The Rugby League Digest
Americanisation case study with Spencer Kassimir
Americanisation was a cultural buzzword inside and outside Rugby League during the Super League period, and American sport was an obvious influence on the presentation of the Super League vision. But what did it all mean? We break it down with academic and Rugby League fan Spencer Kassimir.
Two Tribes: an interview with Steve Mascord
The big one! Michael is joined by Super League fellow traveller Steve Mascord to discuss the war and his new, greatly anticipated book Two Tribes. RLD listeners can go to http://stevemascord.com/product/twotribes and enter product code "rugby league digest" for a great discount offer on Two Tribes discussed at the end of the episode.
The Super League War - Chapter 31 - The Appeal (Part 2)
In the second and final episode of this chapter, we look at the fallout from News Limited's comprehensive court victory. It was a frenzied week of speculation following the judgment, with crisis talks at the ARL and in club boardrooms, possible club defections, yet another loyalty agreement, a pay-TV rescue package, and much more!
The Super League War - Chapter 31 - The Appeal (Part 1)
The RLD takes an in-depth look at the appeal judgment, the lead up to the case, predictions, the court's interpretation competition, overturning nearly all of Justice Burchett's decision, the immediate courtroom reactions, Ray Hadley's public backflip, Arko's naive reaction to the result, the question of legality versus morality and much, much more!
The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 4)
In this concluding episode of Chapter 30: The Optus Cup, we discuss the semi-final runs of Manly and St George, the post mortems for their victims, a surprisingly entertaining grand final despite popular sentiment, the infamous Manson blunder, John Raper's memorabilia fiasco and much, much more!
The Super League War - Chapter 30 - The Optus Cup (Part 3)
In this penultimate episode of the Optus Cup chapter we compare the seasons of the 1996 ARL grand finalists, we discuss Manly's veterans, the impact of unlimited interchange, the Lyons and Menzies combination, offer some overdue Daniel Gartner appreciation, discuss Manly's gun back row, Joey's "red hair" game, Rod Reddy's departure as Dragons coach and the impact of David Waite, Mark Coyne's leadership, "goose of the week" shirts, Dean Raper, nefarious 'Skull' plans, more claims of referee bias, Broncos accused of stacking players,Chang's tours, Saints legends sharing in the victory and much, much more!
Vale Norm Provan
A tribute to the life and career of the Immortal Norm Provan. Vale Sticks.
The Magpie Wing with Max Easton
Max Easton is host of the excellent Barely Human music history podcast and author of The Magpie Wing. Michael talks with Max about all of things, about Rugby League in the western suburbs, about Chilli's Hill, and more!The Magpie Wing is available now through Giramondo Presshttps://giramondopublishing.com/books/the-magpie-wing/