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Episode 177 - Willie Peters

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In this podcast

3:00 - Welcome Willie Peter 4:01 - How the Newcastle Knights handled isolation 4:57 - How he ended up at the Newcastle Knights 6:44 - Working with the stars in the Knights back line 8:02 - Learning as a blue shirt trainer 9:15 - Coaching, pressure and losing your hair 10:29 - Losing players heading into round 3 11:55 - How they trained during isolation 12:35 - Feelings with rugby league being taken away 14:16 - Little Willie growing up in Matraville 15:12 - The temperamental tennis player 16:25 - Who his favourite tennis player was 17:40 - Making the NSW merit side at 15 18:50 - Did he get singled out because of his height 20:20 - What he weighed in the first season 20:44 - His first grade debut vs the Newcastle Knights 21:46 - His starting debut against his idol Freddy Fittler 22:58 - Craig Coleman placing the next Sterlo tag on him 24:55 - Moses Suli and looking after young players as a coach 25:46 - Was he looked after during the Super League War 28:11 - Hamstring injuries hampering his early years 28:42 - Why he moved to England so young 30:46 - Possible benefits of loaning players to Super League 32:39 - Playing at the Gateshead Thunder in England 34:09 - Learning from Shane Richardson setting up the Thunder 34:41 - Signing with the glamour club the Wigan Warriors 35:59 - Playing with English legends like Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell 39:11 - The experience of playing at Old Trafford 40:13 - Farm living with the Wigan boys 41:52 - Gary Connolly 42:43 - What brought him back to Australia 44:23 - Why he chose to come back to St George Illawarra 45:58 - What brought him back to the Rabbitohs 47:41 - Why he got into coaching 48:21 - Making mistakes gambling 49:40 - Relating to role players and insecurities coaching Daly Cherry Evans 52:24 - Learning from the master coach Wayne Bennett 54:40 - The power of note writing 55:43 - Creating a coaching philosophies 56:56 - Leadership and traits he admires 1:00:21 - Ambition to head coach 1:01:38 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


Willie Peters is a former professional rugby league player who played 76 first grade games in the NRL for Souths and the Dragons and 67 first grade games in the Super League for Gateshead, Wigan and Widnes. Post footy he has made some impression moves in coaching. He is currently the first grade assistant coach to Adam O'Brien at the Newcastle Knights where he moved from South Sydney last year where he was assistant to Wayne Bennett.

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