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A Rugby Life
28 minutes | Apr 8, 2014
The State of Play (Episode 5)
Hedley gets the scoop on the latest developments from the US Rugby League scene from USARL’s Daryl “Spinner” Howland. They chat about the expansion of the South Eastern Rugby League, details on the partnerships with World renown clubs like the Leeds Rhinos, and the formation of the league's first National developmental team, the USA Pioneers.
42 minutes | Apr 2, 2014
The State of Play (Episode 4)
Hedley welcomes back USA Rugby correspondents, Grant Cole (Ruck Bottom) and Ted Hardy (Rugby America), as they discuss the National Rugby Football League (NRFL); a US based professional rugby union league. They are joined by special guest, George 'Mac' Robertson of Rugby Law LLC, the organization behind the league.
33 minutes | Mar 6, 2014
The State of Play (Episode 3)
Hedley hosts a discussion with USA Rugby correspondents, Curtis Reed (This is American Rugby), Grant Cole (Ruck Bottom), Ted Hardy (Rugby America), and Kevin Sullivan (Rucking Insurance) to talk about the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP).
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2013
The State of Play (Episode 2)
Hedley talks with CNN's Bleacher Report columnist Jeff Hull about the current developments in North American rugby.
28 minutes | Jan 31, 2013
The State of Play (Episode 1)
For the first show in The State of Play series, Hedley talks with Curtis Reed, the founder and editor of This is American Rugby, to discuss the National 15s and 7s sides, and the impact of professionalism in and outside the states.
16 minutes | Jan 18, 2013
Spotlight (Episode 21) - Mollie McCarthy
For the first podcast of 2013, Hedley has the pleasure to chat with Mollie McCarthy, the new head coach for the Mens and Womens rugby programs at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Mollie chats about her early playing days and her extensive coach career which included 4 years as the coach development manager with USA Rugby. Also get an insight into her move to Alabama and what her future plans are for the development of college rugby there.
8 minutes | May 24, 2012
Spotlight (Episode 20) - David Martin (Author, The Hooligan’s Table: The Rugby Player’s Cookbook)
In my latest podcast, I sit down in person with author David Martin to talk about his new book, "The Hooligan’s Table: The Rugby Player’s Cookbook". We talk about how rugby life, on and off the field, has brought together some great recipes and stories for his book. As mentioned in the podcast, you can learn more about the book and order your very own copy from David's website, www.therugbycookbook.com
29 minutes | Apr 14, 2012
Episode 19: Lawrence Almagno (Rhode Island Rebellion RLFC, USARL)
For the latest podcast, ARL switches codes as Hedley talks about rugby league in the US with Lawrence Almango, the CEO of Rhode Island Rebellion RLFC and a tour de force behind the youth development of the sport for the USA Rugby League (USARL). They talk about Lawrence's early rugby career playing both union and league, the formation of Rhode Island Rebellion, and how through rugby, he his helping the inner city youth of Providence have a bright future.
15 minutes | Jan 13, 2012
Episode 18: Paul Holmes (Fitness and 7s Guru, 1823 RFC)
In the first episode of the new year, Hedley talks with Fitness and 7s Guru, Paul Holmes. They talk about Paul's early rugby career which took him around the globe from South Africa, to the UK, and the Middle East. Now settled with his family in the US, Paul talks about how he's using his rugby and fitness knowledge to help develop young American rugby talent in Ohio via 1823 RFC and Tiger Rugby.
19 minutes | Oct 20, 2011
Episode 17: Stuart Krohn & Dennis Lovelace (Scrum - Rugby in the Inner City)
Following the theme of youth rugby in California with our last podcast, in this episode Hedley talks to Los Angeles based former International player Stuart Krohn and Filmmaker Dennis Lovelace. Stuart is the Director of the Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools (ICEF) Rugby Program that serves schools in the South LA area. The rugby program caught the eye of Dennis, who in collaboration with Stuart and ICEF, is currently filming a documentary about the program called “Scrum - Rugby in the Inner City". Stuart and Dennis talk about how the program and film respectively got started, and the impact their partnership has had on the lives of the kids involved.
