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In the early days of the penal colony at Sydney, rumour was rife among the convicts of another colony beyond the Blue Mountains and perhaps a route to China. In the hope of quelling the rumours, Governor John Hunter put together a bizarre exploration party, charged to travel as far into the interior as it could. The party consisted of four convicts, two guides and four soldiers to protect the guides from the convicts. The leader of the party was John Wilson, an ex-convict who had elected to ...
 
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In the concluding installment of this chapter Michael and Andrew discuss the historic Gold Coast Sevens trophy, the fall of the Seagulls era and the meteoric rise of the Jeff Muller era, followed by its equally meteoric fall, we go behind the scenes of a disastrous 1996 campaign, discuss the emergence of Phil Economidis, Legendary footballing lawye…
 
In this instalment of the Super League War the RLD analyses the seemingly impossible sporting landscape of the Gold Coast, the rushed inclusion of the Giants in 1988, setting the club up to fail, the Seagulls takeover and subsequent withdrawal, King Wally's reign as captain and coach, endless losses on and off the field, 'Save Our Seagulls', white …
 
The Rugby League Digest returns with the first instalment of Season Two of 'The Super League War'. In this chapter Michael and Andrew discuss rugby league's propensity for court cases, the tangled three pronged approach to compromise, News Limited's questionable attitude to compromise, the impotence of various stakeholders, the Singleton plan, the …
 
The 22nd annual Tom Brock Lecture, presented online on November 9, 2020. This year's lecture was delivered by Joe Gorman, author of the Queensland Premier's Award-winning "Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland". The 2020 lecture was titled "40 Years of State of Origin: the past, present and future of Rugby League's showpiece event", and i…
 
In the final episode of season one of The Rugby League Digest's in-depth investigation into the Super League war, we present a case study on one of the clubs pivotal to the whole affair: the Canberra Raiders. Joining Michael and Andrew is former Raiders media manager and Canberra Times sports journalist Bevan Hannan. Bevan discusses the history of …
 
Master of creative, idiosyncratic Rugby League media and Balmain Tigers obsessive Steven Russo joins Michael to discuss jerseys, retro and the flagging fortunes of the Balmain Tigers in the 1990s. Super League, mergers and the legendary 1980s team are up up for discussion in a wide ranging chat. Don't forget to register for this year's Tom Brock Le…
 
Michael is joined by Adam Newman, co-host of the-running Sharks podcast SharkCast Radio. Newman discusses the mixed fortunes of Cronulla and their eventual decision to sign with Super League, as well as their prospects for long-term success and survival. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Michael is thrilled to be joined by good friend of the show and host of the Hyper Thetic RL podcast David Hunter to discuss Parramatta's journey through the Super League war. From 80s powerhouse embarrassment, the war came at an interesting time for Parramatta, and we go through it all. Listen to Hyper Thetic RL at https://anchor.fm/hypertheticrl. …
 
The RLD welcomes journalist, and friend of the show, Nick Campton on to share his experiences writing an extraordinary and eloquent long form article on the North Sydney Bears and their stellar teams of the 1990's, we discuss the heart and soul of the club Greg Florimo, Mark Soden, Peter Jackson, Billy Moore, Matt Seers, Nick's Canberra Raiders fan…
 
We are honoured to be joined by the great Ian Heads, making his third RLD appearance to discuss the media fallout from the Super League war. As a longtime league writer for the Herald, Rugby League Week and through his many essential books, Ian had a box seat for some of the most seismic in the game's history, and graciously shares some of his expe…
 
Michael is joined for a crossover special with Michael Carbone and The Biggest Tiger from the Chasing Kangaroos podcast. We discuss the 1995 World Cup and its ramifications for the future of international Rugby League, as well as reflecting on personal memories on the Super League war and, for the two Michaels, a shared lament on the frustrations o…
 
Michael is joined by The NRL Economist @Ramy_Haidar for a deep dive into the most successful team of the 1990s, the Brisbane Broncos. In a wide-ranging discussion, we look at their origins, organisational strength, the keys to their on-field success, and yes- THOSE diamond jerseys. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
With Michael on a well deserved research break Andrew has a highly enjoyable chat with legendary rugby league journalist Tony "The Mole" Adams! Moley discusses his latest book 'Hard Truth' with Todd Carney, Rugby League Week, Greg Alexander, Twitter, the changing nature of journalism, the Super League War, the "lolly shop" Ken Arthurson and John Qu…
 
This is the final episode of season one of The Super League War. It has been an incredible journey through the year 1995 in rugby league. Fittingly, the end of the Winfield Cup era provided us with an enthralling year on the field culminating with a Super League vs ARL grand final. we discuss the season both on and off the field, a wonderful final …
 
