Episode 176 - Ben Cross

May 28, 2020




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In this podcast

2:35 - Welcome Ben Cross
3:41 - Backyard battles with his brother Matt
5:52 - Moving from Wagga Wagga to Batesmans Bay
6:50 - Starting out in Soccer
8:28 - The good old cotton jerseys
10:11 - Missing out on junior rep footy
12:21 - Always wanting to go professional
13:14 - Open trial throw backs
14:55 - His time playing in France
19:35 - Gaining knowledge from his coaches and understanding coaching
22:51 - Coaching the baby Bronco forwards
24:50 - The freak that is Payne Haas
25:57 - Matt Elliott 
27:05 - Learning from Jason Croker and Ruben Wiki
28:04 - Finally cracking it in first grade at 24 years of age
29:47 - What he feels of the NRL moving to 1 referee
31:40 - Effect of Origin on fatigue levels and his view on moving it to the end of year
33:13 - The mental toll of State of Origin
34:57 - What stopped him from quitting on the journey to first grade
36:19 - Rejecting Craig Bellamy
38:10 - How many games it takes to be comfortable as a mature age player
39:44 - Why he took an interest in learning strength and conditioning
41:25 - How he missed the Storm Army style camp
42:25 - How he adjusted to being a starter at the Melbourne Storm
43:55 - How Craig Bellamy has developed so much trust with his players
45:25 - Bellamy and his coaching at Origin
46:18 - His own coaching philosophy
47:35 - How his found coaching the Women's NSW Origin team
51:33 - The rivalry with Manly
52:39 - Celebrations after the 2007 Premiership win
53:39 - Why he moved to the Newcastle Knights

56:11 - Becoming a leader at the Knights
57:16 - Where he has seen the best leadership structure in his career
58:37 - Self development work his doing
1:00:42 - Moving to Wigan with Michael Maguire
1:04:31 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party 




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Ben is a former professional rugby league player who's journey took him to the NRL and English Super League. He played 95 first grade games for Canberra, Melbourne and Newcastle and won a premiership with the Storm in 2007. He played 2 State of Origins for NSW and 2 games for NSW Country. Over in England he would play 44 games across Leeds, Wigan and Widnes. Post footy, Ben has made some impressive strides in coaching with his senior roles including beingan Assistant coach at the Brisbane Broncos & also NSW Women's Head Coach for 3 years.






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