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"EVERY LEGEND HAS A STORY, WE'RE HERE TO SHARE IT"⁣

World Rugby Commentator Dallen Stanford and International 7s Coach Robin MacDowell talk with legendary players and coaches about their past, present and future.⁣

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Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Sean Holley for #RugbyHive Episode 28. Holley is a TV Rugby Analyst for BBC Wales Scrum V, does work for BT Sport, Sky Sports, S4C and hosts the Sony Award winning ‘Rugby Nation’ weekly show on Nation Radio. He writes technical coaching articles for several publications and has a regular monthly column in the World’s largest selling rugby publication, Rugby World. Holley was Head Coach for Ospreys Rugby where he spent nine Seasons – over 250 games. He has worked with British Lions, Grand Slam winners, All Blacks and Springboks including the likes of Shane Williams, Gavin Henson, Adam Jones, Ryan Jones, Tommy Bowe, Justin Marshall, Jerry Collins, Scott Gibbs, Mike Phillips and many more. He has also worked as a Coach for the Welsh Rugby Union at all levels including the National Team in 2005 and 2009. Holley was the longest serving and most successful Welsh Regional Coach helping the Ospreys to win 5 titles and 3 Heineken Cup Quarter Final places. In 2013 he was appointed Head Coach for Bristol Rugby where in his first season Bristol finished top of the English Championship scoring a record number of tries and points. He left in 2016 have helped Bristol gain promotion to the Aviva Premiership. Holley has a great deal of experience in education, teaching, lecturing and developing a range of further and higher education courses. He wrote and developed the first ever ‘Rugby Studies’ Course through BTEC and established the fore-runner to the now Scarlets Rugby Academy at Coleg Sir Gar. He also is the creator of the exciting new iBroadcast program in collaboration with Aspire2Be. He is also much sought after by Businesses and Governing Bodies to speak about a range of topics including:-‘Developing High Performance Teams’; ‘Winning Teams’; ‘Modern Professional Coaching Environment’ amongst others. Holley works as an Ambassador for Venatour Travel, Velindre Cancer Centre and Rugby For Heroes where he helps to raise money to assist servicemen and women in their transition back to civilian life. In today’s episode we talk about his vast background, including several brilliant stories about some of the great people he has worked with throughout his career. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! The Rugby Hive Podcast is brought to you by Wintergreen. Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Website | rugbyhive.com Merchandise | World Rugby Shop Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Damian McGrath for #RugbyHive Episode 27.  Damian McGrath played professional rugby league at Batley before embarking on a brilliant coaching career, which has encompassed both codes of rugby football at club and international level. He is the current Head Coach for Germany 7s, who will take part in the Vancouver and Edmonton 7s on the 2021 World Rugby Sevens Series.  McGrath has achieved tremendous success over the years working with various countries across the globe, including Canada 7s (Head Coach), Samoa 7s (Head Coach), England 7s (Assistant Coach), Spain 15s (Skills and Defense Coach) and Head of Rugby North Wales (RGC). Earlier in his career he steered England 7s to a Junior Commonwealth Games Silver medal and Great Britain Universities to Gold at the World Championships. In Rugby league he was Assistant Coach of Great Britain at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and Assistant Coach of Great Britain U21s and the Great Britain Academy.  In today’s episode we talk about the differences in coaching rugby in various countries, and what it takes to win at the highest level. We get Damian to reminisce about the experiences and legendary moments while working in England, Spain, Wales, Canada, Samoa and now in Germany.  We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms!  The Rugby Hive Podcast is brought to you by Wintergreen. Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Website | rugbyhive.com Merchandise | World Rugby Shop Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legends Dave Moonlight & John Moonlight for #RugbyHive Episode 26. Dave Moonlight was the first Canadian to reach 100 tries on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, finishing with a total of 107 tries, 553 points, playing in 40 tournaments from 2003 to 2010. He competed at the 2005 Rugby World Cup 7s in Hong Kong, and captained Canada at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. Dave also represented Canada twice in 15s, playing on the wing. John Moonlight followed in his older cousins’ footsteps captaining Canada on numerous occasions on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scoring 116 tries. Debuting in 2009 at Hong Kong, he went on to play in over 65 tournaments for his country on the Series. John played in the Commonwealth Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018, the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow, Russia, and won two Pam American Games Gold Medals. In 15s he won 23 Caps and represented Canada at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. John is 5th in the record books, with Dave in 6th, for most tries scored on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for Canada. In today’s episode we talk about how both Moonlights got their start in rugby, and how connected they have been since growing up. We chat about their favorite memories representing Canada, and their love for the game of 7s. What a thrill to get these two humble Canadian greats together. