| | EP 347 – Rugby Legend, Owen Franks

Author / John

1 hr 40 min listen

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Rugby legend, Owen Franks [@Owen.Franks] joins us from across the pond for this week’s killer episode of PA Radio. If you are a rugby fan or a person with a pulse, you’ll want to tune into this discussion. Living a childhood steeped in the rugby culture, Franks explains how it’s 9/10 kids dreams to grow up and play for the All Blacks. Few can say they’ve achieved such success, though, and Owen is one of the few. Now with the Northampton Saints, he’s still hard charging in his professional athlete career.

Pro rugby player, Owen Franks joins The Crew to discuss the nuances of training one of the most demanding sports of all time. John, Luke, and Tex marvel at the athleticism and power of the players while Franks helps shed some light on how this culture differs from that of our familiar football. Hear about how the leagues are organized, how the positions are structured, and what kind of sacrifices are required to play every 5-7 days. A family man first, Franks’ deep love for rugby started with playing with his friends and later training more seriously with his father and brother. Hear how his passion evolved into 13 year career of numerous injuries and great memories that he says are just “all part of the fun”. Listen NOW!

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You can find Owen Franks on instagram under the handle @Owen.Franks. And be sure to catch him in action this Sunday as the Saints take on Bristol. 


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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