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59 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
#54: Chloe Dalton | Dealing With The Pressure Of Being A Triple Sports Elite Athlete & Being A Change Maker For The Paralympian's.
Chloe Dalton is one of Australia’s few triple sports athletes. She has been a part of the WNBL with the Sydney Uni Flames. Chloe then represented Australia in rugby sevens and made her debut in 2014 on the Dubai women's sevens circuit. Chloe won a gold medal as a part of the women’s sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was recognised as Australia’s top Rugby 7s player in 2017, winning the Shawn Mackay Medal. As well as her achievements in the rugby and basketball world, Chloe then crossed codes again to Aussie Rules. She made her debut in 2019 for Carlton in the AFLW, Chloe was recently named Runner-Up in the Carlton Best and Fairest Awards for the 2020 AFLW season. In this episode, we learn what it takes to compete at the highest level across three sports & the journey to success of some of the top female Australian athletes. We dive into: How Chloe was a driving factor into getting the Paralympians competing at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics the same pay for winning medals as the other Olympic athletes. The reason behind creating ‘The Female Athlete Project’ and why it is such a game-changer in the world of sport. Challenging the misconception around women’s sports and shedding light on their achievements and gaining mainstream media exposure. How Chloe managed to stay at the top of her game in each sporting code and receiving huge praise and accolades after each sporting transition. If you are an aspiring young athlete who is striving to make the next level then Chloe will give you the inspiration to do so. This episode is about the journey to becoming a professional athlete and gives you advice on how to handle pressure and adversity along the way. This podcast is extremely relevant in the sporting world because women’s sports have typically had a back seat in terms of media coverage. As women’s sports is growing rapidly so are their successes and Chloe has created a platform to share and expose the incredible stories of Australian female athletes. Make sure you check out this awesome and insightful initiative ‘The Female Athlete Project’
44 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
#53: Peter Breen & Kale Panoho | The First Release Of The New Limited Edition Rugby Bricks Gold Rare NFT
Firstly, we can't wait to launch our first NFT on Friday the 17th of September 2021 and we wouldn’t have been able to get this across the line without the ongoing support of our community and the interest in the project so the thanks goes out to the Rugby Bricks community. This episode of the Rugby Bricks podcast is a bit different. The podcast strays away from its usual rugby theme and dives into the cryptocurrency and NFT world to get you excited for the release of our first Rugby Bricks Gold Rare Mid Cut NFT this Friday. The two brains of Rugby Bricks share their knowledge in the digital asset space and educate you on why it’s important and how it will work. If you’re into rugby and looking to understand the future of the space of how we see this working this podcast is just a glimpse. We dive into: How Rugby Bricks has created a strong fan and customer base by creating extra value in their products and overdelivering on the new project launches. The reason behind creating an NFT in the first place and how the artwork and production of the new launch came to fruition. Why the NFT space is taking over and how cryptocurrency will change the way we pay, trade and create value within the digital world in the future. Examples of the benefits of owning an NFT and what we can expect from large companies and how they will change the game using digital currency. This will be our first of its kind Rugby Bricks NFT giveaway. With every kicking tee purchased on Friday via our online store, only ten customers will be receiving one of these limited edition Rugby Bricks Gold Rare NFT's at random. The holder of this NFT will receive annually a Rugby Bricks Limited Edition Gift Pack that is not for purchase on any other platform. Watch our latest @rugbybricks YouTube Video titled - What Are NFT's and How Do They Work?
