120 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 119: Chris Chester

    Episode 119: Chris Chester

    Our special guest is Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester. On the eve of the new Super League season, Chris talks to us about the club's pre-season, recruitment and reflects on changes at Wakefield. He also talks about the difficult 2020 campaign, battling relegation, proving people wrong and how he reacted to facing online abuse and media pressure on his performances as a coach.

    • 25 min
    Episode 118: Barrie McDermott

    Episode 118: Barrie McDermott

    We are joined by rugby league legend and Sky TV commentator Barrie McDermott. The former prop talks to us about his playing days - his emergence at Oldham, his year at Wigan, his time at Leeds, his experiences for Great Britain and for Ireland. He also talks about his 'notorious' hard-man reputation, overcoming his disability, the opportunity he had to play in the NRL, his work for Sky and his thoughts on the 2021 Super league season.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 117: Mitch Garbutt

    Episode 117: Mitch Garbutt

    We are joined by Toulouse Olympique prop Mitch Garbutt. Mitch takes us through his transfer to France, the new season ahead and his background. He talks about the start of his rugby league career with Newcastle Knights, breaking in with Melbourne Storm, his brief spell at Brisbane Broncos, as well as discussing his successful stint with Leeds Rhinos and his time at Hull KR.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 116: TV, turnarounds, trios and ticking clocks

    Episode 116: TV, turnarounds, trios and ticking clocks

    Ross Heppenstall and The Sun's Gary Carter join John Davidson on this episode. They discuss Israel Folau's muted return to the NRL, George Burgess' future, the new Super League TV, private equity being knocked back and aks what next for Robert Elstone, is his time up? They also talk about whether the Rugby League World Cup will be on this year, the struggles of Liverpool FC this season, the favourites in the English Premier League title race and more.

    • 46 min
    Episode 115: Thomas Minns

    Episode 115: Thomas Minns

    Our special guest is Featherstone Rovers centre Thomas Minns. Thomas talks to us about his amazing life journey, his time as a professional rugby league player, growing up around drugs and violence, and his own battles with depression, mental health and suicide. He explains how he fought back from the brink and is now helping others with their mental health.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 114: Josh Reynolds

    Episode 114: Josh Reynolds

    Our special guest on this episode is new Hull FC signing Josh Reynolds. Josh Reynolds joins us to talk about why he joined Hull FC, the attraction of Super League, his exit from Wests Tigers and linking up with Brett Hodgson. He also discusses his background, his time at the Bulldogs, his State of Origin experiences and linking with Marc Sneyd in the halves at Hull.

    • 26 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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