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Whether you are a player, coach, or supporter, the Rugby Wisdom podcast is for you! Rugby's greatest and astute minds reflect on their own experiences and share these with the listener to promote learning and growth.


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Whether you are a player, coach, or supporter, the Rugby Wisdom podcast is for you! Rugby's greatest and astute minds reflect on their own experiences and share these with the listener to promote learning and growth.




#26 Luke Lewis: "Success is built upon a pile of failures"

Luke is a Welsh coach who is now living in America and has a wealth of experience in both rugby and S&C coaching. Luke began his rugby coaching career after gaining his BSc in Exercise Science and eventually coached for the WRU. Following this, he changed his focus and moved to America to achieve a master's degree in Strength and conditioning, where he has since coached elite level athletes in multiple sports such as the UFC’s Dustin Poitier. Luke has recently returned to coaching rugby while utilizing his S&C background in prestigious American colleges like Penn State University and Yale University.


#25 Andrew Kean: Why Pursue a Rugby Scholarships in the USA?

This is a must-listen for those that want to play collegiate rugby in the United States! Andrew Kean, the Chief Executive of FirstPoint USA, has firsthand experience of collegiate sports in the United States as we played soccer at the University of Cincinnati on scholarship. Now he is helping others do the same! FirstPoint specializes in helping young people achieve their academic and sporting potential. They have connected more than 10,000 students, sportsmen & sportswomen with some of the world’s best universities in the United States of America.


#24 Dallen Stanford: Behind The Scenes of a World Rugby Commentator

It is a pleasure to share wisdom from one of North America's standout characters, Dallen Stanford. He represented USA 7s and is now a leading figure in the commentary world covering international XV, World 7s Series and Major League Rugby. Commentating on a match is much more than it seems, so join me in diving behind the scenes to learn on what happens to ensure the viewer receives a fantastic experience!


#23: David Campese, Wallabies Legend

On this Rugby Wisdom Podcast, I am joined by one of the most iconic rugby players the game has ever seen, David 'Campo' Campese. Campo is very engaging and insightful as we discuss the state of the game both within Australia and World Rugby in general. David Campese 11 Academy The David Campese 15’’s & 7’s Rugby Academy is a unique – offering of coaching programs for both players (girls and boys) and coaches in both codes of Rugby Union – 15’s and 7’s. David’s vision for his Academy is to always maintain his personal involvement with each individual program/team, ensuring that his signature coaching style encouraging creativity, unpredictability and flair, is the top priority. This show is brought to you by World Rugby Shop. Visit for all your rugby needs!


#22: Andy Ellis, All Blacks, Crusaders & Kobe Steelers

On this Rugby Wisdom Podcast, I am joined by All Black and World Cup winner, Andy Ellis. Andy's illustrious career to date has seen him play for the Crusaders 150 times, winning two Super Rugby championships. Most recently, Andy has been in Japan playing for Kobe Steelers before COVID brought an abrupt end to the season. Andy is passionate about creating meaningful cultures and environments and we dive deeper into what this actually looks like. Having played in some of rugby's greatest teams, Andy provides a fascinating insight into what these groups did off the field to enhance performance. This show is brought to you by World Rugby Shop. Visit for all your rugby needs!


#21: Greg McWilliams, Rugby United New York Head Coach & USA Attack Coach

I am joined by Greg McWilliams, who has built an extensive resume in both community and performance rugby environments. In this conversation, Greg shares his thoughts on how exposure to these different environments has helped shape him as a coach today. Greg has coached in the highly-regarded Irish Schools system in Dublin, leading St. Michaels College. In Ireland, Greg has also coached Trinity College, Leinster Age-Grade teams, and the Irish Women's National Team. Greg and his family then moved to the United States to become Director of Rugby at the Ivy League School, Yale University. Since his time in the US, Greg coached the USA U20s before moving on to become the Attack Coach for the Men's National Team. Greg is now the Head Coach of Rugby United New York in Major League Rugby. During the show, Greg refers to a podcast featuring The Inner Game of Tennis. Here is the link. This show is brought to you by World Rugby Shop. Visit for all your rugby needs!


