Welcome to the Catflap Chats podcast. My name is Mikey, but lots call me Catflap, Flap, or Flapper, and I'm fortunate enough to call some pretty interesting people my mates - Professional sports, Rugby, Boxing, MMA, Football, Actors, Singers, and Business, in Wales and beyond. I'm going to have a beer with a different mate each week, and delve in to their professional and personal lives. Expect some distinctly average chat, funny stories, and insights in behind the scenes. Basically, I am absolutely winging this! www.catflapchats.com Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CatflapChats, or catflapchats.com for our back catalogue, Merch, and amazing sponsors - LT Scaffold Services and Tiny Rebel Brewery
One of my fav episodes to date - What a guy Ed is. From professional Rugby player to Quadriplegic. From never walking again, to scaling mountains a year later. Resilience in spades.
Who knew, wiggling your toe would lead to so many adventures. I love his resilience, his willingness to push boundaries, and the ability to say yes, and figure it out as he goes along.
Thanks always Motazone.net, Supply My Fire, and Tiny Rebel Brewery
Great to talk to Don a second time, this time with a sprinkling of Rugby, his back ground, and what it takes to be in the mind of a professional athlete. I'm not sure he would have made it as a boxer mind ;)
The guy is infectious, and I can't wait to see where his post rugby career goes, after winning it all in England with Exeter.
Thanks always SupplyMyFire.com and Tiny Rebel Brewery
An hour flew by without even realising! Part 2 coming soon.
9 years a Chief, a few caps, winning the LV, the Premiership, and the European Champions Cup, after a few tussles with a certain team, but we hardly spoke about Rugby in this hour. Social Media, Mental Health, transitioning to business, and being a good bloke in general were all covered instead, as well as his vision for the gaming industry!
Don is a great bloke, and will...
Bit of a different one. Whilst we normally associate Anorexia and Bulimia with eating disorders in Women, 1 in 3 men have an eating disorder of some type.
Owen has lived with this condition for over 6 years now, and got down to only 6 stones, at 5"4 tall. Whilst he's doing better now, it lead to depression and more.
Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Porter Travel, Dragon Signs UK and supplymyfire.com
I absolutely bloody love Jar. A top lad with the world at his feet Rugby wise. All the talent in the world, but happens to have been playing at a time when there's so much competition for the 10 jersey in Wales. Only 25, he has his best years ahead of him, after achieving so much already for Club and Country. You could tell he was frustrated with recent results and the stop start nature of the last few years in general. Can'...
I got a chance to have a whirlwind 30 mins with Lisa, fresh off her being all over the press as the lady who's about to design Katie Price's new supercar!
We spoke about being a women in predominantly male orientated industries, owning and driving Supercars, competing in Formula Racing for Women, and social media trolls. Her passion is infectious and looking forward to where she takes things!
Thanks always Dragon Signs an...
This is a difficult listen at times, and there's graphic talk of Suicide.
Perry is a Dr, training to be a GP, and talks of his story living with depression, which spiralled, and working in the NHS too. He's written a new book 'The Cost of Caring' which can be bought on Amazon, at Waterstones etc too.
Please reach out. You're never alone.
Thanks always Dragon Signs UK and Tiny Rebel Brewery
20 years a Ref! Great chatting with someone on the other side of the whistle, and to get their views on rugby today, law interpretations, but in an engaging way. RWC07, Tri Nations, 6 Nations, the 7s Series, Celtic League and Heineken Cup - There isn't much Hugh hasn't seen on the pitch! That includes team consulting and working with Governing Bodies too.
Thanks always Dragon Signs UK and Tiny Rebel Brewery
I knew my Aunty had been through some stuff. I never understood the duration/complexities or severity of her conditions, nor how common they were amongst women. This was tough for me. I heard things I hadn't heard before, and it hits closer to home when it's family. It was also tough as I felt guilt for not knowing, and probably not making enough of an effort either.
Thank you to Aunty Victoria, for being so open.
What hasn't this guy seen or done? Played with and against the best players the world had to offer. Won it all as a team and individually. One of the best Rugby League players England have produced, who did it his way.
