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Peter Lydon - Carving a Career in the 2nd Tiers

The Off-Field Rugby Pod

Episode 26
1h 7min
122.0 MB

Peter Lydon is an Irish rugby player currently playing in France with Rouen Normandie Rugby in the Pro D2.

Peter talks about the crazy turn of events that saw him go from playing average Irish club rugby to signing with State Francais and playing with Sergio Parisse. We chat about his journey from playing schools rugby in Kilkenny College, playing with me in the Lansdowne under 20s team, Seapoint RFC and then going on to play professionally in England and France.

We also chat about;

  • Why he decided to move from France to England during Covid.
  • Why he moved down leagues to pursue his pro rugby dream.
  • What as it was like being Morne Steyn’s back up in Stade.
  • Getting Irish soccer trials & giving up on that dream.
  • How he got confidence as a young player.
  • How he realized he had to stop listening to people and look within.
  • Conor O’Shea from Harlequins trying to poach him. 
  • Being coached by Mike Friday.
  • How professionalism in the Championship changed.
  • What England need to do differently with their structures.
  • What the All Ireland League need to do differently.
  • Not seeing eye to eye with his Head Coach & deciding to leave.
  • The business he would like to open when he retires.
  • The studies he decides to start recently.
  • His experience playing Pro D2.
  • Hostile receptions he’s got in France from fans.
  • Contract clauses if they get relegated.

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