#20: Vlok Cilliers, French National Team Kicking Coach

I am joined by one of the leading kicking coaches in the world, Vlok Cillers. Vlok breaks down the technicalities of kicking and covers important training aspects to improve accuracy. As a player, Vlok played for Western Province and is a capped Springbok (vs New Zealand, 1996). As a coach, Vlok worked with the Blue Bulls alongside legendary Springbok and one of the world's best kickers. Moyne Steyn. Vlok's current role is with the French National team where he works with all the kickers and also builds the kicking strategy for the team. Vlok also has his own online kicking consultancy, where players from all around the world can access Vlok's expertise. Contact Vlok: Twitter: This show is brought to you by World Rugby Shop. Visit for all your rugby needs!


#19: Brian Ashton MBE, Former England & Bath Head Coach and Mentor to Premier League Coaches

On this show, I am joined by Brian Ashton MBE. Brian is revered as being one of the most forward-thinking coaches in the game. His coaching career has seen him lead Bath, Ireland, and England. He also built England Rugby’s academy that has created a stream of world-class players. Outside of rugby, Brian mentors coaches within the Premier League. This show is brought to you by World Rugby Shop. Visit for all your rugby needs! Rugby Wisdom is supporting Ruck ALS. A great group of people that provide memory-making events, financial support, and home modifications to those suffering from ALS and their families. Visit to learn more.


#18: Jason Ryan, Crusaders Forwards Coach

I am joined by Jason Ryan, the Crusaders Forwards Coach. Jason shares his wisdom on how to build a dominant scrum. Jason has also worked as the forwards for the Canterbury provincial team for five years, initially as a Scrum Coach, and then as an Assistant Coach in 2015 and 2016. He also has national experience as the Scrum Coach for the Black Ferns in 2014, and New Zealand Under 20 team for three seasons. Ryan set up the Front Row Club in 2013, a coaching program focused on the safe development of props and hookers. This show is brought to you by You can find more content, including analysis, from Craig at


#17: Sir Ian McGeechan,: British & Irish Lions, Scotland and Wasps

Sir Ian McGeechan won thirty-two caps, playing at fly-half and centre, and captained the team nine times. Sir Ian, as a player, toured with the British and Irish Lions in both 1974 and 1977. Sir Ian was the British and Irish Lions Head Coach in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009. In 2005 he coached the midweek side on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand on the invitation of Sir Clive Woodward. On the international stage, Sir Ian also won the 1990 Grand Slam with Scotland. Domestically, Sir Ian became the Director of Rugby at London Wasps in 2005, and led his team to the Powergen Anglo-Welsh Cup title, beating Llanelli Scarlets in the final at Twickenham. In his second season, London Wasps claimed the Heineken Cup and in his third season, they lifted the Premiership cup. In 2010 Sir Ian joined the coaching staff at Gloucester as an advisor to Head Coach Bryan Redpath and his coaching team, and in 2010 he moved to local rivals Bath Rugby as performance director. Taking over as the director of rugby at Bath in 2011, the following year Ian was appointed executive chairman of Leeds Carnegie. Ian was knighted in the 2010 New Years’ Honours List for his services to rugby, and received an OBE in 1990.


#16: Conor O'Shea, England Rugby Director of Performance & former Italy, Harlequins and London Irish Head Coach

Be part of The Contact Coach community and receive my latest analysis and bonus-content podcasts direct to your inbox! Take 10 seconds to add your email address here. On this Rugby Wisdom in 3, I am joined by Conor O'Shea. As a rugby player, Conor represented London Irish 127 times and was capped by Ireland 35 times. Conor also played at two rugby world cups. As a club rugby coach, Conor has worked with London Irish and Harlequins. With Harlequins, Conor won the English Premiership and European Challenge Cup. Internationally, Conor was the Head Rugby Coach or Italy from 2016-2019. He is now the Director of Performance for England Rugby. Matt Hampson Foundation Just Giving Fundraising Page


#15: Robbie Deans, Crusaders Head Coach (7 x Super Rugby Winner), Australia & Panasonic Wild Knights

On this #rw3, I am joined by Robbie Deans. Robbie provides advice on how to set a team up for success. Robbie has so much wisdom to give that I broke my own rule and published the full 6 minutes! It's worth it. As a player, Robbie is an All Black and also represented Canterbury on 145 occasions. As a coach, he is the most successful Super Rugby coach in history, winning 5 Super Rugby titles and another 2 as a manager with Crusaders. Robbie was the Wallabies Head Coach between 2008 and 2014, where we won the Tri-Nations in 2011. Since the Wallabies, he has been with the Panasonic Wild Knights head coach, winning 3 Top League championships.