83 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
#52: Wayne Smith | Creating a Winning Formula In The All Blacks Environment & Becoming A Tactical Genius
Wayne Smith is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, currently the Director of Rugby for the Japanese Top League club, the Kobelco Steelers. Smith’s first significant coaching role was for the Crusaders in the 1997 season and went on to win back to back titles in 1998 and 1999, before being appointed the head coach of the All Blacks in 2000. Smith is regarded as one of the greatest rugby coaches in history. Nicknamed “The Professor”, Smith is considered to be the All Blacks tactical genius who helped engineer two Rugby World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015. He is one of two coaches to win back to back Rugby World Cups. Along with the Crusader’s championships, he also helped the Chiefs secure their first Super Rugby title in 2012 and then went back to back again in 2013. Smith has had one of the most decorated careers of any coach and in this episode of the podcast, we learn what it takes to create the results he has. We dive into: How Smith handled the public pressure of being an All Blacks coach and dealing with adversity when things didn’t go his way. The importance of speaking your mind in a close coaching unity, even though the other coaches opinions may differ from your own. How Sonny Bill Williams changed the game with his offloading ability and how Smith added his skillset into the strike moves. The importance of having high-quality game sense and thinking on your feet instinctively when on the counter-attack and in high-stakes moments. How Smith approaches each team he’s involved in with a different mindset and culture, as each franchise will vary in its values, ethos and strategy. From grassroots rugby to the All Blacks, this episode has it all. If you are a player, coach or supporter, this podcast is for you. It gives insights and secrets into the All Blacks camp and how they prepare. We take a look at being creative with new innovative tactics on the field and not shying away from strategies that haven’t been done or seen. Please enjoy this in-depth and enlightening episode with none other than Wayne Smith.
60 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
#51:Mitch Hunt | How To Master Game Driving Ability & Kicking Strategy When Under Pressure.
Mitch Hunt is a professional New Zealand rugby player. Hunt was among the top 10 lead point scorers for the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament and the top 3 lead point scorers in the 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition. Hunt has already managed to play over 70 games of Super Rugby with the Crusaders and Highlanders combined. He is currently about to begin the Bunnings NPC season with the Tasman Makos where he has already notched up 56 games for the club and has won back to back championships. Since high school Hunt has been a stand out first five and fullback and has was involved in representative grade rugby coming through the ranks, including New Zealand Under 20s. His ability to read the game and break open a defensive line has earned him the opportunity to play at the Super Rugby level and most likely higher honours in future years. In this episode, we learn what it takes to become a world-class game driver and how leadership is also about your actions on the field, not just what is said in the sheds. We dive into: How Aaron Smith has instilled confidence in his players to make the right decisions and back themselves to execute when called upon. The importance of creating strategies to beat teams that are stronger and more physical, but still being able to command the game with kicking tactics and having the team buy into the game plan. The process Mitch takes when going through his kicking routine and basing his overall performance on the feel rather than technical issues. How the Tasman Makos have created strong values and culture within the team environment which saw them become back to back champions in the 2019, 2020 NPC competition. Mitch’s thoughts around playing for the Crusaders and the lessons and learnings he took from the franchise and how it grew him as a player leading into his Highlanders career. If you’re someone who is looking to understand the skills, communication and tactics of a world-class first five and fullback. This episode is about taking the reins as the game driver and being confident in your decision making ability and having the freedom from the coaches to back yourself. It gives insights into a professional rugby environment and how they prepare differently for each team and being able to figure out strategies to dominate whilst being a smaller and less physical team.
69 minutes | May 26, 2021
#50: Kale Panoho | The Journey Still To Come For Rugby Bricks & Living In A Digital World.
Kale is the partner of K&J Growth and Rugby Bricks. His companies have worked with local businesses like BNZ and local gyms through to international brands like TikTok, Microsoft and Monster Energy and have helped hundreds of businesses go online. Kale is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and the only New Zealand representative to sit on the council and one of the key delivery team members behind Digital Boost. He has opened his own gym in a facility he didn’t own, and with no equipment except A3 & A4 cutouts, within 14 days he turned a $200 marketing budget into $202,000 of annual revenue. In this episode, we learn the common mistakes people make when creating a business idea and why it is important to have core values and vision within a business environment. We dive into: The Biggest mistakes people are making with attempting to start a new business and how to overcome those challenges. Why Ryan Papenhuyzen is hungry for knowledge and extremely curious, and his willingness to put in the work to continue to get better every day. Some of the Rugby Bricks product ideas that never made it to the light of day. Peter & Kales top 3 coolest and influential people they have gotten the opportunity to meet over the past year. The importance of building players and helping them develop and grow as people over simply going through the motions and becoming complacent. How Peter foresees rugby’s future, what trends he is seeing and what people need to be paying attention to more. This Interview is a great reflection on how far Rugby Bricks has come as a brand and how things are heading in the future. The two brains of Rugby Bricks share some secrets and great stories into how they have gotten to where they are today and what’s next. If you are a rugby fanatic or striving entrepreneur then this podcast has all the insights to give you the confidence to take the leap to the next level. Don’t forget to check out Digital Boost with more information and tools that will help you use digital tools and technologies to support your business’ success.
