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Catch up on the latest news from the Betfred Super League in this topical discussion show, as the panel debate the biggest subjects from the sport.

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Catch up on the latest news from the Betfred Super League in this topical discussion show, as the panel debate the biggest subjects from the sport.

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Golden Point Podcast

Latest release on Nov 25, 2020

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Catch up on the latest news from the Betfred Super League in this topical discussion show, as the panel debate the biggest subjects from the sport.

Rank #1: GP Vodcast: NRL restart preview!

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With the NRL set to resume on Thursday following the coronavirus outbreak, Grand Final winner turned pundit Jamie Soward gave us the lowdown on all the big talking points ahead of the restart

May 26 2020

20mins

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Rank #2: GP Vodcast: Mental Health and Magic Weekend memories

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In mental health awareness week former Super League referee Ian Smith was our guest to discuss the State of Mind Charity and we were also joined by Leeds treble-winning Captain Kevin Sinfield to talk about the Loose Forward position and his Magic Weekend memories

May 23 2020

32mins

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Rank #3: GP Vodcast: Mental Health awareness

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At the start of mental health awareness week Rugby League World Cup ambassadors James Simpson and Lois Forsell joined us to talk about the mental issues they have had to overcome

May 19 2020

23mins

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Rank #4: GP Daily: England prop James Graham's future

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England and Great Britain prop James Graham joined us on the Golden Point vodcast to discuss returning to training after the coronavirus and his possible future in 2021

May 16 2020

26mins

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Rank #5: Ep 15: "A winner" Maverick James Maloney

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Described by many as a winner and a joker, Catalans charismatic marquee man James Maloney joins us to talk about how to build a winning team and the Dragons prospects for 2020

May 13 2020

38mins

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Rank #6: GP Daily: On Cloud 9 with Daryl Powell

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell joins the Golden Point team to speak about the challenges of lockdown from a coaching perspective and to discuss some of the greatest hookers of the Super League era

May 12 2020

17mins

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Rank #7: GP Daily: World Cup winner Will Greenwood crosses codes

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In the week where we celebrate 24 years since Wigan played Bath in the Cross-Code Challenge, Rugby Union World Cup winner and Rugby League fan Will Greenwood joined us to talk about which players and teams could excel at both

May 09 2020

22mins

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Rank #8: GP Daily: Elstone exclusive

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On today's Golden Point Daily Super League CEO Robert Elstone gave us an exclusive interview on the games plans and how Super League is evolving to handle the coronavirus pandemic

May 06 2020

33mins

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Rank #9: Ep14: Clash of the Codes revisited

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On the latest episode of the weekly Golden Point podcast, we take a trip back in time to revisit the 'Clash of the Codes' matches between Wigan and Bath in 1996.

Marc Bazeley is joined by Golden Point regular and former Wigan player Terry O'Connor plus special guest Jon Sleightholme, who featured for Bath in both of those games, to look back on those historic encounters.

Sleightholme recalls how the all-conquering Bath side of the era prepared to take on a star-studded Wigan side at rugby league at Manchester's Maine Road and how they responded to suffering an 82-6 defeat.

O'Connor remembers the difficulties the Cherry and Whites had adapting to the intricacies of the 15-man code during a training session with Orrell and what it meant to take on Bath at the home of English rugby union, Twickenham, despite being beaten 44-19 in the return fixture.

There is also an examination of what the legacy of those matches is and why it is unlikely a similar cross-code challenge could happen today.

May 05 2020

47mins

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Rank #10: GP Daily: Prop Utopia

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Three of the greatest props of the Super League era Adrian Morley, Terry O'Connor, and Barrie McDermott discuss their lives in Rugby League and memories of playing together on tour for Great Britain

May 01 2020

28mins

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Rank #11: GP Daily ep 16: From Headingley to Harry Potter

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Harry Potter filmstar and Leeds Rhinos superfan Matt Lewis joined us from Florida to discuss his passion for Acting, Rugby League and which personalities from the sport would play Harry Potter characters!

