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Episode 201 - Steve McNamara

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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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