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Players Podcast: Chris Wyles and Alistair Hargreaves

In Episode 13 of the Players Podcast, we hear from former Saracens team-mates Chris Wyles and Alistair Hargreaves who set up Wolfpack Lager. As they were coming towards the end of their playing days, where they won both European and English premiership silverware, they started to look at business opportunities and started selling beer - something they were both passionate about! From selling pints out the back of a bus, to now having their product in 250 to 300 bars around the UK and the...


Players Podcast: Brendan Schwab

In episode 12 of the Players Podcast we speak to the head of World Players Association, Brendan Schwab. World Players is a group that advocates for the rights of players and athletes and brings sports together to knowledge share and learn from one another. Brendan, an Australian who is passionate about Players Rights, previously worked with the international football players union (FifPro) and is now taking on the challenge of everything from the rights of athletes to challenge governing...


Players Podcast: Alain Rolland

In a Rugby World Cup year, the focus is on match officials more than ever. Big calls, controversial cards, TMO decisions, offside lines…they’re all under the microscope. The man in charge of those officials is Alain Rolland, who joins us for Episode 11 of the Players Podcast. A former player turned referee, Rolland took charge of a Rugby World Cup final, 3 European Cup finals and many other massive games – before taking over as World Rugby Referees manager for the 15s game. On the Podcast,...


Players Podcast: Andries Pretorius

Episode 10 of The Players Podcast speaks to a South African man that ended up playing for Wales before having to retire from a rare and cruel illness called Isaacs Syndrome. Andries Pretorius has since gone on to run the Welsh Rugby Player’s Association but his story starts working as an electrician in the mines in rural South Africa, before playing for Cardiff Blues, Worcester and getting capped for Wales at international level. A fascinating story that shows resilience and bravery and the...


Players Podcast: Ross Tucker

Our guest on Episode 9 of the Players Podcast is one of the foremost sports scientists and researchers in Rugby...and a man with a lot of views on the mechanics and politics of our game. Dr.Ross Tucker is a sports scientist and researcher, currently working alongside World Rugby on how to reduce concussions, head impacts and the possibility of reducing the tackle height. In a fascinating chat, Ross discusses his work, the various issues around doping and WADA, concussion and head injuries,...


Players Podcast: Marco Bortolami

With 111 international caps, Marco Bortolami is one of the true legends of Italian Rugby. The former second row, who played his club rugby across Italy, France and England, was Italy's youngest ever captain at just 22, scoring a famous intercept try against the All Blacks. With strong views on how Italy can grow the game, Marco spoke to the Players Podcast about the challenges for the Italians, where they can go and the need for belief among players. He also lists the toughest players he's...


Players Podcast: Ian Prendergast

Rugby League often battles Rugby Union in Australia for audience and fans, TV ratings, sponsorship and newspaper column inches in one of the most competitive sporting markets in the world. In Episode 7 of the Players Podcast, we speak to Ian Prendergast, CEO of the Rugby League Players Association. Often on the front pages as much as the back pages, we spoke to Ian – a former AFL player – about the challenges faced by his Players Association, the growth of the International game in League,...


Players Podcast: Melodie Robinson

New Zealand's Melodie Robinson is one of the legends of women's Rugby and since she hung up the boots in the early 2000s, she's made a name for herself on TV, broadcasting pitchside for Sky NZ at International matches and Super Rugby games. But it wasn't always easy - Mel faced fierce hostility as she attempted to break into the male-dominated world of Rugby coverage. Speaking to the Players Podcast, Melodie outlines her hopes for the women's game and her ideas for marching it forward over...


Players Podcast: Dan Sheridan

If a picture speaks a thousand words, INPHO's Dan Sheridan has told millions of stories. One of the world's top rugby photographers, he has travelled the world with Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, capturing some of the classic moments in the modern game. The affable Dubliner, who was brought into the job by INPHO boss Billy Stickland, has built a camaraderie and rapport with some of the top names in the game, allowing him the best access behind the scenes to capture the candid...


Players Podcast: Beau Robinson

"A professional rugby player is what you are...not who you are" It's not all champagne and limos for professional players and Australian flanker Beau Robinson is living proof. The blonde back-rower never had it easy and had to fight for everything he's earned. He's as straight up in his interviews as he was with ball in hand and has no problem calling it like he sees it. Winning one cap for the Wallabies along with claiming a Super Rugby title with the Queensland Reds, Beau now spends his...


Players Podcast: Isa Nacewa

One of the legends of the game, Isa Nacewa's career spanned almost every position in the backline as well as both hemispheres. Now busy in the finance industry in Auckland, Isa talks about the lessons he's brought into his working life from Rugby, looks back on his career, talks about the messages he has for young players coming into the game, the many benefits of Players Associations and the best players he's lined out beside. In Episode 3 of the Players Podcast, Isa even tells us about the...


Players Podcast: Rob Vickerman

Rob Vickerman is one of the game's colourful characters - the Yorkshire man played the 15s and 7s version of the game, leading England 7s at one stage, but was forced to retire through injury at the age of just 29. As well as Rugby commentary, Vickerman now puts his efforts into where he uses his experience from sport to help businesses develop their staff for high performance. In Episode 2, Rob talks about getting his start in the sport, playing 15s and 7s, the future of the...


Players Podcast: Blaine Scully

Blaine Scully is our guest on the first episode of the Players Podcast, which looks at the stories behind our players. Blaine is not only the captain of the USA National side but is also the Chairman of their Player's Association. He has some interesting thoughts on what it takes to grow the game in America, creating pathways for the next stars of the sport but also how he'd like to change the term "Tier 2". Blaine is a great advocate for the sport in the USA so tune in and listen to a great...