63 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
'A Message of Hope' with Floyd Steadman
In this episode of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Ex Saracens captain and Headmaster Floyd Steadman to the show who recently released his autobiography 'A Week One Summer.' Floyd covers some difficult topics in this chat around his tough and challenging upbringing which lead to foster care and physical and emotional abuse. Floyd discusses how he ended up in rugby and broke barriers down with position and team leadership roles. Floyd reflects on playing in the 80's as a black man and how he had to overcome bias to aim for the top. Floyd then look to explain the other half of his life as a teacher and how he broke down glass ceilings in that field too. A story of hope and hard work, Floyd's story is sure to create moments of reflection and discussion! Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
67 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Every feed counts with Graeme Close and Nutrition X
In this episode of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome world renowned Performance Nutritionist Graeme Close in association with Supplement brand Nutrition X. Graeme discusses how he hopes to educate young people in a 'food first' style diet. Graeme reflects on his association with Nutrition X and how his role with the brand allows him to do some ground breaking study in tandem with his role as a professor at the Liverpool John Moores University. Graeme also looks at how his role with lead Performance Nutritionist for England Rugby has developed and what is entails. Graeme looks back to his playing days in elite level Rugby League and how it is different now. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
50 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Keep it Simple with Shaun Edwards
In episode 2 of Wind Yer Neck In , season 3, we welcome current France Rugby Union Defence coach Shaun Edwards to the show. In a rare interview, Shaun discusses transitioning from League to Union and how his late mother helped with the decision. Shaun talks coaching philosophy and how 'keeping it simple' helps when under the biggest pressure and strain. Shaun also touches on the game as it is now and how some of the new law adaptations have changed the game. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
60 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
"Discipline comes from deep within you" with Joel Stransky
In episode 1 of the brand new Season 3 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome world cup winner and the only point scorer in the final against a famous New Zealand side, Joel Stransky to the show! Joel discusses what needs to change in the game for Rugby Union as a product to improve. Joel delves into some of the inspirational leaders and coaches he worked with and what made them such high performers. Joel then reflects on his youth and how it paved the way for his success and the behaviours he learnt along the way! Joel finishes by giving unheard insight into the prep for the famous '95 world cup final and how he prepped for it. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
78 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
'Light the Fire' with GJ Van Velze
In episode 13 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome GJ Van Velze to the show. GJ talks through his early childhood and how his school life shaped his character. GJ touches on his time with the Blue bulls and his move to Saints came about after a conversation with a coach. GJ looks to explain how he found the culture shift in England compared to what he was used to as a South African in Pretoria. GJ describes the meeting he had with former Director of Rugby Dean Ryan that finally made him put off retiring and heading back to South Africa and instead take on a new challenge at the Worcester Warriors. GJ talks concussion and the blow that had him out for 12 months and how his rehab was to get back. GJ passionately talks about the business he created with the help of a former sponsor during his period out with concussion and how it looks to grow going forward. GJ tells us what the future holds for him. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
63 minutes | May 28, 2021
'Inspiring Others' with Francois Hougaard
In episode 12 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Worcester Warriors teammate and Springbok star Francois Hougaard to the show. Francois begins by talking through his up bringing and how his family supported him and encouraged him to be driven and athletic. Francois talks us through his time at school, Paul Roos Gymnasium. How important it was there and what skills and life lessons he learnt. Francois discusses his steps into professional rugby and how moving to the Bulls in Pretoria and working with Fourie Du Preez shaped and accelerated his development. Francois explains his development and how that forged the way for his Springbok career to flourish. Francois then looks at the highs and lows of being involved in international rugby and how he cherishes the experiences. Francois talks us through the process of moving into the Blitzboks which is the South African 7's team and the gruelling training that it took to win an Olympic bronze medal. Francois then explains to us how his move to the Worcester Warriors came about. Francois describes how he has enjoyed his time and thanks the fans for all their support. Francois finally touches on his next move to Wasps just up the motorway and how exciting that is for him. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
85 minutes | May 7, 2021
In Episode 11 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome a special panel consisting of English International Matt Kvesic, Scottish International Kelly Brown and Welsh international and former British and Irish Lion Richard Hibbard to the show. In this episode we break down the recent announcement of the 37 man touring squad that Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland has selected to tour South Africa in July 2021. The panel works its way through some of the big names left out, some of the people who have come from left field and the touring captain Alun Wyn Jones role whilst on tour. Finally the panel looks to try and take a step into Warren Gatland's mind and pick what they believe will be his match day 23 for the first test against South Africa. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
71 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
'Out of the frying pan, into the fire.' with John Robbie
In episode 10 of Wind Yer Neck In we welcome former Irish Rugby International, British and Irish Lion star John Robbie to the show. John recalls his Irish Rugby debut and the lead up to it being an interesting turn of events. John discusses the pride and honour he felt when he had been called into the British and Irish Lions squad for the 1981 tour to South Africa. John looks back to reflect on the decision to tour South Africa at a time when tensions were high and how he regrets the decision to this day. John recalls the decision to move to South Africa later in the year of 1981 to play for Transvaal and how that lead to being included in South Africa squads for year to come and accumulating in being named as one of the 'Top 5' players in South Africa in the year 1987. John looks back with pride on the transition he made away from Rugby into a small local Radio show that boomed into becoming a huge show and somewhere he spent 30+ years of his life. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
