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The remarkable rise of Andy Ackers
Dave Woods and ex-England international half-back Kevin Brown are joined by Salford Red Devils and England hooker, Andy Ackers, who tells the story of his remarkable rise from giving up the sport as a teenager to playing in last year’s World Cup. Released by both Wigan and Warrington, Ackers worked on a building site whilst playing part-time for Swinton Lions, before moving to London Broncos, Toronto Wolfpack and finally to Salford Red Devils where he fulfilled every rugby players dream of representing their country.
Cracking the other code
Why do so many rugby league players make great rugby union coaches? On this week’s podcast, Dave Woods and ex-England international half-back Kevin Brown are joined by former Great Britain international Graham Steadman who, since leaving rugby league, has worked with Munster, Cardiff Blues and both Scotland and Ireland as their defence coach in rugby union. Old Wigan teammates Andy Farrell and Shaun Edwards battled it out for Six Nations glory with Ireland and France this year, and they’re not alone in leaving their mark on the other code. Plus, memories of Melbourne ‘92, Regal Trophy finals, Challenge Cup semis and a very controversial early finish.
Best friends and bitter rivals
On this week’s podcast, Dave Woods and former England international half-back Kevin Brown are joined by Leeds Rhinos legend and TV commentator Barrie McDermott. They reflect on the incredible scenes at the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon and the amazing work Kevin Sinfield is doing on behalf of Barrie’s former teammate. Plus, there’s tales of shoulder pads and Tabasco and they look ahead to the ties in the Sixth Round of the Challenge Cup including Wigan’s trip to Leeds following that remarkable game last week in Super League between the two clubs.
The Reds are rising
Dave Woods and former England international half-back Kevin Brown are joined by Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley to discuss his side’s great start to the season, what the community share offer could mean for the club, potholes on their training pitch and the quest for silverware. Plus, they look ahead to this weekend’s intriguing fixtures and look back and laugh at the incredible sight of a bull running amok during the warm-up in Perpignan.
Who’d be a ref?
Dave Woods and ex-England half-back Kevin Brown are joined by former referee James Child who retired in December after more than a decade of officiating at the top level. They discuss the abuse referees receive, whether they’re swayed by the crowd and how they react when they realise they’ve made a wrong decision. Child also came out as gay while still refereeing and he talks how difficult it was and is for others within sport in general to make that very public decision.