What a Lad

What a Lad

What a Lad is a podcast by James Marshall who talks to and pranks some of the best lads in Rugby.

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September 19, 2022 78 min

I suppose I get a lot of guests on who go on to become All Blacks or get to where they strived to be, this episode with Papa Wharewera is a bit different. The extremely talented halfback who captained NZ schools had a successful career at his feet. However, what you'll hear in this episode is the other side of pro rugby, the injuries, the pressures of juggling work/life balance, the mental health battles, all of it.

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The Picton prince, Dan Hawkins is a self acclaimed white battler but what he is really most known for is being one of the games great lads. Anyone who has had anything to do with Dan will know what a champion he is and are bound to have some good stories and memories. For those who don't know him well then you're in for a treat with this episode.

After living on a boat growing up it's fair to say the life of Dan Hawkins...

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August 25, 2022 32 min

The great Ngani Laumape is back on What a Lad and this time we get to hear what is next for the most destructive ball carrier in the game.

I love hearing about all the factors that come into play when players make their decision on their playing future. I know a lot of people were hoping on a return to NZ rugby and back playing for their respected franchise but when you hear the details it's easy to understand why Ngani has dec...

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August 22, 2022 72 min

As many of you will already know, Jona Nareki is a lad! A lad with plenty of good stories from his career to date and a personality that will have you laughing away listening to this one.

Known as one of the most exciting backs in the country with his speed, footwork and deceptive strength, Jona has been deadly on the wing for Otago and the Highlanders over the past few season. Unfortunately last season he did his ACL so 9 months o...

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August 8, 2022 88 min

With the arrival of Pure Sport to NZ shores there is no better time to be joined by the Pure Sport Co-Founder and absolute lad Grayson Hart! Most of you will already know Graysons story from his appearance on What a Lad in Season 1, where he shared his awesome journey through footy and life after. 

In this one we dig a bit deeper into the business side of things and life after footy. Having turned an idea into UKs leading wellness ...

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In this episode I jumped on the Everyday with Garage Gym NZ podcast as we speak about the What a Lad podcast, a bit about my career and the recent coaching job with the Crusaders.

I really enjoyed jumping on this one so if you enjoy it go and check out some of his other yarns here Everyday

This episode was sponsored by Swysh, the perfect gift for sport fans – Check them out Here Swysh

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July 25, 2022 67 min

This week I’m joined by Tasman Mako co head coach and one of the best butchers going around Dan Perrin and he’s maddd!

Nothing has come easy for the man known as Piggy, hard work and patience saw him eventually have a successful rugby career, which actually started as one of the original Mako men. He also spent some time at the Crusaders before an opportunity to move up to BOP and the Chiefs came along.

It was life after footy whic...

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July 18, 2022 84 min

It's not often I get Australian Rugby legends on What a Lad, so this episode with Western Force and Wallaby legend Pek Cowan is a real treat.

Pek has been playing professional rugby for the last 17 years and is about to throw the boots on for one last season with the Wellington Lions, at the tender age of 36. Any player who has been in the game for that long is bound to have plenty of good yarns and Pek does not disappoint here...

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July 15, 2022 32 min

After a huge comeback from all the Northern Hemisphere teams last week the scene has been set for a huge round of footy with 4 series going down to a decider!

Well done to anyone who predicted the results last week, a shocking round from Searley and I, Tojo did alright but for the last round one of us at least will make it up to you.

As always in this episode we review all the games from last week and share our thoughts on some of ...

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July 11, 2022 77 min

After plenty of requests, it was awesome to get the great Scott Hamilton on What a Lad and I now know why he was so popular!

Firstly his rugby journey from the CHBS 3rd XV to becoming an All Black is inspiring in itself. He has plenty of good yarns from his Canterbury and Crusaders days and his time spent over in the UK with Leicester.

It was also incredibly powerful to hear about the struggles he had with his life after rugby tran...

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How good is International rugby at the moment! Some great last week so it was only fitting to get the thoughts of the usual panel of Searley, Tojo and I. We share all of our thoughts on the All Blacks first test and all the others ones from around the world.

We also look forward to the games this week again with a focus on the All Blacks v Ireland 2nd test but also give our predictions for all the games this weekend including some ...

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July 4, 2022 88 min

Those who know John Schwalger will know he is one of the genuine good guys of our game. Such a great lad who has plenty of good stories from his career and some tough moments he has had to overcome.

Obviously John has now finished his playing days which saw him have a very successful rugby career. This saw him play for the Wellington Lions, the Hurricanes, Agen and of course the All Blacks. There were plenty of highlights from his ...

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Back by popular demand we got all the lads back from the Super Rugby Preview shows to look into the International Test week in particular the All Blacks v Ireland test.

Before we get into that one though, we look back to the fixture on Wednesday night between the NZ Maoris v Ireland XV which was a quality game. No surprises to Tom obviously that the Maoris got up for that one.

We give our thoughts on the All Black lineup and who we...

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June 27, 2022 82 min

Sam Cane the All Black skipper and Chiefs legend has just proven how much of a lad he is, by jumping on What a Lad during a very busy time for him. Just a week out from captaining the All Blacks in a huge test series against Ireland, while still adjusting to life as a Dad, Sam is good enough to take the time time to talk us through his incredible journey.

We talk about everything from the pressures involved with captaining the All ...

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June 20, 2022 56 min

We've done it, we have finally got a female on the podcast and what a guest to start! Kendra Cocksedge is a legend of the womens game here in NZ and around the world. She has recently become the most capped Black Fern of all time and has won so many awards during her career. Some of these awards include, the 2015 best womens player in the world, the 2015 best womens player in NZ and of course the 2018 best player in NZ. Huge ac...

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June 19, 2022 36 min

The last review show of what has been an awesome Super Rugby season! What a final it was, what a clinical performance from the Crusaders. 

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This episode was sponsored by Swysh, the perfect gift for sport fans – Check them out Here Swysh

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June 17, 2022 28 min

Then there were two! The final is here and the scene is set. The 2 top teams all season, a sold out Eden Park, All Blacks everywhere, match ups galore, it is going to be some game!

As always I'm joined by Searley from Searley Talks Sport and for the big one we have managed to get Tom Marshall back on after his big start to the season on the Preview show.

We start off by looking at last weeks semi finals, talking about all the k...

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June 13, 2022 70 min

Ben Smith the self acclaimed 'white battler', who has gone on to be one the the greatest outside backs of this generation.

For the Highlanders, he is right up there with the best to ever pull on the Jersey. Playing in Highlanders colours 153 times, which included Co-Captaining them to the 2015 Super Rugby title.

He also played a huge part in the All Blacks success in the same year helping them to the RWC victory! 

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June 10, 2022 35 min

And then there were 4! Semi Final time, with a couple of huge match ups to look forward to!

Before we look ahead, we do look back to what was an entertaining round of Quarter Finals. Searley as always joins me and shares his thoughts on the 4 games and some important take aways from those game.

We then get into the big ones and preview what we think will happen in these two Semi Finals. We also find some juicy value for you with so...

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June 6, 2022 80 min

There is lads and then there is Naitoa Ah Kuoi! Geez there were some laughs in this one, such a character and such a lad.

After his recent post match interview went viral, I had soo many of requests to get this man on and I can tell you now that he does not disappoint.

The proud Wellingtonian was a gifted teenager, where he captained NZ in AFL, he was a gun Water Polo player and so good at Rugby, that he made the Wellington College...

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