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Ep 206: Owen Craigie

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In this podcast


2:00 – Welcome Owen Craigie

2:45 – Growing up in Tingha

6:44 – The chip and chase and learning to use his left foot

8:16 – Indigenous players in at the Knights in the 90’s

9:15 – Racing Darren Albert and Jason Moodie at training

10:55 – Signing a $120k contract to play SG Ball

12:46 – The experience in a one team town

14:46 – Being intimidated by the senior players in the team

15:57 – Knights culture and meeting the Johns brothers

17:00 – Getting flown to Sydney by the Roosters

18:24 – Finding rugby league and hiding it from his parents

22:00 – Convincing his Dad to let him play footy

25:43 – Living with Danny Buderus

27:05 – How he played for the Australian Schoolboys for three years

29:45 – His point of difference

30:52 – Steve Renouf and getting parts of his game from different players

32:32 – Why he was a left centre

35:00 – Australian schoolboys

36:52 – His three best schoolboys of all time

38:26 – Winning the player of the World Sevens at 16

40:10 – The advantage of the Johns boys

41:55 – Hard times and getting back up

44:11 – Media targeting of his weight

45:20 – Why he retired and attempted comebacks

47:50 – Interest in coaching


2:50 – The Newcastle old boys

5:15 – Hitting rock bottom

09:18 – Rehab and relapses

13:55 – Learning from addiction and pain

20:44 – His time in correction services

27:30 – Importance of who you surround yourself with

32:10 – His suicide attempt and how Matty Johns saved him

38:14 – Insights in the 1997 ARL Grand Final

41:02 – The team meeting the night before the game

47:15 – The genius of Mal Reilly


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Owen Craigie made his first grade debut for Newcastle at 17 in 1995 and played ten years in the NRL for the Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers and South Sydney. He played 153 first grade games and won a premiership with the Knights in 1997 before retiring at 26 years of age. He is the only player in the history of rugby league to represent the Australian schoolboys on three occasions.

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