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! The Rugby Hive Podcast is brought to you by Wintergreen. Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Website | rugbyhive.com Merchandise | World Rugby Shop Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Cecil Afrika for #RugbyHive Episode 25. Afrika is the all-time top points scorer for South Africa on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with 1,462 Points. He represented the Blitzboks a record 345 times from 2009 to 2020, scoring a remarkable 179 tries. He was part of the South African 7s team that won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Afrika is also an Olympic Games Bronze Medalist with Team South Africa, taking part in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro event in Brazil. Since retiring from 7s, Afrika has joined the San Diego Legion, playing in the Major League Rugby competition in America. In todays episode we talk about Afrika's inspiring journey in the sport, how he overcame obstacles through rugby, and the evolution of the Sevens Series. We put him in the hot seat selecting his best South African 7s squad he has played alongside, plus his favorite players he has ever faced, and life in America via Major League Rugby. Here is one of 7s greats, Cecil Afrika! We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! The Rugby Hive Podcast is brought to you by Wintergreen. Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Website | rugbyhive.com Merchandise | World Rugby Shop Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Todd Clever for #RugbyHive Episode 24. Clever is the most capped USA player of all-time, representing the Eagles 76 times from 2003-2018. He captained America for several years, playing in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, scoring the most tries of an USA forward in history with 16. He was also part of the World Rugby Try of the Year in 2007 when he intercepted a pass against the Springboks that led to Takudzwa Ngwenya scoring one of the most remarkable 5 pointers in history. Clever was the first American to play and score in the Super Rugby competition - as part of the Lions franchise - and even faced off against the British and Irish Lions in 2009 for their South African tour. He has played professionally in New Zealand (North Harbor), South Africa (Golden Lions), Japan (Suntory & NTT Communications Shining Arcs), England (Newcastle Falcons) and the United States (Austin Elite).  In todays episode we talk about Clever's amazing journey in the sport, the importance of goal setting, memories from 15s and 7s, plus captaining his country. We delve into Super Rugby, the reasons why he loves the sport, and the growth of the game in America via Major League Rugby. Here is Captain America, Todd Clever! We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Ben Gollings for #RugbyHive Episode 23. Gollings is the World Record holder for most points scored on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with 2,652 earning himself a place in the Guinness book of World Records. He represented England at the 2005 & 2009 Sevens World Cups, as well as playing in 3 Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006 (Silver Medalist) and 2010. In total, England has won 19 Sevens Series tournaments, Gollings was part of 16, including 4 Hong Kong titles. In 15s he played over 100 English Premiership matches through Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors. He also represented Sunnybank Australia, Tasman Makos, Doncaster Knights, Toyota Shokki, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast Breakers and Rugby Lions. In today’s episode we chat about how he overcame adversity at a young age, his love for kicking anything and everything, and how he balanced a decade on the Sevens Series while playing professional 15s. We talk about his England 7s Dream Team, plus his Top 7 selections from all the opponents he faced. We also get into the mental side of the game, coaching and life after playing. Gollings was one of the greatest players we have ever seen, and it’s no wonder co-host Robin MacDowell has a framed photo of him in his bedroom. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend John Tait for #RugbyHive Episode 22. Tait represented Canada in 15s from 1997 until 2002 with 37 Caps including the 1999 Rugby World Cup, making one appearance on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, 2000. He also played 140 times for the Cardiff Blues and 20 times for Brive. His coaching journey began in 2004 with the Canadian Mens 15s program as Assistant Coach until 2010. Then he helped build the Canadian Women's 7s program and led them to a Bronze Medal finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In Todays episode we chat about playing overseas, how the late Ric Suggitt got him involved in coaching, and the Olympic podium journey he took with the Canadian Women’s 7s team. We chat about the differences between coaching men's and women's programs, how his daughters motivate him to create change, and looking ahead to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Santiago Gomez Cora for #RugbyHive Episode 21. Gomez Cora represented Argentina for a decade on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scoring 1,178 points, and for many years led the world in tries scored. Today is tied 4th highest try scorer in history with 230 alongside Blitzbok Seabelo Senatla. Gomez Cora won the Los Angeles 7s in 2004 and then captained his side to glory in San Diego in 2009. Gomez Cora played in two Sevens Rugby World Cups: Hong Kong in 2005 and finalists in Dubai 2009. Currently he is preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as the Head Coach for the Pumas 7s team. In this episode we track how the speedster elevated himself to international rugby, playing alongside his brother, why he developed the chip and chase as his trademark move, and how his career on the Sevens Series evolved into coaching his country. We hear how he commentated in his second language (English) at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, why he lost 4kg in Japan, and his love of being at home with his son. