That’s Right Rugby is back with a massive second episode of rugby chat and banter!
In what is the only club-run Australian Super Rugby podcast, Mel Kawa, Joe Pincus and Alex Mafi welcomed two of the Rebels’ biggest personalities to the show, Sam Talakai and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.
From hyping our younger Victorians, Barbarian’s tour stories and reflections from over 21 combined years of professional rugby, Episode 2 of That’s Right Rugby is biggest show yet!
LSL: It’s exciting! I think we’ve got some great potential to do some exciting things here in Victoria. You see the quality of boys we’ve brought in ; probably none bigger than Nella or literally none bigger than Nella. Matty Proctor and Filipo, Jack Maunder - a lot of players coming in and adding a lot of depth to the squad and injecting a lot of experience and command over the group. There’s also a lot of exciting talent coming through, so we’re all working hard to get on the same page and be connected and bring a lot of stuff we’re talking about to life. I’m excited and you can tell around the building, there’s a good vibe and you can sense that some good things are probably on the horizon.
LSL: Probably Daniel Maiava. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and is level headed, which is something really good to see as an older player. He’s also naturally gifted and is an athlete. A lot of people don’t have those attributes, and he’s only going to get better with progression, so he’s someone that excites me. I’m excited to help him and see where he goes, because he’s got massive upside and is someone who doesn’t say much, but has massive influence on the group already at such a young age.
ST: What’s motivating me? I just want to win. I feel we’ve got a lot more experience within our squad, a lot more knowledge to share and we’re together for another season, so I think the competition in the squad will be really good for us. Everyone is going to want to be playing in that Rebels jersey come Round 1, so that’s going to be great for us and help build our story for the year as a group. We talk about attacking every session - Lukhan has been driving that - so it’s going to be pretty cool. Once those Wallabies boys come back, they’re going to see what we’ve been building and doing here while they’ve been away, and that’s exciting. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.