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Episode 172 - Mark Gerrard

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In this podcast
4:30 - Welcome Mark Gerrard 5:09 - Where the sporting bloodlines come from 5:55 - Competitiveness with his sister growing up 8:46 - His Tongan background 10:02 - Growing up in Narrabeen 13:12 - Helping to coach his son's under 16's team 16:30 - Growing up a rugby league player 20:25 - Coming through the Manly Sea Eagles junior system 21:32 - Playing up two years 23:16 - Why rugby league players convert to union comfortably 25:30 - Why he choose rugby union over rugby league 28:06 - Having a professional contract while still at school 29:39 - Emotions of leaving rugby league 30:10 - How he made the Australian Schoolboys union team 31:56 - Funny story of his first day at the Waratahs 35:10 - Learning public speaking and his reading phobia 39:41 - Early learning's and fears in Union 42:06 - His huge kicking game 45:45 - Why he moved to the ACT Brumbies 48:18 - Playing wing in a super star back line 49:39 - Did he enjoy playing on the wing 52:06 - Mental testing from the Brumbies leaders 52:53 - What it's like to score a hat-trick in a super rugby final 54:36 - When he a contract upgrade 57:01 - Making his way into the Wallabies setup 58:30 - His test debut against Italy 59:26 - Length of the field try against England 1:01:35 - Nation he enjoyed playing most against 1:04:06 - Why he moved to Japan at 27 1:08:04 - Approaches from the NRL to come back 1:09:20 - How he got one last crack at playing for Australia 1:11:07 - Wanting to play a senior game with his son Marcus 1:13:31 - Coaching and rumours around him coaching with the Wallabies 1:16:10 - Stress involved in head coaching 1:18:41 - Favourite venue locally and international 1:21:08 - His toughest opponent 1:22:48 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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Mark Gerrard is a former professional rugby union player with his distinguished career seeing him play 25 times for Wallabies with 23 test caps. His super rugby career saw him debut at the Waratahs before moving to the Brumbies winning a super rugby title in 2004 scoring 3 tries in the grand final as well as a stint at the Melbourne Rebels and some time playing the game in Japan. Post footy he works in real estate and project management while his first year of head coaching saw him take Warringah to the Shute Shield grand final.

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