Episodes

  • How good is Super Rugby! Another cracking weekend last weekend and the match ups this weekend make for a very interesting round.

    For this episode I am joined by the great Searley who is officially joined Swysh! Huge day for Swysh and Searley go get your left nut bully from him right now. But anyway we review last weeks games and highlight who stood out for us. We then work into the preview where we tips plenty of winners, chat the what a lad power plays and give you an insight into how I'm going to win Fantasy rugby from 6th place.

    Lots of chat in this one, if you enjoy it as always give it a share.

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

  • If you've ever wondered what being a punter in American Football is like then this is the episode for you!

    In this episode I'm joined by James Evans, the 20 year old from Auckland, who is making a name for himself playing College Football for the Indiana Hoosiers.

    The size of college football in America is mind blowing where they are playing in sold out stadiums of up to 100,000 crazy football fans. On the back of that sort of following comes the money involved with it. Hearing about the facilities and their budget and comparing it to rugby here in NZ, it's on a whole different level.

    And of course James' journey to becoming a College Football player is a very cool one. A NZ rugby player who just loved kicking the ball, one day thought how cool it would be to only have to kick. After a short time at the Pro Kick academy, he has now pushed on to the big stage and hoping to push on to the NFL.

    As you'll here, James is a champion lad and after hearing his story I'm very excited to follow his journey.

    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

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  • Round 12 provided some magic which in this episode Searley and I will review. We talk about which players and teams stood out for us last week and throw out some loose All Black chat.

    We also preview all the games for this week, find a bit of value and share some of the what a lad power play options.

    If you listen to the start of the episode you'll hear how you can win some free Pure Sport CBD products so get amongst that.

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

    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

  • You all know Mark Telea as one of the most dangerous wingers in rugby. He has the footwork, fend, D and work rate to be one of the greats. There is no doubt he’ll be playing internationally at some point soon, for who is the question?

    However, what you won’t know much about is Mark Telea the lad. With his Samoan Mum and South African Dad the man they call Mamba has great genetics for rugby. What really stood out for me in this episode was his mindset, the belief in his own ability, the ability to overcome setbacks and willingness to share what he can to help others.

    I really enjoyed this one, Mamba is funny, inspiring and a seriously good lad. If you enjoy your this episode too, 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 Pomeroys and use the code LAD03 for 20% off

  • Geez last week really threw a few spanners in the mixer after the all the Aussie teams impressed. Although it was bad for our tips it is awesome for the competition having really competitive games across the board.

    This week Searley and I, review all the games from last week and a few players who stood out. For this week, we do our best to find you some winners, highlight some key players and most importantly try to find you some value for the punt.

    If you enjoy the episode, don't be shy, 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

  • Craig Newby was someone that I had been told by many as being a seriously good lad and after this episode I can see why!

    So many good yarns in this one from Craigs playing days, which did see him play for plenty of quality sides including, North Harbour, Otago, The Blues, The Highlanders, Leicester, the NZ 7s side and the All Blacks!

    While there are a few good stories from on the field, it's the off field antics that you are sure love. Craig has great memory and the stories were endless when it comes to court sessions and nights out.

    Now the skills coach for Ulster, it was also cool to hear how he attacked his life after rugby transition and shares some really good advice throughout the episode.

    If you enjoy this episode, please give it a share, it is always 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'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

  • This week we have Jackson Garden-Bachop join us as we preview Round 11 of Super Rugby, which should be a cracker.

    But first, we look back on last weeks Super Round, as we review all the games and players who stood out for the round. There are plenty of players really putting their hand up for a Black jersey.

    It was awesome to get in insight from Jacko into some differences between the NZ and Aussie teams and hear which players have impressed him this season.

    If you enjoy this episode, then please give it a share and remember to keep an eye out for the What a Lad powerplays throughout the weekend.

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

  • There are cruisy people in this world, then there is Izzy from Gizzy! There is not much that phases big Isaia Walker-Leawere and he is one of those guys who just always seems to be having a good time. It was awesome to catch up with a man who is one of NZs most promising locks, who has a real point of difference with this power game and incredible skill set.

    From growing up on the East Coast of NZ, it's easy to see where Izzy gets his laid back attitude from. It was also cool to hear about how he found the adjustment into professional rugby as a teenager playing for NZ schools, NZ 20s, Wellington Lions and training with the Hurricanes before 20. Now 25 Izzy is one of the Hurricanes most experienced forwards, he’s moved up to Hawkes Bay for the NPC and has been a consistent member of the Maori All Blacks.

    As you’ll hear, Izzy is such a lad, he loves a laugh and a good time and he shares some of those good times throughout this episode. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share, it is always very much appreciated.

