152 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 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
    Episode 148: Toulouse

    Episode 148: Toulouse

    John is in France for a Toulouse-themed special. He interviews new signings Daniel Alvaro and Corey Norman, and coach Slyvain Houles ahead of their Super League encounter against Castleford.

    • 21 min
    Episode 147: Lindsay, dire Wire and IMG

    Episode 147: Lindsay, dire Wire and IMG

    Ross and John talk about the passing of Maurice Lindsay, IMG’s new deal with rugby league and issues at Warrington. They also chat about the Challenge Cup, Super League’s relegation battle and answer questions from listeners.

    • 50 min
    Episode 146: Lee Addison

    Episode 146: Lee Addison

    Our special guest on this episode is rugby league coach Lee Addison. Lee talks to us about his online coaching business, his career in the sport, his background, working for Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers, his time in schoolboy footy, his thoughts on the international game and more.

    • 1 hr 14 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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