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

Dan Hawkins- What a Lad

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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 has been an eventful one. He made his Tasman Mako debut as an 18 year old, after a standout club season, all while fighting a court case. There was a huge weight on the shoulders of the young man.

Things didn't quite work out with Tasman but a move up to Northland turned out to be the best thing for him. His career took off playing for the Taniwha, where he has became and still is a crowd favourite. He's also spent time with the Melbourne Rebels and Mitsubishi Dyna Boars in Japan where has some good yarns from his time there.

It's hard not to like Dan Hawkins, who is such a honest lad and is super grateful for everything that has come his way. If you enjoy this chat or know someone who will, please give it a share its very much appreciated.

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Finally if you enjoy your racing go and give champion trainer Regan Todd at Todds Racing a follow! Or DM me if you're keen to get in on What a Lad (the horse).

Sep 04 2022

1hr 9mins

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Ngani Laumape- Announcement

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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 decided to head to Kobe in Japan.

It's always good to have Ngani on and man who isn't shy to tell it how it is, back himself and more often than not delivers. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share, help What a Lad grow.

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

Also if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

Lastly if you love your racing you need to go and follow Todds racing on Facebook and if you're keen to get involved with the What a Lad horse message me on the What a Lad instagram page.

Aug 24 2022

32mins

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Jona Nareki- What a Lad

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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 on the sideline is never easy as a first injury. However hearing the mindset that he took into his recovery, it's no coincidence that he has returned to the form he left off at.

I really enjoyed this episode, lots of lols as he would say and it's cool to share the story of one of the real characters in the game. If you enjoy the episode please give it a share, it is very much appreciated.

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

Also if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

Finally if you enjoy your racing go and give champion trainer Regan Todd at Todds Racing a follow! Or DM me if you're keen to get in on What a Lad (the horse).

Aug 21 2022

1hr 12mins

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Grayson Hart- Pure Sport

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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 brand it's pretty inspiring to hear how he's done it.

It's always an honour having Grayson on, I love his mindset and how open he is with everything. If you enjoy this episode, please give it a share and if you're after some Pure Sport products head over Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off.

Also this episode was brought to you by Swysh, the perfect Fathers Day gift – Check them out Here Swysh and don't forget to use the code DAD10 for 10% off

And finally if you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Aug 07 2022

1hr 28mins

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Everyday with Garage Gym NZ ft James Marshall

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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

Also if you're keen to support the What a Lad podcast head over to www.whatalad.com and get your self the last bit of merch left.

Jul 31 2022

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Dan Perrin- What a Lad

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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 which I found really interesting in this one. Working massive shifts to get his Mad Butcher off the ground, while juggling family commitments is not easy. Not to mention the time he has put into his coaching craft on top. Piggy’s work rate is super impressive an it’s awesome to see him now being the co head coach of Tasman.

As you’ll hear, Dan is a champion lad who has even offered up a 20% discount at the mad butcher Nelson for what a lad listener, absolute lad. As always if you enjoy the episode please give it a share!

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

If you're after the best coffee beans in NZ or one of there many tea selections head over to Pomeroysand use the code LAD03 for 20% off

Jul 24 2022

1hr 7mins

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Pek Cowan- What a Lad

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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!

There's some classic yarns in this one from his early days at the Force, to some interesting times that were had in Japan. There were some good stories on tour with the Wallabies and the Barbarians which always deliver. It was also cool to hear about Peks plan for life after rugby which is just around the corner.

As you'll hear Pek is a champion lad and an awesome guest on the podcast. If you enjoy the episode please give it a share.

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Finally if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off 

Jul 17 2022

1hr 24mins

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International Preview- Test 3

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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 the interesting decisions made over the weekend.

We also look ahead to all the games this week and make some confident predictions on the games.

If you enjoy these episode as always please give it a share, love your work.

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

Jul 14 2022

32mins

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Scott Hamilton- What a Lad

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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 transition, such a common issue for so many players. I loved the honesty Scott speaks with in this one.

Of course there are also some classic yarns from some times had on the beers as well. So if you enjoy a good desiel yarn then you'll enjoy this one. And if you do enjoy this episode please give the episode a like and a share and if you're feeling very generous give the podcast a 5 star rating, it's much appreciated!

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Jul 10 2022

1hr 17mins

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International Rugby Preview- Test 2

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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 bold calls from Tom which is always good to hear.

If you enjoy the episode please give it a share, and if you want a Swysh or some of the mushroom supplements that had our brains working overtime in this episode check them out here at Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

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

Jul 07 2022

31mins

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John Schwalger- What a Lad

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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 playing days and plenty of good stories from along the way.