I loved this one, and could still see a little spark in the belly when he was talking about facing those old teams. Would have loved to have played with him, and hated playing against him.
Thank you Dragon Signs...
Angus is an incredible young man. We met by chance at a wedding a few weeks ago, and it amazed me, not only how good he was, but his journey. We spoke then, and in more detail on the pod, about growing up with various conditions, in a different country, and how finding magic saved his life, quite literally. Expect a few highs and lows on this episode, but his attitude is fantastic.
Thanks always Healthy Hangout UK, Dragon Signs, T...
Having known Lloyd for years, it's easy to not appreciate the longevity and what Lloyd has achieved in the Super League. Couple that with him being Welsh, he has probably gone under the radar.
Over 200 professional games, and lining up against England, New Zealand, and Australia. He's been there and done it all, with his sights set on more seasons and RLWC 2022 for Jamaica!
Thanks always Dragon Signs, Motazone Cwmbran, The ...
Maybe one of the hardest players in the game - the guy absolutely loved melting people in half! It was class to catch up with Jacques, and chat about a stellar career, some of the things holding Namibian rugby back despite him playing at 3 RWC's, and some of the teams and players he loved playing with and against. Great player, better bloke.
Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Healthy Hangout Cardiff, Dragon Signs UK and Motazone...
Absolutely loved this, and what a great bloke Eorl is. Both Union and League as a kid, Eorl grew to be a one club legend with Huddersfield Giants in the Super League, getting his England caps on the way, and now working as part of the Giants commercial team. Great attitude and outlook on life, I already can't wait for the next podcast with him! Funny bloke and a budding entrepreneur
Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Dragon Sig...
I won't lie, this was tough to record, and edit back. Dayfdd was a superstar of the Game. Lions 01 (3 Test Starts), one of the top scorers ever in the H-Cup. But since leaving Rugby, he has struggled, and is still struggling.
I am so grateful for his honesty, and I hope he finds the enjoyment he's looking for. If you ever feel the same, please reach out.
Thanks always Healthy Hangout, Dragon Signs, Motazone Cwmbran, White...
This episode is different to a few others I've done. The Healthy Hangout, based in Trade Street, Cardiff, have come on board as a partner, to help me finally shift some weight! They will be providing my meals for the next few months, and keep me on track!
I open up about my relationship with food, current weight, goals and how The Healthy Hangout are helping. Who knows, I may even see a 6 pack in time ;)
Thanks always Dragon Si...
Ep110 - Phil Davies - 46 Caps for Wales Rugby, 2 RWC's as a Coach, and creating great Rugby cultures
You know when it's a good one, when you could have sat for hours, even after 90 mins of chatting. Phil was a 46 cap Wales 2nd and back row, who's also spent 20+ years coaching at the top too. Teams in England, Wales, France, and Namibia across two RWC's, there isn't much he hasn't seen or done. Love his enthusiasm still, and how he tries to build good men and teams, rather than just focus on the win.
Great catch up with Lloyd. Over 150 professional games for the Ospreys and Scarlets, and his fair share of injuries, low points and career highlights, but it's his work in Mental Health we spoke most about
I have attached Lloyds 'Living Well with Lloyd Ashley' Instagram, so you can see the great stuff he is doing in both clubs and schools and bo...
Fascinating to see Rugby through the eyes of a successful coach. Gareth is currently plying his trade up in Scotland, but previous has coached Fiji 15's, taken Fiji 7s to a World Series win and the Olympics in 2021, and coached Cardiff Rugby, Hong Kong 7s, and more.
Open and honest about the cultures he tries to create, and what he looks for in a team and player.
Thanks always Dragon Signs, Manscaped.com, Tiny Rebel Brewery, ...
What a treat this was. Simon really lifted the lid on what it was REALLY like to be a professional footballer, brutally honest about having to retire with injuries in his prime, and THAT trip to the Euro's in 2016.
I'd say injuries robbed him of his best years and moments, but looking at him smiling all the way through this podcast means I'd 100% be wrong
Thanks always Manscaped.com, Dragon Signs, Motazone UK and Tiny ...
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