71 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
'I am who I am' with Ollie Lawrence
In episode 9 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome the young and hugely talented Worcester Warriors and England Centre Ollie Lawrence to the show. Ollie talks early life, social media hype around him and how he and his family shielded and prepared him for that. Ollie then discusses the rapid transition into senior professional rugby and how that experience fed his hunger to be the best centre in the world. Ollie then reflects on a time in his life when he need to show huge amount of resilience and mental toughness with an ankle injury that put his career in doubt. Working towards the present, Ollie talks about his England debut and how life is in England camps and bubbles and how they manage those. Ollie shares his experiences with Eddie Jones the infamous England Rugby Head Coach. Finally Ollie discusses the Lions Tour and who his starting back line would be and how important the BLM message is for him and how he continues to spread the message that 'Racism has no place in life.' As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
71 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
'An Unconventional Route' with Josh Adams
In episode 8 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Cardiff and Wales Rugby Union starJosh Adams to the show. Josh looks back to his unconventional route back into professional rugby after being let go by the Welsh Rugby Regions, only to find a new home in Worcester with the Warriors. Josh looks back to the early stages of breaking into the senior team and how he forged a reputation as one of the most deadly finishers in the English Premiership over a period of 3 seasons. Josh reflects then on how he was challenged to make a decision to go back to Wales due to the current '60 cap rule' and how difficult a decision that was. Josh discusses how enjoyable the experience of representing his country has been and what life was like when he first got invited into camp. We look back at the most recent Six Nations competition and Josh describes how painful the loss to France was. Finally Josh allows himself a moment to think about the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa in the summer and how much of an honour it would be to travel with the Lions. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
77 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Internal Drivers with Rory Best
In episode 7 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome former British and Irish Lion, third most capped Irish player of all time and former captain and Ulster Rugby legend Rory Best to the show. Rory starts by discussing his journey into professional rugby and how 2 years in Newcastle at university gave him the spark he needed to push on with his rugby career. Rory reflects on his time cutting his teeth at Irish club rugby level before he broke through to the Ulster Rugby set up and shortly after became the captain of the squad. Leadership and how it has developed is something Rory looks to analyse, discussing how he developed and how the culture of Ulster Rugby was challenged into better shape. In line with this Rory talks about how Irish Rugby took a change and how influential Joe Schmidt was to that. Rory chats us through some of the highlights in his career Finally Rory explains how important the Lions are and what we might see this summer amidst the ongoing Covid situation. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
89 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
'Commitment Culture' with Damian Hughes
In episode 6 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Professor Damian Hughes to the show. Damian is the man behind many of the best sports psychology books out there like ‘The Barcelona Way’, ‘The Winning Mindset’, ‘Liquid Thinking,' He also doubles up as a Consultant for many elite level sports teams including previously working with the Scottish Rugby Union Team in the build up to the World cup in 2015 and also in Education roles and within the corporate world. A Professor of ‘Organisational Psychology and change’ at Manchester Met he has dedicated his life to understanding and exploring environments and cultures for which people and teams can most be successful. Damian allows us to explore many of the frameworks he has written about. One fo the things Damian and I discuss is the different types of culture long with what makes a good leader in these cultures. Damian reflects on how his life has been in High Performance and the people he has learnt from along the way. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
64 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
'Forming Early Habits' with AB De Villiers
In episode 5 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome one of the most iconic batsmen to have wielded a cricket bat in the modern era. AB De Villiers the ICC ODI Player of the Year three times during his 15-year international career and was one of the five 'Wisden' cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019. AB starts by allowing us to journey back to his upbringing in South Africa and how his early years formed by battling it out in the garden with his brothers began the journey to becoming one of the most iconic batsmen to play the game. AB reflects on how his brothers drove him to respect every opportunity he got and fight to mix it with the older boys. AB then praises how his school time at 'Affies' a prestigious sporting school in Pretoria created an environment for him to flourish and excel in many sports. AB looks back to his decision to retire from International cricket and how burned out he was feeling at the time. To conclude AB looks at the balance he has now, his drive to play being as strong as ever and how he enjoys the IPL (Indian Premier League) with some of the best fans in the world! As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
45 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
'It's Always About People' with Johann Van Graan
In episode 4 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome current Munster Rugby head coach Johann Van Graan to the show. Johann shares how his Munster Rugby team have navigated Covid and how the season has gone so far. Johann reflects on his untraditional journey into coaching and how the people he worked with gave him opportunities he is grateful for. Johann looks back at his time at his beloved Blue Bulls in South Africa before he moved into a role with the Springbok National team which was a dream come true for him. Johann talks passionately about how his Springbok journey went and the memories he made. Finally we move to Johann discussing how the move to Munster came about and how he has been in awe of what a community Munster Rugby is and why it is such a special, high performing place. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
