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Your NewsProp Idol - Andrew Sheridan

Friday 08th October 2010
Prop Idol - Andrew Sheridan

 

Eat your heart out Simon Cowell. The show is Prop Idol, combining music with the British obsession for property, where front-row forwards, against the clock, sing while building a wall before demolishing it.

And the winner is: Andrew Sheridan. The Sale and England loose-head, billed as rugby's strongest man, would be the favourite for the title. Sheridan constructs walls, deconstructs opposition scrums, sings his own songs and plays guitar.

"I strum on the guitar and write the odd song. I suppose I fall into the folk singer category, but I am no Bob Dylan," said Sheridan.

At 6ft 4in and 19st you can be anybody you like. But have a listen to his album

 

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/where-we-go-from-here/id396081452?i=396081578&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

"I recorded it at a studio in Manchester and when I played it to a few friends, they persuaded me to make it available on iTunes," said Sheridan, who wrote all the songs himself. He wrote the songs during his long shoulder injury lay-off, but is not fit and playing for Sale and hoping to make the England team for next month's Twickenham internationals against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa.

 

 

If Sheridan ran a New Jersey pizza parlour, not even Tony Soprano's mobsters would come knocking for protection money. Sheridan's gym work is freakish and he has bench-pressed 215kg, or 34st in old money. Imagine lifting two Jason Leonards. I'm being kind, Jase. Leonard remains the prop's benchmark. "With Jason's achievements in the game you listen and learn."

 

Sheridan, having moved from back-row to lock to prop, realises he is still serving his front-row apprenticeship.

Like Leonard, a founder of The Construction Network, Sheridan is also in the building game. A few years ago he spent most Tuesday evenings at Salford College, studying for his NVQ course in bricklaying.

"Even if I am tired, I enjoy three hours of bricklaying. It is a nice escape from rugby and a useful skill to have. We build English and English Garden bond walls, cavity walls and arches. I enjoy the rhythm of laying bricks," said Sheridan at the time of his course.

Building is not just a distraction, it is a trade, and Sheridan only has to look at his own injury record, yet alone others in the front-row.

"You are one injury away from wondering how to pay the mortgage," said Sheridan, who was born in Petts Wood, Kent.

Sheridan, previously with Richmond and Bristol, is softly spoken, with a fine sense of humour. Once when looking to interview him I asked whether 7.30pm was alright to phone. "No. It's EastEnders." He would, in fact, be eating at that time, but not, as myth would have it, munching on a small herd of Friesians.

Sheridan was a schoolboy legend at Dulwich College where his age group side, including David Flatman and Jon Dawson, went seven years unbeaten from Under 11s through to the 1st XV.

"Mum, it is Dulwich away on Saturday. Can I have a sick note?" 

Be it rugby, singing or building, Sheridan's spirit levels are high.


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