65 minutes | May 12, 2021
#49: Chelsea Alley | The Reality Of Women’s Rugby & How They Live, Train & Survive.
Chelsea Alley is a New Zealand Professional rugby player. She is currently the captain of the Waikato Women's team In the Farah Palmer Cup and has broken the union's record for most games and points. Alley also won the World Cup in 2017 and has been a part of the NZ black ferns since 2013. For the past 10 years, Alley has represented clubs from an amateur to an international level and has poured her heart and soul into the sport. Among her accolades, she was recently named in the Chiefs side that played in the first-ever Women’s Super Rugby game between the Chiefs & Blues taking the victory 39-13. In this open and honest podcast, Alley shares her thoughts into the reality of her own life as a semi-professional rugby player and how she has struggled with juggling three jobs and also performing at the highest level of rugby. We dive into: How Chelsea's childhood developed her kicking game by practising in the backyard with her brother & the idea around most young players tending to overcomplicate these skills. The Importance of women's rugby needing to change to a professional syndicate and breaking the stigma around their mental & physical wellbeing. The process Chelsea takes to set up for a kick and her how internal feelings drastically affect the outcome of the kick in high stake environments. Dealing with constant pressure and high expectations of the public to consistently perform at the highest level while trying to sustain a healthy life balance. How Chelsea’s has become a role model for the youth and set an example for the next generation of women’s rugby players. Chelsea's thoughts around the Chiefs Mana resurgence and her personal experience being a part of the historic first women’s Super Rugby game. This podcast is extremely relevant in the rugby world and has been an issue that keeps getting swept under the carpet. We are excited to see the women's game grow and develop further in the future and we hope this podcast resonates with a lot of people and inspires young women to get involved in the game. Please share this podcast with someone who will really benefit from this sincere and genuine conversation.
85 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
#48: Ben Herring | The Art Of The Tackle & Jackal & How To Outsmart Your Opponents With Cunning Tactics
Ben Herring is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, currently the assistant coach of the Newest Japanese top league team the Hino Red Dolphins. He was the Otago rugby head coach from 2018 to 2019 winning the Ranfurly Shield with the side in 2018. Herring's had a decorated coaching career which has given him the opportunity to be involved with two Super Rugby teams, the Highlanders & Sunwolves. Furthermore, he has helped coach the Japanese national side alongside Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown from 2015 to 2018. Herring also played professionally in both New Zealand and England making notable appearances for the Highlanders & Hurricanes. Herring made a strong impression abroad when he represented the Leicester Tigers from 2007 to 2009, he was awarded the newcomer of the year in 2008 and was renowned as a turnover specialist. In this episode of the podcast, we learn what it takes to create a successful team environment & how the soft skills of rugby build a positive culture. We dive into: The perception of public pressure and how coaches can find small wins with private success within the team environment Understanding the importance of culture and how to win the changing room and creating an environment that is bigger than yourself The importance of managing egos & personalities within the team environment and how to create strong values and leaders to have a positive impact on the group How to analyse effort as a coach and seeing the bigger picture with players that struggle to commit themselves to difficult tasks Ben’s idea around being able to still be successful defensively whilst being the smallest on the field by outwitting your opponents There is so much detail and insights in this episode. If you're a player, coach or admirer of rugby this podcast gives you everything from tactics in the jackal & tackle and also awareness around being more empathic as a coach. Understanding that culture and leadership are the basis for building a successful rugby team. Don’t forget to check out Revolution Rugby with more content that will help any coach and player at all levels.
