In the final episode of the season, in what should have been the final days leading up to the start of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, we turn our attention to international rugby league, as England’s men and women prepare to take on France in a double-header in Perpignan on Saturday. Correspondent Dave Woods is joined by St Helens and England stars Alex Walmsley and Amy Hardcastle to discuss their club side’s heroics this season and their pride of pulling on the England jersey again. Wales head coach, and former England and France head coach, John Kear also joins the pod to discuss the growth of the international game and his thoughts for 2022.
St Helens do the ‘three-peat’ and 2021 season review
In the penultimate episode of the season, correspondent Dave Woods is joined by the Bradford and Wales head coach John Kear, the former Great Britain halfback Iestyn Harris, and BBC rugby league commentator Matt Newsum to dissect Saturday’s Super League Grand Final, in which St Helens beat Catalans Dragons 12-10 to secure their third consecutive Grand Final triumph to make them the most successful club of the Super League era with a ninth title. The panel discuss where this Saints side ranks on the list of great title-winning teams and how Catalans can build on their historic maiden Grand Final appearance, as well discussing their best moments of the 2021 season.
Super League Grand Final Preview
Mark Chapman is joined by correspondent Dave Woods and 1998 Man of Steel Iestyn Harris to look ahead to the Super League Grand Final.
We hear from Catalans head coach Steve McNamara as they hope to make history after reaching the Grand final for the first time.
St. Helens captain James Roby also joins the pod as Saints look to win their third league title in a row.
Plus discussion on the Women's Super League Grand Final as Jodie Cunningham previews the action.
History in the making for French Rugby League
On this week's episode, correspondent Dave Woods is joined by Perpignan-based Rugby League journalist Steve Brady and Toulouse Olympique star Johnathon Ford to look ahead to potentially a historic weekend for French Rugby League, with Catalans Dragons just 80 minutes away from their maiden Super League Grand Final appearance and Toulouse Olympique just 80 minutes away from the ‘Million Pound Game’, which could see them promoted to Super League in 2022. The team discuss the growth of the sport in the South of France ahead of the country hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2025.
The Fans View on Rugby League
On this week's episode, correspondent Dave Woods is joined by Kevin Rye, Director of Think Fan Engagement, whose organisation has surveyed over 1,000 fans from across Rugby League’s top three divisions to get their views on the current state of the sport in the UK. The survey shows the vast majority of fans of Rugby League feel cut off from decisions at both their club and the governing bodies - Super League and the RFL. The survey also indicates that, although a few fans felt their clubs listened to them, the vast majority report a negative view of the way clubs engage and communicate with them. Many were scathing at how ignored they are in major decisions, including rebranding, changes of identity and name and stadium relocations. Other major issues included the RFL’s poor engagement with fans, and broadcaster Sky Sports changing kick-off times - something fans of football have themselves regularly complained about for years. England wheelchair star and World Cup ambassador James Simpson also joins the podcast to talk about his Leeds Rhinos side completing an unprecedented treble after beating Leyland Warriors in Sunday's Wheelchair Super League Grand Final.