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Sports Personalities with Ben James
77 minutes | Sep 2, 2019
Episode 2 - Ian Gough
Ian Gough spent 19 years playing rugby at the highest level, making his senior debut for his local club Newport RFC in 1996, he made went on to play for Pontypridd, the Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys and London Irish, before hanging up his boots in 2015. Ian also won 64 Wales caps.Known as a hardworking, big-hitting and honest player, Ian had a rollercoaster career, from making his debut for Wales in their historic loss to South Africa in 1998 to being involved in two historic Grand Slam winning teams in 2005 and 2009. Ian is the first to admit that at times he didn't help his cause, as evidenced by his falling out with Steve Hansen after not making the 2003 world cup squad. What's inspiring in Ian's story is that he used his mistakes as lessons to help him to achieve great success in the second half of his career. At 32, when many professional athletes think they're approaching the end of their career, Ian led Wales out to prior to the 2008 Grand Slam decider against France in Cardiff and two years later he won his first-ever league title in Dublin for the Ospreys against Leinster.Show Notes02:00 - How Ian coped with the transition into retirement. 03:00 - Why Ian hasn't pursued coaching or punditry as full-time careers.07:00 - Replacing the buzz of being a professional rugby player.10:45 - Why Ian chose to settle in Swansea.13:30 - The story of the time he flew himself and one of Ryan Jones' close friends to Dublin to watch a game when out injured for the Ospreys (and the hung-over return flight).14:45 - How Ian got into Rugby while growing up in Cwmbran, his role models, and most influential coach.18:15 - Overcoming asthma and heart problems to make it in rugby.19:30 - The disappointment of being dropped by his County schools team and then Wales Youth team.21:30 - Playing senior rugby in Canada for Toronto Nomads at 18 years old.24:20 - Exposure into Senior rugby in the Welsh League with Newport RFC. Being professionals in name only.26:30 - His move to Pontypridd, a good working-class team with some quality players like Martyn Williams and Neil Jenkins.31:00 - Jerry Collins stories.33:00 - The infamous 1998 South Africa Tour. Winning his first cap - the best and worst game of his career. 39:00 - Ian's thoughts on whether he should have been a 100 cap player. 42:00 - Would he change anything in his career?44:30 - Michael Owen's old head on young shoulders.46:30 - On his first year at the Dragons under Mike Ruddock, coming third in the league.48:45 - Ian's take on the 'player power' scandal under Mike Ruddock and how it felt similar to Grannygate.51:00 - The Gareth Jenkins era as Wales coach.54:00 - The turnaround under Warren Gatland.57:00 - The Ospreys' team mentality; expecting to win, a relaxed changing room.01:03:00 - Scott Johnson's difficulty in controlling the Ospreys on his first 'fun bus' as coach and Jerry Collins enjoying himself a bit too much.01:05:00 - The 'old school' Ospreys tour to Ireland leading to Mike Phillips being KO'd twice by the same person!01:10:00 - The infamous night after Warren Gatland's first game in charge of Wales (vs. England), leading to Gavin Henson lighting his tie on fire and Shane Williams offering to fight Warren Gatland.01:13:00 - Post playing career, being involved in helping players invest their money. The similarity between ex-service people and ex-rugby players and Ian's work with Hire a Hero.
64 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Episode 1 - Bernard Jackman
Former Ireland international rugby player Bernard Jackman had playing career spanning 13 years, starting at dawn of the professional era under Warren Gatland at Connacht in 1997. He went on to achieve great success, winning team honours such as a winning a European Challenge Cup with Sale, a Celtic League and Heineken Cup with Leinster. He also won 9 Ireland caps and the personal accolade of Leinster player of the year in a star-studded team.We covered a lot of ground in our conversation, from Bernard's childhood growing up on a working farm in rural Leinster to his introduction to Rugby at Boarding School and how this led to him becoming one of the first professional rugby players in Ireland.Bernard talks about how he overcame injury and being forced out of the professional game to establishing himself as a key member of a successful and talented Leinster team. He also candidly shares his battles with numerous concussions at the end of his career and why he transitioned into coaching. The interview took place in December 2018 when Bernard was the head coach of the Dragons region, based in Newport, South Wales. Shortly after the interview Bernard parted ways with the region and is now living and working back in Ireland, coaching Bective Rangers FC in Dublin and doing a great job as a rugby pundit on Irish TV. Show Notes01:30 - His first impressions of Joe Schmidt.03:00 - How Michael Cheika changed the Leinster team culture.04:10 - The attraction of working as a coach in France and why he didn't stay at Leinster.07:20 - The importance of 'networking' in coaching. 10:00 - The problems & challenges with the role of Head Coach in rugby.14:30 - The rise of Johnny Sexton. 18:00 - Facing his former team Leinster as a coach. 19:12 - Growing up on a farm in Carlow, working from a young age with his father.21:20 - Being sent to Boarding School by his parents to give him the opportunity to study. 23:40 - The Irish rugby culture at the start of the professional era while Bernard was in University.25:00 - How rugby has advanced since the start of his career and today. 27:00 - The challenges facing academy players in preparing for life after rugby. 29:00 - Why he didn't expect to be a professional rugby player. 31:00 - His plans to study in Japan and how Warren Gatland persuaded him not to.33:00 - What he takes from his former coaches in order to form his own style.34:00 - The old-fashioned' tour of South Africa with Ireland under Warren Gatland in 1998.36:10 - The battle between the clubs and provinces in Ireland and why he went to play for Sale at the age of 21.38:00 - How he improved as a player while playing at Sale alongside big names like Jason Robinson and Bryan Redpath. 39:00 - Dropping down to the third tier to play amateur rugby. 41:30 - The importance of self belief in playing and coaching.44:30 - Working with former Brumbies player David Knox, how success leaves fingerprints. 45:00 - Why joining Clontarf was the smartest decision he made in his career.48:00 - Breaking back into professional rugby for his second stint at Connacht.52:30 - Signing for his home province Leinster. 55:00 - How he worked with mental coach Enda McNulty to overcome the mental block about line out throwing. 57:30 - The importance of mental wellbeing and creating a 'safe environment' for modern players. 58:40 - How he became very susceptible to concussions and how it impacted him towards the end of his career. 1:01:11 - Winning player of the year for Leinster and the team success in winning the league and the Heineken cup. 1:03:00 - What made Brian O'Driscoll so good.
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