I suppose I get a lot of guests on who go on to become All Blacks or get to where they strived to be, this episode with Papa Wharewera is a bit different. The extremely talented halfback who captained NZ schools had a successful career at his feet. However, what you'll hear in this episode is the other side of pro rugby, the injuries, the pressures of juggling work/life balance, the mental health battles, all of it.
I crossed paths with Papa at the Hurricanes in 2012 and to hear how much he was struggling at the time was eye opening and goes to show, that you just never know who might be going through a tough period. From someone who has been through a lot it was awesome to hear Papa is such a good place after spending time on himself to get right. He's now in a position where he wants to help others through similar situations, such a lad.
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