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

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

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The Rugby League Digest

Latest release on Jun 17, 2020

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Rank #1: The Super League War: Chapter Sixteen - The Filthy Four

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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!  

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Feb 14 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: The Super League War: Chapter Eight - Phillip Street - Part One

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In this chapter we discuss the ARL getting wind of the raid, the key players in the fightback, how Optus Vision money hamstrung the ARL, Packer envoy Graham Richardson, the unbreakable bond between Arthurson and Quayle, Bozo and Gus' influence, and an unholy alliance with the player agents.

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #3: RLD Rewind: The 1987 Season

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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.

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Feb 05 2020

2hr 27mins

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Rank #4: Rugby League Digest Rewind: The Early Days

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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.

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Mar 15 2020

55mins

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Rank #5: The Super League War: Chapter One - A Time For Heroes, Part One

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Welcome to the first episode of The Rugby League Digest’s in-depth investigation of the Super League War. We begin the saga by taking a deep dive into the season before the war, 1994. An historical high point for the game before it all came crashing down, in this first instalment of our season recap we put the game in context through the Rugby League Week player Q&As, review an impressive batch of footy cards (0:13:00) and recount an Alan Jones-fuelled power struggle at South Sydney (0:21:30). Finally, we look at the recruitment drives from the four new clubs entering the competition in 1995 (0:39:30), including the dismantling of Penrith’s premiership squad brought about by the tragic 1992 death of Ben Alexander (0:53:00). This episode is dedicated to his memory.

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May 21 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #6: The Super League War: Chapter One - A Time For Heroes: Part Four

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Michael and Andrew analyse the lead up to the grand final, all the memorable on field action, compare some of the all time great backlines, and much more! 

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Jun 11 2019

58mins

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Rank #7: The Super League War: Chapter Four - It's On!

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In this chapter, we discuss the last magnificent Kangaroo Tour, Ken Arthurson's dash back to Sydney for a confronting meeting with News Limited, legendary Kerry Packer reactions and much more!

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Aug 06 2019

52mins

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Rank #8: The Super League War: Chapter Two - Making The Big Game Bigger, Part One

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Michael and Andrew discuss the Kevin Humphreys era of the game, the move into the Winfield Cup era, the state of the game in 1983, and much more!

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Jun 18 2019

53mins

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Rank #9: The Super League War: Chapter Fifteen - The Letter

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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!

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Jan 30 2020

51mins

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Rank #10: The Super League War: Chapter Seven - Blitzkrieg - Part Two

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War rooms, whiteboards, private jets, a major hiccup in Brisbane, comic relief in Auckland, in this installment we discuss the Super League recruitment strategies, flaws of the raid, and the great Graham Murray.

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Sep 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: The Super League War: Chapter Five - The Halftime Score

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In this chapter we discuss the impact of the World Sevens on Super League, the legendary meeting of February 6th 1995, Kerry Packer's threats and much, much more!

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Aug 13 2019

54mins

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Rank #12: The Super League War: Chapter Two - Making The Big Game Bigger, Part Two

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In the final part of this chapter, we examine the gains and missteps of the ARL under Ken Arthurson, who wasted no time in dragging Rugby League into the present after taking over from his close friend Kevin Humphreys. For good and for bad, the path to Super League was in many ways paved by the decisions of the League in the 1980s.

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Jul 02 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #13: The Super League War: Chapter Six - Never More Ritzy

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In this instalment, we discuss the ARL's 1995 launch with music superstar Yanni, the ignominy of a supposedly triumphant opening weekend, the efforts of the expansion clubs, and Rupert Murdoch signing off on war!

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Aug 20 2019

43mins

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Rank #14: The Super League War: Chapter Three - Aren’t You Blokes Interested In Finance?

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It’s 1994, and there is acrimony in the air. The Brisbane Broncos and the game’s administration are on a collision course. Differing philosophies, petty squabbling and some legitimate grievances lead us to the cusp of the most destructive period in the game’s history! 

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Jul 09 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #15: BONUS EPISODE: Rugby League Docos + the 1985 Challenge Cup Final

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In this bonus episode, we go through our favourite listener suggestions for Rugby League documentary subjects, before replaying our discussion on one of the greatest matches in Rugby League history, the 1985 Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Hull.

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Apr 12 2020

43mins

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Rank #16: The Super League War: Penrith Case Study featuring James Smith

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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.

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Mar 01 2020

1hr 1min

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Rank #17: The Super League War: Chapter Seventeen - Queenslander!

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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!

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Feb 24 2020

1hr 23mins

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Rank #18: Mailbag Episode

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Michael highlights a number of insightful emails, messages and social media interactions from the loyal RLD community. 

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Jul 30 2019

49mins

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Rank #19: The Super League War: Chapter Seven - Blitzkrieg - Part One

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This is part one of Chapter Seven: Blitzkrieg. We discuss the disappearance of Star League, analyse Super League's "vision", the signing of key coaches, the machinations of the April Fools Day raids and much more!

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: The Super League War: Chapter Thirteen - It's All About Pay TV Mate

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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!

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Jan 15 2020

48mins

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