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In this podcast
2:30 – Welcome David Solomona
3:05 – The Solomona Family and living in Central Auckland
4:32 – The Solomona rugby league blood line
6:40 – Growing up with Nigel Vagana
7:35 – His cheeky sense of humour
9:01 – When he grew his hair
10:55 – Why he wore a head gear
12:11 – Being a late bloomer and an unusual rise through the ranks
15:11 – Church, family and playing footy
18:54 – Where his style developed from
19:55 – Coming through with Monty and Ali in the Warriors junior teams
21:28 – Kiwi talent, the under 20’s system and losing kids to Australian teams
24:36 – Nearly signing with the Melbourne Storm
26:55 – Getting through a tough period at the Warriors
28:27 – Mal Meninga, Arthur Beetson and singing with Roosters
31:03 – Moving to the big smoke of Sydney
33:13 – Why he points to sky when he scores and wears a black arm band
35:49 – Being coached by Phil Gould
38:25 – Did he enjoy being the super sub
39:11 – His approach to his first grand final with the Roosters
40:46 – Gratitude and his down to earth nature
42:30 – Moving over to Parramatta
44:07 – The contrast between being coached by Brian and Tony Smith
45:35 – Handling the mental games from Brian Smith
48:19 – His second grand final with the Eels
49:01 – Finally winning a trophy with Warrington
50:51 – Representing both New Zealand and Samoa
52:30 – War dances and the Haka
54:17 – The 2005 Tri Nations and rooming with Paul Rauhihi
55:51 – What made the Kiwi’s team so great?
58:51 – Playing in the Super League vs NRL
59:52 – Getting to play at Wembley Stadium
1:00:42 – When he knew it was time to retire
1:02:36 – Playing for post footy
1:05:19 – Impact on NRL players today
1:06:21 – Who he wish he got to play with during his career
1:07:47 – Player of today he would have liked to have played with
1:08:44 – Being in the bubble looking after the New Zealand Warriors players
1:10:49 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party
David Solomona is a former professional rugby league player who was born in Auckland, New Zealand who played in both the NRL and Super League. David debut in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters in 1999 before moving to Parramatta and played in two grand finals for both clubs. He moved over to the Super League playing over 200 games for Wakefield, Bradford and Warrington, winning a Challenge Cup Final in 2010 with Warrington. He represented New Zealand in 13 tests and also played for Samoa in 8 tests including World Cups in 2000 and 2008. Post footy, David works for the NRL as a Welfare and Education Officer.
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