Episode 194 - Mark "Piggy" Riddell


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In this podcast

2:30 – How he got the nickname Piggy?

4:07 – Backyard battles with his brothers in Panania

5:34 – Going to St Marys Cathedral

8:20 – How the Roosters got him from the Doggies

10:31 – Where his running game developed

11:31 – Australian Schoolboys and his friendship with Brett Finch

16:30 – Budgeting and being smart with his money

18:09 – His local pub

19:24 – Switching to the Dragons and being taken under Nathan Brown’s wing

20:56 – 2 trys on Debut against the Sharks

22:31 – His biggest influence Max Ninness

23:34 – The origins of his goal kicking style

25:05 – Becoming a cult hero

25:51 – His thought process while goal kicking

26:33 – Kicker he would choose to kick for his life

27:21 – Post try celebrations

29:15 – How he handled the media picking on his weight

34:41 – Struggles when he first went into the media

37:23 – Lessons from being on the drink

38:30 to 36:54 Cut out

39:02 – Why he moved over to Parramatta

44:22 – Tim Smith vs Brett Finch on the drink

45:21 – Moving to Wigan and run in’s with Madge Maguire

47:15 – The challenge to get to 96 kg

48:05 – Living in the English country side

48:45 – Going head to head with Keiron Cunningham

50:35 – Playing a grand final at Old Trafford

51:45 – WhatsApp groups with his former Wigan team mates

54:21 – Choosing to retire at 31 years old

56:02 – The changing of guard at the 2GB continuous call team

59:43 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

MARK RIDDELL

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Mark Riddell is a former professional rugby league player who played 250 first grade games across the NRL and Super League. He debuted at the St George Illawarra Dragons and had stints at the Parramatta Eels and the Sydney Roosters while he played two seasons for the Wigan Warriors where he won the competition in the 2010 season. Post footy he works in the media where he is an integral part of the 2GB's Continuous Call Team.

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