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In this podcast
2:00 - Welcome Tim Simona 2:25 - Boxing and his love of boxing 5:07 - Boxing vs Rugby League 5:41 - His family background 6:48 - His younger brother Paul making all the rep teams and Aussie schoolboys 8:22 - All his cousins around the NRL 9:01 - Backyard battles 10:19 - Where his speed comes from 11:42 - Growing up around Mount Druitt and Doonside 13:54 - How he ended up at the Tigers instead of the Panthers 15:00 - The importance of faith and the family gathering on a Sunday 18:08 - Visiting Samoa 18:55 - Coming through the Balmain set up 19:28 - How he ended up at Patrician Brothers Blacktown 20:44 - Peter Ross and the influence on his football career 21:29 - NRL players he went to school with 22:03 - Matt Moylan 23:14 - How he handled his first major injury 25:40 - Did he get notice from the Tigers players or coaches 27:16 - His nightmare game in Townsville 31:16 - Nearly making a surprise NRL debut 33:22 - Getting the call up to the first grade squad 34:46 - Telling his parents that he was going to debut 35:10 - The debut at Leichhardt Oval 36:08 - Playing on the same edge as Gareth Ellis, Benji Marshall and Lote Tuqiri 36:50 - Fights at Tigers training and competition for spots 38:01 - Stitch up’s at training 38:37 - Tim Sheens’ advice 39:55 - His ever first NRL try at Penrith Stadium 42:33 - Tim’s preference to play on the field 43:47 - Getting the call up to represent Samoa 44:50 - Learning the Samoan Siva Tau 46:17 - Daniel Vidot 48:00 - How he handled get a lot of money for the first time 49:21 - Is there a pressure when in the rugby league culture 50:50 - Going down a bad path 51:40 - How he told his parents that he had been sanctioned by the NRL 54:33 - The response he receives from the public now 56:00 - What got him through the dark days 58:03 - Writing his wrongs 1:02:26 - His relationship with his boxing coach Huss 1:04:30 - Support from Phil Gould and Andrew Johns 1:06:38 - Signing with the Blacktown Workers NSW Cup team and playing for Matt Ballin 1:08:51 - Coming back at 80kg 1:10:03 - Goals for 2021 and any talks with the NRL 1:12:35 - Advice for young children
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Tim Simona played for the Wests Tigers from 2011-2016 playing in 79 first grade games where he scored 27 tries. He has represented Samoa in 5 tests.
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