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.
#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.
#42: Leo Breen | Establishing The Rugby Bricks Values & The History Of Rugby Bricks
Leo Breen is my Dad and is the roading manager at Whitestone Cheese in Oamaru where I grew up. In this episode, we discuss the values that drive us inside of Rugby Bricks. We chat through:
What it means to lead with empathy How to be you and let others be Why you need to share what you learn with others How to create your own environment and atmosphere for success How to organise your anger and frustration in the right way
Rugby Bricks is built on some core values that my business partner Kale and I live by and we’ve shared those with those who work with us. This episode is about sharing those mantras with you and my Dad does a great job of explaining how they came to be.
#41: Alev Kelter | How Ice Hockey Created A Rugby Olympian & The Mantra of Self Awareness
Leyla Alev Kelter is an American rugby sevens player. She won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games as a member of the United States women's national rugby sevens team. She also made the squad to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and made the Eagles squad for Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2017.
In this episode we tackle:
Alev’s family and the influence that her mother played in creating scales and how Alev measures herself on the scales of 10. How she implements self-care and has navigated her own self-sabotage. How Alev discovered her purpose inside and outside of rugby. Alev’s skill acquisition and development transfer from ice hockey and soccer to becoming a rugby Olympian.
This was a very deep podcast and Alev really brought the tools and tactics to the table on how she has dealt with her own high performance and the ups and downs that come with these moments.
If you’re an aspiring athlete this is probably the most resource dense episode we’ve had on dealing with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with playing at the top levels. Take notes and most of all enjoy it.
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Some of the best out there, gave me a head start on terms on mentality and how I set my head on the field and off!
I just wanted to say that I love your advice about the individual mentality. I would definitely recommend this podcast to anyone interested in leadership or team building.
Keep up the good work!