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Episode 187 - Kurt Wrigley

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In this podcast

2:28 – Welcome Kurt Wrigley

2:58 – Wrigley family background

5:41 – Moving to the Sharks instead of signing with the Broncos

7:25 – Living in the Sharks house and moving to the big smoke of Sydney

8:15 – Meeting Arthur Beetson

9:58 – Getting kicked off Sharks Park

11:10 – Financial trouble at Cronulla

12:30 – Gavin Miller, ET and Mark McGaw

13:35 – Culture differences between the Sharks and Dragons

14:10 – Origins of the black head gear

15:36 – The 1994 Sharks reserve grade premiership

16:31 – John Lang

17:46 – The advantage of Saturday night at Shark Park

20:27 – Why he moved to the Dragons

21:34 – Super League and signing with the Hunter Mariners then moving to Adelaide

23:40 – The Adelaide Rams and why it didn’t work

24:14 – How he signed with Super League

25:42 – Playing with Michael Maguire with the Rams

29:16 – How he got into coaching

31:10 – The key to good assistant coaching

34:19 – When leadership became a passion for him

37:15 – How leadership has evolved over time

39:03 – Engaging players into leadership

39:50 – Is there a lack of leadership amongst the NRL teams

45:23 – Working with the referees and their unique place as a team

48:04 – Senior players and mentoring

48:37 – Sam Burgess and his injury in the 2014 grand final

50:37 – English players and their high performing nature

51:42 – The Blue shirt role

53:19 – Coach with the biggest spray

54:31 – Relating to squad players

56:05 – Moving into the corporate sector

58:35 – Language and “genuine conversation”

1:03:25 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party and analysis of the Last Dance


Kurt Wrigley is a former professional rugby league player and coach. He debut at the Cronulla Sharks in 1992 with his career spanning 41 games across the Sharks, St George Dragons and Adelaide Rams. He has over 20 years coaching experience and was a first grade assistant at the South Sydney Rabbitohs,St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights while also coaching the Queensland Under 20's. Today he works as a facilitator at LeadingTeams.

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