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What a Lad is a podcast by James Marshall who talks to some of the biggest names and best lads on the planet.

What a Lad James Marshall

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

What a Lad is a podcast by James Marshall who talks to some of the biggest names and best lads on the planet.

    Sevu Reece & George Bower- What Lads

    Sevu Reece & George Bower- What Lads

    What’s better than having one Crusader and All Black legend on the podcast? Thats right, having two of them and for  this episode we have just that, with Sevu Reece and George Bower coming on together.
    Both Sevu and George have just had major knee surgery which will rule them out for the the year including the RWC. So disappointing for them and all that fans that we won’t get to see them on the biggest stage, however it was awesome to hear both of their mindsets and plans for the 9months recovery.
    Both men have incredibly cool stories on how they got to the All Black jumper too. Sevu who lived in Fiji until moving to Hamilton Boys on a rugby scholarship burst on to the scene with an incredible debut season with the Crusaders which saw him make his All Black debut the same year.
    While George battled away in the Taita College 2nd XV and played many years in the Dunedin Club scene before eventually getting his chance at Super Rugby winning the competition in his first season.
    I loved this episode, two great Fijian lads who have had incredible careers and plenty of good stories and advice for you to enjoy.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Paul Williams- What a Lad

    Paul Williams- What a Lad

    If there is one job in rugby that is under appreciated it has to be the referee, such a tough job in such a complex game where the expectation is to always be right. This week I was lucky enough to have Paul Williams on What a Lad and Paul is in my opinion one of the best referees in the game.
    It's always good to get an insight into a different side of the game and hearing more about life as a referee is fascinating. I also think hearing Paul speak helps you realise that he is just a good lad who is making spilt second decisions to the best of his ability. 
    I really enjoyed this episode and grateful to have Paul come on and share some valuable insight in to being a ref and some good yarns.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Stacey Waaka- What a Lad

    Stacey Waaka- What a Lad

    Stacey Waaka is one of the biggest stars in the womens game, she has been a key member of the successful NZ womens 7's side as well as the Black Ferns! She has won gold medals at the Commonwealth games and the Olympics and has also won the RWC in both forms of the game.
    The journey of Stacey's rugby career has been over a period of time where the women's game has changed dramatically. Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world and after seeing the Black Ferns sell out Eden Park I am not surprised. Stacey is hugely admired around the world and she is such a good role model for any young athlete looking to make it in the game.
    I really enjoyed this one, awesome story, great energy and Stacey is just an all round good sort.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Codie Taylor- What a Lad

    Codie Taylor- What a Lad

    Codie Taylor is one of NZ rugbys great lads, a champion man on and off the field. He's also one of the best hookers in the modern era where his speed and skillset set him apart.
    Codie is someone who takes great care of his body, he has a rigorous training and recovery schedule which has certainly helped him avoid injuries throughout his 12 year career to date. However that doesn't mean its all smooth sailing, hearing him speak about how tough it can be under the spotlight when your form isn't where you'd like it to be was interesting.
    Codie has also launched his own recovery and performance drink called Eclipse, an unreal drink! That was cool to hear about how he got into running his own business and what he has learnt from that experience. I really enjoyed this one,
    Codie Taylor is one of the greats.
    Thanks to our mates at Speights for sponsoring this episode.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Israel Dagg- What a Lad

    Israel Dagg- What a Lad

    Israel Dagg is one of the all time greats! At his peak the gifted fullback made rugby look easy, even in the All Black jersey in some of the biggest tests
    In his first ever podcast appearance, Izzy Dagg is incredibly open and honest about his journey through the good and the bad. He obviously had some amazing highs in the game such as winning Super Rugby with the Crusaders and the 2011 RWC at home. However like everyone he has had some real tough periods to get through too and the moment when he got caught going out before the RWC quarter final is certainly one. 
    With his life after footy being a huge success for him becoming a Radio host with SENZ and TV star, it was surprising to hear how much he struggled once he rugby career had finished. So grateful to have Izzy come on and be so honest and vulnerable, he really is an absolute lad.
    Cheers to our mates at Speights for sponsoring this episode.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Tim Bateman- Life after Rugby

    Tim Bateman- Life after Rugby

    Life after rugby or life after professional sport is hard. As you would’ve heard in previous episodes with retired players, everyone handles it differently. The goal of this episode is to help prepare players better for that transition and who better to give advice than the legend Tim Bateman. Timmy has nailed his transition, he’s formed NZ’s largest wellbeing centre in @ostudio_nz, he’s written and released 2 top selling children’s books, he’s coaching the Crusaders development team, he’s a great father to his kids and husband to his wife and he is just a champion all round lad. 
    However as you’ll hear, even Tim has struggled with life post footy but what he has done, is he has narrowed it down to 6 challenges. These challenges are what he believes are key to overcoming to nail the transition. Even thinking about and/or understanding some of these challenges, I think will help massively for when that time comes. This is a podcast I wish I could’ve done 5 years ago as some of Timmys theory’s are gold for anyone coming to the end.
    If you know someone who is coming to the end of their sporting career, sharing this episode with them could help them massively so please do so.
    Also thanks to our mates at speights for sponsoring this episode.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Rugby Rees ,

Most natural and flowing podcast in the world of rugby.

The best rugby podcast I’ve heard, period. Marshall has great chat but most importantly asks great questions and even better follow up questions (nothing’s canned) that allow the guests on the pod to truly show off their personality and feel comfortable on the air - like they have no idea they’re even being recorded.

If you didn’t know he’s a Super Rugby champion, you could be forgiven for thinking he’s never been a professional - he’s that humble. Episodes are all funny and full of great rugby insight! Legend in the making.

yakfan69 ,

Less talented brother of Tom finds true calling

James Marshall is quickly cementing himself amongst the greats of long-form audio rugby discussion media by doing the only thing he was ever better than his brother at: spinning a yarn. With esteemed guests such as Marty banks and *checks notes* the fella who runs the Marty Banks Facebook page, Marshall desperately tries to cling to the fame that being-a-solid-provincial-player and-below-average-super-rugby-player brings you

5 stars, noti gang

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