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Whippets & Flat Caps: THE Rugby League Podcast

St Helens' Jon Wilkin and Salford Red Devils' Mark Flanagan join broadcaster Will Perry to bring you the latest from the world of Super League and beyond.

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Episode 13 - The head physio: noggins and nuggets

The entertaining Nathan Mill, head physio at St Helens, joins the boys this week and gives us a fascinating insight into the advancements in player welfare in Rugby League. Is Albert Kelly a nugget after his foul-mouthed tirade in McDonald's? And Leon Pryce's views on coaching half-backs are put under the spotlight. Jon and Mark also look ahead to the second 'PKB derby' of the season on Thursday night and junior Rugby League ends up in the sin bin.

1hr 34mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 12 - Damian Hughes and The Champion Mindset

Extended interview/conversation with fascinating psychology professor Damian Hughes who has worked across the elite sporting landscape - but also within Rugby League at the very highest levels. Find out what makes elite players, coaches and teams tick. 

1hr 19mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Paul Wellens and the PKB II Review

Former St Helens, Great Britian and England full back Paul Wellens is this week's special guest and Jon and Mark relive the second, one-sided PKB derby. Your questions answered, as always. 

1hr 24mins

1 May 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 15 - Diving? It's just not Rugby League

Will is back from LA - fresh from hanging out with his A-List friends - just in time for Jon and Mark to get stuck into the issue of diving in Rugby League. They say it is creeping into the sport and that it's as bad as it's ever been. The former Premier League referee Chris Foy tells us how he dealt with it in top-flight football and you'll find out how Jon used to be woken up by a goat. 

1hr 19mins

9 May 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 16 - Friendly Fire and Saint George Ford?

England and Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford joins us from the England rubgy union camp ahead of their tour to South Africa to chat about his love of League and growing up next door to Paul Sculthorpe. Find out why Flash has had a tough week and why Jon's face is mashed up again. And respect for referees is on the agenda. It's a two-way street, according to Toronto skipper Josh McCrone, whose backchat got him sent to the sin-bin against Warrington in the Challenge Cup.

1hr 2mins

14 May 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 17 (Plus Ending) - A magical weekend and what next for 'John' Wane

After a weekend of Super League and big-time weddings, the boys look back on Rugby League patron Prince Harry's big day and Will regales us with tales of his sporting prowess against the Royals. Jon and Mark reflect on the Magic Weekend - not so magical for Salford - and discuss the future of the sport under the gudiance of former Everton chief executive Robert Elstone. Shaun Wane, the Wigan coach, has announced he's leaving the club at the end of the season - is he heading for union or the West End?

1hr 17mins

23 May 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 17 - A magical weekend and what next for 'John' Wane

After a weekend of Super League and big-time weddings, the boys look back on Rugby League patron Prince Harry's big day and Will regales us with tales of his sporting prowess against the Royals. Jon and Mark reflect on the Magic Weekend - not so magical for Salford - and discuss the future of the sport under the gudiance of former Everton chief executive Robert Elstone. Shaun Wane, the Wigan coach, has announced he's leaving the club at the end of the season - is he heading for union or the West End?

1hr 17mins

22 May 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 23 - Love Island

The boys discuss the key points made by Super League CEO Rob Elstone, Nigel Wood’s RFL payoff and was Will really asked to go on Love Island?

1hr 17mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 22 - Robert Elstone

An in-depth interview with Robert Elstone, the newly appointed chief executive of Super League, who's left the swanky boardrooms of the Premier League to return to the sport he loves. 

1hr 39mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 20 - Rugby League Royalty

All the latest news, views, gossip and analysis from the world of Super League. And the great Barrie McDermott is on the pod.

1hr 37mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 19 - In the boardroom and front page news

Jon and Mark discuss THAT video of the Tomkins' brothers while looking back on the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Also, what's the right length of time for a Super League coach to say in charge? And we search for the rectum of Wigan.

1hr 25mins

6 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Confidence, captaincy and Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan is the special guest this week. He offers a fascinating insight into life at the top of English cricket and, with Jon and Flash, discusses the vagaries of confidence in elite sport. 

1hr 50mins

30 May 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 8 - Sam Burgess. Enough said.

With Will away skiing, Jon and Flash speak to Sam Burgess whose NRL season has just got under way. They discuss Josh Charnley's time at Sale Sharks and analyse what he offers Warrington now that he's back playing in League. Also on the pod, the Brain Drain - why do so many ex-players end up crossing codes to coach, and how big an issue is this for the sport?

1hr 11mins

21 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 7 - Kelvin Fletcher (aka Andy Sugden), Jamie Carragher, Tasers and why ex-rugby union player Andy Goode needs to come on the pod.

Episode 7 - Special guest Kelvin Fletcher, a big Rugby League fan, joins Will, Jon and Flash to dissect the best of the weekend's Super League action. Rugby League scrums and pathetic man-of-the-match cheques end up in the sin bin.

1hr 16mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 6 - The Knockout Blow: When two friends collide.

The one we've been waiting for - Jon and Flash openly discuss the tackle that concusssed Jon in the Saints v Salford game. And Jon's mum gets an unwanted phone call. 

46mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #15