Tana Umaga's TEEM Talk podcast. I chat to some of the most inspiring people, who I've met throughout my rugby career, and who have used their talents to not only excel in their chosen fields but have also branched off into the world of business. We talk about how their TEEM has assisted them to achieve their goals.Talent: utilising your strengths and making them work for you; Effort: To develop the work ethic to achieve; Educate: continually learning with an open mind; Motivate: To be Inspired and Inspire others.
Episode 12: Tana Umaga - First All Black Captain of Pacific Island Heritage, has played over 300 games of first class rugby, coached in France and New Zealand and Co-Founder of Viktual+
The last episode of TUTT for 2021.
It's been a roller coaster last few months after stepping away from The Blues to focus on our new health and wellbeing supplements company, Viktual+, with my wife Rochelle.
I'm on the other side of the podcast this week and am being interviewed by Merl Manueli, who has been doing our social media. We chat about how life has been since I made my announcement that I was stepping away from rugby to the next day going into shock upon hearing that New Zealand was going into lockdown!
I talk about getting through lockdown and the struggles I went through as well as getting a better understanding of the business we are in. I figure out my transferable skills and how timing plays a big part in my belief system, and how some of my guests were able to give me confidence when I needed it.
We talk about my time in France and the differences I saw there to what I was used to in NZ and I share other stories of my rugby career and of some of the people I've met along the way.
I share my thoughts on how I handle pressure and tough moments and how I keep myself healthy both in body and mind.
I also answer some questions that have been sent in.
Listen in and let me know what you think.
Keep safe take care and have a very Merry Festive season.
Manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou.
Episode 11: Bundee Aki - From Counties-Manukau to Connacht and onto representing Ireland Rugby. Selected to the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021, then onto beat the All Blacks for the 2nd time. We chat about it all.
It is always good to catch up with my close friend Bundee Aki about what's going on in life and rugby.
We obviously chat about his recent game against the All Blacks and how he felt after the win and what the week leading up to the big game was like for him and the team. It was his second win against the All Blacks in as many games.
We chat about his journey from the Patumahoe Rugby Club in Counties-Manukau to Connacht and he lets us in on the similarities between the provinces and what he loves about them and how he used what he learnt in Counties-Manukau to drive Connacht to gaining respect in the European rugby community. He has never forgotten where he's from in South Auckland and how his determination and grit have seen him achieve so much away from his birth home and family.
He's become a regular in the Irish Rugby Team since making his debut in 2017 and to watch him and to hear his story about how he found out about his selection for The British & Irish Lions team to tour South Africa was a proud moment for me.
It was also good to hear that he is putting things in place for when his playing days come to an end and how he's getting out of his comfort zone to do that.
A good listen if you want to hear how someone made some hard decisions, then didn't take anything for granted but worked his butt off to get what he wanted.
Episode 10: Jonny Wilkinson - Inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016. Rugby World Cup winner with England in 2003. Played 6 Tests for the British and Irish Lions. No.1 Living Founder
I catch up with Jonny after he's just landed on holiday outside of England, just got into his holiday home and he's made time to chat to me after 10 years. I feel very honored! (and also why our audio is not the best, sorry!)
Jonny lets us in on his thoughts on a lot of topics and what comes through is his passion and convictions for what he believes, which have come from his own experiences on his journey from an 18-year-old kid who started at the Newcastle Falcons and loved throwing the ball around and running around with his mates and loving the game to making his debut for England months later and becoming the deadly accurate kicker that manipulated teams with his pinpoint accuracy and that dropped goals for 3 points with ease like Stephen Curry shoots 3-pointers for the Golden State Warriors. Yet he lost that love for the game and talks of how he suffered through 6 days of training just to get to game day at the height of his rugby career.
We get to talk about our time together at Toulon and how after 3 years of being injured, he again found his love for the game and how he also dealt with those feelings of anxiety and being all-consumed with his perfectionist tendencies that harmed earlier in his career. he shares how he was able to overcome these and how he now incorporates these learnings into his coaching of the next wave of English talented 10'.
He's also taken his experiences and passion in the business he founded, No.1 Living. Listen to how he has changed his perspective on how he views food and his diet. How he has used all those experiences to create very successful health and well-being products and business
I took some very deep and powerful learnings from our chat and hope you do too.
Episode 9: Ross Taylor - New Zealand Crickets Highest Run Scorer in Test Matches and One Day Internationals. New Zealand's Most Capped Player across all 3 formats. Only the second Samoan male to represent New Zealand in Cricket.
I catch up with Luteru Ross Taylor. He's sitting in another quarantine hotel, this time in India before the Black Caps test series, which starts this week. He's a bit nervous as he hasn't hit a ball since he hit the winning runs against India in the World Test Championship in June, apart from some throw downs from his young son.
We chat about our stories of cricket and our connection to my hometown of Wainuiomata. He tells me about why he chose cricket over other sports and what he thinks is the reason that he's had such a long and illustrious career.
He lets me know the secret to facing the fastest bowlers in the world and shares what it's like and what it takes to be a successful batsman at the highest level.
I learned a lot about the amount of mental energy and strength you need to be a top-flight cricket batsman in a game he states "you fail at more than you succeed".
Listen in to learn from a New Zealand Cricketing Great.
Episode 8: Jerome Kaino - Auckland, Blues and All Black Legend. Double Rugby World Cup Winner, Double Top 14 French Rugby Title Winner and European Rugby Champions Cup Winner with Toulouse. Moved into coaching at Toulouse and is Co-Founder of Mint Wear
I got to catch up with Jerome in between his busy schedule as new Defence and Breakdown Coach of the Toulouse Espoirs (Under 23’s) and Breakdown Coach of the reigning Top 14 Champions of French Rugby.
We discuss his learnings as a player and the comparison of his years with the Blues and his instant success at Toulouse. He shares some background on some of the up and coming young players from his club that are standing out now on the international stage for France.
We chat about his decision to get into business, Mint Wear Underwear, with 2 of his best mates and he talks about his learnings and his skills that he has been able to transfer from his rugby career into the world of Business.
Good lessons and a good listen. Join the moveMINT #mintman @mintwear.co
Episode 7: Rob Kearney played in the first Irish rugby team to defeat the All Blacks. He played for Ireland 95 times and toured twice with the British & Irish Lions. He founded Mason Alexander Recruitment and is an investor and Director at Snack Farm.
I got to know Rob Kearney while I was in Ireland for some promotional work with Guinness. I hung out at the office of sports agent, Dave McHugh, who had leased his office from Rob. When I started my podcast I knew I wanted to speak to this man.
Rob lets us in on what it was like to be a part of the first Irish rugby team to beat the All Blacks, what it meant to him and the nation and what it will mean to those Irishmen who follow in his footsteps.
A proud Leinster rugby man who spent 15 years in the top-side, Rob also chats about his time with the Western Force in Perth, Australia for the 2021 rugby season.
Rob talks about how he has worked hard to start his successful business, Mason Alexander Recruitment. He tells us how he manages this, along with his other business ventures, all while still a professional athlete.