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Episode 164 - Blake Austin

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In this podcast

3:05 - Welcome Blake Austin 3:57 - Week 1 of isolation 4:36 - Warrington's approach to this period 5:22 - Eye openers with the family 7:25 - EPL family rivalries 8:50 - Growing up in Doonside 9:55 - The Parra supporting family 12:20 - Winning a car on the footy show at 9 years old 13:25 - The try that won him the car 14:25 - Peaking between ages of 7 and 13 15:45 - Matty Wright 16:40 - Talent in Baseball 17:45 - Moving to Mount Druitt 19:02 - Getting a scholarship at St Dom's 20:47 - Strength of Australian school footy 21:25 - Being identified by the Penrith Panthers 23:20 - Coaches in the junior reps 24:27 - His first grade debut in Canberra 27:21 - Lessons from Petero Civoniceva 29:48 - Losing his footing in first grade and moving to the Wests Tigers 31:28 - Final game against the Sharks in 2014 32:00 - Ricky Stuart 32:26 - Raiders club culture 33:36 - How the Raiders turned it around to win again 35:00 - The biggest forward pack of all time 36:05 - His unique preparation on game day 37:22 - Blake's book recommendations 38:09 - Coaching a junior league team at the Doonside Roos 39:28 - Coach who most influenced his career 41:30 - Raiders blowing their chances in 2016 42:24 - Thoughts on the Viking clap 43:00 - Why he left the Raiders for the UK 44:30 - Why he chose to represent Great Britain 47:01 - Zero wrestle in the Super League 47:44 - Finding out he was in the Great Britain team 48:29 - Playing on the wing for the first time 49:58 - Teaming up in the halves with Gareth Widdop at the Wolves 51:10 - Ben Murdoch-Masila 51:47 - How he ended up playing for Portugal at 16 54:04 - Keeping all his jerseys for his man cave 54:26 - His nickname 54:35 - Most memorable try 54:52 - Most memorable goal 55:37 - Favourite ground to play at and Boggy ground 56:09 - Smartest team mate 56:51 - Funniest team mate 57:15 - Team Donny Bradman 57:34 - How he met his Mrs 58:35 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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Blake Austin is a professional rugby league player for the Warrington Wolves. He starred in the NRL for the Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers and Penrith players where he played 122 first grade games, scoring 43 trys, 11 goals and a field goal. He played for NSW City in 2015 while he made his senior rep debut last year playing two games for Great Britain.

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