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Episode 176 - Ben Cross

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In this podcast

2:35 - Welcome Ben Cross 3:41 - Backyard battles with his brother Matt 5:52 - Moving from Wagga Wagga to Batesmans Bay 6:50 - Starting out in Soccer 8:28 - The good old cotton jerseys 10:11 - Missing out on junior rep footy 12:21 - Always wanting to go professional 13:14 - Open trial throw backs 14:55 - His time playing in France 19:35 - Gaining knowledge from his coaches and understanding coaching 22:51 - Coaching the baby Bronco forwards 24:50 - The freak that is Payne Haas 25:57 - Matt Elliott 27:05 - Learning from Jason Croker and Ruben Wiki 28:04 - Finally cracking it in first grade at 24 years of age 29:47 - What he feels of the NRL moving to 1 referee 31:40 - Effect of Origin on fatigue levels and his view on moving it to the end of year 33:13 - The mental toll of State of Origin 34:57 - What stopped him from quitting on the journey to first grade 36:19 - Rejecting Craig Bellamy 38:10 - How many games it takes to be comfortable as a mature age player 39:44 - Why he took an interest in learning strength and conditioning 41:25 - How he missed the Storm Army style camp 42:25 - How he adjusted to being a starter at the Melbourne Storm 43:55 - How Craig Bellamy has developed so much trust with his players 45:25 - Bellamy and his coaching at Origin 46:18 - His own coaching philosophy 47:35 - How his found coaching the Women's NSW Origin team 51:33 - The rivalry with Manly 52:39 - Celebrations after the 2007 Premiership win 53:39 - Why he moved to the Newcastle Knights

56:11 - Becoming a leader at the Knights 57:16 - Where he has seen the best leadership structure in his career 58:37 - Self development work his doing 1:00:42 - Moving to Wigan with Michael Maguire 1:04:31 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


Ben is a former professional rugby league player who's journey took him to the NRL and English Super League. He played 95 first grade games for Canberra, Melbourne and Newcastle and won a premiership with the Storm in 2007. He played 2 State of Origins for NSW and 2 games for NSW Country. Over in England he would play 44 games across Leeds, Wigan and Widnes. Post footy, Ben has made some impressive strides in coaching with his senior roles including beingan Assistant coach at the Brisbane Broncos & also NSW Women's Head Coach for 3 years.

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