The Rugby Bricks Podcast is about speaking with some of the brightest minds, smartest coaches and most talented athletes from all around the world. We're breaking down their habits of what's made them successful and sharing their insights, tips, and quirks from their fields to make you the best you can be whether that's on or off the pitch.
#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.
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#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
Thanks for taking the time to outwork, outlearn, and particularly share with everyone. The insights your guests are prepared to share with you, because they obviously respect what you are doing, are hugely interesting. Which gives all us with a growth mindset more wonderful bricks in our walls. Applicable to all aspects of life. Thanks again Peter.
Best head gear wearing winger
Just listened to the lil papi poddy after seeing it on insta and really enjoyed it. really liked how in depth you got in the interview and vibe of it but realised yous needed a little help with one of the questions. Best headgear wearing winger?? Well francis meli was a gun and wore head gear for a bit when he was kamikazing head first blindsiding centres on d lol todd byrne also gets a special mention as he too like lil papi weighed 70kg soaking wet and wore head gear for a little bit. But the GOAT winger with head gear and the first person i thought of and maybe a bit before your guys times but was an absolute weapon, was Ty williams from the cowboys and queensland 🔥🔥 had that old school head gear too which made him even more of a GOAT and faster than cheetah chasing a ferrari driven by josh addo carr. Keep up the good work bruhs and best of luck this season lil paps
Ben O’Keeffe podcast
Listening from Australia (sorry) and really enjoyed Ben O’Keeffe podcast.