24 minutes | Oct 4, 2011
Episode 16: Ryan Burke (Oakland Warthogs)
In the latest podcast episode, Hedley talks to Ryan Burke, President and co-founder of the Oakland Warthogs, a Californian based youth rugby program. Ryan talks about how the program came about, the difficulties that they deal with, and how the local community has been helping rally behind their cause. Ryan also gives an insight into the daily struggles many of the kids face and shares the success stories that is driving them to change their lives for the better.
12 minutes | Jun 20, 2011
Episode 15: Waisale Serevi (Serevi Rugby)
In this episode, Hedley talks with Fijian legend and the King of Sevens Rugby, Waisale Serevi. They talk about Waisale's early playing days, the recent launch of the Elite Academy Series in Seattle, and the Island Kings Campaign, a program to help players in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. He also shares his involvement in the Olympics and his thoughts on the Rugby World Cup.
11 minutes | May 25, 2011
Episode 14: Sean Whalen (Utah Warriors)
In this episode, Hedley talks with Sean Whalen, the founder and owner of Rugby Super League team Utah Warriors. Sean tells us about the recent announcement regarding warriors expansion into two additional leagues as well taking over the coaching and management of the renowned youth rugby institution, Highland High School.
10 minutes | Jan 29, 2011
Episode 13: Kevin Sullivan (TRY Donation Program)
For the first episode of 2011, Hedley kicks of the new year with Kevin Sullivan to talk about the TRY (Tomorrows Rugby Youth) Donation Program. Kevin shares how he, along with an all-star cast of rugby folks, are helping get old rugby kit and equipment to young rugby players in need. As well as learning about TRY's short and developing history, Kevin talks about his early rugby days and his business, Rucking Insurance, providing health coverage to rugby platters Nationwide. Plus, listen out for a special announcement from Hedley.
14 minutes | Dec 17, 2010
Episode 12: Adam Kopp & Chris Babiash (Rugby Athletic)
In this episode, Hedley talks with Adam Kopp and Chris Babiash, the men behind Rugby Athletic, a growing full service wholesale rugby company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They talk about the duos college playing days, the origins and services of Rugby Athletic, and there other including their mascot, Ruckie The Moose, who heads up their charity & youth foundation.
16 minutes | Nov 18, 2010
Episode 11: Dallen Stanford (The Rugby Corner, Tackling Cancer Foundation)
In this episode, Hedley catches up with Dallen Stanford, the man behind the superb rugby blog, The Rugby Corner. They talk about his early days in the US, his International 7s career with the Eagles, and his latest work with Tackling Cancer, a foundation which supports cancer research through leveraging the global participation of rugby.
9 minutes | May 25, 2010
Episode 10: Rob Schnabel (Bakline)
In this episode, Hedley talks with Rob Schnabel, President & Co Founder of Bakline, Inc., a designer sportswear company headquartered in NYC. They talk about Rob's early rugby days, the beginnings of Bakline, and the helping to rebuild Haiti campaign, a grassroots relief effort done in partnership with students from New York University.
11 minutes | Apr 9, 2010
Episode 9: Director Mika Ronkainen
In this episode, Hedley talks with Finnish Film Director, Mika Ronkainen, and talk about his new film, Freetime Machos. The documentary follows the lives of Matti and Mikko, two best friends who along with their teammates play for Oulu Rugby club, the most Northern team in the world and unfortunately, also one of the worst.
17 minutes | Feb 24, 2010
Episode 8: Wendy Young
In this episode, I talk to Wendy Young, the founder of Your Scrum-half Connection, a blog dedicated to women's rugby in the USA. We find out more about the blog, her playing, refereeing, and coaching career, as well as her recent commentator work for USA Rugby and her mysterious partner, The Girl.
32 minutes | Dec 24, 2009
Episode 7: Roberto 'Berto' Santiago
In this episode, I talk to my good friend and former Washington Renegades teammate Roberto Santiago, who is a referee with the Northern California Rugby Referee Society. He shares stories from his playing days, the transition from player to referee and how diversity in the sport can offer some surprising perks.
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