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In this podcast
0:00 – Welcome Steve McNamarra
1:03 – Preparing his TEDx talk
2:52 – Looking deeper in recruitment
3:53 – Coming to Australia early in his career and learning from Brian Smith
5:00 – Early lessons
7:23 – Growing up in Hull and who he supported?
10:10 – Goal kicking
11:20 – His progression through the grades
13:20 – The volatility of a coaching career
15:00 – Coaching internationally vs domestically
19:41 – Shaun Johnson and the World Cup semi-final
21:00 – Best memory of playing for Hull FC
24:21 – Touring Australia in 1992
28:11 – How he ended up moving to the Bradford Bulls
29:42 – Describing Odsal Stadium
32:11 – Challenge Cup vs The Premiership
34:33 – Leading a team onto the field in a Challenge Cup Final
35:45 – Learning experiences at the backend of his career
38:44 – The nerves of the million pound game
41:35 – When he knew he wanted to be a coach
43:30 – Tony Smith
44:50 – His focus when trying to develop into a head coach
46:40 – How he got the opportunity to coach at the Sydney Roosters
48:55 – Culture and success at the Roosters
48:57 – The challenge of junior development at the Catalan Dragons
50:36 – Coaching players like Sam Tompkins, James Maloney and Israel Folau
52:57 – The pressure of signing Israel Folau
57:57 – The sacrifices of coaching and family
1:00:00 – His young bloke playing at Hull FC
1:01:49 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party
1:04:00 – Building a team full of non-English speaking players and the use of positive coaching
1:13:09 – Would he ever coach in another sport
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Steve McNamara is the head coach of the Catalan Dragons where he coaches the likes of James Maloney, Israel Folau and Sam Tompkins. Steve has had a tremendous playing and coaching career. His playing days saw him play over 300 first grade games in the English Super League for Hull FC, Bradford Bulls, Wakefield and
Huddersfield. He has coached the Dragons to a Challenge Cup title, while also being head coach at the Bradford Bulls and England national team. He has spent time in the NRL as an assistant coach to Trent Robinson at the Sydney Roosters and Stephen Kearney at the New Zealand Warriors.
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