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Welcome to the Catflap Chats podcast. My name is Mikey, but lots call me Catflap, Flap, or Flapper, and I'm fortunate enough to call some pretty interesting people my mates - Professional sports, Rugby, Boxing, Actors, Singers, and Business, in Wales and beyond. I'm going to have a beer with a different mate each week, and delve in to their professional and personal lives. Expect some distinctly average chat, funny stories, and insights in behind the scenes. Basically, I am absolutely wingin ...
 
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Good to catch up solo with one half of FourFive CBD, one of my best mates, Dom Day. What a Career - Wales, Saracens, Melbourne Rebels, Toyota Verblitz, Bath and the Scarlets. RWC15, 6 Nations, European Cups and Premiership wins. Loved getting in to what makes Dom tick, and feel more players should experience what the world has to offer Rugby player…
 
What a great bloke. Having been through a mental journey over the last however many years, from growing up in Devon, to the Rio2016 Olympics, and then getting wrongfully banned from the sport, Sonny is living proof you can do anything, and make your life better, if you're passionate enough about it. Fashion designing, Podcasts, his academy and vari…
 
Most 22 year olds I knew growing up, wanted to live for the weekends, chase the opposite sex, and enjoy life... Rylee is very much focused on one thing - Being the best Goalkeeper in the world one day. The confidence is amazing. I loved getting an insight in to playing football in Canada, her roots to Liverpool FC, playing College Soccer in the USA…
 
Kale is the partner of K&J Growth and Rugby Bricks. His companies have worked with local businesses like BNZ and local gyms through to international brands like TikTok, Microsoft and Monster Energy and have helped hundreds of businesses go online. Kale is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and the only New Zealand representative to sit on the co…
 
This was both inspiring and informative. Alix is a fantastic bloke, and his positivity since revealing his condition, and the condition of others, has been unreal. It was a real pleasure to get to understand him, his story, but the changes he wants to see to make the game of Rugby (and other contact sports), safer for all, whilst making it more enj…
 
Scott is a top bloke, and loving his rugby atm. Absolutely love the brutal honesty about a heap of topics - Rugby, Wales, Harlequins, Addictions, judging people wrongly, and more! Hopefully there's a few messages here people can relate to, and i love how he's evolved and grown as a person, to enjoy his rugby and life the way he wants. Thanks always…
 
Chelsea Alley is a New Zealand Professional rugby player. She is currently the captain of the Waikato Women's team In the Farah Palmer Cup and has broken the union's record for most games and points. Alley also won the World Cup in 2017 and has been a part of the NZ black ferns since 2013. For the past 10 years, Alley has represented clubs from an …
 
What a top bloke Leon is - Cutting his teeth in the pro game, and aiming to get on the European Tour this year, we spoke about life in Pro Golf away from the elite, and what it takes both physically and mentally, to keep earning each week. Despite the slog, he loves it, and is probably a bit different to your average Golfers. Thanks to FourFiveCBD …
 
Loved finding more about the TikTok world that Sarah joined in Lockdown 1. Dancing kept her sane during Lockdown, and she’s found a following over on TikTok, joining in various trends, challenges and Lip-Syncs, with over 328k followers on there now (@sarahjaneunderwood) It comes with its challenges though - Social pressures, trolls, opinions and ke…
 
It's funny when you meet and chat with someone who's highlights reel you'd often chat about and try to emulate when you were still playing. Unbelievable player, who's rebuilding his reputation down in South Wales. Weirdly, we hardly spoke about rugby, but more about life, his highs and lows in equal measures, and how he's grown as a person through …
 
Without spoiling the rest, imagine going to Uni, just to take the £4000 Student loan, and use it to build a property portfolio... There's more to it, but what a mad story! Motivational speaking, business events, properties and investments, Sunil has made the best of what could have been a bad situation. Thanks to our partners @Ron Skinner & Sons, L…
 
Ben Herring is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, currently the assistant coach of the Newest Japanese top league team the Hino Red Dolphins. He was the Otago rugby head coach from 2018 to 2019 winning the Ranfurly Shield with the side in 2018. Herring's had a decorated coaching career which has given him the opportunity to be invol…
 
This could be the most honest and best Ep we have done. What a superhuman bloke Josh is, both physically and in mindset. Given 10% chance of surviving his first night when born, he has gone on to achieve some incredible feats, all whilst having Cystic Fibrosis. He opens up about the darkest days, what pushes him, and how he trains to stay alive. Th…
 
