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Podcast: Has Ben Darwin’s theory unlocked the secret to team success?


Ben Darwin tasted the ultimate success with the Wallabies but it’s his work with data analytics that could leave a greater legacy.

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Ben Darwin won two Bledisloe Cups with the Wallabies before suffering an horrific neck injury that could have been fatal. He was lucky to recover but it did end his career.

Ben talks about the personal impact - a bumpy career transition, a relationship breakdown and ultimately a diagnoses of depression and ADHD.

Ben’s rebuild began with coaching, then, when pouring through player transfer data he noticed trends linked to team performance - the teams with a high turnover of athletes, even if they were bringing in stars, weren’t achieving the same success of cohesive teams.


These findings would lead to the establishment of Gain Line, Ben’s company that focuses on the unique field of cohesion analytics. Ben has discovered a formula for team success that is now sought after by the world’s leading teams to improve performance, including the English Premier League, NBA, Twenty20 cricket, NRL and AFL.


Ben talks about what he has learned about the secret sauce of the most successful teams, whether skill and culture are overrated, tough conversations with coaches, the most cohesive and least cohesive leagues and teams in the world and which teams he predicts will have success this season based on Gain Line’s metrics.

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