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Episode 188 - David Solomona

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In this podcast

2:30 – Welcome David Solomona

3:05 – The Solomona Family and living in Central Auckland

4:32 – The Solomona rugby league blood line

6:40 – Growing up with Nigel Vagana

7:35 – His cheeky sense of humour

9:01 – When he grew his hair

10:55 – Why he wore a head gear

12:11 – Being a late bloomer and an unusual rise through the ranks

15:11 – Church, family and playing footy

18:54 – Where his style developed from

19:55 – Coming through with Monty and Ali in the Warriors junior teams

21:28 – Kiwi talent, the under 20’s system and losing kids to Australian teams

24:36 – Nearly signing with the Melbourne Storm

26:55 – Getting through a tough period at the Warriors

28:27 – Mal Meninga, Arthur Beetson and singing with Roosters

31:03 – Moving to the big smoke of Sydney

33:13 – Why he points to sky when he scores and wears a black arm band

35:49 – Being coached by Phil Gould

38:25 – Did he enjoy being the super sub

39:11 – His approach to his first grand final with the Roosters

40:46 – Gratitude and his down to earth nature

42:30 – Moving over to Parramatta

44:07 – The contrast between being coached by Brian and Tony Smith

45:35 – Handling the mental games from Brian Smith

48:19 – His second grand final with the Eels

49:01 – Finally winning a trophy with Warrington

50:51 – Representing both New Zealand and Samoa

52:30 – War dances and the Haka

54:17 – The 2005 Tri Nations and rooming with Paul Rauhihi

55:51 – What made the Kiwi’s team so great?

58:51 – Playing in the Super League vs NRL

59:52 – Getting to play at Wembley Stadium

1:00:42 – When he knew it was time to retire

1:02:36 – Playing for post footy

1:05:19 – Impact on NRL players today

1:06:21 – Who he wish he got to play with during his career

1:07:47 – Player of today he would have liked to have played with

1:08:44 – Being in the bubble looking after the New Zealand Warriors players

1:10:49 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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David Solomona is a former professional rugby league player who was born in Auckland, New Zealand who played in both the NRL and Super League. David debut in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters in 1999 before moving to Parramatta and played in two grand finals for both clubs. He moved over to the Super League playing over 200 games for Wakefield, Bradford and Warrington, winning a Challenge Cup Final in 2010 with Warrington. He represented New Zealand in 13 tests and also played for Samoa in 8 tests including World Cups in 2000 and 2008. Post footy, David works for the NRL as a Welfare and Education Officer.

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