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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
Ben Ryan poddy was 🔥
After reading his book last year, great to hear some more detail 🤙🏻
Enjoyed the Andy Ellis podcast, great insight
So good mate
I’ve loved watching Breeny on Rugby Bricks on Instagram the last few years and absolutely loving listening to these podcasts as I run on the trails above HK avoiding the coronavirus. Loved this one with Kees - one of my favourite ABs in a favourite era of Rugby. Congratulations Peter. Outwork Outlearn! Cheers REDDOGRUNNING