80 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#47: Rachel Vickery | How The Melbourne Storm Use Breathing Tactics to Excel Under Pressure
Rachel Vickery is an elite breathing and high-performance strategist. She has been a part of some of the top sporting organisations, including the Golden State Warriors, PGA Golf, Sydney Roosters and currently working with the Melbourne Storm. From her time with these teams, she has been labelled as ‘The Athlete Whisperer’. Rachels interest in elite sports has stemmed from her time as an international gymnast on the New Zealand team for 6 years, competing against the world's best at the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships. Rachel shares her extensive knowledge of breathing and has helped many teams and individuals reach full physical, mental and emotional capacity when under high stake environments. Throughout this episode we dive into: Rachels experience with the NBA Golden State Warriors team and how high-performance coaches from Australia and New Zealand are making a name for themselves on the world stage Understanding how improving your breathing will give you a performance edge and help you execute when it counts under pressure Rachel’s idea about magic happening outside your comfort zone and how your body needs to be comfortable being uncomfortable Breaking down stereotypical trends about body posture and how to keep your technique and fluidity it tact while in big moments How to intentionally set yourself up for success with mental tips and tricks that regain your composure, focus and mental clarity If your someone who struggles in high-pressure environments or wants to execute in clutch moments then this podcast has everything you need to learn the tips and tricks to train yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally for high performance.
69 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
#46: Joe Rokocoko | The Fijian Flyer & The Art of Deception On The Pitch
Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko is a professional New Zealand rugby union player. Rokocoko is one of the top ten try scorers of all time in International Test Rugby. Rokocoko played 96 matches for the Auckland Blues and 69 first class test matches for the All Blacks before moving to France where he played 98 matches for Bayonne and 87 matches for Racing 92 retiring in 2019. Rokocoko right now is a skills development consultant for the team at Racing 92. To keep up with Joe and what’s he doing now you can follow and find Joe on Instagram @jrokocoko and on Twitter @J_Rokocoko. In terms of what Joes shares on this episode it’s one of our best for learning the intricacies of: How Joe grew playing one touch in his driveway and how this style of “Fijian” rugby allowed him to see space on the pitch creatively Understanding how the man off the ball dictates move you’re going to do and it’s not one carrying the ball who is the playmaker How Mils Muliaina created safe comms so that Joe could trust his speed and the tools that a good communicator needs in your back three How to deceive players with your face and eyes while your body and your actions tell a different story and how to exploit the space in between If you’re someone who is looking to understand the skills, communication and tactics of a world class speed merchant this is your episode. This episode is about implementing the big and little habits that Joe has used in his career to achieve some of the feats he has and putting them into your own game. The first episode of 2021 is a hell of a listen. Get ready to learn and leverage the knowledge in this episode with Joe Rokocoko.
69 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
#45: Robbie Deans | Creating The Crusaders Championship Culture & Building Living Legacies
Robbie Deans is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, currently the head coach of the Panasonic Wild Knights. He was head coach of the Australian national team between 2008 and 2013. Deans had previously coached the Crusaders for eight seasons and was an assistant coach of New Zealand between late 2001 and 2003. As the coach of the Crusaders, Deans has won more Super Rugby titles than any other. As a player, Deans represented Canterbury and the All Blacks. Deans has had one of the most decorated careers to date as a rugby coach and in this episode of the podcast, we learn what it takes to create the results he has. We dive into: Understanding that culture is something that isn’t seen when you’re in the room with the team but what they say when you’re not in the room How Deans created the Crusaders culture of victory as back to back to back champions and how players maintained an amateur ethos to leave a legacy of victory How he made all players have one interest outside of rugby to avoid crumbling under pressure when things weren’t going right on the pitch How the Crusaders nearly didn’t make it to a semi-final in Dunedin because an over-excited bus driver lost his nerve because he was too excited and couldn’t get the players to the ground in time and how he built this type of culture across the entire Canterbury community From management to matches this podcast had everything. If you’re a coach, player or supporter this Rugby Bricks episode is worth listening to twice. Once for the joy of it and the second for the knowledge. Please enjoy this wide-ranging and impressive episode with none other than Robbie Deans.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
