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  • England International Double Header
    Dave Woods looks ahead to a big weekend of international rugby league for England with men’s coach Shaun Wane, and women’s star Courtney Winfield-Hill of Leeds Rhinos. England’s men take on an All-Stars side at Warrington on Saturday featuring the best overseas players of Super League, while the women’s team face France in what promises to be an action-packed double header. For Shaun Wane its the first chance this year to assess his players in competitive action in this World Cup year. While for Courtney, it’ll be the culmination of an incredible sporting transition from playing cricket in Australia to making her international rugby league debut for her adopted new homeland. TIMECODES: 57” “This is intense”. A chance for players to stake their claim for World Cup places. 3’41 Shaun discusses recalling Catalans’ Michael McIlorum to the international squad after nine years away. Wane considers him to be playing the best in the number 9 position in Super League right now. 4’40 Shaun on whether he would consider selecting St Helens’ legend James Roby who has previously stated his intention to retire from international rugby 6’12 On form of Warrington’s George Williams and whether that is a concern – “he can play a lot better” says Wane but thinks international camp can rejuvenate him. 7’52 On emerging young talent Jack Welsby of St Helens and how excited he is about him. 9’20 On veteran Ryan Hall of Hull KR and why he is still a valued member of the squad 10’56 On whether there is an International future for Warrington’s Gareth Widdop. 11’59 Shaun on his approach to the friendly this weekend. He wants the team to treat it as if its a World Cup game, ignoring the likely high temperatures. Wants a good performance and a good result and is expecting an intense game, particularly as the All Stars team includes England players overlooked for this squad. 15:31 Courtney on likely making her England debut this weekend. Should have started last week against Wales but was recuperating from Covid. 17:30 Courtney tells her story of how she previously played cricket in Australia for Brisbane Heat. Lost her contract with them and moved to the UK shortly after. Couldn’t play cricket in UK for visa reasons but was allowed to play rugby league, having not played it for two decades. Ended up at Leeds Rhinos and now describes playing for England this weekend as the “silver lining to a disappointing ending to her cricket career” 18:38 Courtney on her rugby league heroes growing up. 20’08 Adapting to life in Yorkshire from living in Queensland and how she came to represent England at rugby league. 23’50 On the massive demands made of the players in the England squad in terms of training and juggling with work-life pressures – and how their commitment inspires her. 26’30 On evolution and progress of women’s rugby league during her time in UK. 30’05 On increasing intensity of competition in women’s Super League this season 31’10 On her World Cup ambitions – happy to play anywhere in the England team except prop forward! 35’01 Courtney admits she sings the National Anthem – and if England play Australia she sings both anthems.
  • Brian Lockwood – Memories of a World Cup winner
    Fifty years on from Great Britain’s last World Cup success in 1972, Dave Woods meets the legendary Brian Lockwood, a member of that victorious side and a four-time Challenge Cup winner with three different clubs. Lockwood won the cup twice with Castleford in successive seasons in 1969 and 1970, collected the Lance Todd Trophy in the all Humberside Final of 1980 and won again with Widnes a year later, whilst also enjoying success as a player in Australia. In a conversation full of anecdotes, Brian recalls nobody welcoming them home from France to celebrate that World Cup success and actually having to buy his own medal! TIME CODES: 01:45 – Brian’s memories of the 1972 World Cup win 06:00 – He talks about the characters in that squad like David Topliss, who used his running skills to avoid the police after one boisterous night out in France! 08:10 – All the World Cup squad had to pay for their own World Cup winning medals 09:45 – Brian explains how his move to Australia came about, and how he was denied the agreed 10% of his transfer fee by Castleford. 15:00 – His experience turned sour at Balmain Tigers and he left, but their new coach turned up on his doorstep in Yorkshire and spent three days persuading him to change his mind! 21:00 – Brian tells how his dad rarely praised him, but winning the Lance Todd Trophy in 1980 brought him to tears. 25:00 – A renowned prop forward, he actually began his career for Castleford playing scrum-half. 28:00 – He once fell out with Eddie Waring after Eddie got his name wrong. 31:00 – Brian talks about the Castleford side that won back to back Challenge Cup Finals in 1969 and 1970 and life under tough coach Derek ‘Rocky’ Turner. 35:25 – He doesn’t enjoy the modern game, but hopes England can break their 50-year hoodoo in the World Cup
  • A Challenge Cup classic at Spurs
    Following Wigan Warriors record-extending 20th Challenge Cup success against Huddersfield Giants, Dave Woods is joined by Matt Newsum, Kyle Amor and John Kear to dissect what was a thrilling final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And they look forward to the remainder of the season, with the World Cup looming large at its climax. TIMECODES:: 01:40 – The panel reflect on what turned out to be a classic final. 07:10 – A May final and the first to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a huge success. 10:00 – Will the manner of the defeat for Huddersfield have a negative impact on their season? 14:15 – The impact of Matty Peet who, in his first season as Wigan head coach, has immediately delivered a trophy. 17:55 – How will this success reconnect the people of the town of Wigan with their club? 20:15 – Has Wigan’s Harry Smith staked a claim for England’s World Cup squad? 23:15 – The discussion turns to the wider World Cup, which feels the most open ever. 26:55 – What are Wales’ aims for the tournament under John Kear? 28:50 – The Wheelchair World Cup could be the most exciting part of the tournament. 30;25 – A brief reflection on the 1895 Final that took place between Leigh and Featherstone. 31:50 – Who are the teams competing for those Grand Final spots, with cases made for a number of clubs. 38:20 – Are Wakefield in danger of suffering relegation?