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #12: Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan discuss Super League suspension

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On this special edition of the Golden Point podcast, Toronto Wolfpack's Jon Wilkin and Salford Red Devils' Mark Flanagan join Fraser Dainton to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting them on and off the field.

Both have felt the impact on the playing side due to the Super League season being suspended, but there have also been repercussions for the coffee shop business the pair run in Manchester.

Wilkin explains how his scheduled knee surgery has been put back as well, while Flanagan talks about why he is optimistic rugby league will be able to ride out this period.

The pair discuss what they would do if they were forced to self-isolate as well.

Mar 19 2020

26mins

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Rank #13: Manchester City star Gemma Bonner's love for rugby league

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Manchester City and England footballer Gemma Bonner joins Barrie McDermott for a special interview.

Bonner tells us about her footballing career, her relationship with Wigan Warriors player Willie Isa and lifelong love of rugby league.

Mar 05 2020

46mins

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Rank #14: Ep 5: Phil Clarke, Adam Milner and the evolution of rugby league

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On this week's Golden Point podcast, Phil Clarke joins Marc Bazeley to look back on the World Club Challenge and preview this weekend's Super League matches.

The duo take a look at which areas in the Laws of the Game need changing or updating and consider whether set positions for players still hold any relevance in the modern game, given how rugby league has evolved.

Plus, Castleford Tigers forward Adam Milner talks to Barrie McDermott about life on and off the pitch.

Feb 25 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #15: Golden Point Special: Barrie McDermott meets Jamie Jones-Buchanan

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Barrie McDermott and Jamie Jones-Buchanan discuss Rob Burrow, the World Club Challenge and life after retirement.

Feb 20 2020

31mins

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Rank #16: Ep 4: Tedesco, Robinson, Lomax and Woolf talk World Club Challenge

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James Tedesco, Jonny Lomax, Trent Robinson and Kristian Woolf are on this week's podcast ahead of Saturday's World Club Challenge.

Feb 20 2020

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Rank #17: Ep 3: Who's afraid of the big, bad Woolf?

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This week sees St Helens forward Kyle Amor join co-hosts Marc Bazeley and Terry O'Connor as their special guest, discussing all things Super League and St Helens.

Kyle also tells us about his Cumbrian roots, why he believes hometown club Whitehaven and rivals Workington Town should merge to form a super-club, and why new Saints head coach Kristian Woolf really is as scary as he seems!

Plus, Fraser Dainton chats to recently-retired Warrington Wolves icon Ben Westwood to find out what he's up to now in the latest edition of 'Super League Superstars'.

Feb 11 2020

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Rank #18: Ep 2: Danny McGuire on Hull KR & Barrie discusses Shaun Wane and Luke Thompson

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We've got Danny McGuire and Barrie McDermott from Headingley looking back on the weekend's Super League action and McGuire tells us about his off-field role at Hull Kingston Rovers as well as sharing his insights into what he looks for in a half-back.

Barrie discusses Shaun Wane's appointment as England head coach and Wayne Bennett's time in charge. There's also talk about Luke Thompson moving to the NRL and Barrie on the opportunities he had to play in the competition.

Feb 04 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: Ep1: Karl Fitzpatrick, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook and the Israel Folau signing

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The Golden Point podcast is back, and the first episode of new-look version sees Marc Bazeley and Brian Carney joined by Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick ahead of the new Super League season. St Helens' Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook is this week's 'Super League Super Star' with Fraser Dainton, plus Keegan Hirst's views on Catalans signing Israel Folau.

Jan 28 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: Ep 22: Super League and RFL chiefs answer your questions

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Brian Carney is joined by Super League chief executive Robert Elstone and his Rugby Football League counterpart Ralph Rimmer to explain the recently-agreed changes to the Super League competition and answer questions from fans.

Sep 20 2018

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Ep39: Grand Final preview with Paul Sculthorpe

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It's nearly time for the Super League Grand Final and three-time winner Paul Sculthorpe joins the panel this week to look ahead to Friday's clash.

St Helens great Sculthorpe joins former Wigan Warriors player and Sky Sports rugby league expert Brian Carney on the panel along with host Marc Bazeley as the old rivals prepare to go head-to-head at the KCOM Stadium.