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Karl Tenana for #RugbyHive Episode 20. Tenana was part of the famous All Black 7s side that won the first 5 Series titles on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. He captained New Zealand, winning the prestigious Rugby World Cup 7s in Hong Kong, 2001. In his 7s career, he scored a remarkable 113 tries, and was the leading try scorer in the 2000/2001 Series with 42 five pointers. Despite picking up an injury, Tenana won a Gold Medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He played Super Rugby for the Otago Highlanders and rugby league for the Point Chevalier Pirates. Since retiring he has become one of the world’s best commentators, working at events such as Super Rugby, the Sevens World Series, and recently the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. In today’s episode we talk about growing up in New Zealand, playing Super Rugby with many All Black legends, the 7s life under Sir Gordon Tietjens, the days of 20 minute 7s Cup finals, and how the Sevens Series has evolved over the past 2 decades. We chat about his commentating career, meeting David Hasselhoff, plus who he picks as his best ever 7s squad. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Lesley McKenzie for #RugbyHive Episode 19. Capped 25 times for Canada, McKenzie represented her country at the 2006 and 2010 Rugby World Cups. During University she played with the UBC Thunderbirds for 5 years, transitioning into coaching the squad from 2008-2013. While in New Zealand McKenzie worked as the Wellington women's development co-coordinator, as well as being a game development officer for Wanganui Rugby RFC. McKenzie was an assistant coach with the Japanese Women’s 7s program at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, before taking over the Head Coach role for the Japanese Women's 15s side. In today's episode we talk about growing up in the Mountains in Fort Nelson, Canada. We chat about her how she got started playing rugby, transitioning to coaching, her time in New Zealand, and ultimately her current role with the Japanese Women’s 15s program. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Chris Wyles for #RugbyHive Episode 18.    Wyles played 54 times for the USA Eagles from 2007 to 2015, taking part in 3 Rugby World Cups and was named Captain America for the 2015 event in England. He represented USA Rugby for 3 years on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scorching 50 tries in just 13 tournaments. He returned to play Sevens and wear the USA jersey at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.   Wyles also played over 250 times for Saracens from 2008 to 2018, winning 4 Premiership Rugby titles and two European Championships. Following his retirement from the game, he founded Wolfpack Lager with fellow Saracens teammate Alistair Hargreaves.   In today's episode we talk about growing up in America, studying politics at the University of Nottingham, and starting his own business.  We chat about the 2007 World Rugby Try of the Year scored by Taku Ngwenya, playing international 7s and 15s, the comeback for the Olympic Games and success on and off the field with Saracens.   We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms!   Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Clark Laidlaw for #RugbyHive Episode 17.  Laidlaw represented Scotland on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series from 2001 to 2007. In 2017 he took over the All Black 7s role and within a year guided New Zealand to two titles: the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, California, and Gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.   In 2020 his Kiwi side won the HSBC Sevens World Series - bringing back the prestigious title to the people of New Zealand for the first time in 6 years, ending the longest drought for the number 1 rugby nation in the world.   In this mammoth episode we talk about Laidlaw's Scottish roots, how he took over from the legendary Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, what is the All Black way, and the culture of his squad.   We delve into Olympic Games preparation, bringing in All Blacks 15s players ahead of the Olympics, managing players at multi sport events, plus Laidlaw’s coaching philosophies, favorite NZ moment, the influence of the great Tomasi Cama and much more!    We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms!  Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Andy Friend for #RugbyHive Episode 16. Friend has coached rugby at the top level since it became professional 25 years ago.  He has worked with the New South Wales Waratahs (Australia), the Brumbies (Australia), Suntory Sungoliath (Japan), Canon Eagles (Japan), Harlequins (England), Connaught (Ireland) as well as being the Technical Advisor to the Australian Wallabies under Eddie Jones - during the 2002 Tri Nations Series and 2003 Rugby World Cup.  