125 episodes

Podcast by Tony Collins

Rugby Reloaded Tony Collins

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Podcast by Tony Collins

    125. World War One & Australian rugby's great myth

    125. World War One & Australian rugby's great myth

    Whenever there's a debate between Australian union and league fans, someone will very quickly raise the question of World War One.

    League, so the argument goes, only became the dominant rugby code in Australia because union stopped playing during the war. The implication is that rugby league took advantage of the war to get the upper-hand over union.

    But nothing in this debate is quite as it seems, so this week's episode looks at how the war-time league/union divide refelcted much deeper divisions in Australian society.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 10 min
    124. Roy Francis & the Harry Sunderland Trophy

    124. Roy Francis & the Harry Sunderland Trophy

    Roy Francis was the first black athlete to play for Great Britain in 1947. He was one of Wales' great rugby league players. Even more significantly, he was the godfather of modern coaching, taking Hull to the Championship in 1956. It's high time his achievements were recognised, so this week's episode looks at the campaign to rename the Grand Final Player of the Match award as the 'Roy Francis Trophy', and tells the contrasting stories of Roy Francis and Harry Sunderland, after whom the trophy is currently named.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 10 min
    123. Prescott's Match and the Secret History of the 1958 Lions Tour

    123. Prescott's Match and the Secret History of the 1958 Lions Tour

    123. Prescott's Match and the Secret History of the 1958 Lions Tour by Tony Collins

    • 10 min
    122. Rugby Union after the Pandemic, with Rhiannon Garth Jones

    122. Rugby Union after the Pandemic, with Rhiannon Garth Jones

    Of all the football codes, rugby union has faced the most troubled times during the Coronvirus pandemic. Wage disputes, club v country clashes, and the splitting apart of the game in the Southern Hemisphere have thrown the game's long-time issues into sharp light. So, for an insight into the game's problems, this week's episode talks to rugby union analyst Rhiannon Garth Jones about where the sport stands today and where it is going.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 32 min
    121. 50 Years Since the Lions won the Ashes (or, why the Poms Don't Win Anymore)

    121. 50 Years Since the Lions won the Ashes (or, why the Poms Don't Win Anymore)

    Saturday 4 July marked the 50th anniversary of the last time the Great Britain Lions won the rugby league Ashes. This week's episode looks back at the tour which summed up all the political tensions and latent hostilities that exploded between Britain and Australia in the 1960s - and then asks perhaps the most important question in rugby league: why can't the Poms beat the Aussies anymore?

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 10 min
    120. The National Rugby League Museum, with Dr Kevin Moore

    120. The National Rugby League Museum, with Dr Kevin Moore

    Last week Rugby League Cares, the sport's charitable arm, announced that the new National Rugby League Museum is going to be housed at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, the birthplace of the game. In this special museum episode, I discuss the plans for the museum with Dr Kevin Moore, former CEO of the National Football Museum, and answer listeners' questions about the project.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

tremainesfarm20 ,

Great informative podcast

Love these little snippets of information on a variety of rugby and other forms of football history, that looks beyond the big scores to consider the social history of the games. Fun accessible discussions really engaging and great listening for a tea break or commute!

jmannchester ,

Rugby Reloaded

Love all the social history that formed these great games .

Nicholas Fletcher ,

Rugby Reload - a Gem of a podcast

Every Monday I look forward for the notification on my IPhone to ping up with another 9 mins of joy. I love nearly all ball games and in my time have played most in some form. I too, enjoy history and how things came to be, so it’s as if this podcast was designed for me. Snips of history packed into such a short moment.... fantastic.
Keep up the good work Tony....
Roll on Monday!!

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