The former Great Britain international recalls his memories of the 2000 Grand Final meeting between the clubs, explains what the Saints-Wigan derby means and gives his thoughts on the key battles for this year's title decider.

There are reflections on the careers of retiring pair Sean O'Loughlin and James Graham, along with a look at Paul McShane being named Man of Steel for 2020.

Plus, Sculthorpe and Carney give their thoughts on whether it will be Saints or Wigan lifting the trophy on Friday evening.

Nov 25 2020

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Ep38: Men of Steel

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On this week's Golden Podcast, Phil Clarke joins the panel and we hear from Robbie Hunter-Paul and Featherstone Rovers' CEO.

Sky Sports rugby league expert Clarke sits down with Marc Bazeley to discuss some of the latest talking points in the sport, including the lengthy bans handed out to Catalans Dragons pair Joel Tomkins and Michael McIlorum, plus Sean O'Loughlin's decision to retire.

Former New Zealand international Hunter-Paul tells Fraser Dainton all about his involvement in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup's 'Ahead of the Game' mental health programme and looks ahead to next year's tournament.

We hear from Featherstone chief executive Davide Longo on why he believes the club are ready to make the step up to Super League as Toronto Wolfpack's replacement.

Plus, Man of Steel panel member Clarke runs the rule over the five players on this year's shortlist for the prestigious accolade.

Nov 19 2020

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Ep37: Watson moves on, Super League's 12th team for 2021 and play-off predictions

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After another busy week in Super League, Sky Sports rugby league expert Barrie McDermott sits down with Marc Bazeley to discuss all the latest talking points on this week’s Golden Point Podcast.

One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of the week was Ian Watson’s decision to step down from Salford Red Devils, with Huddersfield Giants rumoured to be his next destination.

McDermott gives his thoughts on what might await Watson if he does take over at the John Smith’s Stadium, plus who could replace him at the helm at Salford.

There is a discussion about the teams both in rugby league’s heartlands and beyond vying to replace Toronto Wolfpack in Super League next year, along with the future of the sport’s North American experiment.

Plus, former Leeds Rhinos prop McDermott tells us more about his involvement with the Burrow Seven racing club to raise money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and gives us his Super League play-off predicitions.

Nov 12 2020

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Ep36: Wilkin, the Wolfpack, and what next for rugby league?

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On this week's Golden Point Podcast, Jon Wilkin joins the panel to discuss all of the latest news from Super League.

The former Toronto Wolfpack player gives Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Terry O'Connor his views on the vote which saw the club denied readmission to Super League for 2021.

There is a look at what this means for rugby league's expansion ambitions, plus how the decision affects those Wolfpack players who had been left waiting to discover the outcome of the Canadian club's bid to rejoin the competition.

Wilkin and O'Connor look at which clubs are in the running replace Toronto as well following Super League's decision to return to a 12-team competition for next year.

There are plenty of other topics up for discussion too, including how the sport can build heading into next year's Rugby League World Cup on these shores.

Nov 04 2020

59mins

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Ep35: Ford motors ahead at York

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On this week's Golden Point Podcast, we take a look outside of Super League with James Ford.

The York City Knights head coach joins Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league presenter Brian Carney to shed some light on the progress the club have made in the past four years and their Super League ambitions.

Ford explains how the club, under the guidance of chairman Jon Flatman, have gone from the brink of going under in 2016 to finishing third in the Championship last season.

There is a look at the potential for rugby league in the city of York and the work the City Knights are doing to bring through young players, as well as increase average crowds from a few hundred to four figures.

Plus, Ford tells us about the Super League coaches he has had an opportunity to learn from, his team-building philosophies and his ambitions in the sport.

Oct 28 2020

58mins

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Ep34: NRL Grand Finals preview with Courtney Hill

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It's Grand Final time in both the NRL and NRLW competition this weekend and we take a look ahead to both on the latest episode of the Golden Point Podcast.

Reigning Woman of Steel Courtney Hill joins Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league reporter and NRL expert Jenna Brooks to look ahead to the season finale of Australia's men's and women's competitions.

