- Publish Date
- Thursday, 17 June 2021, 6:00AM
Ryan Nelsen is a natural leader and this episode provides a clear and revealing picture of why he has been made captain of nearly every team he has played for.
Growing up in Christchurch cricket was his first love and had it not been for a troublesome knee could have found himself as a Black Cap and not an All White! He describes the pressure of the club v country situation, and his frustrations with NZ Football at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. We talk lining up against Mo Salah, Ronaldinho and Neymar with a team of amateurs at two Olympic Games, and the infamous cheeseburger challenge.
Described as the “best free transfer in the history of the Premier League”, we talk about the best stories of his career in England, including the sad story of the end of his time at Blackburn Rovers, marking some of the world’s best strikers, fighting team mates and attracting the attention of one of the world’s biggest clubs.
Finally, we hear of his latest challenge in the business world where he is able to put his Stanford University degree to use in the complex world of domain name registration with FIBA and World Rugby.