110 episodes

UK-based journalists John Davidson and Ross Heppenstall discuss the latest sports topics of the day and endeavour to give you the story behind the stories. Lots of opinion, insight and detail on the world of football, rugby league, rugby union and more.

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    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

UK-based journalists John Davidson and Ross Heppenstall discuss the latest sports topics of the day and endeavour to give you the story behind the stories. Lots of opinion, insight and detail on the world of football, rugby league, rugby union and more.

    Episode 109: Brian Carney's back

    Episode 109: Brian Carney's back

    Former guest Brian Carney joins us on the podcast again. The Sky Sports broadcaster and former Great Britain international discusses the 2020 Super League grand final and how the competition can maximise and exploit what was an amazing contest. He also talks about the season just finished, the applications for the 12th team in Super League, the Toronto Wolfpack and what may come next for British rugby league.

    • 58 min
    Episode 108: 2020 Super League grand final preview

    Episode 108: 2020 Super League grand final preview

    Ross is back as he and John discuss the 2020 Super League grand final between Wigan and St Helens. The two chat about the semi-finals, the key issues and talking points heading into Friday's decider, and the strengths and weaknesses of both the Saints and Warriors. They also talk about the Dream Team and the race to who will be promoted to be the 12th team in Super League for next year.

    • 43 min
    Episode 107: Rugby's concussion and head injury conundrum

    Episode 107: Rugby's concussion and head injury conundrum

    We are joined by Dr Emma Kirke to talk about head injuries in rugby, the dangerous nature of concussions and the increase in neurological conditions in retired rugby players. We also chat about the rise of Physical Disability Rugby League and Emma's involvement in the sport.

    • 51 min
    Episode 106: James Graham

    Episode 106: James Graham

    Our special guest on this episode is rugby league star James Graham. Over 17 years with St Helens, the Bulldogs, St George Illawarra, Great Britain and England, James has been a hit in both Super League and the NRL. One of the best players of his generation, James talkes about his impending retirement, his fabulous career, his future, what rugby league means to me, the Toronto Wolfpack decision and more.

    • 37 min
    Episode 105: The Complete Rugby Project

    Episode 105: The Complete Rugby Project

    John is joined by Keighley fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Ottawa Aces assistant coach Jack Howieson. The pair talk about their new rugby coaching offering, The Complete Rugby Project. They discuss coaching, mentoring and the pathway in rugby, and also touch on expansion, the new club in Ottawa, the future of Toronto Wolfpack, the impact of Covid-19 on rugby league and a lot more.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 104: Paul Rowley

    Episode 104: Paul Rowley

    Our special guest is Salford assistant coach and former Toronto Wolfpack head coach Paul Rowley. Paul talks to us about Salford, the Challenge Cup final and working with Ian Watson. He also discusses his time at Toronto, the future of the club, as well as his own playing and coaching career.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Roger Dismal ,

Two points

Great podcast, John talks a lot of sense and i also enjoy him on the Forty20 podcast.

King_Curl ,

Good podcast but sound quality is awful

Really enjoy the podcasts, good guests and good chat. The sound quality usually stops me from listening though because I can only listen when I’m in a very quiet space.

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Dave Hartill

Love the honesty of this pod.
John's unafraid to ask important, questions and when a guest has come to talk he doesn't get in their way.

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