The panel assess whether Penrith Panthers can continue their 17-game unbeaten run against Melbourne Storm and what Cameron Smith's future could hold after Sunday's Grand Final.

There is a look at the NRLW match-up between Brisbane Broncos, aiming to make it three titles in a row, and Sydney Roosters along with an overview of how the women's competition is making progress.

Plus, some State of Origin chat, what Leeds Rhinos half-back Hill has been up to this year following the cancellation of the Women's Super League and what it is like coaching a professional athlete who you also happen to be married to.

Oct 22 2020

58mins

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Ep33: Next stop Wembley!

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It's Challenge Cup final week and we look ahead to the big day at Wembley on the latest episode of the Golden Point Podcast.

Sky Sports rugby league expert and 1999 Challenge Cup winner Barrie McDermott joins Marc Bazeley to look at the big talking points for the clash between Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils.

Former Rhinos player McDermott reflects on the club's revival under Richard Agar after some difficult recent seasons and why it is redemption for director of rugby Kevin Sinfield as well.

The ex-Great Britain and Ireland prop runs the rule over the Red Devils too, praising the work of head coach Ian Watson and chief executive Ian Blease as the club aim to lift the Cup for the first time since 1938.

Plus, there is an update on the continuing fund-raising efforts for Rob Burrow and his mission increase awareness of motor neurone disease.

Oct 14 2020

38mins

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Ep32: Richards the Lionheart

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England Women's head coach Craig Richards is the special guest on the latest episode of the Golden Point podcast.

Richards joins Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Terry O'Connor to explain how the national team have been coping during the pandemic-affected 2020 season.

There is a look at how preparations for next year's Rugby League World Cup are going despite the Women's Super League season being cancelled and how that tournament can leave a lasting legacy.

Richards also looks back on his playing career, which started with hometown club Bradford, and how watching his old amateur club suffer a heavy defeat to their local rivals got him started in coaching.

Plus, there is a look at the RFL's new TACKLE IT programme and why it is important in strengthening diversity within rugby league on and off the field.

Oct 07 2020

1hr 18mins

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Ep31: Guy Armitage's cross-code adventures

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On this week's episode, cross-code back Guy Armitage joins the panel to discuss his career and his next steps in rugby league.

The 28-year-old former England U20 rugby union international made the switch to the 13-man code last year with London Broncos and in 2021 will join the new Canadian team entering League One, Ottawa Aces.

Armitage tells Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Phil Clarke which he decided to make the switch and what the biggest changes he has had to adjust to are.

There is a look back on growing up with fellow professionals Steffon and Delon, what it meant playing alongside his two brothers for London Irish and his experiences of being part of a Toulon team full of global rugby union superstars.

Plus, Armitage speaks out on the mental health issues which affect players in both codes and why he is training to become a counsellor when his playing days are over.

Sep 23 2020

45mins

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GP Vodcast: Brian Noble on decision day for Toronto

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With decision day looming on the future of Toronto Wolfpack former Director of Rugby Brian Noble joins the Golden Point vodcast to discuss the situation

Sep 23 2020

24mins

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Ep30: Prop idols

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There is something of a front-row theme to this week's episode of the Golden Point Podcast.

For starters, former Great Britain and Ireland international prop and Sky Sports rugby league expert Barrie McDermott is on the panel with Marc Bazeley.

One of the main talking points they discuss is the form of St Helens front row Alex Walmsley and what has led to to him being the team's leading try-scorer so far this season.

Plus, we hear from Eddie Battye as he prepares to return to action in Super League with Wakefield Trinity after joining on loan from London Broncos until the end of the season.

Also, Barrie shares his views on the latest at Toronto Wolfpack, explains what it's like commentating knowing the players can hear you on the field and looks ahead to this weekend's Challenge Cup ties.

