Behind The Roar
Behind The Roar
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Behind The Roar Wests Tigers Podcast : The official podcast of the Wests Tigers
On episode 6 of Behind The Roar, we chat to former Wests Tigers forward and now assistant coach, Simon Dwyer. Dwyer talks about how he's coped after a career-ending injury, his love for Wests Tigers and his revamped role at the club, some encouraging stats from our team despite four straight losses, 'that hit' on JWH in 2010, and a whole lot more. They say you don’t fully appreciate what you have in life, until it is taken away. Simon Dwyer lost so much, but still has so much to give. He offers advice and hope to others living with a disability. All that and more in episode 6 of Behind the Roar.
On episode 5 of Behind The Roar, Balmain great Paul Sironen talks about a range of issues including John Bateman’s Wests Tigers debut, the perils of social media, the satisfaction that comes with his role in pathways, the loveable larrikins he played with at the Tigers, and why our current NRL team should feel confident ahead of Friday’s clash in Melbourne. One week after NRL Multicultural Round, Sironen discusses his own heritage, recounting how his late father emigrated from Finland in the 50’s, learning to speak English on the long boat ride to Australia. Sironen also talks about the highs and lows of the 1989 Grand Final loss to Canberra. And the irony of how his ‘best career moment’ and his ‘worst career moment’ were separated by about 60 minutes. All that and more in episode 5 of Behind the Roar.
Episode 4 of BTR takes a deep dive into the world of a former professional rugby league player who has carved a career that he loves, with a club that he loves, long after hanging up the boots. Skandalis talks openly about how, to this day, he still yearns to play rugby league but how the ‘body says no’. He also talks about the challenges facing this year’s NRL team, after a disappointing start to the season, but is supremely confident success will come.
Joe Ofahengaue joins host Chris Warren on episode three of Behind The Roar. We learn a whole lot more about popular Wests Tigers forward, Joe Ofahengaue in a revealing interview on the official Wests Tigers podcast. A player of proud Tongan heritage, Joe explains more about his family’s strong influence on his career, and how correct pronunciation of Pacifica island names is a show of respect. One of twelve siblings, he tells Behind The Roar (BTR) how his father’s ‘experiment’ turned into a childhood dream, and what it means to represent Tonga on the international stage.He also speaks highly about how Wests Tigers helped make his 150th NRL appearance such a special occasion, despite a heavy loss to the Roosters. With three children under the age of three, whose images are printed on his favourite pair of socks, there’s not a whole lot of ‘downtime for Joffa. But he does reveal to BTR his love for making music, his obsession with Lebron, and his ‘man-crush’ on Storm star Cameron Munster. All that and more on this week’s episode of Behind The Roar.
Join head coach Tim Sheens and host Chris Warren for episode two of the official Wests Tigers podcast, Behind The Roar. Sheens chats about several key issues heading into the opening round of the 2023 NRL season. Tim touches on several topics including the process behind the selection of this year’s team captain, how Api Koroisau can ‘unlock’ Luke Brooks, how Benji Marshall is adapting to his new coaching role, and the influence the late great Jack Gibson had on shaping Sheens as a coach. Sheens also talks about some of his ‘bucket list’ items post retirement, a penchant for some the coldest places on earth, tactfully dodges a question or two about greatest players to have played the game. All that and much more in Episode 2 of Behind The Roar.
The first episode features an in-depth interview with Assistant Coach and Wests Tigers Life Member, Robbie Farah. Farah discusses a range of topics in the first episode including his new role under Tim Sheens, how he’s helping Api Koroisau, sinking beers on the Leichhardt scoreboard, his many business interests, his love of Liverpool FC…and a whole lot more. His story is also a beacon of hope for young players with lofty ambitions. Unable to make several junior rep sides, and told he ‘was never good enough’, Farah talks about his burning desire to prove the doubters wrong.
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