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Welcome to the Catflap Chats podcast. My name is Mikey, but lots call me Catflap, Flap, or Flapper, and I'm fortunate enough to call some pretty interesting people my mates - Professional sports, Rugby, Boxing, MMA, Football, Actors, Singers, and Business, in Wales and beyond. I'm going to have a beer with a different mate each week, and delve in to their professional and personal lives. Expect some distinctly average chat, funny stories, and insights in behind the scenes. Basically, I am ab ...
 
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You know when it's a good one, when you could have sat for hours, even after 90 mins of chatting. Phil was a 46 cap Wales 2nd and back row, who's also spent 20+ years coaching at the top too. Teams in England, Wales, France, and Namibia across two RWC's, there isn't much he hasn't seen or done. Love his enthusiasm still, and how he tries to build g…
 
Lloyd Ashley (@livingwellwithlloydashley) • Instagram photos and videos Great catch up with Lloyd. Over 150 professional games for the Ospreys and Scarlets, and his fair share of injuries, low points and career highlights, but it's his work in Mental Health we spoke most about I have attached Lloyds 'Living Well with Lloyd Ashley' Instagram, so you…
 
Fascinating to see Rugby through the eyes of a successful coach. Gareth is currently plying his trade up in Scotland, but previous has coached Fiji 15's, taken Fiji 7s to a World Series win and the Olympics in 2021, and coached Cardiff Rugby, Hong Kong 7s, and more. Open and honest about the cultures he tries to create, and what he looks for in a t…
 
What a treat this was. Simon really lifted the lid on what it was REALLY like to be a professional footballer, brutally honest about having to retire with injuries in his prime, and THAT trip to the Euro's in 2016. I'd say injuries robbed him of his best years and moments, but looking at him smiling all the way through this podcast means I'd 100% b…
 
Enzo is a funny bloke with plenty of stories to tell. A multiple weight, champion boxer, who has had his fair share of up's and downs over the years. Was great to learn about his journey in to boxing, what he's up to now, the World Title and others, and some funny stories along the way. Love his no nonsense attitude and view on the world! CATFLAP20…
 
Great to catch up with Ben, who I watched growing up on the 7s circuit, becoming the all time top points scorer on the World 7s series - Something I don't think will be beaten for a while. I love his outlook on life - Wanted to travel the world, took his boots everywhere, and played both 15's and 7's at the top level. He played with and against the…
 
V funny episode. I love how Ryan is so open about his experiences as a pro at club and international level, and says it all with a smile on his face. He's now coaching at Plymouth Albion, after a career at Gloucester, London Irish, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle, the Scarlets and England through the age grades…
 
Mike's book, 'Half Truths' is out now on Amazon, and I highly recommend it! Some of the stories are unreal! We spoke about his career at both club and international level, and his frustrations around the game he grew up in. Not only a brilliant career with Wales and Lions, but also backed that up at club level too, in Wales, France and England. www…
 
Good to catch up with Gary, a year on from our last Pod together. We chat about all things in his stable, his boxers, his journey through boxing, some Welsh legends, and the state of the game at the Heavyweight division. He also delves in to the differences in coaching boxing to boxers, and MMS fighters. Thanks always to Dragon Signs, Motazone Cwmb…
 
Fortunate to steal an hour with one of the most talented Welsh players to have played the game. A man who's skill and ability to play where needed was immense, but maybe hindered an 81 cap test career Loved the honesty, his outlook not only on playing, but life, the clubs he represented, the silverware won, and his decision to retire on his terms. …
 
If you have listened to the High Performance Podcast, you'll know who Damian Hughes is. Fascinating insight in to a world of High Performance, and cultures in Sport. There's so many lessons in this episode, and I love that he grew up in a boxing environment, surrounded by elite level operators. Author, Host, Key Note Speaker, Professor, Coach Could…
 
What a gent Dan is. When you think of the world of Bare Knuckle Boxing, you might think the film Snatch, or some underground shady types. Dan couldn't be more different. A horrific upbringing brought a desire to do better, be better, and help others. It just so happens he's hard as nails, as slick in the ring as they come, and is making the most of…
 
