Apple Itunes Rugby Bricks Podcast Episode 3 - Rachael Burford
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Our guest today is Rachael Burford who is one of the first professionally paid women in English Rugby and owner of Twelve and The Burford Academy. 

Rachael is one of the most capped females for England Rugby having earned 79 caps at Centre for the Red Roses. She's an IRB World Cup Champion, representing England in both 7's and 15's and was named England player of the year in 2014. She's won the Medway Sports Personality 4 times and was voted the BBC Sports Personality of The Year in 2014 and Sky Sports Women's Team of The Year in 2014. 

In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to receive and give great player feedback, the Burford Academy and how this is helping female players enter the game of rugby, what makes coaches inspiring to play for and much, much more. 

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Show Notes

(0:38) Intro Context - Space Jam, Movie


(2:01) (30:00) Harlequins, Rachel’s Rugby Union Team


(2:04) (2:12) Rachel Burford, Personal Achievements 


(2:21) (44:42) Rugby Players Association (RPA)


(2:29) World Rugby


(2:31) International Rugby Players Association


(2:39) (10:14 - 17:55) (60:54) The Burford Academy, Rachels Rugby Academy


(4:06) Wicklow Rugby Club - Home Page, Womens Team, Youth Rugby


(7:28) (65:20) Rachel’s Podcast, Women’s Rugby Pod


(8:18) Johnny Hammond, Former Rugby Player


(18:54 - 21:15) Differences Between Coaching Girls and Boys, Further Opinions

(23:40) 2017 Women’s World Cup (New Zealand Winners)


(23:49) 2014 Women’s World Cup (England Winners) 


(25:28 - 29:58) Missing Selection, Blog Post


(31:00) Harlequins Women’s Team Background


(34:52) (40:22) Rachels 2014 Achievements


(41:28) Rachels Passing Ability, Medias Comments


(43:05) Rugby Bricks and Aaron Smith, Blog


(44:03) Tony Brown, Japan Coaching Staff


(44:42) Rachel Becomes the First Women on the RPA Board


(46:32) Women’s Advisory Committee, World Rugby


(48:15 - 54:42) Should Women use a Smaller Rugby Ball? Further Opinion


(50:43) Adidas Rugby Balls 


(51:53) Peter’s Women’s Rugby Work in Australia


(54:07) Owen Farrell, England No.10


(54:16) Kendra Cocksedge, All Black Half-Back


(54:26) Katy Daley-Mclean, Emily Scarratt, England Senior Women


(58:54) Michael (Mickey) Skinner, Former England Senior Player


(59:14) Dan Carter, Johnny Wilkinson - Legendary Rugby Players


(59:49) Beauden Barrett, All Black First Five Eight


(62:50) Harlequins Coaches 


(65:42) Women’s Rugby Pod Links

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