Watch Max Lahiff's 'utterly mad' interview immediately after neck exercise as Bristol Bears star goes viral

MAX LAHIFF had fans in absolute stitches with his hilarious and 'utterly mad' interview which has gone viral.

The ripped Bristol Bears star, 31, spoke to the club media channel ahead of Friday night's clash against Wasps.


And his brilliant grasp of the English language combined with a bone-dry sense of humour made for sheer entertainment.

The 1min 45secs clip starts with the forward propping himself up against the back of the posts at Ashton Gate as part of a bizarre neck exercise – and somehow the video only gets stranger from then on.

Previewing the game, which the Bears won 37-20 to stay top of the Premiership table, prop Lahiff said in a mocked-serious tone: "Despite their injuries, they’ve got a team of real mavericks.

"One to 15, they’re all quite unpredictable, much like their play. It should be good fun. A real battle, so to speak.

"Friday night’s always been a personal favourite of mine. You’ve got the long weekend.

"Usually, when the fans are here, everyone’s just wanting that release, that stimulation just to watch a macabre sport of gladiatorial confrontation and you feed off that as athletes.

"You love it, love it. But unfortunately that’s not today but I’m looking forward to getting right in amongst it and intimate in the best kind of way with the men from Wasps, canny foxes."

The brilliant character returned to rugby action for the table-topping Bears in the 24-23 win at Worcester Warriors on March 6 – but had a unique way of motivating himself through the contest.

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I was running around just talking to my ancestors… Oh man I was battling.com

He added: "I was running around just talking to my ancestors.

"I was missing lungs. Oh man I was battling.com. You know, one of those real personal grind-outs.

"You’re just like, ‘Oh God, next phase, make it, you can do it.’ Just all that in a monologue.

"But it was really fun. I was so glad to get it done. Some relief there that I’ve still semi-got it."

After that match, Lahiff tweeted: "Oh my science! Epic to be back out there with the brethren drowning in lactic acid and ingesting rubber crumb.

"How goods code. Incredibly challenging game subjectively, subsequently really edifying. Thank you for the well/luck wishing and support."

Even the Bears media man conducting the interview could barely contain his laughter at the end as Lahiff seamlessly switched from his natural voice to his eccentric alter ego.

He said: "That was a really enjoyable and albeit utterly mad couple of minutes. Thank you."

Unsurprisingly, the video – tweeted out by the Bears on Friday night – has proved massively popular with more than 666,500 views.

One fan commented: "Can always rely on @LahiffMax for some great badinage.

"Needs to get a job in commentary when he retires with the odd week in dictionary corner on Countdown."

Another said: "To all those awesome rugby union players, please learn from
@LahiffMax, when interviewed, some articulation for the game, and what it means to compete, while offering humour and joy.

"Such a pleasure and SO refreshing compared to the pointless cliched c**p we hear so often."

A third added: "Anyone who uses the word macabre in an interview needs to be made captain immediately."




Max Lahiff’s bonkers interview in full

Interviewer: Maxy, Wasps tonight. It’s been well documented what a difficult side they are to break down. How are you going about that?

Max Lahiff: Well there’s a lot of emotional focus here, I’m taking it really personally. So we’re out here to put a number on this lot. Despite their injuries, they’ve got a team of real mavericks. One to 15, they’re all quite unpredictable, much like their play. It should be good fun. A real battle, so to speak.

I: It was a dominant return for you personally last week at Sixways, it was quite the pleasure to see you doing your bit at the set pieces.

ML: Mate, I was running around just talking to my ancestors. I was missing lungs. Oh man I was battling.com. You know, one of those real personal grind-outs. You’re just like, ‘Oh God, next phase, make it, you can do it.’ Just all that in a monologue. But it was really fun. I was so glad to get it done. Some relief there that I’ve still semi-got it. 

I: You’ve become a bit of a cult hero for our supporters and they’re sat at home watching this. Just give the average Joe an insight into what it’s like playing at this level on a Friday night under the lights. 

ML: Yeah I think Friday night’s always been a personal favourite of mine. You’ve got the long weekend. Usually, when the fans are here, everyone’s just wanting that release, that stimulation just to watch a macabre sport of gladiatorial confrontation and you feed off that as athletes. You love it, love it. But unfortunately that’s not today but I’m looking forward to getting right in amongst it and intimate in the best kind of way with the men from Wasps, canny foxes. 

I: That was a really enjoyable and albeit utterly mad couple of minutes. Thank you.

ML: I don’t know what just happened. I back down, I back down. Great times. 

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