He was also the Australian 7s Head Coach for the Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   In this episode we take a deep dive into the world of coaching, how to bring the best out of your players, how the athlete has changed in 25 years, developing coaching philosophies and principles.  We talk about switching between coaching 7s and 15s, large multi-sport events and advice for aspiring coaches. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Alev Kelter for #RugbyHive Episode 15. Kelter is the 4th highest point scorer in history on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, behind Canada’s Ghislaine Landry and Kiwi’s Tyla Nathan-Wong and Portia Woodman. This past season, however, Kelter was the leading point scorer in the world.  She is the most capped USA Eagle ever to play on the Series - and will be heading to her second Olympic Games in Tokyo, 2021.   In today’s episode we reveal more about her amazing family, what her name means, her versatile background in sports and attending the University of Wisconsin with her twin sister.  We chat about her remarkable entry into rugby from having never touched a rugby ball to representing her country. After 6 years on the Series, and several different USA coaches, Kelter is perfectly positioned to provide insight into the Women’s game.   She has advice for younger players, and reveals why rugby’s ethos and values are unmatched by any other sport. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Nate Hirayama for #RugbyHive Episode 14. Hirayama has played in 5 Rugby World Cups representing Canada at the Sevens World Cup in Moscow (2013) and San Francisco (2018), as well as the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.  He’s toured the world for 15 years on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Hirayama (1,859) is the 3rd highest points scorer of all-time alongside the great Ben Gollings (2,652) from England and New Zealand’s playmaker Tomasi Cama (2,026). He is 7th in the world for most tournament appearances, with 79 events, debuting back in 2006. He was part of the Gold medal Canadian 7s team at the Pan American Games in 2011 (Guadalajara) and 2015 (Toronto), as well as winning Silver in 2019 (Lima). In today’s episode (which was recorded during April 2020 during the early stages of lockdown) we chat about his childhood, mentors and coaches, playing international 7s at just 18 years of age,  and his experiences at 3 different Rugby World Cup campaigns.  We look at advice he imparts for younger players, how he managed to last like an action hero on the Series, favorite tries, highlights representing his country and of course best and worst room mates on tour!   His greatest honor lies await, captaining Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Frankie Horne for #RugbyHive Episode 13. Synonymous for running people over, Horne is one of the most famous forwards to have played on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, representing his country for 10 years. Highlights outside of steam rolling both Rugby Hive co-hosts, Horne became the first player in history to play in 50 consecutive tournaments. It’s no wonder they called him Frank the Tank. He was a member of the first ever Blitzbok 7s team to win the Series title for South Africa in 2008/2009. Horne also won a Gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Games against rivals New Zealand. Upon retiring in 2016, he had scored 59 tries and took part in 68 consecutive tournaments on the Sevens Series. In this episode we talk about growing up in South Africa, overcoming Doctors orders not to play contact sport, and his second love, the great outdoors. We cover his brilliant Sevens career, his 7s Dream Team, which 3 forwards are his favorite from the Blitzboks, and why Chris Dry was his best and worst room mate on tour. We discover how Horne fell into coaching rugby, and his involvement at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS). Plus one of the best pranks ever pulled by a guest on the Rugby Hive! We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Chris Brown for #RugbyHive Episode 12. Brown is the winner of the Capgemini Coach of the Series Award in 2019 for his role with the USA Women’s Eagles, taking them to a Silver Medal finish, their best ever result in history on the HSBC Sevens World Series.   Brown started on the Sevens Series years back with Mike Friday taking charge of Kenya, elevating the Africans to their best ever finish on the Series in 2009, placing number 6 on the planet.  Brown then moved to America with Friday, spending 4 years with the USA Men’s program, turning their results around in dramatic fashion from 13th in the world to 6 in 2018.  It was fitting that Mike Friday stood along Chris Brown accepting the Coach of the Series Award in 2019 with the Men’s USA Eagles placing 2nd on the Series, playing in all 10 semi finals that season.   In this episode we look back to Brown’s upbringing that saw him drop out of High School to play for the All Blacks, we track his amazing journey to South Africa, Kenya and eventually the USA.   We talk about coaching insights into developing world class programs, how Friday and him took the USA Men to their first tournament win on the Series, how the USA Women finished on the podium, and what an extra year could do for his USA Women's 7s side ahead of the Olympic Games in Japan!  