Episode 152 - Dene Halatau

January 18, 2020

 

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In this podcast

2:03 - Welcome Dene Halatau
2:45 - Hello Halatau
3:15 - Early days in New Zealand
4:44 - Moving to Australia
5:35 - Shifting from house to house growing up
6:55 - Learning about his New Zealand heritage
7:55 - Gary Freeman and growing up as a Tigers fan
9:06 - Junior footy
9:51 - Wentworthville Magpies and Ringrose Park
10:39 - Moving to the Merrylands Rams
11:33 - Becoming a jack of all trades
13:15 - Westfield sports high and deceiding to have a real crack
13:45 - Making Parramatta Eels junior reps
17:53 - Being cut by Parra
20:05 - Moving to Balmain
23:11 - Work ethic
25:45 - Arrive Alive Cup 
26:30 - School
26:55 - Debuting in Reserve Grade at 17
28:02 - Nerves and anxiety 
30:48 - Being noticed by Tim Sheens
35:52 - His first grade debut
38:54 - Benji Marshall
42:01 - Developing into a premiership force
44:55 - Moving to lock for the finals series in 2005
48:04 - Pre game sleep overs with Benji and Robbie
51:10 - 2005 Grand Final
52:45 - Pat Richards and that try
54:15 - Becoming a life member of the Tigers
55:29 - Interest in mental health and developing post footy
1:02:55 - How he got the nickname 'Toppa'
1:04:05 - His favourite try
1:05:10 - Funniest team mate
1:06:05 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

 

DENE HALATAU

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Dene Halatau is a former professional rugby league player with his distinguished career seeing him play 249 first grade games for the Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs, winning a premiership with the Tigers in 2005. He represented New Zealand in 15 tests while away from the game, Dene is involved in the NRL wellbeing and education programs, while his expert comments can be found on the weekends for ABC Grand stand.

 

 

 

Related Episodes - Episode 115: Keith Galloway | Episode 123: Chris Lawrence | 

Episode 129: Craig Wing | Episode 128: Danny Buderus

 

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