An Irishman Abroad

David Wallace: Episode 180

February 25, 2017

This week, Ireland and Munster rugby legend David Wallace joins Jarlath in a fascinating conversation which takes us through his journey from an upbringing which involved watching his father and brothers excel in sport (2:00) to struggling to now find ‘the buzz’ in retired life (1:00:00). David explains how dysfunction on a team stems from management (43:00), the importance of Ireland keeping a handle on their emotion in ‘that’ game against England at Croke Park (47:00) and the cryptic phone call from Ronan O’Gara which resulted in him being transported across the world to sync up with the Lion’s tour (30:00).

In this revealing discussion, David speaks frankly about how he was taken aback by the ‘pathetic’ nature of the players’ complaining on a Lions tour (34:00), the truth behind why Munster were like rabbits in the headlights in the 2000 Heineken Cup final (27:00), and why Declan Kidney’s holistic approach kept a squad together better than any other manager in his career (45:00). From reaching almost 18 stone due to an overactive social life in the early days of his career (12:00) to what he misses most about his playing days (58:00) and much more, this episode is a truly great conversation with one of Ireland’s sporting heroes.

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