The Rugby League Digest joins the Rugby League community in mourning the loss of one of its towering figures, Noel “Ned” Kelly. It was one of the honours of our lives to have the chance to interview Ned at his home back in 2017, and we are re-releasing this interview as a tribute to one of the true greats, and one of the greatest characters. Vale. …
 
Michael is joined by Patrick Skene, author of the new book The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina, Pacific Revolution Pioneer. In a wide ranging interview they discuss Olsen’s place in the game, New Zealand and Polynesian history, the process of writing Rugby League books, and much, much more. Patrick’s book is an important and compelling…
 
This week, the RLD celebrates the release of The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina, a fantastic new book by Patrick Skene. Michael's interview with Patrick will be released later in the week, but to set it up we are replaying Patrick's presentation from last November's See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In 1995, international football was in as precarious a position as the game itself, in this episode we analyse the impact of the Super League war on the Rugby League World Cup, a largely ignored Supreme Court decision, international slanging matches, Arthurson vs Lindsay, truces, team mutinies, wasted opportunities to grow the game, the Huddersfiel…
 
In this chapter we discuss Super League's tenth franchise which was still undecided after the initial raids did not go to plan, Super League looking at some interesting candidates before settling on the Adelaide Rams, talks with the Crushers causes friction between the Broncos and News Limited, North Sydney hold a club wide honesty session, we exam…
 
In 1995 'Save Our Saints' started as a small group protesting the proposed merger between Easts and St George, eventually growing into a formidable movement numbering in the hundreds. In this episode, we examine the reasons for the failure of this proposed merger, the rise of Nick Politis, Michael's personal recollections of the period, Geoff Carr'…
 
In this bonus episode, we go through our favourite listener suggestions for Rugby League documentary subjects, before replaying our discussion on one of the greatest matches in Rugby League history, the 1985 Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Hull. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In this chapter Michael and Andrew discuss South Sydney's decline from powerhouse to paupers, corruption in leagues clubs, the Moffat Royal Commission, the fall of Souths Leagues and the rise of Souths Juniors, Darcy Lawler, the ultimate South Sydney man George Piggins, principles and paradox and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt…
 
In these uncertain times, there is one certainty, rugby league will be in turmoil. In this episode we address the impact of the horrific global pandemic on the game, Peter V'Landys being thrown in the deep end, NRL finances, financial black holes, the English Super League, imminent hard decisions, the players' response, the broadcast landscape, pos…
 
In this episode the RLD examines the state of rugby union in 1995 via the prism of rugby league, we look at News Ltd vs the WRC, finally letting go of amateurism, the history of classism between the codes, the impact of the 1987 World Cup, the allocution of rugby's administrators regarding professionalism, Simon LeBon gets involved, Phil Kearns' na…
 
With the next chapter of The Super League War dropping next week, we revisit some of our earlier forays into Rugby League history, with reports on kicking tees, Warren Ryan in Newcastle, and the origins of The Immortals. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.저자 The Rugby League Digest
 
Michael is joined by sports journalist and Panthers fan James Smith to discuss the decision of the Penrith Panthers to join Super League. The Panthers found themselves in a desperate fight to retain their standalone status in 1995, leading them to defection. Along the way they lost an all-time great of the game, and Michael and James cover it all. …
 
In this episode, we discuss the legendary 1995 State of Origin series, selection confusion, the ARL's snubbing of Super League players, the Blues taking QLD too lightly, the hiring of Paul Vautin as QLD coach, QLD's team of "Nevilles", Gavin Allen's unique situation, the mythical Queensland spirit, Billy Moore's iconic "Queenslander" call, pre-medi…
 
In this installment we discuss the contract craziness of April '95, the Steve Edmed story, Gus' role in creating that legend, Craig Coleman's windfall, contract top ups, the Bulldogs' Super League contracts, the filthy four's backflip to the ARL, Jarrod McCracken's nuclear heat with the Chris Anderson, Mathew Ridge poking the bear, and much more! S…
 
With Michael and Andrew on a research break, we replay our recap of the 1987 NSWRL season, originally released in three parts in August 2018. With the nascent Green Machine taking on a Manly side that may be considered a lost dynasty, season 1987 was a turning point in the modernisation process which had begun with incorporation of the league. The …
 
In this instalment we discuss the infamous 1995 speech at Cronulla by retiring great Mal Meninga (now an immortal), vague promises of an ARL job, testimonial dinners, Mal signing with News Limited, an open letter by the surviving immortals, John Raper lashes out, reconciliation attempts being thwarted by a Grand Final snub, the older generation’s v…
 
