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A weekly digest of all things Rugby League - past, present and future.


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    The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 3)

    The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 3)

    In this penultimate episode of the Optus Cup chapter we compare the seasons of the 1996 ARL grand finalists, we discuss Manly's veterans, the impact of unlimited interchange, the Lyons and Menzies combination, offer some overdue Daniel Gartner appreciation, discuss Manly's gun back row, Joey's "red hair" game, Rod Reddy's departure as Dragons coach and the impact of David Waite, Mark Coyne's leadership, "goose of the week" shirts, Dean Raper, nefarious 'Skull' plans, more claims of referee bias, Broncos accused of stacking players, Chang's tours, Saints legends sharing in the victory and much, much more!
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    • 54 min
    Vale Norm Provan

    Vale Norm Provan

    A tribute to the life and career of the Immortal Norm Provan. Vale Sticks.
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    • 11 min
    The Magpie Wing with Max Easton

    The Magpie Wing with Max Easton

    Max Easton is host of the excellent Barely Human music history podcast and author of The Magpie Wing. Michael talks with Max about all of things, about Rugby League in the western suburbs, about Chilli's Hill, and more!
    The Magpie Wing is available now through Giramondo Press
    https://giramondopublishing.com/books/the-magpie-wing/

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    • 57 min
    The Parramatta Splurge with Ben Darwin

    The Parramatta Splurge with Ben Darwin

    While we are immersed in the 1996 season it is time for a deep dive on Parramatta's buying spree and its failure to generate instant success, with former Wallaby and Gain Line Analytics founder Ben Darwin
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 2)

    The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 2)

     In the second installment of Chapter 30, we discuss the Super League teams forfeiting round one in1996, Illawarra club turmoil, the Crushers failing on and off the field, South Sydney's abysmal record, Balmain punching above their weight, Sironen remaining a one club man, the 1996 awards season, David Farleigh, the last Rothmans medal, the RLW players poll, a mini hall of fame discussion on the year's retirees, a deeper look at Parramatta and their gigantic player splurge, Canterbury-Bankstown and the heroic legacy of Terry Lamb, the Super League Action Movement aka SLAM, and much. much more!
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Chapter 30: The Optus Cup - Part One

    Chapter 30: The Optus Cup - Part One

    It is part one of our 1996 season recap. In this episode we look at the state of the game in 1996. Rule changes, falling attendances, threats from AFL and rugby union, and the return of Monday Night Football.
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    • 1 hr 25 min

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8 Ratings

mcgheevt ,

Great intro to the game

I’m an American that discovered league during COVID-19 lockdown and have loved learning about the culture of the sport in this pod. Their series on the Super League War is fascinating and any sports fan can learn a lot from it about the ways the sports world has changed in the last 25 years.

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