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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Stephen Donald. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Stephen Donald, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Stephen Donald. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Stephen Donald, often where they are interviewed.

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#2 Stephen Donald

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When the story of Stephen Donald is told, it tends to revolve around Hong Kong, white-baiting and THAT kick in the World Cup. In this episode, he tells Staf about what happened before that point and what it was like growing up dreaming of playing just one game for Counties.
Aug 29 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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STAF CHAT FLASHBACK | Stephen Donald

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With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, we look back on Staf's sit down with the man in the box for the big moments, Stephen Donald.
Sep 27 2019 · 1hr 7mins
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Stephen Donald reviews the Chiefs' victory over the Blues

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Last night’s showdown was meant to be the Blues' moment of truth, but 80 minutes later, there is still plenty of doubt whether a true Super Rugby playoff contender exists in Auckland.
Searching for a fifth consecutive victory, the Blues did indeed make it five in a row - five straight away losses - as the Chiefs clung on to a 33-29 win in Hamilton.
On one hand, it was the same old Blues in their first test of whether they were true contenders. Having not beaten the Chiefs in 14 games, and not victorious in an away New Zealand derby since 2013, the Blues needed to prove they could produce in more than just home comforts.
Ultimately, they didn't - and those lengthy winless streaks could continue to be a fatal flaw. Yet, with all that said, there are still reasons to retain hope. Once again, they were in the contest right down to the final minute – where a Jed Brown knock-on eventually saw their attempted comeback fall short - and their upcoming trips to play the out-of-form Highlanders and lowly Brumbies won't inspire fear.
It would be hard to deny the Chiefs' victory wasn't deserved though, and one that has to put at least a slight dampener on all the optimism building around the Blues of late. Sure, their four victories were impressive, but all came at home, against teams currently outside the top six in the standings.
While they had their moments, this time they didn't have the close-game variance fall their way. Most impressively for the Chiefs – or perhaps worryingly for the Blues – is the fact they triumphed despite losing Damian McKenzie to a concerning knee injury. The All Blacks utility hobbled off in the 41st minute, after seemingly twisting his knee when trying to corral Otere Black at high speed.
He had been such a factor in steering the Chiefs to a 14-10 halftime lead that it stood to reason that his unfortunate absence could be a boost for the Blues' chances of continuing their recent rise. Instead, McKenzie's replacement - Ataata Moeakiola – crossed just two minutes later, giving the Chiefs a buffer that was tested, but never overcome.
While Karl Tu'inukuafe and Ofa Tuungafasi had their way early on with Angus Ta'avao and Nepo Laulala at scrum time, the Chiefs were more dangerous when running with the ball. They had a hand from the Blues' blunders – James Parsons' attempted inside ball was intercepted by Brad Weber for a runaway try, but the Chiefs also produced some magic, with a delightful 14-phase move being finished off by Lachlan Boshier.
Still, the Blues do seem to have more fight about them than prior iterations. Melani Nanai struck back after the halftime hooter to put them in touch, and while some silky Anton Leinert-Brown moves saw Moeakiola crash over, the Blues weren't done.
Ma'a Nonu crossed twice – turning back the clock by barging through four defenders for one of them – and Rieko Ioane also displayed a deft touch to plant down in the left corner. In between, Boshier benefitted from superb skills from Sean Wainui to notch his double, and Jesse Parete also crossed in the corner, keeping the Chiefs in front, but by a slender margin.
The Blues threw one last effort at the hosts, but this time, it wasn't to be. And, as one winning streak ends, another – the Chiefs have now won three on the trot – blossoms.
Chiefs 33 (L Boshier 2, B Weber, A Moeakiola, J Parete tries; D McKenzie 2 cons, M McKenzie 2 cons)Blues 29 (M Nonu 2, M Nanai, R Ioane tries; O Black 2 cons, pen, H Plummer con)HT: 14-10
Apr 14 2019 · 9mins
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Shaun Stevenson talks the return of Stephen Donald to the Chiefs

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Stephen Donald is back from the New Zealand rugby wilderness.
The All Blacks folk hero has signed with the Chiefs as injury cover ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby season, returning to the franchise after two years away.
Chiefs coach Colin Cooper confirmed the signing today, with Donald replacing young first-five Tiaan Falcon, who will miss the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
"We had a good look around and he was pretty keen, he was pretty keen last year too," said Cooper.
"We felt with Tiaan going [down injured], one of our young 10s, that we needed a more experienced 10 so he was keen, and we were keen to bring him back.
"He's like another coach. We will be managing [his workload], but with his knowledge, his mana that he has within the group, the passion that he has for the Chiefs, it was a no-brainer to bring him in."
Donald, 35, said he was stoked to be returning.
"There is a great group of lads to work alongside and I hope I can play my part in supporting the team both on and off the field."
The man who struck the winning penalty in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final had been playing in Japan recently, after nine games with Counties Manukau in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup.
He could add to his 104 games for the franchise, with Damian McKenzie and Jack Debreczeni the current first-five options in the squad, with Marty McKenzie set to miss the start of the season due to injury.
Rising star Shaun Stevenson was pleased to have an experienced teammate back in the fold.
"He's managed to get back on the payroll at New Zealand Rugby, I'm not too sure how," Stevenson told D'Arcy and Goran. 
"I thought his movie would have got him a bit more coin, but obviously not, so he's come back for another rodeo. It's good to see him back in the environment."
Stevenson said that Donald's knowledge will add plenty to what is a young Chiefs backline.
"He's as sharp as ever. Maybe he's lost a touch of pace and a bit of muscle, but he's a World Cup champion.
"I think the oldest player on our team was about 29, so he takes the average age up now since he's about 40. It's real good to have him back in the mix - our backline's pretty inexperienced, so he brings that leadership and that voice that we probably needed."
The Chiefs get their campaign under way against the Highlanders on Friday night at Waikato Stadium.
Feb 11 2019 · 6mins
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When the story of Stephen Donald is told, it tends to revolve around Hong Kong, white-baiting and THAT kick in the World Cup. In this episode, he tells Staf about what happened before that point and what it was like growing up dreaming of playing just one game for Counties.
Jul 09 2018 · 1hr 8mins
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Stephen Donald: Playoff Pressure

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Stephen Donald joins Martin Devlin to chat about the pressure faced by the All Blacks and the parallels between themselves and the Black Caps.
Mar 24 2015 · 7mins