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Episode 66 - Saia Fainga'a

February 17, 2018

 

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“I got complacent. One of the biggest things I learnt was from Sean Hardman from Queensland. He was the old guy at the time 34 or 35 and had been around the traps and known the losing culture. He was a tough guy but trained so hard. He wasn’t the best player or athlete but trained super hard and to his credit he made me the best player I was literally because I thought if this guy can be in gym longer than anyone else why can’t I”

 

 

My special guest is Saia Fainga’a. Saia is a professional Rugby Union player at the London Irish. His extensive career has seen him play hooker in the Super Rugby for the ACT Brumbies and QLD Reds while capped 36 times for the Australian Wallabies.

 

You will learn plenty from Saia Fainga’a in episode 66 of the Talking with TK Podcast.

 

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

 

2:07 – Welcome Saia Fainga’a

2:56 – The season with the London Irish

4:13 – Physicality of the UK game

6:11 – Playing without his twin Anthony

8:28 – Choosing an overseas club

11:02 – Leadership and a huge 60 man squad

13:13 – Family and where their names come from

14:20 – Backyard battles

17:00 – RECAP OF DEAN MUNN EPISODE

18:51 – Starting in Rugby League

20:26 – The juniors

22:26 – Academics as a kid

25:05 – The Brumbies dynasty

27:30 – Competition at the Brumbies

28:48 – The package deal to the Reds

30:00 – Doubt from Brumbies legends

31:46 – Compliancy and a change of attitude

35:44 – TIM GRANT PREVIEW

38:08 – Winning the 2011 Super Rugby Championship

42:15 – Test debut vs Fiji in his home town

45:33 – Interests in business and property investment

50:45 – Favorite ground locally and overseas

53:02 – Posters on his bedroom wall growing up

53:33 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

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