Ep 121 - Paul Sculthorpe


My special guest is Paul Sculthorpe. Paul Sculthorpe is a legend of British rugby league with his distinguished careerspanning 13 years and 325 first grade games across Warrington and St Helens. His achievements included26 test caps for Great Britain including being National captain and the only player to ever winback to back Man of Steel awards. He also played in 3 premiership wins in 1999, 2000 & 2002, played in4 Challenge cup wins in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and 2 World Club Challenge wins in 2001 & 2007.

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5:14 - Welcome Paul Sculthorpe 6:10 - How his body is fairing in retirement 7:20 - Transition in the real world post footy 8:38 - Why he retired 9:20 - His book and connection with Ricky Hatton 11:02 - Steve Prescott 12:30 - Life lessons from Steve's passing 13:20 - The loyalty of the UK league community 14:05 - Growing up in Oldham 14:55 - The backyard battles with his brothers Lee & Danny 15:31 - How he found rugby league 16:33 - His love of Everton & Tim Cahill 16:55 - Starting as a goal kicking front rower 18:49 - Growing up idolising Ray Price & Ellery Hanley 20:40 - Coming through the grades and rep teams 21:43 - Taking interest in leadership & major influences 23:18 - His role now in the English high performance unit. 25:30 - Moving to the big leagues with Warrington 28:49 - Learning to lose 30:14 - Describing Wilderspool Stadium 31:31 - The World Club Challenge 1997 32:35 - Getting knocked out at Shark Park 34:04 - Asking for a transfer out of Warrington 35:50 - Being pampered by Richard Branson 38:15 - Why he left Warrington 38:56 - The difference when he arrived in St Helens 40:26 - Success despite such a high turnover of coaches 41:42 - Approach when your coach gets stood down 42:26 - The class spine spine at St Helens 43:30 - His first grand final against Bradford 45:03 - Defending against the Paul brothers 46:35 - The trill of the Challenge Cup 47:36 - Playing his brother in a Challenge Cup final 50:43 - Taking over as captain from Chris JOynt 51:55 - His debut for Great Britain in 1996 in PNG 53:32 - Lessons early in his international career 55:17 - Game 1 of the Ashes in 2001 55:57 - Preparing for the Aussies 56:56 - Darren Lockyer 58:05 - Coming back from his knee injury in time for the World Club Challenge 1:01:00 - Visualisation 1:02:46 - His comeback against Brisbane 1:04:45 - Goal kicking in first grade 1:05:33 - His MBE and Prince Charles 1:07:08 - Most fun teammate to tour with 1:05:50 - Favorite playing venue away from his home grounds 1:09:22 - Outside of his parents who next had confidence in his ability early 1:10:14 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

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