It’s almost midnight in Seoul. I’m on the 22nd floor of the Twincity Namsang building. The trains from Seoul station can be heard from the open window and I’ve realised that after a week in Korea I haven’t taken a moment to interview my host. I stumble out of the bathroom, grab my phone and start firing questions at Robbie while he’s off guard.
Let’s start with an easy one. What’s your name?
Robert Michael Brennan
How did we meet each other?
Probably at Dublin’s golden cup was the first time, as you were the previous guard of frisbee. Ranelagh at World’s in Lecco in 2014 was the first time we played together.
When and where were you born?
Bray, County Wicklow 1991
[Editors note, there are no hospitals in Bray, Robbie was born in Dublin]
Did something important happen the year you were born?
Roy Keane made his in international debut for Ireland.
Where is your family from?
My Mum is from Dublin and my Dad is from County Mayo.
Do you know why your parents decided calling you Robert?
They were between Ferghal and Robbie and they thought I looked more like a Robbie.
What do you do for a living?
Actuary in an insurance company.
What does that actually mean?
I build statistical model to calculate insurance prices.
You’ve been living in Korea for 5 months now. What do you like the most about it? What do you like the least about it?
People and the food:People really friendly and approachable Food is great, cheap and there’s loads of it. Loads of meat too.
Language is pretty tough. Not having anything close to the language has been a challenge. I once queued for 30 minutes for a seat in a restaurant only to be told that I couldn’t eat by himself. They guy had previously explained this to me, in Korean. Or not being able to get taxis directly home. My address is tricky and taxi drivers don’t know my building so I usually get a taxi to the train station beside the house.
A place in Korea that you would like to recommend and why?
Tilt Bar N Grill and the rest of (Dark) Pohang. [Couldn’t agree more]
You’ll be coaching the Korean team heading to AOUGCC? What do you think can you bring to the team?
Getting away from systems and to isolate good match ups in space on the field.
Is there something in the actual world that gives you hope?
None of the bad things are happening to me.
Anything you want to add?
Six on the Beach tournament is on at the end of August in Pohang, come back for that.
Robbie refused to comment on the recent scandal after a study found that 83.5% of Korean Ultimate photos have been photoshopped. The evidence below speaks for itself.