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A weekly podcast from BBC Radio 5 live featuring the latest rugby news, analysis and interview. With contributions from Dave Woods, Stuart Pyke, coaches and players.

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A weekly podcast from BBC Radio 5 live featuring the latest rugby news, analysis and interview. With contributions from Dave Woods, Stuart Pyke, coaches and players.

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Interested American

By Bluto81 - Mar 17 2018
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I find your podcast to be enjoyable every episode & especially the one on needing to further the game. As an American it tends to be hard to find good insight on RL, so thank you. Here is hoping that we can develop the game on our side of the pond as well, preferably before the 2025 RLWC. Cheers gents!

iTunes Ratings

3 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
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0
0

Interested American

By Bluto81 - Mar 17 2018
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I find your podcast to be enjoyable every episode & especially the one on needing to further the game. As an American it tends to be hard to find good insight on RL, so thank you. Here is hoping that we can develop the game on our side of the pond as well, preferably before the 2025 RLWC. Cheers gents!
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5 live Rugby League

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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A weekly podcast from BBC Radio 5 live featuring the latest rugby news, analysis and interview. With contributions from Dave Woods, Stuart Pyke, coaches and players.

Ben Jones-Bishop: How To Beat Adversity

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Dropped by Leeds as a teenager, one broken skull and blood clots on the lungs; Ben Jones-Bishop tells Dave Woods how he’s overcome some extraordinary challenges in his life and looks ahead to lining up for Jamaica in a World Cup.

Oct 19 2020

31mins

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Challenge Cup Final Preview Pod

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Dave Woods is joined by Brian Noble, Richard Agar and Kevin Brown ahead of the match between Salford and Leeds. Agar details how Leeds have found another use for their big screen.

Oct 15 2020

33mins

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"The Bravest Man I've Met"

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The BBC' Sally Nugent talks to Dave Woods about her latest documentary following Rob Burrow and his battle with motor neuron disease, and Chief Executive of the Wales Rugby League Gareth Kear discusses the shortlist of 13 former Wales rugby league legends who will be honoured with a monument in the Cardiff Bay area.

Oct 06 2020

34mins

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The Philosophy of Jamie Jones-Buchanan

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Rugby league’s favourite philosopher Jamie Jones-Buchanan joins Dave Woods to discuss the unexpected challenges of coaching, explains why he believes Wembley is going to be very special this year and reveals a tale of gratitude.

Sep 29 2020

28mins

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The tale of two fanatical advocates of rugby league

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Sandy Shipley, is a Toronto Wolfpack superfan and she reveals some myth-busting facts about Toronto, plus Julia Lee, a pioneer for the women’s game back in the 1980’s when she became the first woman to officiate a men's rugby league game in the UK.

Julia took up refereeing aged 17 after seeing an advert in a matchday programme while watching her beloved Hull KR.

Mar 02 2020

33mins

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The Privilege of Pressure

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St Helens great Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin join Dave Woods to discuss the privilege of pressure within a top team and why flat pack furniture offers a key life-lesson.

May 27 2019

46mins

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Short-term Shaun and Golden Goals

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Dave Woods is joined by Scott Taylor, England & Hull FC prop forward and John Kear, Wales and Bradford Bulls Head Coach to discuss Shaun Edwards, Wales rugby union defence coach who is due to take up the head coach's role at Wigan in 2020... or is he, and if so for how long? We hear from Edwards who says he definitely wants to coach in the Six Nations again. The interview is from the Today programme. Plus Scott’s team, Hull FC, became the first to win a Super League game via Golden Point on Sunday when they beat Wigan Warriors 23-22. And we hear from his teammate, Marc Sneyd, who kicked the winning drop goal in extra time.

Feb 25 2019

34mins

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Joel Tomkins Suspended and Super League super coaches

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Dave Woods, Matt Newsum, Robbie Hunter-Paul and Brian Noble discuss a video in which Wigan players Joel and Sam Tomkins are seen abusing bar staff which led to Joel being suspended for four weeks and fined £10,000 and Sam being fined £5,000; plus two of this season's most successful coaches St Helens’ Justin Holbrook and Warrington’s Steve Price talk to 5 live’s Will Perry about a wide range of rugby league issues including their approach to the season, the future of Ben Barba and the challenges facing the new CEO of Super League Robert Elstone.

Jun 04 2018

29mins

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From Newcastle to New York: sprinkling Rugby League’s Magic

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The RFL’s Ralph Rimmer suggests New York as a possible venue for Magic Weekend next year and discusses his meetings with Barry and Eddie Hearn and his royal appointment in Windsor on Saturday. Plus Dave Woods is joined by Bradford Bulls Head Coach John Kear, Toronto Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley and BBC commentator Matt Newsum to discuss the latest edition of rugby league’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle and pick their team for England’s test match in Denver next month.

