In a Craggy Rugby exclusive, Andy Friend spoke at length about his hopes and expectations for Connacht Rugby in the new United Rugby Championship.He spoke to Rob Murphy and Linley MacKenzie on a video conference call as he approached the end of his quarantine period in a Brisbane hotel on a much needed trip home to Australia.The genial Aussie spoke about the challenge of taking Connacht to the next level, leading a new coaching team and providing Connacht with a more defined playing identity as he breaks new ground in his coaching career with this being the first time he has stayed at a club longer than 3 seasons. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Andy Friend is the Head Coach of Connacht Rugby based in Ireland. We will talk about his experience and his journey, as well as what it’s like to set the culture at that club and how he thinks about leadership. This conversation is also about Andy’s journey, which has spanned over 26 years and 21 homes, and what he’s learned along the way. He has travelled all over the world to places like England, Japan, Australia, and now Ireland. Andy is someone who thinks deeply about leadership and how he cannot just have the best leadership for himself, but also how he can develop leaders within his club and within his organization. Andy is very intentional about how he can use transformational leadership to help his club be the best that they can be. In this episode, we discuss what life was like for Andy as a kid (6:46), what the relationship was like with his brothers growing up (9:33), what he learned from moving between 3 different cultures and countries (11:34), if moving around so much helped him gain skills in emotional intelligence that still help him today (14:58), what character traits he possesses in a large group setting (16:42), how he balances teaching people the basics while also letting them go out and discover for their own (19:04), how he thinks about parenting and consequences (22:34), why he fell in love with rugby (28:28), his wife (31:42), what has led to he and his wife having a strong partnership (35:55), if it’s harder to make new memories and excitement during Covid (41:14), his coaching journey (43:58), sport science in Australia (46:49), what it was (and is) like to be an Australian coaching in Japan and Ireland (50:43), if he had to adjust his coaching style to each of the cultures he was in (56:26), what he does to develop relationships with and develop the athletes he works with (57:48), staying connected on a one-on-one level to his athletes (1:00:50), how he maintains a transformational leadership style in a transactional world (1:03:41), how he develops leaders on his team (1:06:03), leadership (1:07:37), how he empowers his staff to do the work that he’s not able to do or that they are better than him at doing (1:13:52), and how he thinks about culture with his team (1:16:15). You can follow Andy on Twitter @andyfriend2011. Thanks so much to Andy for coming on the podcast! I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers. Thanks for listening.
William Davies got the thoughts of Andy Friend on the selection of the team to take on Edinburgh in the Sportsground. We find out that Finlay Bealham has been called up to the Ireland squad, that Quinn Roux's contract negotiations are still in progress and a bit more info on some of the exciting new Academy recruits who will make their debut in this match. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend joins myself and Westy for a good old chat. We chat about his early days working with Eddie Jones, to being a head coach in Japan, going to the Olympics and finally getting to Connacht. We also chatted about this season for Connacht and get his views on what has been and up and down year.
S3E23: Andy Friend on Connacht's future, Loch Lomond Coach of the Month, Bonus Rugby Recap
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Andy McGeady, Paul Williams and Sean Holley chat to Connacht coach Andy Friend about his recent contract extension, discuss their nominees of Loch Lomond Whiskies Coach of the Month, dissect wins for Munster in Treviso and Leinster's triumph in Llanelli. Friend's vision for Connacht in a new stadium, a fast pitch and how he plans to take on the South Africans Bonus Rugby Recap: Benetton so unlucky against Munster; Haley's blockbuster defence Bonus Rugby Recap: Leinster frighteningly good in Llanelli as they unveil another handful of Next-Gen talent Loch Lomond Whiskies Coach of the Month: new award launched in PRO14 and Paul and Sean go through their list of nominees - Leo Cullen (Leinster), Toby Booth (Ospreys), Michael Bradley (Zebre), Andy Friend (Connacht) Plus listener questions answered See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
William Davies spoke to Andy Friend to find out the thinking behind the team selection for the season defining match against Munster in the Sportsground tomorrow evening. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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