Episode 164 - Blake Austin

April 4, 2020




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In this podcast

3:05 - Welcome Blake Austin
3:57 - Week 1 of isolation
4:36 - Warrington's approach to this period
5:22 - Eye openers with the family
7:25 - EPL family rivalries
8:50 - Growing up in Doonside
9:55 - The Parra supporting family
12:20 - Winning a car on the footy show at 9 years old
13:25 - The try that won him the car
14:25 - Peaking between ages of 7 and 13
15:45 - Matty Wright
16:40 - Talent in Baseball
17:45 - Moving to Mount Druitt
19:02 - Getting a scholarship at St Dom's
20:47 - Strength of Australian school footy 
21:25 - Being identified by the Penrith Panthers
23:20 - Coaches in the junior reps
24:27 - His first grade debut in Canberra
27:21 - Lessons from Petero Civoniceva
29:48 - Losing his footing in first grade and moving to the Wests Tigers
31:28 - Final game against the Sharks in 2014
32:00 - Ricky Stuart
32:26 - Raiders club culture
33:36 - How the Raiders turned it around to win again
35:00 - The biggest forward pack of all time
36:05 - His unique preparation on game day
37:22 - Blake's book recommendations
38:09 - Coaching a junior league team at the Doonside Roos
39:28 - Coach who most influenced his career
41:30 - Raiders blowing their chances in 2016
42:24 - Thoughts on the Viking clap
43:00 - Why he left the Raiders for the UK
44:30 - Why he chose to represent Great Britain
47:01 - Zero wrestle in the Super League
47:44 - Finding out he was in the Great Britain team
48:29 - Playing on the wing for the first time 
49:58 - Teaming up in the halves with Gareth Widdop at the Wolves
51:10 - Ben Murdoch-Masila
51:47 - How he ended up playing for Portugal at 16
54:04 - Keeping all his jerseys for his man cave
54:26 - His nickname
54:35 - Most memorable try 
54:52 - Most memorable goal
55:37 - Favourite ground to play at and Boggy ground
56:09 - Smartest team mate
56:51 - Funniest team mate
57:15 - Team Donny Bradman
57:34 - How he met his Mrs
58:35 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party





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Blake Austin is a professional rugby league player for the Warrington Wolves. He starred in the NRL for the Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers and Penrith players where he played 122 first grade games, scoring 43 trys, 11 goals and a field goal. He played for NSW City in 2015 while he made his senior rep debut last year playing two games for Great Britain.






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Episode 150: Denan Kemp | Episode 155: Petero Civoniceva

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