In this instalment we discuss "the vision", the ARL's PR machine, Piers Akerman vs Fatso Vaughn, John Ribot's infamous Footy Show appearance, New Limited's media machine, Rugby League Week playing a straight bat, the heavy impact on print and broadcast journalism, lifelong friendships torn apart and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and …
 
In this chapter, we discuss the infancy of Pay TV in Australia, the many "sliding doors" moments involving rugby league, the sheer power of Packer and Murdoch, the consortium that could have stopped the war, Pay TV's race for content, the Optus Vision grand final debacle and much, much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information…
 
With the next chapter of The Super League War still a work in progress, we offer the hilarious episode recorded with Sydney comedian Luke Heggie looking at the all-time Grub 17, originally airing in February 2018. Catch Luke at a venue near you in 2020- details on Instagram via @heggieluke or at www.lukeheggie.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
 
The RLD is proud to present Rugby League Reflections, a one day conference to mark 21 years of Tom Brock activities, held on November 11, 2019. In the fourth and final session we hear John Brock's 'Tragedy & Triumph: the story of Albert Burdus, a 1908 foundation player', Terry Williams', 'Almost a Kangaroo: Robert Nicholson', and Tom Mather's 'The …
 
The RLD is proud to present Rugby League Reflections, a one day conference to mark 21 years of Tom Brock activities, held on November 11, 2019. In the third of four sessions, we hear Joe Gorman's 'How Rugby League Explains Queensland', Drew Cottle's 'A History of Craig Bellamy's Melbourne Storm', and Spencer Kassimir's 'A Not So Golden Point: Why t…
 
The RLD is proud to present Rugby League Reflections, a one day conference to mark 21 years of Tom Brock activities, held on November 11, 2019. In the second of four sessions we hear Andy Carr's 'Reading the Game: Exploring Rugby League News (1920-1973) via Trove', Kath Haines', 'Founded in a Fight’: Why the founding story of the NSW Ladies Rugby F…
 
The RLD is proud to present Rugby League Reflections, a one day conference to mark 21 years of Tom Brock activities, held on November 11, 2019. In the first of four sessions we hear Heidi Norman's 'Aboriginal Participation in Rugby League: interpreting state ambitions and community agency', Patrick Skene's 'Olsen Filipaina: pioneer of the Pasifika …
 
In this episode the RLD examines Super League signing the game's top referees, the ARL's banning of the refs, the crushing defection of the English Rugby Football League, Maurice Lindsay's influence, The English switch to summer, NZ and the Warriors go as well, despite being a Super League afterthought, the beginnings of the Pacific revolution and …
 
In this episode, the RLD dissects the pivotal signing of the Newcastle Knights to the ARL. We analyse the bungled Super League pitch, the role of the Knight's administration, Gus and Bozo , 'gee up' culture, Joey's signature, legendary coach and honourary Novocastrian Mal Reilly, 'Ausies for the ARL', the formation of the Hunter Mariners and much, …
 
Ricky Stuart, Andrew's all time favourite player (despite that unpleasant incident at Marathon Stadium in '94), was a key piece for Super League and a key piece for the ARL to target for a backflip. In this episode, we discuss the fall out from the Raiders' defection and the double standards over the meaning of loyalty. See acast.com/privacy for pr…
 
The culmination of this fascinating chapter sees Michael return from a research rabbit hole with as many questions as answers. Who knew what? And when? "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!". One thing is for certain, the game lost one of its true characters with the passing of the great Peter 'Bullfrog' Moore. See aca…
 
Part one of a spellbinding chapter on one of the game’s great characters. From helicopters at Belmore, his windowless office/lair, to the rich culture and track record of success and failure of the ‘family club’. Moore’s undeniable passion for his club, players and rugby league is juxtaposed against a reputation as a shrewd old school rogue See aca…
 
The RLD is proud to present the 21st annual Tom Brock Lecture, held at Petersham RSL on the 24th of September. Delivered by Industrial Relations expert Professor Braham Dabscheck, the lecture takes a deep dive into the fascinating 40-year history of the Rugby League Players Association. Special thanks to Cracker Night Films for filming and recordin…
 
In this installment we discuss the ARL's marquee signing of Brad Fittler, money being thrown around like confetti, the effective strategy of quantity over quality, Bozo putting the squeeze on Matthew Ridge, an elderly lady abusing Ian Roberts, Chinese restaurants, and the rise and fall of footballing prodigy Adam Ritson. See acast.com/privacy for p…
 
In this chapter we discuss the ARL getting wind of the raid, the key players in the fightback, how Optus Vision money hamstrung the ARL, Packer envoy Graham Richardson, the unbreakable bond between Arthurson and Quayle, Bozo and Gus' influence, and an unholy alliance with the player agents. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
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