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Episode 119 - Dean Widders

February 7, 2019

 

My special guest is Dean Widders. Dean is a legend of the NRL with his distinguished career including 219 first grade games across Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Castleford Tigers. He represented Country Origin in 2006 and the Aboriginal Dream time team in 2008. Today his is an Indigenous Pathways Manager at the NRL and coach at the Redfern All Blacks.

 

 

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3:50 – Welcome Dean Widders

4:25 – Goal to coach in the NRL

6:15 – Developing as coach

8:05 – Coaching men, women and children

10:45 – The Redfern All Blacks & his family connection

13:55 – Playing with Dean Junior

15:50 – Growing up in Armidale

17:46 – Early footy days

18:45 – His dad Jake Widders

21:30 – His analytical side and destiny as a footy coach

22:47 – Meeting Arthur Beetson and interest from Sydney clubs

25:30 – T-Bones with Artie

26:46- Moving to Sydney and private school

29:30 – Living and learning from Peter Ellis

31:01 – Fatherhood at 20 years old

32:32 – Playing first grade without a contract

33:41 – How he got into the first grade team

37:30 – Dennis Moran

 39:05 – His respect for Brian Smith

40:00 – Moving to Parramatta Eels

42:03 – His under rated speed and the try against the Broncos

43:23 – Hayden Knowles and the foot drills

44:30 – Becoming a starter

46:10 – How he moved to South Sydney

48:53 – A listers coming to training at the Rabbitohs

51:30 – Learning from Russell Crowe

53:49 – Leader he most admired

55:18 – The incident with Fletch and helping to educate

58:08 – Racism and taking a stance

59:33 – Moving to the UK

1:00:39 – Funniest team mate

1:01:22 – Favourite ground and Boggy ground

1:02:15 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

1:02:55 – Meeting Steven Gerrard

 

 

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