As Super League gets set to restart, Dave Woods looks at the impact the COVID-19 crisis has on next year’s World Cup and speaks to the RLWC2021 CEO Jon Dutton about how plans are progressing for Rugby League’s Big Show.
50 years on from Great Britain's last Ashes series win over Australia Dave Woods revisits the great Johnny Whiteley MBE. Now aged 89, he was Great Britain's coach for that series and tells some amazing tales from the that tour down under and plenty more from a life in rugby league.
The great Martin Offiah MBE, whose statue stands outside Wembley Stadium, joins Dave Woods to talk about his experiences of racism in rugby league and how it fuelled his try-scoring obsession, why he believes the unique experiences of black athletes could enrich the boardrooms of all sports and after a career of electrifying wing play how he's now focusing on electric cars and saving the planet.
Dave Woods revisits the incredible story of James Simpson; a former solider who's resilience and stoic approach to losing both legs in a bomb blast led to an international career in rugby leauge. He talks about his love for the game, how he’s plotting for World Cup glory in 2021 and how he's coped in lockdown.
Australian Rugby league commentator Andrew Voss speaks to Dave Woods with an update on the brits abroad, the coaching rumour mill, NRL expansion plans, new rules, new viewers, and how rugby league in Australia is bouncing back from lockdown.
The Great Britain and Warrington star Joe Philbin talks about his stamina sapping physical challenge in lockdown, life as a new dad and how his mum had to lock up the chocolate in a safe when he was a kid.
Paul Cullen joins Dave Woods and Jon Wilkin to share stories of dark arts and tough training regimes in the 80s, why we can’t brink back the biff, and to look to the future of the game.
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In mental health awareness week rugby league counsellor and mind coach Nigel O’Flaherty Johnston joins Dave Woods with some tips and good habits to improve mental fitness and the mental fitness of those around us.
Ahead of mental health week Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer talks with fascinating honesty about the effect a facial birthmark has had on his life and career, reveals the "strange" relationship he has with ex-teammate Ryan Hall and his faith in the power of gratitude.
John Kear was the coach in charge of two of the Challenge Cup’s biggest upsets. He tells Dave Woods the stories behind Sheffield’s 1998 victory over Wigan at Wembley and Hull FC’s historic win over Leeds in Cardiff in 2005.
Ex Melbourne Storm CEO Mark Evans talks to Dave Woods about what the future holds for the professional game and assesses whether clubs be lost, if a TV deal can be secured, whether private equity is the key to supporting clubs and if there be a return to semi-professionalism.
Stephen Ball, one of rugby league’s unsung heroes talks to Dave Woods from isolation. As general manager of the game’s Benevolent Fund, he’s the face of the Rugby League ‘family’ that gives life-long support to players and their families who suffer life changing injuries whilst playing the game they love.
Australian comedian, The Last Leg presenter and South Sydney Rabbitohs fanatic Adam Hills talks to Dave Woods about being in isolation in Sydney, why the Physical Disability Rugby League competition is important and how his documentary ‘Take His Legs’ has helped grow awareness and support of the league.
Shaun Edwards talks to Dave Woods about his memories of the classic 1985 Challenge Cup final ahead of a special programme on BBC1 on Saturday afternoon; Catalans’ Sam Tomkins gives an insight into life under lockdown in the south of France; and Salford’s Kevin Brown advises on how to keep optimistic during the crisis and the difficulty of teaching long division.
Tony Smith, one of the game’s most successful coaches in the modern era, tells Dave Woods he wants Rugby League to reset and chase new goals when the Coronavirus crisis is over; and Iestyn Harris, playing legend and now players’ agent, reveals the advice he’s giving his player clients and how they are reacting to the shut down.
Ralph Rimmer, CEO of the RFL, talks to Dave Woods about how rugby league is coping with the coronavirus crisis and reveals his talks with the government amount funding, how it threatens the key dates in the calendar and what rugby league may look like afterwards. Plus Steve McCormack from Rugby League Cares talks about how the charity is helping with communities and mental health issues, and St Helens forward Joe Batchelor offers advice on how to keep the nation moving whilst isolated at home.
On this week’s 5 Live Rugby League Podcast we shine a light on the North-East of England. The sport’s ‘Magic Weekend’ returns to the city of Newcastle in May and the area will be home to more matches at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup than any other part of the country.
Newcastle Thunder are heading the push to spread the Rugby League gospel in this traditional football heartland and Matt Newsum talks to their Managing Director Mick Hogan and General Manager Jordan Robinson about the explosion of interest in the sport locally and the Thunder’s plans to win the Super League Grand Final by 2030.
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.
Dave Woods sits down with Hull FC Head Coach Lee Radford and his assistant Andy Last to talk about their lives in rugby league, how to build mental toughness and what’s going wrong with the talent pool.