#14:, Gary Gold, USA Head Coach

On this RW3, I am joined by Gary Gold, USA Head Coach. Gary shares his wisdom on the environments that have helped influence how he coaches today. He discusses his time at London Irish working under Brendan Venter in his first professional environment and also the bonds made at Newcastle Falcons, despite relegation. His key theme: alignment. Gary has coached professionally for over 20 years. At the club level, Gary has worked with English Premiership clubs London Irish, Newcastle Falcons, Bath, Sale Sharks, and Worcester Warriors. Internationally, Gary was the assistant coach for South Africa between 2008 - 2011 and is now the current USA men’s coach.


#13: Blaine Scully, USA Captain, Leicester Tigers & Cardiff Blues

In this #RW3 show, I am joined by Blaine Scully. Blaine shares his experiences from playing at three Rugby World Cups and his evolution as a leader. Blaine was capped 54 times by the USA, and captained his country to two Americas Rugby Championships and also led his country to 2019 World Cup in Japan. He played for two leading clubs in the UK, Leicester Tigers, and Cardiff Blues. At college, Blaine played for the most decorated programs in US history, Cal Berkely- where we won two national championships.


#12: Nathan Grey, Australia Defense Coach, Super Rugby Winner (Coach, 2014) & Australia (35 Caps)

In this #rw3 show, I am joined by Nathan Grey. Nathan shares his wisdom on the tackle technique. He breaks down what he feels are the main components for making a successful tackle. Nathan is a 35 capped Wallaby and during this time won the World Cup in 1999. Domestically, he played 94 times for Waratahs in Super Rugby. Nathan moved into coaching in 2010 with the Rebels. In 2013, Michael Cheika brought Nathan to Waratahs and soon the team won the 2014 Super Rugby competition. Nathan continued his relationship with Cheika, and he became the Wallabies defense coach in 2015 through 2019. Nathan is now a performance coach with Australia Rugby.


#11: Ben Ryan, Fiji 7s Olympic Gold Medal Coach & Founder of Sleepandwater

In this #RW3 show, Ben Ryan shares his wisdom on how he uses other sports and groups to unleash peak performance in Rugby. Ben was the longest-serving England 7s coach with 58 tournaments. In 2015, Ben became Head Coach of Fiji and soon became their most decorated coach of all time with back-to-back World Series titles and back-to-back Hong Kong 7s tournament wins. The best was yet to come, as Fiji famously won the 2016 Rio Olympic Gold. Since Rio, Ben is the Technical Director of Rugby X and is a consultant to elite sports teams around the world. Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream


#10: Mat Turner, Seattle Seawolves & England 7s

In this #RW3 show, Mat shares what it is like to play professional rugby in the United States and why it has an exciting future. Mat has been a professional player for 12 years and has represented England 7s at 34 World Sevens Series Tournaments, scoring 92 tries. More recently, Mat has played for the Seattle Seawolves in Major League Rugby, winning the championship twice in 2018 and 2019. Mat will continue with the seawolves as a player-coach for the 2021 season.


#9: Peter Breen, Founder of Rugby Bricks & Australia Women's Coach

In this show, Peter provides a fascinating insight into kicking and the importance it has in the modern-day game. Peter Breen is the founder of Rugby Bricks and the coach of Australia Wallaroos. Peter was also a fly-half for Otago in his playing days. Rugby Bricks is one of the leading online coaching platforms in the world and specializes in skill development. Peter regularly works with some of the most recognizable names in rugby, including All Blacks and Highlanders scrum-half Aaron Smith, Wallabies and Rebels Matt Toomua. Peter also has is own kicking tee range that are used by professionals all over the world. Website:


#8: Frankie Horne, South Africa 7s Legend

Frankie played an incredible 68 Sevens World Series tournaments consecutively. In this show, Frankie shares what happened behind the scenes and discussed the people that helped along the way. Frankie is now the Head of 7s at the Stellenbosh Rugby Academy and helps nurture the next crop of world-stars.


#7: Kane Jury, Skills Coach, Pulse Energy Highlanders (Super Rugby)

In this show, Kane shares his wisdom on skill development and the importance of not getting too far away from the repetition of the basics. Kane is in a unique position as on a daily basis, he is responsible for finding and nurturing the best prospects within New Zealand and preparing those players for Super Rugby with Highlanders. Kane has worked in many high-performance environments, including Fiji 7s. Kane's has worked with some great coaches but two stand-out for him, Gareth Baber (Fiji 7s Head Coach) and Aaron Mauger (Highlanders Head Coach).