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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

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

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Rank #1: The Super League War: 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.

May 21 2019
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Rank #2: We're Back!

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The 2019 NRL season is here and with it a brand new season of The Rugby League Digest! Mick and Andy are back to look at the off season from hell, and try to find some positivity among the carnage. Then, a BIG announcement about the future of the show (don’t worry, we are not going anywhere).

Mar 10 2019
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Rank #3: Ep 79 - The Rugby League Digest - Hall of Fame Class of 2009

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Micky and Andy dissect an outstanding hall of fame class from 2009, talk amazing semi finals, idiotic scandals, and much more! 2:43 - NRLW - Roosters vs Broncos 7:20 - NRL - Sharks vs Panthers 15:07 - NRLW - Dragons vs Warriors 18:08 - NRL - Rabbitohs vs Dragons 26:35 - South phone scandal 33:45 - Josh Dugan on the media 38:20 - The Tyrone Peachey saga 41:09 - Bennett domino effect 43:00 - Funny stories of the week 46:54 - Good PR - Fifita 47:44 - 2009 HOF Class

Sep 18 2018
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Rank #4: Ep 77 - Finals fever!

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Mick and Andy discuss an excellent 2018 regular season. We lament our pre-season predictions, discuss some hilarious and not so funny news stories, preview the mouth-watering upcoming finals series and much, much more! 01:00 - Hots & Colds 10:11 - JT's final game 17:52 - Simon Mannering 300th game 20:10 - Pre-season predictions 29:25 - Salary cap news 35:51 - Denver test 33.44 - Catalans Challenge Cup win 41:33 - York City Knights 42:06 - Cam Smith's testimonial 43:46 - Agent talk 45:36 - Player movement 49:10 - Hoppa ban 54:11 - James Graham altercation 56:55 - Mad Monday news 101:21 - Barnet talk 102:04 - Good PR 106:53 - Women's comp 109:29 - Finals preview

Sep 03 2018
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Rank #5: Ep 72 - History Corner: “Rugby League: 1987” (Part 1 of 2)

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Michael delivers Part 1 of an incredible History Corner: “Rugby League: 1987”. We also look at honesty sessions, immortal judging, ex player bad boys, draft talk and much, much more! 0:15 - Hots & Colds 8.15  - Retro Round 14:43 - Player Movement 18:10 - Honesty session news 23:05 - Immortal talk 28:21 - Draft talk 32:00 - Hoppa and BK 37:29 - History Corner

Jul 31 2018
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Rank #6: Ep 71 - Away Jerseys

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Micky and Andy are back to discuss the NRL’s recent Hall of Fame inductions, our own hall of fame failings, clandestine international rugby league matches, a mountain of player movement, horrendous barnets, fast food news, ref bashing, jersey mix ups, a mini history corner and much, much more! Hots and Colds 0:45 Run Home 12:10 Hall of Fame 15.58 International game 26:40 Player Movement 30:40 Ref Talk 38:55 Miscellaneous 44:16 Mini History Corner 54:40

Jul 24 2018
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Rank #7: Ep 66 - The Return Of Gavin Willacy

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It's a special double-length episode as we welcome the return of journalist and author Gavin Willacy to celebrate the paperback release of his instant classic No Helmets Required. We discuss the book, Rugby League in the US, and all the on and off field drama in English Rugby League (Interview starts 49min in). Also on the show all the action from Round 15, NRL news and a preview of rep weekend.

Jun 19 2018
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Rank #8: Ep 58 - Breaking Curfew

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This week Mick and Andy discuss the NRL Hall of Fame, Ruan Sims, the Manly basket case, origin, maccas cards, Rugby League PR and engage in an intense HOF discussion about two greats of the game

May 02 2018
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Rank #9: Ep 57 - Anzac Day

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Mick and Andy discuss the Anzac Day games, player and coach movement, NRL administration, Pacific nations, all the latest barnet talk, and wrap up the RLD Hall of Fame class of 2007. 

Apr 25 2018
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Rank #10: Episode 48 - 2018 Season Preview

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An excited Mick and Andy dissect every squad in detail, discuss off season news, debate the 9th immortal, and offer their unqualified predictions for the 2018 season 

Mar 06 2018
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