Loved this with Scott Young - Cardiff debut as a teenager, and having to retire at 28. THAT goal against Leeds. An attempted come back at Newport County. Managing throughout the divisions in Wales, and that brief stint at Cardiff City with Gabbidon, before becoming the Assistant Manager. There's not much Scott hasn't seen or done in Welsh football,…
 
What a chat. I have never had a conversation like this. Drug Smuggling, both Hash and Cocaine. Over 14.5 years in Prison. Venezuela. Columbia. Portugal. The UK. The Cali Cartel (In Columbia). Getting caught. Being a transporter. It is honestly mind blowing, and that is only the stuff he's allowed to talk about. Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Nat…
 
Loved the honesty from Zack. He may be a professional athlete now (and look like he was carved out of Handsome Granite), but has spent years growing up having a bad relationship with food, which is actually really relatable. He's risen to the top of the Crossfit community through grit, resilience and a determination based on his WHY, and after a di…
 
One of my favourite episodes. The ones where you're an hour in without realising, and could chat for way longer. Luke is superb, giving honest insight in to Team Sky, Ineos Grenadiers, life in the TDF and other Grand Tours. The brutal realities of professional cycling and more - All a few days before the UCI Worlds in Flanders, for Team GB. www.row…
 
This episode had every emotion going. Dad the Dish has spent the last year showing everyone how to cook amazing meals at home, with step by step guides on Instagram and Tiktok. It has gone that well, he's grown to 124k followers on Insta, 74k on Tiktok, and has helped loads of people in the community by giving back. That's incredible, for a guy who…
 
Good to catch up with Rob, reflecting on a quality career. 2 Lions Series, 3 RWC's, and played with and against the best players in the world. One of only 5 Welsh scrum halves to reach the 50 cap mark, and even got a Lions Test start, before his first Lions tour...A Club career spanning 3 countries, with some great highs and lows too. A thanks alwa…
 
Only Fans is something I get asked about a lot, so it was great to have Alaw on to discuss all things OF, especially as it has been in the news the past few weeks. She talks about some of the myths around it, what life is like as a content creator, dating whilst on OF, and the -ve's that come with the +ve's too. People and the internet are weird, t…
 
Loved this one. Having met Nicky recently, he's a good bloke, and I can see why he was so popular with his former teams. An amazing club career, which never quite rewarded him with what I feel he deserved at international level, but no regrets all the same. Great attitude, took himself out of his comfort zone, and reaped the rewards away from the W…
 
I loved this chat, and so grateful to Natalie for coming on, so close after Tokyo 2020. Raw and emotional at times, coming to terms with a personally frustrating games, knowing she didn't achieve what she set out for. Some of the lessons she talks about in terms of being a girl and body weight etc are so important for athletes growing up. Personall…
 
I loved this episode. To overcome a bike accident that puts you in a wheelchair, and then head to Tokyo as an Olympian, is incredible. Honest and raw about the lows of life, and the highs of competing. I can't wait to see how Thomas and Team GB gets on! www.catflapchats.com Thanks always Dragon Signs, Heatforce, Nathaniel Cars, LT Scaffold and Tiny…
 
I noticed #HerGameToo trending on Twitter, and saw their video too. It made me think (coupled with what happened at the Euros final), what is it like for Women fans in Football Thought provoking, both inspiring and shocking in equal measures, I love the work Caz and the girls are doing, and the growing support from professionals in the game. I have…
 
What a whirlwind of an episode. I was lucky to get a quick hour with Ebanie, and she just brings raw, unfiltered chat with a lot of energy! World Title fights. Breaking your ankle on debut, and winning. Selling dirty socks. Trusting no-one. Creating your own luck. UK fight fans. Resilience. Not judging a book by it's cover. I loved it, and can't wa…
 
