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Episode 193 - Adrian Vowles

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In this podcast

2:00 – Welcome Adrian Vowles

2:56 – The 1994 Gold Coast vs Brisbane game

4:05 – Why the Seagulls failed to fire

5:37 – His childhood in Queensland

7:45 – How he started in Rugby League

8:50 – His family farm

11:06 – Playing local A-Grade while still at school

13:20 – What made him chase the footy dream in Brisbane

15:34 – The challenges of living on the Gold Coast

16:18 - Steve Rogers and the trial that kick started his career

20:50 – Training with the Gold Coast first graders

21:44 – Being coached by the great Wally Lewis

22:45 – The switch in his diet that changed his career

24:59 – How the old school captain coach used to work

26:27 – How Legends are so far ahead of the game

28:41 – Why he chose to move to Cowboys and why he chose not to move to Sydney

31:26 – How he found out he was going to be making his Origin debut

33:11 – Getting into Origin Camp

35:35 – The Queensland Mentality

37:00 – Turfing the Cowboys stadium prior to the first game

37:45 – Learning about himself while losing so many games

39:05 – The he enjoy being a leader

40:55 – Being cut by Tim Sheens

44:02 – How he ended up at Castleford

45:45 – What it was like to be coached by Stuart Raper and Shane Flanagan

49:12 – The point of difference for the Castleford team

51:37 – The surprise Man of Steel winner

54:16 – The lock role in the Super League

55:30 – Coming back to Australia

57:10 – Struggles of retirement

59:32 – Player he wished he got to play with during his career

1:00:01 – Player in the NRL now he would have like to have played with

1:00:44 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


Adrian Vowles is a former professional rugby league player who played in both the NRL and Super League in England. He debuted at the Gold Coast Seagulls where he would earn representative honours for Queensland in the 1994 State of Origin series before he moved to the Cowboys in 1995. He achieved a huge amount in the English Super League where he joined the Castleford Tigers in 1997 and was an integral part of the club moving from a relegation club to a playoff team and in the process won the 1999 Man of Steel which is the equivalent to our Dally M Medal in Australia. His time in England also included stints at both Leeds and Wakefield while also representing Scotland at the 2000 World Cup.

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