#44: Black Friday | The Launch Of Our Latest Product
It’s Black Friday at Rugby Bricks and we’re chatting through the launch of our new RB Kicker Boot Bag, grubbers and everything Black Friday deals. Here’s what we’re covering in today’s episode: A new RB Product Launch: The Rugby Bricks Kickers Boot Bag is built to keep your boots, your tee and journal protected while on the move. We’ve created a product that is the first of it’s kind for kickers all across the globe who wanted more from their boot bag. We’ve got a limited edition run of 200 snow white variants for each of our tees and we won’t be doing these again. Now is your chance to grab the tees, tools and products used by the world’s most accurate kicker and thousands of other professionals around the world. Deal 1: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Kicking Tee. Put any 2 Tees in the cart and enter the discount code RBBLACKFRIDAY on the checkout page. RB KICKING TEES: https://rugbybricks.com/collections/kicking-tees Deal 2: Buy 1x RB Journal Get 1 Free Kicking Tee. Put journal and your choice of tee in the cart and enter the discount code RBBLACKFRIDAY on the checkout page. RB JOURNAL https://rugbybricks.com/collections/rugby-tools Deal 3: NEW Snow White Kicking Tee Range.RB KICKING TEES: https://rugbybricks.com/collections/kicking-tees Deal 4: New RB Kickers Boot Bag + Free Tee. Put RB boot bag and your choice of tee in the cart and enter the discount code RBBLACKFRIDAY on the checkout page. RB BOOT BAG: https://rugbybricks.com/collections/rugby-tools
42 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
#43: Gareth Jenkinson | Interviewing Siya Kolisi After The 2019 World Cup Final & Revitalising Rugby In South Africa
Gareth Jenkinson is a sports journalist and is one of the team now leading the launch of Rugby Bricks South Africa. This episode covers some special moments: How Gareth interviewed Siya Kolisi as he walked off the pitch after winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup How Gareth’s career in journalism has led him to speak with some of the greatest minds in rugby in South Africa How Rugby Bricks has expanded to South Africa and the key pivotal players of Mike De Beer and Dylan Wilkinson that have helped us launch This interview is a great insight into how far we’ve come at Rugby Bricks and if you’re a rugby fanatic you’ll get to hear some great stories here.
64 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
#42: Leo Breen | Establishing The Rugby Bricks Values & The History Of Rugby Bricks
Leo Breen is my Dad and is the roading manager at Whitestone Cheese in Oamaru where I grew up. In this episode, we discuss the values that drive us inside of Rugby Bricks. We chat through: What it means to lead with empathy How to be you and let others be Why you need to share what you learn with others How to create your own environment and atmosphere for success How to organise your anger and frustration in the right way Rugby Bricks is built on some core values that my business partner Kale and I live by and we’ve shared those with those who work with us. This episode is about sharing those mantras with you and my Dad does a great job of explaining how they came to be. Enjoy!
94 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
#41: Alev Kelter | How Ice Hockey Created A Rugby Olympian & The Mantra of Self Awareness
Leyla Alev Kelter is an American rugby sevens player. She won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games as a member of the United States women's national rugby sevens team. She also made the squad to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and made the Eagles squad for Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2017. In this episode we tackle: Alev’s family and the influence that her mother played in creating scales and how Alev measures herself on the scales of 10. How she implements self-care and has navigated her own self-sabotage. How Alev discovered her purpose inside and outside of rugby. Alev’s skill acquisition and development transfer from ice hockey and soccer to becoming a rugby Olympian. This was a very deep podcast and Alev really brought the tools and tactics to the table on how she has dealt with her own high performance and the ups and downs that come with these moments. If you’re an aspiring athlete this is probably the most resource dense episode we’ve had on dealing with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with playing at the top levels. Take notes and most of all enjoy it.
