Episode 215: Mark Nicholls


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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.


Time Stamps

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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