Lima Sopoaga is a professional rugby union player who has played for the Wellington Lions & Southland Stags in New Zealand's provincial competition before joining the Highlanders and eventually making his debut for New Zealand in 2015. Sopoaga is now playing for the Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership.

Lima shares some incredible insights in this episode of the podcast and if you're a goal kicker you're going to love the attention to detail. Here are some of the pieces from the highlight reel: 

  • The exact details of how Lima approaches his goal kicking 
  • Lima's time in Southland and how Otago has shaped him as an athlete
  • His experience with the Highlanders including some of their best and worst years
  • How Lima tackles his work in rugby and what he has done to overcome doubt, frustrations, and setbacks when not being selected

This episode is our most detailed yet and shares the intricacies of goal kicking through to the hardship of non-selection and overcoming these obstacles.  If you're looking to knock over some more conversions this season this episode was made for you. 


Background Info

  • The Wasps - Lima’s Current Team

    (0:30) European Rugby Challenge Cup - Wasps’ Current Competition 


    (0:38) Wasps’ Fixtures and Results


    (2:58) St Clair, Area of Dunedin 


    (4:08 - 22:05) Lima’s Kicking Acclaim - NZ Herald Article


    (4:45) (8:15) (29:45) (1:09:12) Tony Brown, Esteemed Rugby Coach 


    (7:26) (22:04) Natalie Fraser, Mental Skills Coach - LinkedIn


    (16:11) Lima’s All Black Debut vs South Africa, 25th July 2015


    (19:22) TJ Perenara, All Black 


    (20:43) Rugby Bricks 10 Pillars of Goal Kicking Program


    (21:16) (44:14) Jamie Joseph, Former Highlanders and Japan Coach


    (23:57) Aaron Smith, All Black


    (25:23) Southland Stags, Southland Rugby Team


    (26:15) Elliot Dixon, Highlanders and Southland Player


    (30:08) (46:48) Ben Smith, All Black 


    (30:49) (46:47) Colin Slade, Former Highlander


    (31:28) Aaron Cruden, Former All Black, Recently Returned to the Chiefs

    (36:08) Highlanders vs Cheetahs 2013, Lima’s Infamous Performance


    (39:49) (46:46) Brad Thorn, Ma’a Nonu, Hosea Gear - Former Highlanders


    (41:41) Darren Lockyer, Australian Rugby League Legend


    (43:20) Highlanders Win Super Rugby Title in 2015 


    (44:02) Waisake Naholo, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith - Key Trio in Highlanders 2015 Team


    (44:55) Highlanders vs Chiefs, Waratahs vs Highlanders - Highlanders 2015 Finals


    (46:46) Highlanders 2013 Squad


    (49:21) San Antonio Spurs, NBA Team


    (51:08) Highlanders vs British and Irish Lions 2017


    (54:50) Lima Signs for the Wasps in 2018


    (57:06) Kieran Reid, Former All Black Captain 


    (58:48) English Rugby Premiership


    (1:03:13) Josh Ioane, Current All Black


    (1:03:48) Jacob Umaga, Wasps Player 


    (1:03:52) Jacob Umaga Using the Rugby Bricks Kicking Tee 


    (1:04:09) Scrutiny on Lima’s Wasps Start, English Pundit, Stuff Opinion, NZ Herald Opinion


    (1:08:33) Lima Sopoaga Iconic “Overhead Kick”


    Lima’s Recommendations


    (1:15:34) Kobe’s Last Ever Game 

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