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On Tap with Michael Eggleton

Q: Where are you from and what’s it like there?

A: I’m from a central-north island of New Zealand, and I went to boarding school in a city called Hamilton. Same city as where sophomore hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe is from. It’s a lot warmer than here, I had never really seen snow in my life. Generally nicer than New Jersey.


Q: Are you a big rugby fan?

A: Oh yeah, pretty big. I suppose it is to us what football is to you Americans.

Q: Do you follow a particular team?

A: Mostly we just watch our national team, the All Blacks. It’s pretty hard following provincial games. I’ve lost connection with it a bit since coming here. Around here with the time zone difference — 18 hours right now — it’s very hard.

Q: Do you have any favorite New Zealand rugby drinking songs?

A: We don’t really sing when we drink. More just bottle to mouth. Sometimes we hop in trees and play a game called Possum.


Q: What does Possum entail?

A: Sit in a tree with a box of beers and you drink ’em. You can’t come out of the tree until you finish all your beers or you fall out.

Q: What’s your favorite preparation of eggs?

A: Sunny side up. Definitely sunny side up. Sort of entails my personality as well.

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Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?

A: Well, I did track all year and cross country. Played a bit of rugby, social rugby. Had a stint at water polo. Then I figured out I couldn’t really swim so it didn’t work out. Also played a bit of field hockey, you know, guys play that down there unlike America.

Q: If you didn’t run track, which sport would you most like to play at Princeton?

A: Probably water polo. They’re a good, relaxed group of guys. They have a lot of fun and get to go to California to play some games.

Q: If you had to pick one teammate to eat whole, who would you pick and why?

A: To what? Eat them physically? Wow, probably our freshman William Paulson. He’s British so maybe that adds a bit of an exotic taste to his meat.

Q: If you could be a professional athlete, which sport would you play, and why?

A: Probably soccer; more of a world game. It's in some cool countries like Spain and Italy. Who would say ‘no’ to being in Cristiano Ronaldo's shoes?

Q: Which dining hall serves the best eggs?

A: Definitely Whitman, hands down.

Q: What are the best and worst parts of running?

A: The worst part is probably coming here when it’s like 10, 15 degrees Fahrenheit or whatever you guys use for your temperature scale. You have to step outside and it feels miserable. Best part is probably, which doesn’t happen too often for me, when you’re injury-free and running and training well and you can look back at your week and say, ‘Wow I was able to do this amount of training without feeling anything.’ Also, the ridiculous amount of female attention we get.

Q: Would you rather have an extra leg or an extra head, and why?

A: Probably an extra leg. Might be able to run a bit faster and get a few extra steps in there.

Q: So your last name is Eggleton, do you have any nicknames? Such as ‘Dr. Eggman’ or ‘Hard-Boiled?’

A: Most people call me Eggy. Some people call me Skux, Google it. General foreign names.

Q: Are you an NFL fan?

A: Yeah I’m a fan of the NFL — I learned football for a while just playing Madden with my boys back home growing up.

Q: Did you watch the Super Bowl and what’d you think?

A: It was a pretty one-sided affair, but pretty good. Halftime show was pretty average. I’m not a huge fan of that Mr. Bruno Mars.

Q: What’s your favorite place for food in the town of Princeton?

A: Well for a quick bite, you can’t go wrong with Qdoba. We don’t have too much Mexican food down in New Zealand so it’s quite a new, distinct taste for me.

Q: Do they serve eggs?

A: I don’t know, I might have to ask. Maybe an egg-based wrap or something.

Q: Do you have any favorite New Zealand jokes?

A: Let me think of some appropriate ones ...What do you call a New Zealander with a hundred wives?A sheep farmer.I could maybe tell an Australian joke. We kinda hate them. Well not really. It’s just we crush them at sport a lot so I think they’re bitter ... Actually I’d better not, should probably leave that one out. Don’t want to offend Mr. Northrop [sophomore lightweight rower Ed Northrop].

Eggleton is also a sports contributor for the Daily Princetonian


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