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Episode 203 - Apollo Perelini

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In this podcast

0:00 – Welcome Apollo Perelini

1:01 – The Perelini family and why he got named Apollo

4:02 – The thrill of Wembley and the Challenge Cup

4:47 – When he first found Rugby League despite his union back ground

8:45 – The importance of faith in his family

10:00 – Family first and lawn mowing

14:44 – His parents never watching him paly

15:46 – His love of defence and contact

19:03 – Why he moved from union to league

21:20 – His first starting game against the travelling Kangaroos

23:44 – What he did for work before going pro

25:21 – Under 21’s curtain raiser at the Sydney Football Stadium

28:32 – Family pride when he represented Samoa

30:03 – How Samoa did so well in the 1991 Rugby World Cup

35:51 – Stadiums back in the day

39:30 – What rugby league teams tried to sign him after the World Cup

41:20 – Nearly signing with Manly in Australia

43:15 – Graham Lowe

44:06 – What he changed to adjust from Union to League

47:12 – St Helens culture

48:55 – The influence of Bobby Goulding

53:53 – What it feel likes 5 minutes before a Challenge Cup final

58:00 – How he decided he was going to finish his career in Union

1:00:13 – Reaching the pinnacle of two sports

1:03:24 – Helping Paul Sculthorpe get back from serious injury


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Apollo Perelini is a dual international having represented Samoa at the 1991 Rugby Union world cup and 1995 Rugby League world cup. Nicknamed “The Terminator”, he established a reputation for his hard-hitting tackles. Originally a product of the Auckland and New Zealand rugby systems, Apollo established himself as one of the best front rowers in the world during his very successful time at St Helens between 1994 and 2000. His transition into coaching came initially as head trainer for Sale Rugby (UK), followed by a hugely successful career at championship-winning St Helens Rugby League (UK). He is currently Managing director of Apollo Sports Academy and High Performance Manager at the UAE Rugby Federation.

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