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Welcome to episode 215 of the Talking with TK podcast. Special guest today is South Sydney Rabbitohs front rower Mark Nicholls. Mark’s career has seen him play 110 NRL first grade games, debuting at the Canberra Raiders in 2012, with his journey also taking him to the Melbourne Storm before finding first grade consistency at the Rabbitohs where he has been since 2018.
0:00 - Welcome Mark Nicholls
0:45 - Leeton and the Nicholls family
1:52 - His secret goal kicking ability
5:55 - Growing up around footy with his Dad and Uncles
6:42 - Little Mark at School
7:46 - Why they moved to Canberra
9:14 - The edge back rower
10:54 - Early years at the Raiders
11:29 - The story of his debut against the Dragons
14:36 - Why he used to wear a headgear
17:43 - Injuries and falling out of first grade
22:45 - Moulding the right mind set
25:10 - The joys of Fatherhood
26:43 - Moving to the Storm, the work program and Army camp
29:23 - Why the Storm system works so well
31:23 - The benefits of working with so many different coaches
32:09 - Leadership and the story behind his game as captain
38:30 - The real Wayne Bennett
41:05 - How he actually got to the Rabbitohs
45:02 - Exploring work outside of rugby league
48:10 - How he balanced work and footy
50:45 - Transferable skills from sports to business
52:45 - The 2021 season
54:40 - How his found consistency at the Rabbitohs
58:35 - Finally getting more than a one year deal after he was 30
59:34 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party
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