On this episode of the With You! Rugby podcast, the President of the US Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, sits down to talk with Mose Timoteo, a former star of the Eagles 7s and 15s, San Francisco Golden Gate, Glendale Raptors, and Denver Stampedes.
Timoteo was the first Samoan to play rugby for the US National Team and has had a long, successful career with a number of teams. He started his rugby career in the military but transitioned to club and eventually, professional rugby, where he led his teams to multiple championship titles. After he stopped playing, Timoteo transitioned to roles off the field, excelling once again.
In this episode, Timoteo discusses his career, time in the game, and current work in the field of rugby before his induction. He will be inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame in 2022.
1:09 – Can you tell us about where you grew up and the sports you played as a kid?
1:46 – How did you get involved in rugby?
3:10 -Tell us about your rugby experience in American Samoa.
4:17 – What brought you to the States, and how old were you when you came?
5:01 – Were you always planning on joining a rugby team when you came to the mainland U.S.?
6:46 – What was your rugby experience like while in the army? Did you play against other military teams or face outside opponents as well?
8:01 – What brought you to Northern California, and would you say that’s when you got on the national scout radar?
11:10 – What do you remember about your first 15s cap and your first game?
12:37 – Of all of the positions you held, which did you prefer?
14:00 – How did you bond with the referees?
15:48 – What were some highlights of the Rugby World Cup for you?
17:35 – How did the Eagles call you up for another game?
20:37 – Does your over 100 game total include previous experience from the 7s or just when you were officially on the team?
21:43 – Was it tiring to constantly travel, or was it a great adventure?
22:26 – Where were the 2001 and 2005 World Cups held, and what memories do you have from those experiences?
24:58 – Tell us about your run as a San Fransisco Golden Gate player and how you returned to Glendale.
28:04 – How did you build up your team in Colorado?
29:54 – How many times did you play against San Fransisco when you were a Raptor?
32:10 – What do you recall from your 2016 championship season?
34:40 – After your playing days, how did your coaching opportunities present themselves to you?
37:29 – What has been the biggest challenge in helping convert good athletes in other sports to rugby?
40:29 – Tell viewers about Team America and what is going on with them.
43:36 – Did you prefer playing 15s or 7s?
45:36 – Who was the most difficult opponent you ever faced?
46:43 – Was there a teammate or two you really enjoyed playing with, and why?
49:13 – Of all your rugby memories, is there one that stands out amongst the rest?
51:46 – What tour was the most memorable to you?
54:16 – Of all of your rugby accomplishments so far, which is the one you are most proud of?
56:55 – What does it mean to you to be inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame?
In this episode, Brian Vizard speaks with a new inductee into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, Mose Timoteo, to discuss his over 10-year-long career in the sport of rugby. Starting off in American Samoa and transitioning to the U.S., Timoteo describes his introduction to the sport and how it inspired him to play professionally. Timoteo discusses some of his favorite memories and achievements during his time on the field and talks about what he’s done since playing professionally.