Episode 177 - Willie Peters

June 4, 2020



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In this podcast

3:00 - Welcome Willie Peter
4:01 - How the Newcastle Knights handled isolation
4:57 - How he ended up at the Newcastle Knights
6:44 - Working with the stars in the Knights back line
8:02 - Learning as a blue shirt trainer
9:15 - Coaching, pressure and losing your hair
10:29 - Losing players heading into round 3
11:55 - How they trained during isolation
12:35 - Feelings with rugby league being taken away 
14:16 - Little Willie growing up in Matraville
15:12 - The temperamental tennis player
16:25 - Who his favourite tennis player was
17:40 - Making the NSW merit side at 15
18:50 - Did he get singled out because of his height
20:20 - What he weighed in the first season
20:44 - His first grade debut vs the Newcastle Knights
21:46 - His starting debut against his idol Freddy Fittler
22:58 - Craig Coleman placing the next Sterlo tag on him
24:55 - Moses Suli and looking after young players as a coach
25:46 - Was he looked after during the Super League War
28:11 - Hamstring injuries hampering his early years
28:42 - Why he moved to England so young
30:46 - Possible benefits of loaning players to Super League
32:39 - Playing at the Gateshead Thunder in England
34:09 - Learning from Shane Richardson setting up the Thunder
34:41 - Signing with the glamour club the Wigan Warriors
35:59 - Playing with English legends like Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell
39:11 - The experience of playing at Old Trafford
40:13 - Farm living with the Wigan boys
41:52 - Gary Connolly
42:43 - What brought him back to Australia
44:23 - Why he chose to come back to St George Illawarra
45:58 - What brought him back to the Rabbitohs
47:41 - Why he got into coaching
48:21 - Making mistakes gambling
49:40 - Relating to role players and insecurities coaching Daly Cherry Evans
52:24 - Learning from the master coach Wayne Bennett
54:40 - The power of note writing
55:43 - Creating a coaching philosophies
56:56 - Leadership and traits he admires
1:00:21 - Ambition to head coach
1:01:38 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party




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Willie Peters is a former professional rugby league player who played 76 first grade games in the NRL for Souths and the Dragons and 67 first grade games in the Super League for Gateshead, Wigan and Widnes. Post footy he has made some impression moves in coaching. He is currently the first grade assistant coach to Adam O'Brien at the Newcastle Knights where he moved from South Sydney last year where he was assistant to Wayne Bennett.






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