Ben Hornby Rabbitohs TV Exclusive

By Steve Mavin

On Thursday the 2nd of December 2021, Chaps & Browny spoke to South Sydney Rabbitohs assistant coach Ben Hornby on Rabbitohs TV.

Former captain Adam Reynolds

When asked the question on every Souths fans lips in regards to the vacant halfback position, 2010 premiership winner Ben revealed that rookie Lachlan Ilias will “get first crack” in the number seven jersey after the departure to the Broncos of club legend Adam Reynolds.

Our Ben Hornby exclusive.
Lachlan Ilias scored on debut for the Rabbitohs.

This exclusive story was reported by other news outlets including Fox League, Sporting News Australia & Zero Tackle.

Souths assistant coach Ben Hornby on Rabbitohs TV

We also uncovered another scoop when Ben told us that Jaxson Paulo & Taane Milne are the frontrunners to take Dane Gagais’ left centre position.

Another Rabbitohs TV exclusive.

When asked the 2022 club captain question Ben left that firmly in the hands of head coach Jason Demetriou when he said “that is a tough decision for JD”. Stay tuned on that one.

Rabbitohs head coach Jason Demetriou

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Blake, Lachy, Pete & Jaxson – From Flegg To First Grade

We labelled them The Bunnies Baby Spine when the news broke yesterday that this young gun trio would be playing first grade together for the first time on Saturday night when the Rabbitohs take on the Dragons at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Blake Taaffe, Lachlan Ilias & Peter Mamouzelos along with Jaxson Paulo were all part of the victorious Jersey Flegg Rabbitohs team that defeated the Raiders in the grand final at Bankwest Stadium in 2019.

Blake Taaffe will wear the number 1 jersey in his 5th appearance in first grade as he takes over the fullback role from the suspended Latrell Mitchell.

Peter Mamouzelos will wear the number 9 to give Damien Cook a rest & play his 3rd game in the top grade.

Lachlan Ilias will wear the number 7 to give Reyno a break before the finals & make his NRL debut.

Jaxson Paulo is the most established player from that Flegg squad having scored 10 tries in his 21 games for Souths. He will wear the number 5 & had a blinder on the right wing last week against the Roosters.

Lachlan Ilias

21 year old Lachlan Ilias grew up in the inner west of Sydney & played his junior footy with the Leichhardt Wanderers as a Tigers junior.

He played rugby union at Trinity Grammar school on Saturdays & league on Sundays.

Lachy was in the Tigers system but had a huge injury set back when he suffered a broken fibula bone in his leg playing footy.

The Tigers subsequently made the decision to release him, the Rabbitohs swooped & he’s been with the club ever since.

Listen to our Lachlan Ilias interview on Rabbitohs TV below.

Lachlan Ilias

Blake Taaffe

22 year old Blake Taaffe grew up in Phillip Bay just off La Perouse in Sydney, then when he was 8 years old the family moved to the Central Coast of NSW.

We have a connection here on Rabbitohs Radio with the Taaffe family. Chaps is close mates with Blakes’ uncle Brad & father Darren.

Mavos’ wife Sam is from La Perouse & grew up with Blakes mum Dorothy & dad Darren.

Listen to our Blake Taaffe interview below.

‘Energiser Bunny’ Taaffe can fill Latrell’s big boots

Blake Taaffe

Peter Mamouzelos

20 year old Peter Mamouzelos is a Souths junior & played his junior footy for the Maroubra Lions.

When we asked him about being in lockdown with his mates Lachy & Taaffy he said ‘we do everything together go to dinner, lunch, breakfast. We play cards so yeah them being here has made it a lot easier for me.”

Listen to our Peter Mamouzelos interview below.

Peter Mamouzelos

Jaxson Paulo

21 year old Jaxson Paulo is a Kiwi from Auckland who moved to Australia when he was 12 to attend Keebra Park High School in Queensland.

Back in 2019 we interviewed Jersey Flegg coach Ben Rogers & he told us “Jaxson is a rock star who can do anything on the football field & will find himself on a wing in first grade for the next 10 years”.

Listen to our Jaxson Paulo interview below.

Jaxson Paulo

Rabbitohs outlast Raiders to claim Jersey Flegg Cup

2019 Jersey Flegg Champions
2019 Jersey Flegg Coach Ben Rogers

The Rooster Demolition, Jaydn Su’A, Jaxson Paulo, Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & the Knights Sudden Death Showdown.

We are proud to present our 50th show, a big milestone for the podcast & we wish to thank everyone who has listened & supported us since we began in July 2019. Also a big thanks to all the people who have given up their time to share their stories with us on the show, every one of you have added an extra dimension to the listening experience we present each week.

On the podcast this week we recap the record 60-8 hammering of the Roosters, we talk to Rabbitohs enforcer Jaydn Su’A & exciting winger Jaxson Paulo, our remembering a Rabbitoh is Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie & we preview the sudden death semi final clash with the Knights.

Jaydn Su’A #1153 – South Sydney Player Report

South Sydney back-rower Jaydn Su’A has been outstanding this season in his first full year with the club.

Jaxson “Rockstar” Paulo #1159 – South Sydney Player Report

‘Freak’ Paulo’s NRL debut excites Souths

Standing 192cm and weighing 101kg, Paulo has impressed his teammates since arriving at Redfern from the Gold Coast midway through last year.

“Jaxson’s a freak, that’s all I can really say,” second-rower Jaydn Su’A said on Wednesday.

“He’s very tall, he’s good under the high ball and he’s got some pace, so I’m sure he will do his job really well this weekend.

“Hopefully we can get him into the game because the more he touches the ball the better for us.”

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As we celebrate our 50th episode with over 60k total downloads to date we can proudly say that we haven’t missed a week of the entire 2020 NRL season even when there was no games being played due to Covid-19, we kept going because as the saying goes the show must go on. In the video below we take a look back & present our 1st show from July 2019. It’s very raw but it was a start & we think we’ve come a long way since then.

Where it all began

Each year we plan to continue producing a podcast every game of the season & the finals regardless of whether the Bunnies go all the way or not. We’ll then have a break during the off season but on selected weeks still present a couple of special moments in sport episodes, a summer edition & a pre season show.

Below is our 1st ever interview from episode 2 in July 2019, a quick chat with Les Davidson.

Listen to all 50 episodes here

Leslie Gordon “Les” “Chicka” Cowie #350 – South Sydney Player Report

Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie

South Sydney Dream Team