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The Rugby League Digest
56 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Mailbag and Pandemic Episode
In these uncertain times, there is one certainty, rugby league will be in turmoil. In this episode we address the impact of the horrific global pandemic on the game, Peter V'Landys being thrown in the deep end, NRL finances, financial black holes, the English Super League, imminent hard decisions, the players' response, the broadcast landscape, possible future scenarios, Greg Florimo being an ornament to the game and a number of interesting listener questions and emails!
59 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
The Super League War - Chapter Eighteen - The World In Union
In this episode the RLD examines the state of rugby union in 1995 via the prism of rugby league, we look at News Ltd vs the WRC, finally letting go of amateurism, the history of classism between the codes, the impact of the 1987 World Cup, the allocution of rugby's administrators regarding professionalism, Simon LeBon gets involved, Phil Kearns' naivety, enough Peter Fitzsimons pomposity to last a lifetime, the rise and fall of Super Rugby and much, much more!
56 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Rugby League Digest Rewind: The Early Days
With the next chapter of The Super League War dropping next week, we revisit some of our earlier forays into Rugby League history, with reports on kicking tees, Warren Ryan in Newcastle, and the origins of The Immortals.
63 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
The Super League War: Penrith Case Study featuring James Smith
Michael is joined by sports journalist and Panthers fan James Smith to discuss the decision of the Penrith Panthers to join Super League. The Panthers found themselves in a desperate fight to retain their standalone status in 1995, leading them to defection. Along the way they lost an all-time great of the game, and Michael and James cover it all.
84 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
The Super League War - Chapter Seventeen - Queenslander!
In this episode, we discuss the legendary 1995 State of Origin series, selection confusion, the ARL's snubbing of Super League players, the Blues taking QLD too lightly, the hiring of Paul Vautin as QLD coach, QLD's team of "Nevilles", Gavin Allen's unique situation, the mythical Queensland spirit, Billy Moore's iconic "Queenslander" call, pre-mediated fighting, the Queenslanders' unbreakable bond and much, much more!
66 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
The Super League War - Chapter Sixteen - The Filthy Four
In this installment we discuss the contract craziness of April '95, the Steve Edmed story, Gus' role in creating that legend, Craig Coleman's windfall, contract top ups, the Bulldogs' Super League contracts, the filthy four's backflip to the ARL, Jarrod McCracken's nuclear heat with the Chris Anderson, Mathew Ridge poking the bear, and much more!
150 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
RLD Rewind: The 1987 Season
With Michael and Andrew on a research break, we replay our recap of the 1987 NSWRL season, originally released in three parts in August 2018. With the nascent Green Machine taking on a Manly side that may be considered a lost dynasty, season 1987 was a turning point in the modernisation process which had begun with incorporation of the league. The RLD will be back with Chapter 16 of the Super League War next week.
52 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
The Super League War - Chapter Fifteen - The Letter
In this instalment we discuss the infamous 1995 speech at Cronulla by retiring great Mal Meninga (now an immortal), vague promises of an ARL job, testimonial dinners, Mal signing with News Limited, an open letter by the surviving immortals, John Raper lashes out, reconciliation attempts being thwarted by a Grand Final snub, the older generation’s views on Super League and much, much more!
64 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
The Super League War: Chapter Fourteen - Taking The Game To China
In this instalment we discuss "the vision", the ARL's PR machine, Piers Akerman vs Fatso Vaughn, John Ribot's infamous Footy Show appearance, New Limited's media machine, Rugby League Week playing a straight bat, the heavy impact on print and broadcast journalism, lifelong friendships torn apart and much more!
48 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
The Super League War: Chapter Thirteen - It's All About Pay TV Mate
In this chapter, we discuss the infancy of Pay TV in Australia, the many "sliding doors" moments involving rugby league, the sheer power of Packer and Murdoch, the consortium that could have stopped the war, Pay TV's race for content, the Optus Vision grand final debacle and much, much more!
97 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Explaining our Absence + Luke Heggie & the Grub 17
With the next chapter of The Super League War still a work in progress, we offer the hilarious episode recorded with Sydney comedian Luke Heggie looking at the all-time Grub 17, originally airing in February 2018. Catch Luke at a venue near you in 2020- details on Instagram via @heggieluke or at www.lukeheggie.com.
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