May 21 2018

35mins

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Adam Hills - Physical Disability Rugby League Superstar

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Disabled Australian comedian, TV presenter and South Sydney Rabbitohs fanatic Adam Hills tells Dave Woods about the formation of the Physical Disability Rugby League competition in England and how he takes a four-hour return journey every week to play for his adopted side Warrington Wolves; the Wakefield player Chris Hall reveals how he ‘died’ twice in hospital after being punched and elbowed on the field and how he returned to playing the game he loves, and John Kear looks back on the Sixth Round of the Challenge Cup.

May 14 2018

32mins

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Yellow shirts and the price of a rugby league shake up

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What affect would withdrawing central funding have on clubs? Dave Woods explores the potential impacts with the Doncaster CEO Carl Hall, the business manager at Warrington Wolves Richie Mathers and the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith; plus Salford owner Andy Rosler talks about the club's finances, their New York ambitions and a Magic Weekend yellow shirt.

Apr 30 2018

31mins

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Are York a Super League club in the making?

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Following the Challenge Cup 5th round weekend Dave Woods and Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan focus on League One side York City Knights who narrowly lost to Super League’s Catalans Dragons and hear from the owner and chairman John Flatman about their philosophy, their ambitions for the club and plans for a new stadium plus the Head Coach James Ford reflects on how far the club has come both on and off the field in the past 18 months. Finally journalist Gareth Walker explores whether the Challenge Cup still has a prized place in rugby league.

Apr 23 2018

26mins

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Beyond 2021 - the future of rugby league’s TV rights

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Dave Woods examines the future of rugby league’s TV rights and what the game needs to do to ensure it gets the best deal in 2021; he finds out why Masters Rugby is the sport’s fastest growing sector as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary and hears from Neil Kelly who talks about his experiences as head coach of Romania and Namibia.

Apr 16 2018

31mins

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The Biggest Cup Upset of all Time

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As the 20th anniversary nears former Sheffield Eagles coach John Kear relives his memories of his sides’ 1998 Challenge Cup final victory over Wigan Warriors; Jon Wilkin reviews the candidates for Wayne Bennet’s assistant coach and compares it to the situation in New Zealand plus Salford owner Andrew Rosler talks about the club’s future and their plans to take the game to New York.

Mar 26 2018

29mins

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"We can play rugby and we want to prove it" - Jodie Cunningham

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Dave Woods speaks to the England and St Helens Women's Super League star Jodie Cunningham about why we should all be taking the women's game seriously; John Burke, the would be 70s superstar cut down by devastating injury tells his inspiring story and Andrew Henderson says London could be the future for rugby league.

Mar 19 2018

27mins

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How do you fix a problem like rugby league?

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Dave Woods convenes a panel of three PR and marketing professionals to discuss how rugby league can improve its image, attract new fans and what the sport can learn from Eddie Hearn.

Mar 12 2018

33mins

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Rob Parker: A Rugby League Thespian

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Former prop forward Rob Parker tells Dave Woods how rugby league has helped inspire his acting career ahead of the release of his new film Walk Like a Panther; St Helens and proud Cumbrian Kyle Amor reveals his thoughts on the way forward for rugby league in his home county; Brian Noble gives an update on what’s happening in Toronto while the Wolfpack are playing in England and the club’s Chris O’Connor reveals the life of a rugby league analyst.

Mar 05 2018

32mins

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Where have all the nicknames gone?

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Dave Woods hears from Leeds Rhino's Stevie Ward on how mediation has made him a better player; the Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick reveals how he went from the playing field to the boardroom; Ray French remembers St Helens great Geoff Pimblett and Phil Wilkinson of the Wigan Observer discusses where all the sport's nicknames such as 'The Brick with Eyes', 'the Axe' and 'the Wall' have gone.

Feb 26 2018

33mins

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The Return of Wayne Bennett

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Dave Woods gets an insight into the re-appointment of Wayne Bennett as England coach from the RFL's Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield and discovers why Bennett has a 2 year deal and who else was in the running; plus the current Chief Executive of the RFL Ralph Rimmer gives his thoughts on International games, the way forward for the sport, the Challenge Cup schedule and whether there's a plan for a Cumbrian development.

Feb 19 2018

35mins

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The Danger of Concussions

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Dave Woods speaks to a neurology expert who reveals some shocking figures about head injuries in rugby league but says science can reverse the damage caused by concussions, the Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington comes out fighting in favour of the Super 8s and the league‘s coaches reveal the one change they’d make to the British game.

Feb 05 2018

45mins

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iTunes Ratings

3 Ratings
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Interested American

By Bluto81 - Mar 17 2018
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I find your podcast to be enjoyable every episode & especially the one on needing to further the game. As an American it tends to be hard to find good insight on RL, so thank you. Here is hoping that we can develop the game on our side of the pond as well, preferably before the 2025 RLWC. Cheers gents!