Episode 205 - Denis Betts


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In this podcast

3:37 - Welcome Denis Betts

4:51 - His upbringing in Salford

7:17 - Manchester Utd

9:18 - Ryan Giggs

10:07 - Lee Oudenryn and the race

12:36 - Where his playing style evolved from

15:13 - Childhood and choices

16:39 - How he signed with Wigan at 16

22:00 - Wigan culture

25:21 - When he felt like a first grader

29:54 - When he got his first manager

33:03 - The difference between playing in summer and winter in England

39:00 - Winning trophies and controlling the ego

40:23 - The Ashes battles of 1990 and 1994

44:24 - Beating Australia with 12 men in game 1 at Wembley

47:30 - Bonding sessions

49:20 - Leadership

52:54 - Australian clubs who were interested in his services over time

56:02 - The regret of Super League

1:01:08 - Biggest influence on his coaching career

1:03:25 - How he got into coaching

1:09:15 - The psychology of coaching

1:17:12 - Player he would of loved to have played with

1:20:26 - Player of today's game he would of loved to have played with

1:27:21 - His involvement with the Newcastle Thunder

DENIS BETTS

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Denis did it all in the game of rugby league. His career in England seeing him win numerous leagues titles, championships and challenge cups with Wigan. He was also the Lance Todd Trophy winner in 1991 and Man of Steel in 1995. Denis spent time in the NRL for the New Zealand Warriors between 1995 and 1997 and was a regular representative of both England and Great Britain and captained his country in a World Cup Final in 1995. Post playing, Denis has had many notable positions in coaching. His been head coach at Wigan and Widnes while also being assistant coach of the English National team and also Gloucester Rugby Union.

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