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

  • Super Round is here, such a cool concept and an awesome weekend for any rugby fan to get along to or park up on the couch and get some exciting games of Super Rugby in.

    Interesting round this week with the first cross over games so it'll be good to see where the Aussie form stacks up against the Kiwi teams. So to help Searley and I this week and stop us from being too biased we're joined by the man who knows more about Aussie rugby than anyone on the planet, Mitch Evans from rugby fixation.

    We preview all the games and highlight the players to look out for and to finish this week we even try to predict what the final table will look like as we approach the quarter finals.

    Very good insight in this one from a couple of code heads, look out for the What a Lad power plays coming out this weekend and if you enjoy the episode please give it a share.

  • Jimmy Gopperth has had an incredible 19 year rugby career, where he has made a name for himself on both sides of the world. His consistency and his ability to kick his goals in any situation, has made him widely regarded as one of the best NZ imports into the Premiership.

    However before he made the move overseas, he was responsible of running the cutter for the Wellington and Hurricanes backlines, full of legends of the game. Cullen, Umaga, Lomu just to name a few. He then had a short stint with North Harbour and the Blues before a contract over in the UK with Newcastle was offered and accepted. Jimmy adapted to the different style in the Premiership quicker than most as he became the top points scorer in his first year playing. After a short and enjoyable stint with Leinster, Jimmy has since been with Wasps for the last 7 years.

    The fact that Jimmy is still playing to the extremely high level that he is, as he quickly approaches 39 is a truely incredible effort. With another move around the corner it'll be no surprise to see him still domianting well into his 40s.

    As you'll hear in this episode, Jimmy is such a great lad who has plenty of stories and experiences that he shares throughout the podcast.

    If you enjoy this episode please give it a share, it's very much appreciated.

    The major sponsor of What a Lad is Swysh, the perfect gift for sport fans – Checkthem 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

  • This week we are lucky enough to be joined by Crusaders coach and goat lad Andrew Goodman, who joins Searley and I for another cracking week of Super Rugby. There has been some great games of rugby lately and some juicy match ups again this weekend!

    We start off by reviewing all of last weeks games, including getting Goody's thoughts on the Hurricanes v Crusaders finish.

    We preview all of the games for this week including potentially the game of the season, the Crusaders vs the Blues. As always we chose a player each from each game to look out for and try to find you winners where we can.

    It was awesome to get an insight from Goody who has one of the best rugby minds in the game so grateful to get him on for this one!

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

  • I've never heard anyone ever say anything bad about Simon Hickey as a person. He’s a genuine lad who has had a hell of a footy career to date!

    An age grade superstar who was playing for Auckland as a teenager, he had a very mature head on him for a kid. He proved that as he then went on to captain the NZ u20s, even starting ahead of the great Richie Mo'unga. He made the Blues side not long after and he even captained Auckland at the age of 20!

    He then left for France at only 21 years old and spent 5 years overseas playing for Bordeaux and Edinburgh in Scotland. Those years opened up his eyes around how the game can be played and has since returned to NZ, unfortunately with limited opportunities. In his first year with the Hurricanes he suffered a major knee injury, which meant he missed the whole year. However he has now joined the Crusaders where competition is stiff for that 10 jersey he is battling it out with his under 20 under study.

    As you'll hear in this episode Simon Hickey is an absolute champion, loves a beer, loves a good time and just a real genuine lad. If you enjoy this episode please do me a favour and share the podcast on whatever social media platform you use, 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

  • Round 8 of Super Rugby brings not only another great round of games to look forward to but also another great Super Rugby Review/ Preview show. This time we have convinced the great Marty Banks to join us and share his insight. Also as always we are joined by arguably one of the best tipsters on the planet Searley from Searley Talks Sport.

    In this episode we review last weeks games and picks, including some of the outrageous stats thrown out there by last weeks guest Jeremy Drake.

    We look ahead to this weeks round and get a good insight into the highlanders camp. We all share a player to look out for and discuss the What a Lad power plays for this week. I'll give you a quick rundown on how I'm tracking in Fantasy Rugby and the players I've brought in for this week.

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

  • At just 25 years old, Brett Cameron has had a truely unique career to date. He's won almost everything there is to win in NZ Rugby with Canterbury and the Crusaders. He's even achieved what every NZ player aspires to and has become an All Black. However, even with all that, there is still the feeling that we haven't seen the best of Brett Cameron just yet.

    Brett has obviously spent a large amount of that career behind the great Richie Mo'unga and in this episode he speaks about the challenges involved with that. He also speaks about what inspired his move up to the Manawatu Turbos where he had an outstanding Bunnings Cup. We talk about his All Black call up and what a surreal feeling that was and then the challenges that come with being named an All Black.

