Ulster Rugby Lad Podcast hosted by Peter Lockhart
Episode 15: Squidge AKA Robbie Owen
In this episode of the Ulster Rugby Lad Podcast I’m joined by the world’s most popular rugby youtuber – Squidge Rugby.
He has over 130,000 YouTube subscribers and his videos have been watched millions and millions of times.
Robbie Owen is the man behind Squidge Rugby. While still in his early 20s, he was looking for a way out of a job he hated. He quit and set about making funny YouTube videos about rugby which blended tactical analysis with humour, bringing a fresh and unique insight to rugby that proved so popular it has now become his full-time job.
Squidge is a rugby obsessive and, as you’ll hear, spends hours watching and re-watching games, making notes and thinking of jokes for his videos. His video on South Africa’s World Cup win was retweeted and endorsed by none other than Rassie Erasmus. If you don’t know him already, I highly recommend you watch some of his videos on YouTube.
In this episode we discuss the journey from boring office job to becoming the most popular and respected rugby YouTuber in the world, the insane amount of work that goes into every minute of his videos, his thoughts on the modern game, players to look out for, Irish rugby’s rise and fall, and we have a bit of Ulster rugby chat as well just to keep on point.
I really enjoyed speaking to Squidge, hope you enjoy listening to it.
Episode 14: Kathy Dane
In this episode I speak to Old Belvedere, Ulster, and Ireland scrum-half, Kathryn Dane.
Life in women’s rugby in Ireland is tough and a relentless cycle of training, playing and work.
Kathy embraces the lifestyle and is positive about the future of women’s rugby in Ireland.
It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Kathy and you’ll enjoy listening to her inspirational story of pursuing greatness on the field while juggling this with her job as a physio. I hope you enjoy it.
Episode 13: Mark Blair
My next guest was an influential member of the history making Ulster team in 1999, who, as we all know became the first Irish side to win the European Cup.
In this episode of the Ulster Rugby Lad Pod I’ll be talking to Mark Blair.
Mark was one of a number of players brought back from the mainland to bolster the Ulster squad ahead of their European campaign. After a shaky start, Mark became a key member of the squad and was a huge character both on and off the field.
Really enjoyed chatting to Mark. If you enjoy listening to our chat do me a favour and spread the word about the Ulster Rugby Lad Podcast.
Episode 12: Jan Cunningham
My next guest was part of Ulster's European Cup-winning side in 1999.
This was the greatest feat in Ulster rugby history — achieved by a squad made up of a mixture of full time and part time players. Indeed, his career straddled both amateurism and the professional era.
Having been a key part of the squad that season, unfortunately, Jan’s memories of the final itself are not particularly pleasant for reasons he’ll explain.
He played for Ulster to end of 2002/3 season and we discuss his transition out of the game, becoming a solicitor specialising in employment law with Millar McCall Wylie.
My next guest is the legend Jan Cunningham. Really enjoyed speaking to Jan, hope you enjoy listening to it!
Episode 11: Sammy Arnold
My next guest is Sammy Arnold. He spoke to me on his birthday which was at the start of lockdown. At the time he was still a Munster player but he has now moved to Connacht.
You’ll remember Sammy Arnold because he played for Ulster, having chosen us over Harlequins because he wanted to play at centre for Ireland (which he did by the way).
He made his debut for Ulster at the age of 18 and won the Academy player of the year award that season.
After moving to Munster, his performances were so good they earned him an Ireland call up and he got his first cap against the USA.
Sammy’s only 24 and I am sure he’ll tear it up for Connacht and win a load more Ireland caps before he’s done.
Episode 10: Roger Wilson
My next guest is a former Ulster, Ireland and Northampton Saints player.
His career spanned over 15 years, earning over 350 professional appearances.
He recently moved to Texas with his family which is where I caught up with him on zoom.
You all know who it is. Roger Wilson.
Hope you enjoy it.
I spoke to him a few weeks into lockdown.
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Excellent podcast, great quests on the show. The show with Robson & Watson was superb (Robson in full ejjit mode).
Would highly recommend for any Ulster rugby fan or sports fan for that matter
I really enjoyed it.
Ferris’s honesty is amazing
Talking like a fan and not spitting out the media trained rubbish. Fan podcasts are the future of sports media
A must for Ulster rugby fans. Some really good, detailed insight on the current Ulster rugby goings-on, as well as some very interesting episodes with stories from the past, and women’s rugby. Well worth a listen