Loved this. A promising career at the Ospreys with approx 80 caps, & talks of a Welsh call up, all stopped by repeated concussions, affecting Ben's everyday life. Fast forward a few years & he is carving out a new career in Rugby, with @therugbytrainer on Instagram - Funny, insightful & engaging content for any rugby player who wants to get better!…
 
What a chat. Nicky is honest, and so relaxed about life, it's refreshing to see. What a career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in England, and also Wales, France and NZ. 4 Rugby World Cups, a heap of stories, playing with the likes of Serevi and CauCau, but it's the simple things in life he loves. Friends, family, and being a good bloke. www…
 
Unreal chat with Mason. It's been a mixed start to his UFC career, but I loved how brutally honest he is about it all, and I have no doubt he will be a UFC world champion in time, after being a 2 weight Cage Warriors Champion. It is amazing a man who pays the bills with controlled violence, can talk to articulately and with such clarity. Check out …
 
Good to catch up with George after a successful first season out in Japan. Fascinating to hear his journey and thought process on leaving Saracens for Japan, and his desire to travel the world to gather experiences. He's sacrificed a lot to do that - comfort zones, relationships, England and maybe even Lions caps, but its great to see he's content …
 
What a fantastic bloke Greg is, and some personal journey he's been on. We actually hardly spoke about Rugby, so will be getting him back in for part 2. We spoke about some really thought provoking topics - Mental Health, The Peoples Captain beers and how that started, what it actually stands for, society, social media, counselling, depression, all…
 
Good to catch up solo with one half of FourFive CBD, one of my best mates, Dom Day. What a Career - Wales, Saracens, Melbourne Rebels, Toyota Verblitz, Bath and the Scarlets. RWC15, 6 Nations, European Cups and Premiership wins. Loved getting in to what makes Dom tick, and feel more players should experience what the world has to offer Rugby player…
 
What a great bloke. Having been through a mental journey over the last however many years, from growing up in Devon, to the Rio2016 Olympics, and then getting wrongfully banned from the sport, Sonny is living proof you can do anything, and make your life better, if you're passionate enough about it. Fashion designing, Podcasts, his academy and vari…
 
Most 22 year olds I knew growing up, wanted to live for the weekends, chase the opposite sex, and enjoy life... Rylee is very much focused on one thing - Being the best Goalkeeper in the world one day. The confidence is amazing. I loved getting an insight in to playing football in Canada, her roots to Liverpool FC, playing College Soccer in the USA…
 
This was both inspiring and informative. Alix is a fantastic bloke, and his positivity since revealing his condition, and the condition of others, has been unreal. It was a real pleasure to get to understand him, his story, but the changes he wants to see to make the game of Rugby (and other contact sports), safer for all, whilst making it more enj…
 
Scott is a top bloke, and loving his rugby atm. Absolutely love the brutal honesty about a heap of topics - Rugby, Wales, Harlequins, Addictions, judging people wrongly, and more! Hopefully there's a few messages here people can relate to, and i love how he's evolved and grown as a person, to enjoy his rugby and life the way he wants. Thanks always…
 
What a top bloke Leon is - Cutting his teeth in the pro game, and aiming to get on the European Tour this year, we spoke about life in Pro Golf away from the elite, and what it takes both physically and mentally, to keep earning each week. Despite the slog, he loves it, and is probably a bit different to your average Golfers. Thanks to FourFiveCBD …
 
Loved finding more about the TikTok world that Sarah joined in Lockdown 1. Dancing kept her sane during Lockdown, and she’s found a following over on TikTok, joining in various trends, challenges and Lip-Syncs, with over 328k followers on there now (@sarahjaneunderwood) It comes with its challenges though - Social pressures, trolls, opinions and ke…
 
It's funny when you meet and chat with someone who's highlights reel you'd often chat about and try to emulate when you were still playing. Unbelievable player, who's rebuilding his reputation down in South Wales. Weirdly, we hardly spoke about rugby, but more about life, his highs and lows in equal measures, and how he's grown as a person through …
 
