PLAY Canberra: my night in the coaching box with Jake White

Back a few weeks ago, I had the absolute honour and privilege of shadowing Brumbies coach Jake White as the team hosted, played, and DEFEATED (!) the British & Irish Lions in Canberra.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a world exclusive. In his entire coaching career, White has never let a journalist or writer into the coaches box with him. And he told me that after he said ‘yes’ to my pitch without hesitation.

Enjoy the read. I certainly enjoyed bringing it all together..  (click each page to enlarge) Continue reading

PLAY: Lauren Boden ready to tackle the Worlds

They say the challenge of writing is to tackle a subject you know very little about, and I may well have just overcome that challenge. For the May issue of PLAY Canberra, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing local athlete, 400m Olympic hurdler, Lauren Boden, just before she jetted overseas to commence preps for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, in August.

Happily, Lauren was an absolute treat to talk to, speaks so well, and is somewhat used to dealing with media types who don’t really know what they’re talking about.

Click on the cover story pages above, in which Lauren talks about her campaign leading into the Worlds, and just how completely unglamorous life as a traveling professional Australian athlete is..

PLAY: The second-coming of Laurie Fisher

Also in the May issue of PLAY Canberra, I had a great chat with Brumbies’ Forwards Coach, Laurie Fisher.

Fisher went into depth about what learned during his time in Ireland, with powerhouse club Munster, how much of that knowledge he’s been able to implement on his return to the Brumbies, the joys of working in Jake White’s set-up, and his desires to be a head coach again.

PLAY: Canberra’s bold new stadium – just don’t burn the beanie just yet..

For the May issue of PLAY Canberra, I had the chance to have a great chat with ACT Sports Minister, and Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, about the bold new CBD stadium plans within the broader – and bolder – City to the Lake project.

If it gets off the ground, it’ll a great entertainment precinct within the City. But it constructions won’t exactly start this coming off-season…