    Brett was someone who had been requested by many to come on the podcast and I now know why. He is a champion lad, who has plenty of good stories from along the way. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share and if you enjoy the podcast then please subscribe and give it a 5 star rating on whatever platform you listen to it on.

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

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

  • Another ripper round of Super Rugby ahead for round 7, with plenty of juicy match ups to preview. As always I'm joined by the lad, co-host Searley from searley talks sport. We are even joined for the preview part of the show by a very special guest in Jeremy Drake, who is loves a stat!

    We start this episode with a bit of self reflection after last weeks shocking round of picks, however, we have picked ourselves up and we have found some absolute specials for you this week.

    In this episode you'll hear all you need to know about Round 7 including the players to look out for, who's winning what game and by what margin and of course you'll get the run down on the What a Lad power plays for this week.

    If you enjoy this episode or you know a code head who would give it a share and help the podcast out.

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

  • Conor Gilsenan, the London Irish legend, the reality TV star and one of the biggest lads you'll meet joins me this week on What a Lad.

    Gilly is a man who has popped up in plenty of other episodes already and with his recent appearance on the UK hit reality TV show 'The Apprentice' now was the perfect time to get him on.

    However there is a lot more to this mans story than a few weeks on the Apprentice. He had an incredible rugby career which saw him play for all the Ireland age group sides. He then got selected into the Leinster academy where he trained alongside some of the greats of the game, before moving over to London Irish where he became a club legend on and off the field. He's also best mates with one of the best musicians on the planet, Nial Horan. So it was cool to hear a bit about the perks that come with having a mate like him.

    As you'll hear, Gilly is one of those guys who is always brings good energy no matter the situation. He also loves a laugh and a good time. If you enjoy this episode please give it a share.

    This episode was sponsored by Swysh, the perfect gift for sport fans – Checkthem 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

  • We have a full round of Super Rugby again this week and crowds are back! How good!

    I'm pumped to see crowds back and I'm sure the players will be too as it brings more intensity to a game so I'm expecting a very exciting round of footy!

    In this episode you'll hear Searley from Searley talks sport and I review our picks from last week, preview all the games this week (including a player to look out for). We also talk through the What a Lad Power Plays available this week and where we see the value. As always we wrap it up with a run down on my fantasy rugby team and the big plays I'm making this week.

    This episode is proudly brought to you by Swysh if you're keen to give it a try remember to use the code WHATALAD for 10% off

  • Tom Robinson is one of the real characters in NZ Rugby, so it was awesome to get him on What a Lad and hear some of his classic yarns!

    Big Tom has had a different pathway to the top to most these days, not playing NZ age group but after going on a serious bulking diet things started to happen pretty quickly. He became an instant legend at the Northland Taniwha and then was picked up by the Blues where his consistent performances saw him lead the side to 2021 Super Rugby Trans Tasman success.

    But what I loved about this episode is hearing how much fun this lad has off the field. Whether it's exploring new places in his yacht or van, or pranking his flatmates, everything he does just seems to be good fun.

    It was also cool to hear how he started his recently launched business, Zinc or Swim. a really cool natural zinc product. Go and check it out!

    As always if you enjoy this episode and get a laugh out of it then please give it a share on whatever platform you prefer and tag What a Lad.

    This episode was sponsored by Swysh, the perfect gift for sport fans – Checkthem 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

  • What a shambles round 5 has turned out to be with Covid taking a massive toll on the NZ teams, leaving us with just 4 games for us to preview this week.

    Unfortunately due to surgery on the lefty, Tom couldn't join us this week. However, the lad and on fire tipster, Searley from Searley talks Sport does and as always brings some great energy and insight.

    We look back and review what was an outstanding round 4, we also go through some players to look out for this week and find some value with the margin offer from the tab this weekend.

    This episode is proudly brought to you by Swysh be sure to use the code KICKOFF for 20% off all orders for this weekend only

  • Stephen Donald has one of the greatest stories in sport. From a man who copped so much public criticism, he couldn’t even go to the supermarket without hiding his identity. To becoming literally the hero of a nation after kicking the penalty to win the 2011 RWC!

    The story has been told through the blockbuster movie, ‘The Kick’, which was all based around the famous call up to the All Blacks leading up to the RWC final. However what you’ll hear in this episode is the whole story before that event and how that one moment really did change his life.

    On top of the great story, the man known as Beaver, is also with out a doubt one of the best lads to have ever played the game! Such a champion with plenty of great yarns from his career. I’ve got no doubt you’ll enjoy this episode and if you do please give it a share and help this podcast grow.

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