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Episode 129 - Craig Wing

April 25, 2019

 

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In this podcast

3:00 - Welcome Craig Wing

3:50 - Transition into the media world

4:52 - Retirement & first job out of pro sports

6:40 - Trying to watch a Roosters & Rabbitohs game

7:55 - Struggles in retirement

12:10- Family background & growing up in Maroubra

13:25 - Playing league & union at the same time

14:08 - Growing up supporting South Sydney

15:11 - Learning to play full back from Tim Brasher

15:46 - Australian schoolboys rugby with George Smith, Phil Waugh & Ryan Cross

17:35 - Choosing league over union

19:40 - Debut vs the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland

21:37 - His breakout game and try against the Sharks in 1999

23:38 - How he found out South’s got kicked out of the comp

25:42 - NRL relocation opinion from a players perspective

28:30 - Choosing between the Brumbies, Broncos and Roosters

32:17 - Nearly giving the game away

34:05 - Tough start at the Roosters under Graham Murray

36:03 - Earning his teammates respect & becoming the super sub

37:45 - His first grand final

38:40 - Learning from Luke Phillips

39:19 - Being in the halves with Freddie Fittler

40:31 - Dealing with the arrival of Brett Finch

41:55 - Ricky Stuart

43:14 - The feeling winning & losing a grand final

46:30 - Mistakes in the off season torture camp

48:15 - Mental toughness

48:56 - Origin experiences

51:18 - Playing centres on the 2003 Kangaroo Tour

53:52 - How he got an offer to go to Japanese rugby

58:54 - Moving to Tokyo

1:00:12 - Expectations as an import

1:03:11 - Becoming a Japanese international

1:05:00 - Rugby World Cup 2015 and beating South Africa

1:07:26 - Favorite venue and boggy ground

1:08:33 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

 

CRAIG WING

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Craig Wing is a former professional rugby league & rugby union player with his career taking him around the world. In league he debuted for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and played 256 first grade games for the Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters, winning a grand final for the Roosters in 2002. He played 12 State of Origins for NSW & 17 tests for Australia before switching to Japanese Rugby where he played 7 seasons and represented the Japanese national side on 11 occasions.

 

 

 

 

Related Episodes - Episode 83: Luke Ricketson | Episode 120: Anthony Minichiello 

Episode 121: Dean Widders | Episode 128: Danny Buderus 

 

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