155 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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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 154: Terry O’Connor

    Episode 154: Terry O’Connor

    Former player and current Sky pundit Terry O’Connor joins as a special guest. Terry talks about his son, Leeds forward Jarrod, ahead of the Super League grand final. He chats about his son’s journey in the sport, their relationship, and reflects on his own playing career and move into broadcasting.

    • 49 min
    Episode 153: 2022 Super League Grand Final Preview

    Episode 153: 2022 Super League Grand Final Preview

    Ross and John are back to preview the Super League grand final, where Leeds will take on St Helens at Old Trafford.

    • 39 min
    Episode 152: Departures, Dream Teams and Deciders

    Episode 152: Departures, Dream Teams and Deciders

    Ross and John are back to discuss Ralph Rimmer’s exit from the RFL, what could happen next, the departure of Brett Hodgson from Hull FC and whether Tony Smith will get the job. They also debate the Super League Dream Team, the upcoming semi-finals and Kristian Woolf leaving St Helens.

    • 46 min
    Episode 151: Amy Hardcastle

    Episode 151: Amy Hardcastle

    We sit down with one of the best women’s rugby league players in the world, Amy Hardcastle. We chat with the St Helens and England star about her background, her journey in the sport, her infamous nickname, the upcoming World Cup, the rise of women’s sport, her future and more.

    • 35 min
    Episode 150: Revivals, Relegation and Recruitment

    Episode 150: Revivals, Relegation and Recruitment

    John and Ross talk the three Rs - revivals, relegation and recruitment. They chat about Warrington and Hull FC’s decline, Castleford and Salford’s rise, Toulouse and Wakefield’s race against the drop, and Leeds’ lamping Wigan. They also discuss Steve McNamara’s attack on Huddersfield, IMG, the World Cup, Victor Radley’s decision to represent England and more.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 149: Patrick Skene and Olsen Filipaina

    Episode 149: Patrick Skene and Olsen Filipaina

    We talk with Patrick Skene, the author of the book The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina. We chat with Patrick about Olsen, his life and amazing career, his legacy for Polynesians and the rise of Pasifica talent in the world of rugby league.

    • 44 min

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Good Rugby League Chat

Hard-nosed journos Davidson and Heppenstall discuss the murky and marvellous world of Rugby League in the UK, a sport with more politics and mushy peas than Game of Thrones, but fortunately less nudity.

Occasional forays into interviews with confused Aussie soccer players stranded in England, as well as Rugby Union commentary, but not enough to affect the star rating.

Highly recommended!

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