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Episode 149 - Richard Tombs

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In this podcast

3:15 - Welcome Richard Tombs

3:40 - Kiwi norm and his up bringing

11:00 - His old man and growing up in the country

13:30 - The Armidale School

15:00 - Beating Joeys

18:00 - Moving from league to union

19:55 - Australian Schoolboys tour of England

21:55 - Moving to College

25:20 - Taking a year off Rugby

36:55 - Touring with the Wallabies

38:05 - Making his Wallabies debut

41:00 - Rod McQueen

42:50 - The Maori side step

44:00 - Playing against the All Blacks

46:32 - Frosty relations with David Campese

49:09 - Super Rugby & NSW Waratahs

54:05 - One final season at North’s

57:02 - Retirement and finding social soccer

59:20 - Why he was goal keeper

59:54 - His recollection of his injury

1:01:45 - Losing all feeling and the ambulance ride to the hospital

1:06:00 - Prognosis from the Doctors

1:10:15 - Rehab

1:12:42 - Living with spasticity

1:14:53 - His mental approach to the injury

1:18:32 - Guns out for Tombsy & Rugby 1st


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Richard Tombs is a former professional rugby union player with his career seeing him earn 5 caps to the Australia Wallabies, debuting against Scotland in 1992 while also playing for the NSW Waratahs and Northern Suburbs.


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Adrian Moose Skeggs CEO of Australia’s newest sporting business community, Rugby 1st, has partnered to support Richard Tombs and the Guns Out Spinal Foundation as their primary Partner for Purpose.

‘Moose’ as a long term school friend of Tombsy see’s the inspiring story of courage and commitment and we believe his message deserves to be heard not just within, but beyond, the Rugby community. Rugby 1st would like to try and make a difference and how we could do that beyond just a financial contribution to Tombsy and the Guns Out Spinal Foundation.”

Rugby 1st will be supporting Richard and Guns Out Spinal Foundation via a direct donation from Rugby1st membership fees, plus paid speaking and appearances at events and are working to create new opportunities for Tombsy within the Australian business community. This podcast, facilitated be Rugby 1st, is another of another example of Tombsy being able to tell his story

Related Episodes - Episode 92: David Lyons | Episode 101: | Stirling Mortlock | Episode 117: Michael Lynagh | Episode 140: Mark Ella


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