Podcast Episode 103: Nathan Friend – 242 Games NRL Player

Episode 103: Nathan Friend – 242 Games NRL Player

In episode 103 of The Physical Performance Show, I have a conversation with 242 Games NRL Player – Nathan Friend.

Nathan Friend is a former Australian professional Rugby League Footballer who played for the Gold Coast Titans, the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, and also the New Zealand Warriors. Nathan’s position was a hooker, Nathan was born and raised in Toowoomba and “Friendy” as he is affectionately known started playing rugby league at the tender age of just 5 years. Nathan joined the Melbourne Storm in 2003 and then in 2005 he announced that he would be one of the founding members of the Gold Coast Titans in 2007. Nathan went on to play a remarkable 100 games with the Gold Coast Titans before he headed across the ditch to New Zealand to join the New Zealand Warriors from 2012 – 2015 season. Nathan then returned to see out his professional rugby league career at the Gold Coast Titans playing a further 21 games in the year 2016.

It’s a remarkable career and in this episode Nathan shares around the highs, the lows and of course the learnings from his incredible career to date. We talk about longevity, we talk about food intake, we talk about some funny stories from the playing shed, from the field and also some memorable moments that really defines Nathan’s career to date. So let’s take to the field with Nathan “Friendy” Friend talking us through his remarkable career of 242 NRL first grade games.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Growing up in Toowoomba
  • Junior Development in Rugby
  • Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne
  • Becoming a founding member of the Titans
  • Being well conditioned and committed
  • Completing a Nutritional Course
  • Suffering from Injury
  • Technique and Muscle Memory
  • Reason for wearing the head gear
  • Moving to NZ
  • Not being renewed for another contract/season
  • Stepping back into the Titans
  • Moving from professional sport back into a trade and Finance Brokering
  • Imperfections business idea
  • Performance Round Questions

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Nathan Friend back-flip pass sets up amazing try (Warriors vs Storm)

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