Episode 190 - Nathan Grey

August 18, 2020



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In this podcast

3:01 – His unique childhood
4:57 – Learning new cultures
6:36 – Playing other sports growing up
7:28 – How he started playing union
8:26 – Why he went to boarding school
10:08 – Going to school with Mat Rogers
12:10 – What made him embrace contact
14:09 – How you get good at defence
16:25 – How he ended up playing first for Queensland
20:43 – Learning from the bench
22:40 – Who kept him grounded through his success
23:45 – Role models, social media and responsibility for coaches
25:30 – Making his Wallabies debut
26:29 – The Leadership styles of John Eales and George Gregan
29:17 – Who he looked up too as a rookie in the Wallabies team
30:38 – Supporting team mates through injuries
31:34 – Celebrating a World Cup win
32:06 – Starting and playing against the British and Irish Lions
33:45 – Is winning a title as coach make up to losing as a player?
37:18 – The capabilities of the human body
37:31 – What was behind his move to Japan?
39:52 – The standard of union in Japan
40:52 – What made him pursue coaching when original he didn’t want to?
42:15 – Coming home to Australia with Rebels
43:04 – His coaching philosophy
46:20 – Does he aspire to be a head coach
48:03 – When he met Michael Cheika for the first time
49:45 – Would he be open to coaching another sport
51:28 - Why players would run through a wall for Michael Cheika
54:24 - Handling the pressure of media speculation and a World Cup
56:59 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party





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Nathan Grey is a former professional rugby union player who played 35 tests for the Australian Wallabies winning a World Cup in 1999 and playing 94 games for NSW between 1998 and 2005. His made some impressive strides in his coaching career which started in Japan and has included assistant coaching roles at the Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies. Currently he is Technical director at the Sun Wolves and is currently a High Performance Coach at Rugby Australia.







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