Mike Harris is a professional rugby player for Toshiba Brave Lupus in Japan's Top League. He has also been capped ten times for Australia. Harris began his career in 2007 with North Harbour in New Zealand's ITM Cup before moving to Australia in 2011. He played for the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby and then joined French club Lyon for two seasons from late 2016.
Mike is an eternal student of the game and in this podcast, you learn why. This podcast covers some real intricacies when it comes to goal-kicking, how to navigate selection pressure and the development of his own technique. Here’s the highlight reel:
- Mike’s personal goal kicking journey and slotting a penalty with 80,000 spectators on the international stage
- Mike’s personal rituals when it comes to game day preparation
- His experiences playing for the Wallabies and how role clarity allowed him to excel professionally
- His mental game and how he used “Jingles” to increase his rhythm during his goal kicking
As always we dive into the details in this Rugby Bricks podcast. In terms of goal kicking, we’ve not had a guest go as deep as Mikey does in this one. If you’re looking to perfect your strikes this episode for you and if you’re a coach pass it on to anyone who is looking to convert more.
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FULL SHOW NOTES:
(2:00) Mike Harris, Former Wallaby.
(2:10) (22:46) Wallabies, Australian International Rugby Team.
(5:14) Colin Slade, Ex All Black & Crusaders Fly Half.
(5:16) (6:08) Conrad Smith, Ex All Black & Crusaders Centre.
(5:19) Paul Tito, Former Hurricane Lock.
(5:36) Carl Hayman, Ex All Black Prop & Highlander.
(8:40) Mike Harris, Instagram Page.
(10:07) Westlake Boys High School, Mike’s high School.
(10:26) (11:56) North Harbour Club, Mike’s New Zealand Provincial Team.
(11:23) Rosmini College, Mike’s Rival High School.
(11:42) New Zealand School Boys, NZ Age Grade Side.
(11:45) Auckland Grammar, Mike’s Rival High School.
(12:00) (13:01) Blues, New Zealand Super Rugby Team.
(12:05) (15:13) Reds, Australian Super Rugby Team.
(13:12) (67:30) Luke McAlister, Ex All Black & Blues Fly Half & Centre.
(13:15) Michael Hobbs, Former Blues Fly Half.
(13:40) Hayden Parker, Former Highlanders Fly Half.
(16:04) Ranfurly Shield, Famous NZ Rugby Traditional Trophy.
(16:29) Anthony Tuitavake, Ex All Black & Blues/Highlander.
(16:32) Tusi Pisi, Ex Samoan International Fly Half.
(17:39) Ewen Mckenzie, Former Wallabies Coach 2013-14
(20:16) Quade Cooper, Ex Australian Fly Half.
(20:17) Will Genia, Ex Australian Half Back.
(20:18) Digby Ioane. Ex Australian Winger.
(23:07) Simon Porter, Mike’s Rugby Agent.
(23:50) Rob Simmons, Mike’s Former Flat Mate & Australian Lock.
(24:18) Robbie Deans, Ex Wallabies Coach 2008-2013.
(35:39) Liam Gill, Former Wallabies Flanker.
(37:30) Philip Fowler, Psychologist & Kicking Coach.
(38:30) Frano Botica, Ex All Black Legend.
(48:15) Jonny Wilkinson, Ex England Fly Half, (Hall Of Fame).
(48:38) Owen Farrell, England's Fly Half.
(59:02) Berrick Barnes, Ex Australian Fly Half.
(60:30) Etihad Stadium, (Marvel Stadium) Mike’s Winning kick Against Wales.
(62:34) Northcote R.F.C, Mike Harris New Zealand Grassroots Club.
(64:38) Forsyth Barr, Dunedin.
(64:42) All Blacks, New Zealand International Rugby Team.
(67:02) Beauden Barrett, Current All Blacks & Blues Full Back & Fly Half.