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Episode 190 - Nathan Grey

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In this podcast

3:01 – His unique childhood 4:57 – Learning new cultures 6:36 – Playing other sports growing up 7:28 – How he started playing union 8:26 – Why he went to boarding school 10:08 – Going to school with Mat Rogers 12:10 – What made him embrace contact 14:09 – How you get good at defence 16:25 – How he ended up playing first for Queensland 20:43 – Learning from the bench 22:40 – Who kept him grounded through his success 23:45 – Role models, social media and responsibility for coaches 25:30 – Making his Wallabies debut 26:29 – The Leadership styles of John Eales and George Gregan 29:17 – Who he looked up too as a rookie in the Wallabies team 30:38 – Supporting team mates through injuries 31:34 – Celebrating a World Cup win 32:06 – Starting and playing against the British and Irish Lions 33:45 – Is winning a title as coach make up to losing as a player? 37:18 – The capabilities of the human body 37:31 – What was behind his move to Japan? 39:52 – The standard of union in Japan 40:52 – What made him pursue coaching when original he didn’t want to? 42:15 – Coming home to Australia with Rebels 43:04 – His coaching philosophy 46:20 – Does he aspire to be a head coach 48:03 – When he met Michael Cheika for the first time 49:45 – Would he be open to coaching another sport 51:28 - Why players would run through a wall for Michael Cheika 54:24 - Handling the pressure of media speculation and a World Cup 56:59 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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Nathan Grey is a former professional rugby union player who played 35 tests for the Australian Wallabies winning a World Cup in 1999 and playing 94 games for NSW between 1998 and 2005. His made some impressive strides in his coaching career which started in Japan and has included assistant coaching roles at the Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies. Currently he is Technical director at the Sun Wolves and is currently a High Performance Coach at Rugby Australia.

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