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Episode 181 - Andrew "Bobcat" Ryan

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In this podcast

2:30 – Welcome Andrew Ryan

3:02 – How he became Bobcat

4:15 – His ridiculous post try celebration in his last game

5:50 – Being born and bred in Dubbo

6:10 – Back yard battles and being dominated by his older brothers

7:20 – Growing up a Doggies fan

9:01 – How he got to Parramatta

13:15 – Learning discipline and always thinking of life after footy

14:12 – Biggest struggles in retirement and what the NRL players learnt in isolation

19:15 – How he found the coaching of Brian Smith

21:45 – His own coaching style now and who he feels his style is most like

23:30 – Finding a happy medium living up in Newcastle

24:45 – Working on ABC Grand Stand

25:10 – How he found out about his first grade debut

26:45 – Brian Smith innovation on tight jerseys

27:19 – The Parra home ground music

28:51 – On the Parra vs Bulldogs rivalry

29:47 – The contenders for his signature when he left the Eels

31:10 – How he handled the pressure coming from the salary cap scandal

32:40 – What he learnt about himself and the club during the Coffs Harbour scandal

33:39 – Being shocked to take the captaincy in the 2004 Grand Final

35:53 – Enjoying grand final week

36:38 – 2 huge moments during the Grand Final

38:36 – The left edge advantage of having Braith Anasta and Willie Tonga

39:40 – The message from Steve Folkes at half time

40:38 – How he found out of Steve Folkes passing away

41:15 – Finding out about making the NSW Origin team after 23 games

44:52 – Being coached by Phil Gould in Origin

45:22 – Highlight of his Origin career

48:05 – How he scored 13 try’s in 2004

49:15 – “The process”, his secret routine that led to his longevity

52:52 – Dean Pay and getting the old boys back involved

55:10 – Entering the media and early struggles commenting on former team mates

57:55 – The great crew at ABC Grand Stand

58:26 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


Andrew Ryan is a former professional rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels where he played 291 games and captained the Bulldogs to the 2004 premiership. His rep career included 12 State of Origins for NSW, 11 Tests for Australia and six Country Origins. Post footy his still heavily involved in the NRL as a players transition manager, is part of the ABC Grand Stand NRL team and also coaches in the Newcastle first grade competition.

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