  • Challenge Cup Final preview
    Dave Woods is joined by two-time Challenge Cup winning head coach John Kear and four-time finalist Kevin Brown to look ahead to this year’s final. On Saturday afternoon Huddersfield Giants, who’ve not won the cup since 1953, face the competition’s most successful club, Wigan Warriors, as rugby league is played for the first time ever at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Time codes: 01:20 – The excitement of Challenge Cup Final week. 02:30 – It’s a first final for new Wigan head coach, Matt Peet, in what has been a fantastic start for him. 05:30 – The effect new assistant coach Lee Briers has had on Wigan’s attacking game. 07:15 – Interview with Matt Peet. 12:40 – Do Wigan start the game as favourites? 14:10 – If Wigan are favourites, how close are Huddersfield? 16:00 – John says Ian Watson has changed the culture at the Giants. 18:00 – It’s a great occasion for local lads and one-club men, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe and Michael Lawrence. 21:05 – Interview with Ian Watson. 27:45 – John and Kevin react to Ian Watson’s assertion that British coaches are often overlooked for the top jobs in Super League. 30:15 – There’s an excitement about the game being played at Tottenham’s new home. 33:00 - Kevin and John make a passionate defence of why it’s important that the final is always played in London. 36:20 – The curtain-raiser is the 1895 Final between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions. 38:45 – Which team is going to win the Challenge Cup Final? 41:25 – Who do John and Kevin think will be the standout candidates for the Lance Todd Trophy?
  • Tackle The Tough Stuff
    This week’s round of Super League matches sees the return of the ‘Tackle the Tough Stuff’ campaign, focusing on mental and physical wellbeing. And on this week’s podcast, several high-profile current and former players share their deeply personal stories around issues such as suicide, domestic violence and dealing with grief. WARNING: This episode contains discussions about suicide. If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can find links to organisations who can provide help and support at Warrington’s Peter Mata’utia opens up on his difficult upbringing, his attempted suicide and his young son’s severe illness, Wigan assistant coach Lee Briers talks about dealing with the death of his brother and Salford’s Elijah Taylor on forgiving his former friend and agent who stole £200,000 from him. Time codes:: 01:15 – Katy Graham, Super League’s marketing manager, gives an overview of why the campaign is taking place. 04:30 – An interview with Warrington’s Peter Mata’utia, who begins by explaining his difficult upbringing. 07:25 – He talks of his attempted suicide aged 18. 10:20 – Peter suffered a serious injury – he broke his larynx playing rugby league and could have died, but it’s the game that keeps him going. 11:30 – His young son was found to have a football sized tumour in his stomach. 15:15 – Dave is joined by Craig Tomason, the partnerships and communities manager for Community Integrated Care, the social care partner of the RFL and Super League. 16:00 – His brother Oliver plays for the Warrington’s Learning Disability team, and has become a social media sensation through his try celebrations, having played and scored at Anfield and been invited to close the London Stock Exchange. 19:20 – Craig was behind the formation of the Learning Disability Super League, the only one of it’s type named after the sport’s premier competition. 21:25 – Salford’s Elijah Taylor discusses how his former manager, friend and father figure stole £200,000 from him when he was playing in Australia’s NRL. 25:00 – Elijah explains how he found out and how, despite four years of legal proceedings, not one penny was recovered. 28:40 – He tells how forgiveness was his route to help bring closure to this traumatic period in his life. 30:30 – Finally, Elijah is emotional when confronted with the question of how he would respond to ever meeting his former friend again. 34:10 – The final guest is Wigan Warriors assistant coach Lee Briers, who brother Brian died in 2001 and it took him a decade to confront his emotions. 36:30 – A very emotional Lee tells how in 2009 he took the Challenge Cup trophy to Brian’s grave and in 2010 why he pointed to the sky after winning the Lance Todd Trophy. 39:00 – Lee says it’s OK to show emotion, because it shows you care. 41:25 – He tells how he dealt with pain and loss through drinking. But in 2019 he gave it up for a year and despite the death of his mother was able to cope without the need to turn to alcohol. 44:30 – Dressing rooms these days are much more forgiving places and Lee credits his former coach, Tony Smith, with helping him deal with anxiety before games.

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