Sep 16 2020

53mins

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GP Vodcast Ep 53: Adrian Lam on Wigan adventure

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Following the first Super League game with fans in 6 months Wigan Coach Adrian Lam talks to us about his team’s trip to Perpignan and his thoughts on his future as well as the latest Rugby League topics

Sep 16 2020

24mins

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GP Vodcast: Tony Smith on Hull KR daring to be different

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Hull KR Coach Tony Smith joins Golden Point to discuss his sides swashbuckling style of Rugby League following last weeks shock win over table-toppers Wigan

Sep 09 2020

24mins

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Ep29: That was the week that was

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After a busy week in Super League, Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Brian Carney sit down to discuss all the big talking points on the latest Golden Point podcast.

There is a look back on an action-packed Round 11 of the Super League season, including a closer look at what was behind Hull Kingston Rovers’ impressive display against Wigan Warriors.

Simon Woolford’s future at Huddersfield, Chris McQueen’s signing and whether Super League clubs should be looking to bring in Championship or League One players on loan for the rest of the season are among other topics discussed.

Brian also turns his attention to the state of international rugby league following Morgan Knowles’ decision to switch allegiance from Wales to England.

Plus, we hear from Huddersfield Giants prop Adam Walne on why he has decided to leave full-time rugby at the end of the season and what the future holds for him.

Sep 05 2020

57mins

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GP Vodcast: Sam Tomkins talks Rugby League from isolation

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Catalans Dragons star fullback Sam Tomkins opens up about how his club have dealt with some players testing positive for coronavirus and discusses the latest news and matches from the Betfred Super League

Sep 02 2020

24mins

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Ep28: 125 years of rugby league with Tony Collins

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It is a special edition of the Golden Point podcast this week as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of what is now the Rugby Football League.

Rugby historian and author Tony Collins joins Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Phil Clarke to examine the origins of the split which led to an initial 22 northern clubs breaking away from the Rugby Football Union in 1895.

Find out why more than just arguments over broken time payments led to the schism, how union
giants Leicester Tigers almost became a league club and what the thinking behind some of the sport's defining rule changes was.

The panel also delve into what might have happened had rugby stayed as a united sport, why rugby league dominates in some towns and association football in others, and the links between the 13-man code, American football and cricket.

Plus, Tony and Phil give their views on what the future holds for rugby league.

Aug 26 2020

1hr 16mins

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GP Vodcast Ep 50: Rugby League's birthday celebrations begin!

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Ahead Saturday’s 125 year anniversary of the sport of Rugby League, the game’s Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer and legendary player Danny McGuire discuss their memories in the sport and tackle the crucial issues facing the game

Aug 26 2020

24mins

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Ep27: Adrian Vowles' leadership lessons

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On this week's Golden Point podcast, former Super League Man of Steel Adrian Vowels joins the panel to discuss the subject of leadership.

The Castleford Tigers legend joins Marc Bazeley and Sky Sports rugby league expert Barrie McDermott for a wide-ranging interview.

Vowles explains how growing up on a sheep and cattle property in Queensland shaped his leadership skills, and how he adapted them when it came to playing rugby league.

He reflects on his time with Castleford too, recalling on how embracing the culture of the club and the supporters helped him overcome a tough start to life in the UK to become Tigers captain.

Plus, the 49-year-old talks about how he transferred those leadership skills into the coaching sphere - first at Wakefield Trinity and now in his role as Fiji national women's team head coach.

Aug 19 2020

50mins

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GP Vodcast ep 49 James Roby on his amazing career

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After reaching the career milestone of 500 appearances, St Helens and England legend James Roby joins the Golden Point vodcast to discuss the latest news and his wonderful career

Aug 19 2020

24mins

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Ep26: Fighting the good fight with Salford Red Devils' Ian Blease

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On this week's episode, Salford Red Devils rugby and operations director Ian Blease joins the panel as special guest.

Blease gives Marc Bazeley and Terry O'Connor an update on what the situation is at Salford following the positive coronavirus tests at last week's opponents Hull FC.

He also explains the challenges the Red Devils have faced during the pandemic and what the knock-on effects for next year could be.

The former forward gives his views on the Toronto Wolfpack situation and outlines his proposal for rugby league in this country to introduce a player draft similar to the NFL.

Ex-Salford skipper Blease also reveals what it was like to captain a young Terry O'Connor, plus find out why the pair once had a fight on the training ground...

Aug 13 2020

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