68 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
#40: Christian Leali'ifano | A Master Class In Game Driving & Leading Your Team
Christian Leali'ifano is an Australian professional rugby player. He currently plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and Toyota Jido Shokki in the Japanese Top League and his usual position is inside centre or fly-half. In this episode we cover: Chrisitan's role in dictating how he has led both the Brumbies and the Wallabies around the park and how to navigate the pressure of international rugby as a game driver His experiences with some of the Wallaby greats and his first experiences alongside Stirling Mortlock and Stephen Larkham What it looks like to overcome adversity both physically and mentally from physical illness to selection pressure This is the first episode of the podcast that will soon be free to view on Rugby Bricks Detail website and as a result, we've made a special clip which you can watch on YouTube to get a better grasp on everything we cover in this episode. Enjoy this one because it's deep and carries a huge amount of information. Lastly, this episode is bought to you by the new Rugby Bricks kicking journal. For the next 3 days, only you'll be able to get a free Rugby Bricks kicking tee of your choice. All you need to do is enter RBFREETEE at checkout when you add both a journal and a tee of your choice to the cart. Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson, Hayden Parker and hundreds of others are keeping a journal about their kicking experiences and you should too. This is your chance to get not just a journal but a chance to keep a record of your journey as a kicker. Take advantage of this deal to not only get a journal that's been two years in the making but a kicking tee used by some of the best players on the planet.
71 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
#39: Mike Harris | What It Takes To Become A World-Class Goal Kicker & The Student Mindset
Mike Harris is a professional rugby player for Toshiba Brave Lupus in Japan's Top League. He has also been capped ten times for Australia. Harris began his career in 2007 with North Harbour in New Zealand's ITM Cup before moving to Australia in 2011. He played for the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby and then joined French club Lyon for two seasons from late 2016. Mike is an eternal student of the game and in this podcast, you learn why. This podcast covers some real intricacies when it comes to goal-kicking, how to navigate selection pressure and the development of his own technique. Here’s the highlight reel: Mike’s personal goal kicking journey and slotting a penalty with 80,000 spectators on the international stage Mike’s personal rituals when it comes to game day preparation His experiences playing for the Wallabies and how role clarity allowed him to excel professionally His mental game and how he used “Jingles” to increase his rhythm during his goal kicking As always we dive into the details in this Rugby Bricks podcast. In terms of goal kicking, we’ve not had a guest go as deep as Mikey does in this one. If you’re looking to perfect your strikes this episode for you and if you’re a coach pass it on to anyone who is looking to convert more. Lastly, this episode is bought to you by the new Rugby Bricks kicking journal. For the next 10 days, only you'll be able to get a free Rugby Bricks kicking tee of your choice. All you need to do is enter RBFREETEE at checkout when you add both a journal and a tee of your choice to the cart. Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson, Hayden Parker and hundreds of others are keeping a journal about their kicking experiences and you should too. This is your chance to get not just a journal but a chance to keep a record of your journey as a kicker. Take advantage of this deal to not only get a journal that's been two years in the making but a kicking tee used by some of the best players on the planet.
139 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
#38: The Greatest Rugby Bricks Podcast Ever
Just like Matt Dunning’s 2003 drop goal that left him in the rugby halls of fame as the first prop to slot a drop goal from 30 metres out this podcast delivers as much value if not more. Peter dives into the Rugby Bricks archives to find the top 10 pieces of passing advice from previous guests. From the world’s best number 9 Aaron Smith through to Olympic Gold Medalist coach Ben Ryan and everyone in between this is the best podcast we’ve made yet. Here’s what we’re tackling: 10 guests in one episode each sharing their best insights into their passing games you’ll hear from Aaron Smith, Ben Okeefe, Tony Brown, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Perry Baker, Ben Ryan, Stephen Larkham, Matt Toomua, Mike Cron and Will Greenwood What I look for when I’m coaching and how to use the advice that these players share throughout the episode The principles that I believe govern a great passing game and how to implement them inside of your own coaching and playing style This episode is simply the best we’ve done because it takes some of the best in the world and puts them all in one place. Just like Reece Hodge’s 60 m kick on the weekend against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe, this podcast is near perfect. Strap in and start learning.