Also it was cool to hear about his transition out of the game, what caused it and also how hard he found that whole process. John certainly tells it how it is and as you'll hear, John is a true lad. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share, it's very much appreciated.

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

If you're after the best coffee beans in NZ or one of there many tea selections head over to Pomeroys and use the code LAD03 for 20% off

Jul 03 2022

1hr 28mins

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International Rugby Preview- 1st Test

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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 are expecting to see big games from in the big one.

We also go through all the international games this weekend and try to pick you a winner. There is plenty good rugby to enjoy this weekend!

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

Also if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

Jun 30 2022

27mins

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Sam Cane- What a Lad

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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 Blacks, how he came back from a fractured neck, his upbringing, some career highlights and heaps more.

As you'll hear, Sam is such a champion lad and you can tell why he is so respected by all team mates and opposition. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share and lets jump on the Sam Cane bandwagon and get in behind this great man as he leads our country for the mighty All Blacks.

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

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Jun 26 2022

1hr 22mins

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Kendra Cocksedge- What a Lad

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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 achievements.

The cool thing about this episode was hearing how Kendra got in to rugby and fell in love with the game. She has 3 other siblings all sisters, including a twin. Yet ever since she picked up a rugby ball at the age of 3 she has been in to it!

It was also cool to hear a bit behind the scenes in the Black Ferns camp as they start to prepare for the massive RWC which is here in NZ.

As you'll hear Kendra is such an inspiring athlete, who has had an incredible career to date and she is playing a huge role in growing the womens game. As always if you enjoy this episode please give it a share and help this podcast grow.

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

Also if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

Jun 19 2022

56mins

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Super Rugby Final Review

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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. 

Enjoy!

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

Jun 18 2022

36mins

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Super Rugby Preview- The Final

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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 key moments that decided these games. 

Then we are in to the big one and you'll hear one of the great debates from Tom and Searley as to why their side is going to win on Saturday. We pick our LAD of the year winner and try to predict the new LADSEARL award winner (man of the match in the final) which will be presented at the game.

To finish we chat the All Black squad, all in 28 mins, this is potentially the best preview of the year. I hope you enjoy it and if you do please give it a share!

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

Jun 16 2022

28mins

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Ben Smith- What a Lad

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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! 

Off the field the man they call Bender (not actually for his bender ability) is such a lad, so highly respected by his team mates and you can see why. I throughly enjoyed this episode and the exciting thing is he is not done yet so watch this space.

If you enjoy this episode, please give it a share, I do really appreciate anyone who is helping spread the word.

This episode was sponsored by Swysh, Go and get your Ben Smith personalised video message here Swysh

If you're interested in more information about O-Studio from the legend Tim Bateman then click here O-Studio

Jun 12 2022

1hr 10mins

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Super Rugby Preview- Semi Final

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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 some powerplays and some other options.

And go get amongst the new Swysh discount code and get one from Searley or yours truely. Check them out Here Swysh

Jun 09 2022

35mins

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Naitoa Ah Kuoi- What a Lad

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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 1st XV at year 10! He chose the rugby path and has not looked back, having since played for the Wellington Lions, the Chiefs, the BOP steamers and of course the NZ Maoris. So many good yarns in this one but I'll let you hear them for yourself.

Once you start this episode it's hard to stop as he's such an entertaining lad. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share.

This episode was sponsored by Swysh, go and get your Naitoa Ah Kuoi swysh from him right now via this link Swysh

If you're after the best coffee beans in NZ or one of there many tea selections head over to Pomeroys and use the code LAD03 for 20% off

Finally if you're keen to get your hands on some Pure Sport products, then click this link here Pure Sport and use the discount code whatalad20 for 20% off

Jun 05 2022

1hr 20mins

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Super Rugby Preview- Quarter Finals

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Finals Footy is here! We've been pumped for this weekend for ages and now it's finally here! After last weekends disaster round on the picks, it's fair to say Searley and I make it up to you this week with all the information you need to pick the games correctly.

We do start with last weeks games though and what a way for the 4 teams who have finished to exit. Huge wins from the Force, Rebels, Moana and an unbelievable effort from the Drua! Like I said, terrible for the picks but great for Super Rugby and what an awesome addition the Drua and Moana have been to the comp.

We also go through all the quarter finals and share our insight into the knockout matches, highlight our key players and Searley even comes up trumps with some ticket discounts! This is arguable the best preview yet so I hope you enjoy it and enjoy the round of Super Rugby.

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

If you want to use Searley 2 for 1 ticket discount for the Blues v Highlanders game use the code 241PROMO 

Jun 02 2022

32mins

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