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'If you could...?' to OxonRob


By GTD
June 24 2005

One of our 2005 summer series is a supporters 'If you could', the series continues with OxonRob. What a Casanova that man is! Throughout the off season we plan to learn a little bit more about many of our 'Usual Suspects'

If you could............. OxonRob - Robin Clive
Relive any 'non-sports related' moment in your life, what would it be and why?

The birth of my first daughter, at which I assisted in quite a big way.

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in your career which one would it be and why?

The time I won the largest ‘account’ in South Africa, at a time when I had no staff, no clients, no stationery and no offices, but could talk a good advertisement!

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in sport which one would it be and why?

Scoring the winning try in my first game for my prep school 1st XV, and winning my colours at the same time.

Not be asked one question for the rest of your life what would it be? Do you regret leaving South Africa?
Be a celebrity for the day who would you be?

I loathe the cult of celebrity, and would hate to be one. However, if I must be, then Casanova.

Be a sports star for the day who would it be? Barry John.
Have dinner with 4 people from the past or present who would they be? Pete McCarthy, (wrote Road to McCarthy, and McCarthy’s Bar) David Niven, Geoffrey Chaucer and Lauren Bacall. Some of the best raconteurs around.
Witness one event from history what would it be?

The tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

Go back in time and give advice to a 13 year old Robin Clive what would it be? Stop having quite such a good time and concentrate on your schoolwork!
Win any sporting event in the world what would it be?

The Masters.

Try out a new sport what would it be? Three Day Eventing.
Have one extravagance what would it be? Unending supplies of Louis Roederer Crystal Brut.
Only ever eat one meal again what would it be? Cold poached (wild) salmon salad.
Live anywhere else in the world where would it be? Having lived in the USA, Belgium, France and South Africa so far, apart from my native UK, I don’t want any more ‘abroad’. I’d simply move to Devon.
Support any other Rugby Club which would it be and why? London Welsh, because they are so like us, but closer to the amateur ethos. Anyway I played for them!
Tell us a claim to fame what would it be?

I once had a book presented to the Queen.

See into the future what do you expect to be doing in 10 years time?

Retired and living on royalties, or sitting on a damp cloud, harping!

Only ever drink one drink again what would it be?

A pint of Hook Norton on a summer’s evening.

Do any other job other than your current one what would it be?

History Professor.

Change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Inherit a large passive income.

Buy one player from past or present to play in London Irish colours who would it be? Mike Gibson at 12.

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