What a Lad is a podcast by James Marshall who talks to some of the biggest names and best lads in Rugby.
WRL- What a Lad Rugby League Side
We're trying something new for this one, I've got 3 absolute lads on who have all been on before, Marty Banks, Jackson Garden Bachop and Tom Marshall as we try to pick an NRL side out of 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa players.
Switching codes has been a hot topic lately and it's always interested me to think which players would make a successful transition.
How we did it was, we all picked our own team and with out comparing sides until the podcast we tried to come up with a side. Not an easy task but it does make for some interesting debates.
If you think you can pick a better side head over to the What a Lad instagram page and give it a go! The person with the best team will win a very juicy prize! Also make sure you share this podcast, it helps out massively.
Also we will be getting jerseys made for this team, only one in each position so if you're interested in owning a WRL personalised jersey stay right on and the info will be out soon!
Side not- if you haven't heard the full What a Lad episodes with either of these 3 lads, go back through the archives and check them out!
Willis Halaholo- What a Lad
I’ve been looking forward to getting the great Willis Halaholo on What a Lad for a while now and man does he deliver with this one!
From life as a troubled teenager, surrounded with the wrong crowd. To becoming a Six Nations Champion with Wales! I love hearing success stories like these and hearing the honesty Willis shares his story with is so cool.
Willis was always a very talented player but its fair to say he didn’t quite have the discipline required to get to the next level. He became a father at 17 and was doing all the wrong things, drinking, fighting, drugs. He then had a moment where he realised he wanted to change his life and he decided he was going to give rugby a proper go. He moved to Southland by himself, slept on a couch and started carving up.
Then came a Hurricanes contract which lead to a Super Rugby title, where Willis played a huge role.
Willis then made the decision to move to Wales with Cardif and is now playing at the highest level of rugby as he runs out for the Wales International side, which were recently crowned the Six Nations Champion.
This episode has so much in it, and there is so many lessons that can be learnt from it. Willis is an absolute lad for sharing and if you enjoy this episode please give it a share!
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Will Tupou -What a Lad
Crossing codes seems to be a hot topic at the moment, so who better to get on What a Lad than one of the greatest to ever do it, Will Tupou.
Will was a NRL sensation at a young age playing on the wing for the Cowboys in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Who could forget his try in Golden Point vs the Knights, one of the greats! As a big league fan, I loved hearing what it was like going into that environment as a teenager, playing with some legends of the game. One of my favourite things about playing with Tups, was the amount of JT (Jonathan Thurston) stories he had, so there's plenty of those in this episode.
After 2 years in the NRL Tups decided to change codes and head to the Western Force, where he made a seamless transition. His rugby union career has gone on to be a very successful one, playing international rugby for Japan at the 2019 RWC being a highlight. However, it was crazy to hear that he almost didn't play at the World Cup, due to some mental health struggles, something I never knew about playing alongside him.
There is so much in this episode, which cover the highs and lows of professional sport and it was awesome to get Tups come on and share his journey so honestly. As you will hear, he is an absolute lad and if you enjoy this episode please give it a share.
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Iopu Iopu Aso - What a Lad
Stoked to have one of the great lads, Iopu Iopu Aso join me this week!
Some players just can’t catch a break, in 2015 Iopu was in career best form, he had just signed with the Hurricanes and then injury struck. Not once, but 5 injuries in a row and 2 years later, Iopu was never able to get on the field for the Hurricanes. The man they call Fridge because of his work ethic, he was always working, doing all the rehab and everything he could to come right. Unfortunately though, injuries just kept happening! This took it’s toll on Iopu mentally and it was awesome to hear how he got himself out of a down hill spiral.
There were still plenty of positives to come from his career, representing NZ at 7’s a huge highlight, winning the ITM cup with Taranaki and also although he didn’t get on the field he played a massive part in the Hurricanes 2016 victory!
Having recently decided to hang up the boots after finding a new passion creating video and graphic content, Iopu has made a seamless transition to life after rugby. Go check out his work at https://www.instagram.com/iopu_iopuaso/?hl=en or https://www.instagram.com/iia_visualz/?hl=en
As you’ll hear in this episode, the fridge is a champion lad and a team mate who would always have your back. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share, all shares are very much appreciated!
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Jamison Gibson- Park - What a Lad
In this episode I catch up with the Irish legend himself, Jamison Gibson-Park and geez what a lad he is!
The kid who was raised on Great Barrier Island, is one of those guys who is good at literally everything! He is still talked about almost everyday at the Hurricanes, as being the greatest mini team signing in history, after he carried the Mavericks to their greatest winning margin. He is soo gifted, so it's absolutely no surprise to see him going on to becoming one of the best halfbacks in world rugby.
Jammo has had a very successful career, winning the ITM cup with Taranaki, Super Rugby with the Hurricanes, the Champions Cup and Pro 14 a number of times with Leinster and now he's at the pinnacle of the sport playing International rugby for Ireland.
Like all rugby careers, it hasn't all gone to plan, with Jammo missing out on the NZ u20's a side he was expected to make. He was also completely blind shotted from the Blues after one minute being their starting halfback, to having no contract the next week. It just goes to show the brutal reality of professional sport and some of the challenges you face in it.
After listening to this episode, I'm sure you'll realise what a great lad Jammo is and if you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I did please give it a share.
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Jeremy Thrush - What a Lad
The man many of you have been waiting for, the lad, the All Black, Jeremy Thrush joins me for this one!
Thrushy has it all, a great mo, a great laugh, a great jaw, an amazing voice and of course possesses incredible rugby talents. As he approaches his 36th birthday, Thrushy is still going strong, playing some great Super Rugby in Perth with the Western Force. A place where he has created a cult following, with his handlebar moustache as well as the passion he's been signing the team song (someone like you) with.
In this episode we go through his impressive 14 year professional rugby career which includes playing for the Wellington Lions, over 100 games for the Hurricanes, 11 caps for the All Blacks, as well as a 4 year stint in the UK with Gloucester. Thrushy has plenty of good stories from his time in the game and he also give some great insight into the mental side of the game and the pressures involved with playing at the highest level.
Thrushy is one of the real characters in the game, I loved having him on the podcast, I hope you enjoy this episode and if you do please give it a share.
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