87 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
#37: Will Greenwood | Winning The 2003 World Cup With Jonny Wilkinson & Owning Your Role On The Pitch
Will Greenwood is an English former rugby union player who played for Leicester Tigers and Harlequins and played 55 tests for England and was the centre for the 2003 World Cup-winning team and is our first repeat guest on the Rugby Bricks podcast. Will is a Sky Sports commentator and sports journalist for The Guardian having written over 1.5 M words for the publication on the game of rugby. He’s in the midst of publishing and writing his own book with his co-author Ben Fennell. Will is a virtuoso in all things business, narrative direction, writing and exploring the world around us. Just like our first episode, this one has so many threads and resources that you could spend months on just following up on what Will shares. Here are some of the highlights from the episode: Will shares how David and Goliath was actually an incredibly unfair fight for Goliath and how this relates to rugby How Jonny Wilkinson spent there World Cup Final practising goal kicking and dropkicks while the team was in a huddle before going into overtime against Australia Will talks about he learns with his own personal reading and listening time and how COVID has helped him to improve How to stay in the game and find success as a player in the current professional era We don’t often associate wisdom, understanding and persistent learning with rugby players but Will Greenwood is the living embodiment of this. I love catching up with Will not only because I learn about rugby but because I come away with a better understanding of the world around me. Do some homework on this podcast and listen to the episode least a couple of times because there are so many gems in this one.
71 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
#36: Mike Cron | The Man Behind The All Blacks Front Row & Becoming One Of The Most Innovative & Respected Coaches Of All Time
Mike Cron first began working fulltime with the All Blacks in 2004 and after many years as the All Blacks Scrum Coach, moved into a wider role as the Forwards Coach in 2012. Mike has been coaching since 1982 and is recognised as one of the most innovative and respected coaches in the world. Mike has now retired from coaching the All Blacks forwards and is now focusing on creating a mentoring platform for young players and coaches who are coming through the ranks. This is the first time Mike has appeared on any form of media outlet for a long-form interview and the value in this episode over-delivers. We cover: Mike’s ability to learn from a range of different professional sports including the NBA, NZ Royal Ballet, NRL, sumo-wrestling, shotput and many more The two core contact points of your feet and shoulders in the cleanout, maul, ruck and scrum and how to transfer power through these points to maximise dominance in the game How to explain and deliver drills to athletes and gain their buy in when teaching new concepts and foster questions around why these drills are being taught and creating a safe environment for questions What Mike teaches players when entering the scrum for greater body awareness and simplifying the scrum in a way where all eight bodies move in the same direction cohesively to gain dominance upfront There are so many more gems in this episode that these four highlight points barely scratch the surface. I’ve said this before but this is our best podcast yet and for me, it was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve had as a coach. If you’re a forward, back, coach or admirer of the game of rugby this episode will blow you away. I’ve listened to it four times since recording it and I’m still getting new insights. Listen, learn and repeat. SPONSORS Rugby Bricks - Detail The Detail website is all about giving you access to the insights, tools and tactics that the worlds best are using to get better at the game of rugby. Long form episodes, Passing, Goal Kicking and a Workbook Program for only $8.99 the value in this is crazy. We have always tried to over deliver with content and we 100% have here too. www.rugbybricks-detail.com.
65 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
#35: Abby Gustaitis | Leading The US Eagles & Understanding The Science Behind World Class Habits
Abby Gustaitis is an American rugby union player. She debuted for the United States against France in 2016. She was selected for the squad to the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland. Abby is currently working on her game during COVID-19 as she looks to the possibility of the Olympics Games in Tokyo, next year. Similar to Abby this episode had everything, here's what we covered: How Abby is making the most of lockdown and the core skills she's been developing when you're not allowed at parks or grounds Abby has a Bsc in Physiology and Neurobiology and this has helped her develop world-class habits and breaking down poor ones How Abby focuses on her sleep and how this is directly related to skill development How the Eagles have shifted their culture from secrecy to an open culture where everyone focuses on sharing their knowledge to improve as a group as opposed to individuals This episode was a special one as it highlights the level of detail world-class athletes are willing to go to practice their trade even when everything is against them. If you're looking to build a culture that revolves around science, skills and better habits this episode is our best one yet for it. Get into it and take some notes. Rickaroons: https://www.rickaroons.com/ Superfood & Company: https://www.superfoodandcompany.com/
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