We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Mark Robertson for #RugbyHive Episode 11. Robertson is the 3rd most capped Scotland 7s player of all-time, scoring 106 tries, with just three other players from his country having breached the century mark. He played on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across 57 tournaments from 2006 to 2017, with enough stamps in the passport to fill up a Harry Potter novel. Robertson hails from Melrose, Scotland, the birthplace of sevens rugby. He is also part of an elusive club, with his father Keith representing Scotland in 44 Test matches. Robertson is an Olympic Silver medalist with Great Britain - playing in the 2016 rugby 7s final against Fiji in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In today’s episode we talk about growing up in a small town, the importance of goal setting and having mentors, representing Scotland on the World Series and how Great Britain won a rugby Silver medal at the Olympic Games with Head Coach Simon Amor. We chat about his nickname 'Skinny Fat', having the worst birthday date on the planet, and his current contract with ASM Clermont Auvergne in France. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legends Joel Stransky and Gareth Rees for #RugbyHive Episode 10. Gareth Rees captained Canada 23 times, winning 55 Caps and scoring 487 Test points. He played in the first four Rugby World Cups in 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1999, cementing his name in rugby history as the only player to do so. He played professionally for several clubs in his career including Newport, Wasps and Harlequins as well as the famous Oxford University team and later represented the prestigious Barbarians. In 2010, Rees was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. He and fellow inductee Brian Lima of Samoa were the first members from outside the traditional rugby playing nations. He was inducted in the British Columbia Rugby Hall of Fame and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame as the first and only rugby player. Rees donated one of his rugby boots to be bronzed and used as a trophy to be competed for annually by St. Michaels and Oak Bay High School. Joel Stransky is most famous for kicking the winning drop goal against the All Blacks to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. He scored all 15 points for the Springboks, which helped unite a divided South Africa with President Nelson Mandela using the sport of rugby to bring people together. In the 2009 movie Invictus, which tells the amazing story of South Africa’s World Cup win, he is portrayed by Clint Eastwood’s son Scott. Stransky played 22 times for his country, scoring 240 points. He was part of the first ever Natal team to win the Currie Cup, played in Italy for L'Aquila and San Donà before representing the Leicester Tigers 73 times in the Premiership, scoring 896 points. His side won the 1996–1997 Pilkington Cup and the 1998–1999 Allied Dunbar Premiership. Since retiring both Rees and Stransky have become well known television commentators. In today’s episode we explore their early sporting days, advice for young rugby players, kicking technique and mindset. We go through the infamous Battle of Boet Erasmus, a pool game between Canada and South Africa which took place 25 years ago, we talk about the Canada side traveling all for the very first time to a post Apartheid South Africa. We fast forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where Canada again faced South Africa in a pool game for the first time since 1995, with Stransky and Rees connecting at the match and sharing a few laughs! We also talk about Rees and the British royal family - coaching Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at Eton College. We also get Stransky to reflect on Chester Williams and what he meant for South Africa - and creating positive change in communities through the LumoHawk Foundation. We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Gary Gold for #RugbyHive Episode 9. Gold has coached professionally for 20 years in 4 different countries, with stints at London Irish (2001-2005), Newcastle Falcons (2012), Bath (2012-2013) and Worcester Warriors (2016-2017) in the United Kingdom, Western Province (2005-2008) and the Sharks (2015-2016) in South Africa and the Kobelco Steelers (2014-2015) in Japan. Internationally he was the Assistant Coach for the Springboks (2008-2011), recording a rare Tri Nations title with South Africa in 2009, as well as defeating the New Zealand All Blacks on 4 occasions. Tri Nations results: Springboks 28-19 All Blacks (Bloemfontein), Springboks 31-19 All Blacks (Durban), Springboks 32-29 All Blacks (Hamilton), Springboks 29-17 Australia (Cape Town), Springboks 32-25 Australia (Perth), Springboks 6-21 Australia (Brisbane). He was also the Assistant Coach when the Springboks last played the British & Irish Lions, winning the Series 2-1 in 2009. Gold has coached the United States since 2018, winning the Americas Rugby Championship with the Eagles, and recorded a 30-29 victory over Scotland, the first time the USA has defeated a nation inside the top 10 rankings in the professional era. In this episode we trace Gold’s entry into coaching, which people helped guide him along the way, how to become a better rugby coach, plus we look at the challenges one faces in the tough world of professional sports. We reflect on Rugby World Cup 1995, the Tri Nations and tactically how his Springboks defeated the All Blacks. What excites Gold about rugby in the USA? What role does Major League Rugby play? What can we expect from the Eagles at Rugby World Cup 2023? We hope you enjoy and follow us on these platforms! Podcast 🎧 anchor.fm/rugbyhive Instagram | @MyRugbyHive Facebook | RugbyHive Twitter | @RugbyHive #RugbyHive #RugbyPodcast #RugbyLegends
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