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Looseheadz Rob Shotton
Looseheadz are doing some unbelievable work in Rugby, and with Mental Health. Their aim is to put a mental health lead in every rugby club in the world. They are approaching 1,000 clubs, but there’s over 16,000 in the world!
@RugbyWithAmy – Amy Humphries
A take on the Men’s RWC from a content creators pov. Amy works for Canterbury and also creates for other brands too, bringing a fresh voice and energy to both the Men’s and Women’s game. We caught up ahead of the RWC 1/4’s, got some predictions down, but also chatted about Amy’s journey into the rugby world, and what it’s really like to be a female in what is still a men’s dominated world.
What a story – I love Jon’s vulnerability and honesty. Wrong choices as a kid, early adulthood behind bars, to working for one of the most famous Celebrity chefs, and then going it alone. Jon has just released a book, and his story should be inspiring for anyone that has made wrong choices before. What a top bloke, and what a journey!
Great catch up with Joe, who’s transitioning well into finance and business, after a career in Rugby. A Wasps legend, and stints with Gloucester, Bath, Saracens and Sale Sharks. Proud of his England cap, but accepts he was in an era of Ben Youngs and Danny Care. Loved Rugby, but also didn’t love parts of it. His honesty is admirable and it’s great to see that he’s realistic in his reflection on a game that still has so much more to do if it’s to grow.
Such a good guy and he’s genuinely happy about his move out to France. Recently married, a Gin business that’s growing and the freedom to enjoy his Rugby again. Frustrating at times for him playing in Wales, such is the depth of talent at 10.
Big Herc 916 aka Marcus Timmons
Quite possibly the most mental background of anyone I have met. From straight A student and avid Skateboarder and Basketball player, to selling drugs on the streets, starring in Porn films, and robbing a bank at gunpoint, followed by a high speed chase in California. Big Herc is now a successful business owner and started his YouTube channel, Fresh Out Series 10 years ago! What a wild ride.
What a great guy Jarvo is, and he’s more than just a footballer. Over 400+ professional appearances, an England cap at a time when they had an abundance of talent, and played with and against some of the best players to grace the Premier League. Promotions. Relegations. Injuries. Dark days and unreal highs. He keeps himself busy now, and looks back on his playing days with a smile on his face.
A class conversation about professional football, away from the riches of the Premier League. Matt is an Exeter legend, having spent the majority of his career there. His move to Colchester United has seen him step out of his comfort zone, and he’s working hard to make a positive impact. I get the feeling he’s different to most professional footballers, and definitely different to the stereotype that footballers get.
Great to catch up with Sisilia after a whirlwind 18 months or so for her. Winning the league with Gloucester-Hartpury, getting her first Welsh Cap, playing in a Women’s World Cup, and being nominated for Player of the Tourn in the 2023 Women’s 6 nations. All that, and she’s only 20!
Cardiff Classic Shirts
Catching up with Dan who owns Cardiff Classic Shirts – We spoke about everything Kit and Collector Culture, vintage classics and teams that never get it right. I absolutely love collecting shirts and it seems to be a growing trend atm, with Football and Fashion seemingly interacting more too. An exciting space as a football fan.
Menopause, women’s safety when running, running ultra’s, being a mum, Social Media and writing a book. She lives a pretty busy life but finds time to have that 80/20 balance so that Instead of lean and cheat meals, it’s more of a lifestyle and balance.
Tom Halliwell OBE
From freak accident, broken leg and in to a wheelchair, to captaining your country at the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. A wild ride for Tom who’s still only 24, yet he’s won it all already. It sounds like a humbling sport, and much harder than people may give it credit for!
A heavy chat with the Dragons RFC winger about some really important topics, both on and off the Rugby pitch. Ashton is a clever bloke, articulate in his words, and he’s using his platform to speak up on subjects that make people feel uncomfortable, but need talking about. On the field he’s still after that Welsh cap, and is fighting fit going in to pre-season this year.
Lauryn Louise Davey
Nick De Luca
43 caps for Scotland, & played in some great club games, and yet it was fascinating to hear that he doesn’t always look back on his career with the fondest of memories or a focus on the positives. Philosophical, insightful and a thought provoking conversation about Rugby and Mental health.