But apart from that I've got another 4000 or so songs on the iPod, anything from Frank Sinatra to Elvis to the Stereophonics.

Q. With all the punishment your body takes and the fact that each year the sport is getting faster and harder, do you feel careers are getting shorter?
Simon Murphy, Lancaster

Yeah, definitely. Some people will still have long careers. But generally the careers will be shorter because every year the game gets quicker and the impacts more severe.

Q. Do you think Iestyn Harris has come back a better player after his couple of years out playing rugby union?
Phil, Sheffield

It's hard to say, because he was a very good player before he left. I think he is more experienced and wiser because he is older. But I don't think he is necessarily any better, because he was pretty good when he was at Leeds.

Q. What tips would you give to any young prop forwards starting out in the game?
Phil, Sheffield

Enjoy it, don't take it too seriously. I know I take it seriously, but that's because it is my job. But in the end sport's about enjoying it.

I go to kids' games and see parents screaming abuse and it sickens me. You have to be competitive and get stuck in, but you have to enjoy yourself as well.

Q. I recently read that Kevin Sinfield is at university doing a sports psychology degree. What do you do in your spare time?
Di Thompson, Liverpool

I've got a testimonial starting in September, and that is taking a lot of planning and a lot of work. Apart from that, I do as much scuba diving as I can. In the past I've done A levels and sports science studies.

Q. How big a shock was Brian Noble's departure and will it have an adverse effect on the team?
John Staples, London

I don't think it will have an adverse effect, though it was a shock to everyone. We lost against Warrington, but I think we would have lost if Nobby was coach.

If anything negative happens now, people will say it's because Nobby has gone. Steve McNamara's going to bring in his own type of coaching, but this year it's the same team and we are playing to the same systems. The only thing that has changed is the coach.

Q. What's your favourite Brian Noble story?
Eric, Cleckheaton

He was stopped on the motorway for speeding, about 80mph. We've all done it.

The policeman said to him: "Did you realise you were speeding?" So Nobby says: "Yeah, but it's late at night, there's nothing on the road, I'm sorry I was going a little bit too fast."

The bobby then says: "Were you not worried about Mr Fog?"

"No," says Nobby, "because Mrs Weather seems alright to me."

The policeman looks at him and says, "No, sir. Mist or Fog".

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