Episode 216: Matt Adamson


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My special guest is Matt Adamson. Matt is a former professional rugby league player who played 175 NRL games across the Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders and 72 games for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super league. His representative career includes 2 state of origins for NSW, 1 tri series game for NSW and represented Australia on 5 occasions during the Super League year of 1997.


Time Stamps

0:30 - Welcome to Matt Adamson

1:00 - Taree

1:43 - Where his height comes from

2:18 - Where his brother Phil is these days

3:00 - Growing up as a star cricketer

7:00 - Learning from Brad McNamara and Greg Matthews

8:48 - Opening the batting with Adam Gilchrist

10:38 - Learning from the Australian Cricket team

13:00 - Key lessons from Alex Ferguson and Craig Bellamey

16:33 - Leading without the captaincy

18:45 - How he got the Rhinos a day at Manchester Utd

21:50 - Putting yourself out there

23:00 - How he got his start at the Parramatta Eels

27:30 - The pitch from Phil Gould to get them to Penrith

29:40 - His huge left boot

31:01 - Who’s idea it was to move him into the back row

33:17 - His bond with Ryan Girdler and Craig Gower

35:13 - Signing with Super League

37:50 - His break out year in 1997

41:43 - Touring England at the end of 97

42:19 - Moving over to the Leeds Rhinos

43:13 - The Challenge Cup

45:46 - Trying to establish a culture with players from different countries

47:49 - Enjoying being a senior player and leader

49:02 - The cross over skills between sports and business

50:42 - His relationship with Christian Welch

51:50 - Teaching young players leadership

57:00 - Harry Grant

58:48 - Planning for retirement

1:03:25 - Missing the thrill of playing rugby league

1:04:58 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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