Without spoiling the rest, imagine going to Uni, just to take the £4000 Student loan, and use it to build a property portfolio... There's more to it, but what a mad story! Motivational speaking, business events, properties and investments, Sunil has made the best of what could have been a bad situation. Thanks to our partners @Ron Skinner & Sons, L…
 
This could be the most honest and best Ep we have done. What a superhuman bloke Josh is, both physically and in mindset. Given 10% chance of surviving his first night when born, he has gone on to achieve some incredible feats, all whilst having Cystic Fibrosis. He opens up about the darkest days, what pushes him, and how he trains to stay alive. Th…
 
What a guy. A real journey of discovery through rugby. Growing up on potentially the wrong side of society in Auckland, to bringing up 4 awesome girls with his wife in Cardiff. I respect the honesty, and the sacrifice Willis has gone through to make a better life for himself and his family. A champion with The Hurricanes, Cardiff Rugby and Wales, t…
 
Amazing insight in to Professional Football across the Premier League, Championship, & League One. Honest, open, & hugely passionate. We spoke about coming through the ranks, earning respect with Paul Ince, the state of todays game, BLM & taking the knee, experiencing Racism on Social Media, & more. Thanks to Ron Skinners & Sons, LT Scaffold Servic…
 
What a great guy, who genuinely seems content in life. From Hearsay, Popstars, and the early Noughties fame in the Press, to Theatre, Acting and Music, Noel has had many ups and downs, but continues to learn, grow, and do what makes him happy! Thanks to my amazing partners; Ron Skinner & Sons, LT Scaffold Services, Links Recruitment Group, JBG Grou…
 
Jess is open, honest, thought provoking - A proven winner - 7 Countries, 11 teams, multiple Champions Leagues, Leagues and Cups. The most capped Welsh Footballer ever, with 30+ goals internationally. We chat Women's sport, being a high profile gay athlete and role model, social media, Women's football and the disparities with the men's game, winnin…
 
What a guy. I absolutely love the fact that the Parkes family give their absolute all for every team, culture & family they have been part of, but also take every opportunity to enjoy what Rugby & its surroundings have to offer, away from the white lines. Here's a guy that played with broken bones and injuries for the red of Wales and Scarlets, lea…
 
Brilliant chat with Dodge. People see the success of the Bournemouth 7s, but it's his back story that intrigued me. That entrepreneurial spirit from such an early age - Wheeling and dealing to make money and get on in life No bullshit, no Jargon. Just a decent bloke working his nuts off to create the best experiences he can. Check out his podcast a…
 
21 and given the keys to Cardiff for MTV's Valleys, I loved hearing how Carley dealt with that, dealing with personal grief at the same time, and learning more about the person behind the character. We talk Reality TV, Mental Health, grief, strength of character, Social Media, dealing with fame, being a mum, and influencing and working a 9-5. Top g…
 
Jazz won two Olympic Silver medals at Rio 2016, amongst a heap of other medals too, at the Commonwealths, Worlds and European Champs. It was so interesting to hear her journey, and understand the commitment is takes to win those medals, but also the sacrifice you have to go through as well. The emotional rollercoaster and stress is a different leve…
 
An open, honest, and candid chat with Dragons Rugby Chairman, David Buttress. What a career so far - Coca Cola. Starting up Just East, and then moving on to running the Dragons. David talks about the highs and lows, the grit, hard work, and unseen efforts it takes to get where he has. But you can also see it in spades - The energy, the passion, and…
 
I can only say 'WHAT A MINDSET'! They told her she couldn't, so she did. What makes someone tick, that has run a 150 mile Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon? Or a 350 mile Arctic Circle Ultra Marathon? Listening to Lowri was inspiring. She has done so much in her career across a heap of different sporting and media disciplines, and it's all fuelled by un…
 
What an honour. A genuine legend of the game and the All Blacks. Siti and I talk about being Fijian, moving to NZ, his electric pro career, the All Blacks, the Pacific Islanders, The Lions 05, RWC's 07 and 11, his move to Clermont and then Castre, and now his career on the coaching side of things. (Lee Byrne gets a few mentions too!) Humble, an ast…
 
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