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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.

The Rugby Bricks Podcast Peter Breen

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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.

    #18: Tamati Ellison | Starting From The Bottom & Becoming A Dual All Black From 7's To 15's

    #18: Tamati Ellison | Starting From The Bottom & Becoming A Dual All Black From 7's To 15's

    Tamati Ellison is a rugby union player who has played rugby across all forms of the union code.
    He was chosen as one of four new caps for the All Blacks 2009 end of year tour to Europe. As well as the All Blacks, Junior All Blacks and the New Zealand Maori, he played for the New Zealand Sevens and was a part of the New Zealand Sevens team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. 


    In this episode, Tamati shares: 
    What it's like to grow up in a low socio-economic environment and gather information and create the All Black dream 

    Tamati's experiences with legendary All Black 7's coach Gordon Tietjens through to working with All Black coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hansen 

    How to incorporate gratitude into your everyday life as a player and professional 

    How to make learning a lifelong priority  This episode is one of the best we've had in terms of balancing a world-class playing career with what it takes to be a world-class learner and human being. 

    Tamati's story, gratitude and willingness to learn is second to none so make sure you look for the nuggets in this episode in how you can take Tamati's knowledge and apply it to your own life.

    • 1 u. 10 min.
    #17: Kees Meeuws | A Front Rowers Dream Episode With All Blacks Prop Kees Meeuws

    #17: Kees Meeuws | A Front Rowers Dream Episode With All Blacks Prop Kees Meeuws

    Kees Meeuws is a former professional rugby player with a career spanning 20 years representing the All Blacks, Highlanders, Blues and three-seasons in France.

    Meeuws was seen as one of the toughest props in the game and was a figure-head for New Zealand Rugby with his time at the All Blacks from 1998 - 2004.

    His physical style of play and uncompromising ability to dominate his opposition in the scrum was the cornerstone of his game. A strong connection to Maori culture meant he had a significant impact on the team environment and the development of All Black Haka as we see it today. 

    This Podcast is our first masterclass into the world of being a front-rower and what that means. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:
    The art of scrummaging against teammates and picking the brains of world-class coaches to become one of the best to ever do it

    How he approached his first training session with the All Blacks

    His post-career learning and his thoughts on the world of professional commentary and the challenges he faced with dealing with the general public I played in the backs my entire career but on this episode, I absolutely loved going deep into the world of the front row with Kees.

    The detail and how obsessed he became with being one of the best props in the world is something we can all learn from. If you know anyone playing or coaching scrums send them this episode because as a front-rower it's one you don't want to miss out on. 

    • 1 u. 19 min.
    #16: Mike Friday | The Art Of Coaching On & Off The Pitch & A Rugby Sevens Masterclass

    #16: Mike Friday | The Art Of Coaching On & Off The Pitch & A Rugby Sevens Masterclass

    Mike Friday is a former national representative for England sevens and has coached England, Kenya and the United States sevens team.

    Friday's work as a head coach has led Kenya and the US to their best performances in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. The U.S. and Friday began the 2015–16 Series by "shocking the world" when it defeated New Zealand for the first time at 2015 Dubai Sevens. The team beat the 12-time World Series champion in pool play and again in the tournament's third-place match. Their biggest win came in 2018 when they won their first tournament on home soil and are now known as one of the most dangerous sides in the tournament. 

    This podcast is our first masterclass in the game of Rugby Sevens and we cover: 
    The art of nurturing and understanding players and their personalities by mixing the soft and hard skills of coaching

    How he developed the success and turn arounds of both Kenya and US sevens rugby 

    The speed boys of the US we cover Carlin Isles (the world's fastest rugby player) and Perry Baker who have both been the highest try scorers for a season in the World Rugby Sevens tournament  This one is an absolute masterclass on coaching, player cultivation and understanding how to give the 110% effort and develop the mental game for Sevens and Fifteens. 

    If you know anyone involved in coaching or sevens send this one on to them as they're going to love this episode. 

    • 1 u. 24 min.
    #15: Sione Faumuina | How To Be A Professional Athlete On & Off The Pitch & Building An Empire After Your Playing Career

    #15: Sione Faumuina | How To Be A Professional Athlete On & Off The Pitch & Building An Empire After Your Playing Career

    Sione Faumuina was a professional rugby league player who has played for the New Zealand Warriors, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and has earned a couple of caps for New Zealand between 2003 - 2004. 