83 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Learning Curves with Iain Henderson
In episode 3 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Ulster Rugby Club Captain, Irish International and British and Irish Lion, Iain Henderson to the show. Iain talks about his upbringing and how his school and club helped form great habits which he would lean on as he entered and began to excel in professional rugby. Iain reflects on the difficult introduction to professional rugby and how that steep learning curve moulded him into becoming a force within Irish and European Rugby. Iain chats about early experiences in Irish camp as a young man and where and what he was doing when he found out he was selected to go on the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand in 2017. Iain looks back at how he has had to deal with injuries and what his mentality is like to get back on the pitch. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
58 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
'Clear the mind, watch the ball, look to score' with Dawid Malan
In episode 2 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome Dawid Malan fresh off back off leading the English Twenty20 Cricket team to a 3-0 series win over South Africa which also cemented their place as the number 1 ranked team in this format. Dawid had a 'Man of the Match' display in game two followed by a record breaking partnership in which he scored 99 runs not out in game three. Throughout the episode Dawid allows us to discuss his journey into international cricket beginning with the culture shock of moving from South Africa to England as a young man. Dawid reflects on his rise through the Middlesex ranks and his England Debut. Dawid reveals the true intricacies of facing long spells in the crease and how he prepares to face some of the most devastating bowlers to have played the sport. How does analysis fit into Dawid's preparation and what changes did he need to make to finally shift his career the direction he wanted. Amazing insight from a man who is at the top of his sport at this current moment. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
60 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Bounce Back Ability with Duncan Weir
In episode 1 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' Season 2, we welcome Scotland Rugby Union International and Worcester Warriors Out-half Duncan Weir to the show! Duncan starts off by providing insight into what goes on in Scotland camp during the Covid-19 pandemic and how the lads are keeping busy. Duncan looks back to his early years as a keen Rangers Football fan and at which point rugby became the path he would pursue. Duncan reflects on what it was like to burst onto the Professional Rugby scene at a young age and play for his hometown club Glasgow Warriors. Duncan then assesses the challenge presented when he is asked to leave Glasgow and instead join their bitter rivals Edinburgh in order to keep his international career alive. Injuries ensure this is not a comfortable period and Duncan then considers how his move to Worcester Warriors creates an opportunity to play regularly and reflects on how it felt to make his first international cap in 3 years. Duncan also talks about how he wants to give back and is helping raise funds for 'Acorns Children's Hospice' in this difficult time. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
59 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
BONUS - The English Championship with Ed Griffiths
In this BONUS episode of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we get an exclusive chat with the man who has brought a new proposal to English Rugby. In this chat Ed outlines in great detail some of the areas of his proposal to revamp the The Championship (the second tier competition in English Rugby) as we know it, into The English Championship (TEC) moving forward. Ed explains how changes to Player Welfare, Academies, Independent Governance and the Finances in the proposal would work. Most importantly Ed explains why this could be seen as a big step in the right direction for a league that is on its knees. This is an exclusive interview, where Ed shares all about what has been proposed and how it has gone so far in unheard detail. We hope you guys enjoy!! As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of the sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
51 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
The Lion King with Willie John Mcbride
In episode 20 of 'Wind Yer Neck In' we welcome “the Lion King”, Willie John Mcbride to the show. Willie John is one of the most iconic Rugby Union Players to have played the great game and a few months after his 80th birthday we welcome the legend on for a chat.Willie John discusses early life and a rapid rise into rugby from being a farmer and having to prioritise work when tragedy hit home. Willie John reflects on how the call up to the Lions touring squad came only 4 years after starting to play the sport and how the experience benefited him. Willie John moves through the tours discussing what experience he picked up and in 1971 when the Lions enjoyed an outright test series win over The All Blacks and how that shifted the mentality of the Lions going forward. We get the chance to review Willie John's experience of being named as captain for the 1974 Lions tour of South Africa and what it was like to be part of the team labelled since, "The Invincible's."The "Invincible's" went unbeaten in 22 games in South Africa and Willie John gets the chance to appreciate some of the players he shared a team with. Finally, Willie John analyses what it is to be a great leader and what characteristics stand out in someone who acts accordingly. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!
67 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
'Pinch yourself moments' with Jonny Arr
In episode 19 of 'Wind Yer Neck In', we welcome former teammate and close friend Jonny Arr to the show. Jonny starts our discussion at the beginning of his long and illustrious career with Worcester Warriors and Worcester RFC. Starting as an under 8, Jonny reflects on his long-term association with Worcester Rugby, which included a 12 year professional career with Worcester Warriors. Jonny reveals some of the highs and some of the lows that came with that longstanding relationship. From injuries and social media haters to testimonials and big wins, Jonny’s passion for the club can never be questioned and he reviews how he felt when that journey came to an end. A trip into the semi-professional world was next for Jonny with Moseley RFC and he describes that experience, as well as the point at which he knew he was going to hang up the boots for good. Jonny talks about how the transition from professional player to professional career can be portrayed and how he would like to see that mindset change. Finally Jonny describes what gets him out of bed every morning now and how much satisfaction he gets in his new line of work. As always, we hope you enjoy this chat with one of sport's biggest characters. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@WindYerNeck_In) and Instagram (windyerneck.in)!