What a guy. A real journey of discovery through rugby. Growing up on potentially the wrong side of society in Auckland, to bringing up 4 awesome girls with his wife in Cardiff. I respect the honesty, and the sacrifice Willis has gone through to make a better life for himself and his family. A champion with The Hurricanes, Cardiff Rugby and Wales, t…
 
Amazing insight in to Professional Football across the Premier League, Championship, & League One. Honest, open, & hugely passionate. We spoke about coming through the ranks, earning respect with Paul Ince, the state of todays game, BLM & taking the knee, experiencing Racism on Social Media, & more. Thanks to Ron Skinners & Sons, LT Scaffold Servic…
 
What a great guy, who genuinely seems content in life. From Hearsay, Popstars, and the early Noughties fame in the Press, to Theatre, Acting and Music, Noel has had many ups and downs, but continues to learn, grow, and do what makes him happy! Thanks to my amazing partners; Ron Skinner & Sons, LT Scaffold Services, Links Recruitment Group, JBG Grou…
 
Jess is open, honest, thought provoking - A proven winner - 7 Countries, 11 teams, multiple Champions Leagues, Leagues and Cups. The most capped Welsh Footballer ever, with 30+ goals internationally. We chat Women's sport, being a high profile gay athlete and role model, social media, Women's football and the disparities with the men's game, winnin…
 
Rachel Vickery is an elite breathing and high-performance strategist. She has been a part of some of the top sporting organisations, including the Golden State Warriors, PGA Golf, Sydney Roosters and currently working with the Melbourne Storm. From her time with these teams, she has been labelled as ‘The Athlete Whisperer’. Rachels interest in elit…
 
What a guy. I absolutely love the fact that the Parkes family give their absolute all for every team, culture & family they have been part of, but also take every opportunity to enjoy what Rugby & its surroundings have to offer, away from the white lines. Here's a guy that played with broken bones and injuries for the red of Wales and Scarlets, lea…
 
Brilliant chat with Dodge. People see the success of the Bournemouth 7s, but it's his back story that intrigued me. That entrepreneurial spirit from such an early age - Wheeling and dealing to make money and get on in life No bullshit, no Jargon. Just a decent bloke working his nuts off to create the best experiences he can. Check out his podcast a…
 
21 and given the keys to Cardiff for MTV's Valleys, I loved hearing how Carley dealt with that, dealing with personal grief at the same time, and learning more about the person behind the character. We talk Reality TV, Mental Health, grief, strength of character, Social Media, dealing with fame, being a mum, and influencing and working a 9-5. Top g…
 
Jazz won two Olympic Silver medals at Rio 2016, amongst a heap of other medals too, at the Commonwealths, Worlds and European Champs. It was so interesting to hear her journey, and understand the commitment is takes to win those medals, but also the sacrifice you have to go through as well. The emotional rollercoaster and stress is a different leve…
 
An open, honest, and candid chat with Dragons Rugby Chairman, David Buttress. What a career so far - Coca Cola. Starting up Just East, and then moving on to running the Dragons. David talks about the highs and lows, the grit, hard work, and unseen efforts it takes to get where he has. But you can also see it in spades - The energy, the passion, and…
 
I can only say 'WHAT A MINDSET'! They told her she couldn't, so she did. What makes someone tick, that has run a 150 mile Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon? Or a 350 mile Arctic Circle Ultra Marathon? Listening to Lowri was inspiring. She has done so much in her career across a heap of different sporting and media disciplines, and it's all fuelled by un…
 
What an honour. A genuine legend of the game and the All Blacks. Siti and I talk about being Fijian, moving to NZ, his electric pro career, the All Blacks, the Pacific Islanders, The Lions 05, RWC's 07 and 11, his move to Clermont and then Castre, and now his career on the coaching side of things. (Lee Byrne gets a few mentions too!) Humble, an ast…
 
Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko is a professional New Zealand rugby union player. Rokocoko is one of the top ten try scorers of all time in International Test Rugby. Rokocoko played 96 matches for the Auckland Blues and 69 first class test matches for the All Blacks before moving to France where he played 98 matches for Bayonne and 87 matches for Ra…
 