    Today, Sione is building Athlete Empire a company focused on building the brands and businesses of what athletes can achieve outside of their playing careers and sharing the lessons of those who have done it before with new up and coming athletes. 

    Sione shares some of his career highlights, what it's like to thrive under pressure and how he's overcome some of his personal demons - here is the highlight reel: 
    The exact details of Sione's peak of his career and the subsequent lows of going through AA How athletes should distributue their money and spendings to increase their paying longevity and career  How basketball allowed him to increase his peripheral vision and work on distributing the ball on the pitch to anyone and everyone The upcoming launch of Athlete Empire and what it's like to work among top-performing athletes from World Cup winners & Internationally recognized athletes across both Leauge and Union This episode shows the good and bad of what it's like to be a professional athlete and gives you a toolset to thrive under conditions of pressure and stress. If you're an aspiring athlete or are already one this episode is our best yet. 

    Get in front of the speakers and take in some knowledge. 

    SPONSORS:


    This week's episode is bought to you by Athlete Empire, Founder and former NRL player Sione Faumuina, assists elite and prospective athletes in building and leveraging their personal brand through their online education platform and mentoring service that is launching in March.

    The platform includes video tutorials from World Cup Winner and All Black Nehe Milne Skudder, Gerard Beale, Honey Hireme and over 20 other athletes delivering world-class knowledge on how to perform at your best physically, mentally and monetarily on and off the pitch.

    Head over to their website www.athleteempire.com and sign up to their landing page to get a free downloadable PDF made with NRL superstar Gerard Beale and a copy of Sione's book "The Second Phase", again that's www.athleteempire.com and sign up for the pre-launch for some goodies, I've seen some of their content and you're not going to want to miss out when it goes live.

    • 1 u. 7 min.
    #14: Lima Sopoaga | A Masterclass on Goal Kicking & Winning A Super Rugby Championship

    #14: Lima Sopoaga | A Masterclass on Goal Kicking & Winning A Super Rugby Championship

    Lima Sopoaga is a professional rugby union player who has played for the Wellington Lions & Southland Stags in New Zealand's provincial competition before joining the Highlanders and eventually making his debut for the All Blacks in 2015. Sopoaga is now playing for the Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership.

    Lima shares some incredible insights in this episode of the podcast and if you're a goal kicker you're going to love the attention to detail. Here are some of the pieces from the highlight reel: 
    The exact details of how Lima approaches his goal kicking 

    Lima's time in Southland and how Otago has shaped him as an athlete

    His experience with the Highlanders including some of their best and worst years

    How Lima tackles his work in rugby and what he has done to overcome doubt, frustrations, and setbacks when not being selected This episode is our most detailed yet and shares the intricacies of goal kicking through to the hardship of non-selection and overcoming these obstacles.  If you're looking to knock over some more conversions this season this episode was made for you. 

    • 1 u. 19 min.
    #13: Kelly Brazier | The Secrets Behind The Black Ferns World Rugby Dominance & The 80 m Dash To Commonwealth Gold

    #13: Kelly Brazier | The Secrets Behind The Black Ferns World Rugby Dominance & The 80 m Dash To Commonwealth Gold

    Kelly Brazier is a sevens, touch, and 15's rugby national representative for New Zealand having accumulated 144 caps across the different codes. She's the third highest point scorer in women's rugby in New Zealand and holds the record for scoring the most points in a premier match in New Zealand women's rugby (64 points). 
    Kelly made her national debut in 2009 and has gathered four world cup victories, a Silver Olympic medal, Commonwealth Gold which is all shared in this episode of the podcast. You're going to get a masterclass on the women's game - you'll hear:  
    - How the Black Ferns prepare for their matches 

    - How Kelly's personally prepares for her matches and exact pre-match routine

    - How the Black Ferns analyze their opponents before facing certain teams 

    - Her personal experience with IVF and her first child 

    - How to look at space and create attacking opportunities and a bit of whack city across touch, 15's and sevens 
    If you're a coach you're going to love the detail of what the Ferns are executing, if you're a player you're going to hear what it looks like to be a multi-sport athlete and create a decade of great footy and beyond. 
     

    • 1 u. 5 min.

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