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Distinguished former International Rugby Player, Phil Davies. "My physiology drives my psychology."

Updated: May 12

Phil Davies is a well known rugby personality who enjoyed a distinguished 46 cap career for Wales between 1985 and 1995 and is regarded as a true rugby legend.


Since his retirement from playing, Phil remained immersed in the sport and as he was held in such high regard, a leadership career in the sport surely beckoned.


Senior appointments followed at professional rugby clubs in England and Wales Rugby before Phil was appointed as Head Coach of Namibia, helping to guide them through both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups on behalf of World Rugby.


As if that wasn't enough for conversation around the dinner table, Phil's brother in law is another former Welsh international rugby legend of both codes and BBC rugby commentator, Jonathan Davies!


In this interview, Phil discusses his personal journey with mental health and how 'talking' has been the most powerful way of helping him cope and overcoming some of the challenges that he has faced in his life.


With plenty of life and leadership experience both on and off the field, Phil discusses how we can create successful cultures, excel in leadership and also how crucial our own wellbeing is in relation to performance.


We also discuss the topic of mental health in rugby, being 'good enough' and the fact that, as hard as we search for it, 'perfection' simply does not exist.