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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 May 2006, 05:04 GMT 06:04 UK
The world according to Healey
Austin Healey
Saturday's match could be the last of Healey's professional career
As his moniker of "Leicester lip" suggests, Austin Healey has never been afraid to venture an opinion.

And it was no different when BBC Radio Five Live caught up with the Leicester wing ahead of Saturday's Premiership final against Sale.

The 32-year-old gave his outspoken - and often tongue-in-cheek - views on everything from foreign players in the game to the need for change within the Rugby Football Union and the size of Martin Corry's backside:


The play-offs...
I think if you finish top (of the league table) you should get something, definitely. This season we've seen sides just play to get in the top four and it devalues the competition somewhat.

Sale Sharks...
They've come on leaps and bounds. They've played some fantastic rugby this year and have got some fantastic players. Maybe I should have gone to Sale Sharks all those years ago, maybe not!

Leicester Tigers 2006...
We're a good side - there's no doubting that. We've made mistakes along the way, but I'd like to think we've learned from them. Certainly the Bath game in the quarter-final of the Heineken Cup (when Leicester were beaten 15-12 at home) was, hopefully, the turning point in our season.

The end of your professional career...
I may carry on a little bit next year, I may not. I'll make that decision on a sun lounger in Portugal.

Andy Robinson's heart is in the right place - let's leave it at that

Lewis Moody...
What a raving lunatic. He's a nice man with a child's brain.

Foreign players in the English game...
Provided they're over here to play, I'm quite happy for them to stay. But if they're here converting their pound back into New Zealand dollars or Australian dollars, collecting enough to buy a decent house where they live, then they can stay at home.

The Rugby Football Union...
Some people in there are really intelligent, really good at their jobs. The guys that have been employed, the Francis Barons and Paul Vaughans, are very good at their jobs.

We need to get rid of all these committees with old people sat there in their blazers.

They do it so they get a car park pass for every international. They can go into Twickenham, turn right in the west car park, open the back of their Range Rovers - which they've probably hired for the day to make themselves look good - and sit there.

Get rid of these old people - let's take the game forward.

England's World Cup defence...
(Laughs) There you go. I'm ever hopeful - I'm the biggest England supporter around.

I like to see England winning, whether I'm playing or watching. We've scoured the world to get the best coaching staff possible and have got Andy Robinson, Mike Ford and John Wells.

I think Fordy's a good addition, but without Brian Ashton that coaching staff would be nothing.

Andy Robinson...
Well, his heart's in the right place. He's not a fan of me, I'm not a fan of him. Let's leave it at that.

The Celts...
The thing that annoyed me when I played them was how they harped on about having all this passion and how it would carry them through.

I was more passionate than all of them put together. It's almost become illegal to say you're proud to play for England.

We've almost had our nationality taken away from us and that's one of the most annoying things about this country.

Matt Dawson
"If Daws ever accuses me of cheating again, I'll hit him with my sand iron"
Leicester Tigers supporters...
They've been fantastic. I've enjoyed them cheering, jeering and smearing. Does that make sense? No? Well it's the best you're going to get.

Martin Corry...
He's a big old unit, big arse on him. I was worried at the start of the year because he's not very good at putting sentences together without the use of "urrrm" and "the way I see it is".

But he's really progressed and he's definitely the man for the job for England.

Matt Dawson...
Well, Daws is a legend - as he keeps telling me. He really is England's best scrum-half, but as I keep reminding him, he's only England's best scrum-half because I decided I didn't want to play there all the time.

I've got a lot of time for Daws and he's had a fantastic career. Now he's retired, we can enjoy each other's company on the golf course.

But if he ever accuses me of cheating again, I'll hit him with my sand iron.



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