Bad Language! A funny chat. Louder than life and doesn't seem to care too much for random peoples opinions. But under that tattooed exterior, there's a heart and a soft side too! Love Island, dealing with the fall out and the loss of a loved one. Owning a nightclub in Zante. Social Media. Doing what scares you, using that as a focus to achieve your…
 
I LOVED this episode, partly because Lydia answered all those questions I had thought were stupid, so never asked! Great to learn more about professional golf, and what its like in the real world of being a pro, when you aren't Tiger Woods or Dustin Johnson...This is the side of golf we don't see. Interesting convos about Mens and Womens prizes fun…
 
Recorded this just before Christmas, and it was not what I was expecting. Ryan opens up about wearing many masks, from the Macho Rugby one, to one now driven by a want to be the best role model possible, to those he cares about. This got deep, but in a relatable way, so much of what Ryan said resonated with my own life, and the many suits of armour…
 
Recorded just before Christmas, it's not every day you have a catch up with one of the hottest prospects in the UFC! I love Tank's work ethic, his confidence, his outlook on the negative things in life, and his desire to fight the best to be the best. He's been thrown in at the deep end, but seems to have some great people around him, and we can't …
 
Lovely to catch up with Elma, fresh off the RWC2023 World Cup Draw and the World Series 10's in Bermuda. Growing up as a white, Afrikaans female, in a predominantly male dominated industry was interesting to listen to, and it goes to show that if you're a brilliant broadcaster and content creator, then you can achieve so much in the industry. We to…
 
Robbie Deans is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, currently the head coach of the Panasonic Wild Knights. He was head coach of the Australian national team between 2008 and 2013. Deans had previously coached the Crusaders for eight seasons and was an assistant coach of New Zealand between late 2001 and 2003. As the coach of the Cru…
 
Loved this chat, recorded over 2 sessions. Only known Ollie a short while, but his mindset and outlook is infectious. He's taken a lot of what he knew into a successful business career, but also had the character to know that a lot of what he thought made him a good captain/player, didn't always work in the real world either. His career both on and…
 
When you think boxing, you may think of AJ, Matchroom, Eddie Hearn etc. What you don;t think of is the other side of boxing - Ticket Sales at Hall Shows. Boxers giving their all to earn a pittance as they build a rep. Trolls who will happily call boxers shit or quitters, having never boxed or stepped in to a ring. Such a refreshing chat with Gary a…
 
This was like therapy for me, the most honest I've ever spoken to someone on the pod. We chat healthy food, lifestyles, mindsets, tough upbringings, quitting porn, simple life hacks, gut health, body health, mind health, relationships, social media, lifestyle transformations, getting out in to nature, being addicted to our phones, the importance of…
 
It’s Black Friday at Rugby Bricks and we’re chatting through the launch of our new RB Kicker Boot Bag, grubbers and everything Black Friday deals. Here’s what we’re covering in today’s episode: A new RB Product Launch: The Rugby Bricks Kickers Boot Bag is built to keep your boots, your tee and journal protected while on the move. We’ve created a pr…
 
Great chat with JT - He's a funny bloke and easy to see why he's a popular squad member whether that's at the Blues, the Scarlets before, or with Wales. Absolutely loves the gritty side of the game, and has a brilliant attitude to training, life, and coaching. He also loves the social side of the game - playing because he loves it, and playing hard…
 
Gareth Jenkinson is a sports journalist and is one of the team now leading the launch of Rugby Bricks South Africa. This episode covers some special moments: How Gareth interviewed Siya Kolisi as he walked off the pitch after winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup How Gareth’s career in journalism has led him to speak with some of the greatest minds in r…
 
13 years since I last caught up with Suzy! Was amazing to see her and catch up on what has been a fantastic career (With more to hopefully come), and to hear about that transition from Court to Classroom. There's a load of takeaways from this in terms of life, business and the mindset of elite level operators! Thats always to the teams at Who Knows…
 
Leo Breen is my Dad and is the roading manager at Whitestone Cheese in Oamaru where I grew up. In this episode, we discuss the values that drive us inside of Rugby Bricks. We chat through: What it means to lead with empathy How to be you and let others be Why you need to share what you learn with others How to create your own environment and atmosp…
 
London, Japan, Cardiff. Good to catch up with these two Rugby Nomads, seeing what they're up to at the moment, and why FourFiveCBD is growing at a rate on knots! We kept the rugby chat to a minimum, but it became apparent there's so many transferrable skills and characteristics between (Elite level) sport and business. The transition has been inter…
 
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