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Podcast: BTR Episode 56 with Justin Olam

On this week’s episode of Behind the Roar we chat to Wests Tigers Player #281, Justin Olam, ahead of the team’s Round 18 match against Melbourne Storm.

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Adored in his homeland Papua New Guinea, Olam has also developed a big following here in Australia following six seasons with the Storm and half a season here at Wests Tigers.

Olam didn’t start playing rugby league until he went to university, and tells us how he had to learn on the run when he first joined Melbourne Storm, admitting he knew very little about the game.

It was a steep learning curve for Olam, who has developed into one of the most powerful centres in the game, admired for his sheer ferocity, and feared for his shuddering hits.

Olam bags a double in his most recent game against the Titans at Leichhardt.
Olam bags a double in his most recent game against the Titans at Leichhardt.

We talk about the evolution of footy in PNG, the chat with Benji that lured him to Wests Tigers, and the ‘little things’ in a game which have such big consequences.

We also chat about his upbringing, his education, his struggles with Aussie slang, his love of nature, and a whole lot more.

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Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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