Forty20 Rugby League Podcasts



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Women’s Rugby League - The Story of 2022 on Forty20 TV

A year in which the Challenge Cup, League Leaders Shield and Grand Final went to three different clubs, a Championship club caused upsets, and Australia won the World Cup, but, wasn't the journey a fun one? Rounding up a big year for Women's Rugby League through the Forty20 TV cameras...

1h 46m
Jan 07
Forty20’s Rugby League Selection Box Podcast

Time to catch up with some bits and pieces we've had on YouTube, but hadn't made it to the podcast until now, just in time for Christmas. So, enjoy author J.R. Rickwood on his book "Cougarmania" followed by Wakefield Trinity Chairman John Minards on celebrating their 150th anniversary, and the first ever Women's Hall of Famers, Brenda Dobek, Lisa McIntosh and Sally Milburn...

1h 14m
Dec 22, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Hull Central Library - 3rd December 2022

The final stop of our RLWC2021 Cultural Festival Tour takes us to Hull Central Library, as we reflect on the tournament, it's potential legacy and new eras for Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers as we're joined by two men who played for both in Paul Cooke and Craig Murdock, with Peter Smith of the Yorkshire Evening Post completing the panel.

1h 32m
Dec 03, 2022
Forty20 LIVE in Doncaster - 24th November 2022

Phil is flying solo in Doncaster for Team Forty20, but has two guests from the heart of the action at RLWC2021, as we look back on the tournaments.   Returning to the show is David Butler, a man with many hats, one of which was getting as close to Wheelchair Rugby League without being in chair as a match official, and, almost as close, USA Wheelchair GM Juan Jasso on their World Cup debut and much more in front of a knowledgeable audience at Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.

1h 2m
Nov 24, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Stockport Central Library - 15th November 2022

LIVE in Stockport at their fantastic Central Library, we're joined by Chair of Rugby League World Cup 2021 Chris Brindley, Salford Red Devils Head Coach Paul Rowley and Aussie-based journalist George Clark to talk about the tournament so far, on and off the field, as we build-up to the final weekend, as the Wheelchair, Women's and Men's World Champions will be crowned just down the road in Manchester. How has the tournament gone for the organisers, the challenges faced getting to this point, the success of the Wheelchair and Women's tournaments being added to the event, England's defeat to Samoa in the men's semis and much more to talk about...

1h 26m
Nov 15, 2022
Forty20 LIVE in York - 10th November 2022

Well, this was a packed one! In one of the suites at the LNER Community Stadium, we celebrated the Power of Together by bringing together a cast of thousands to talk Rugby League and the World Cup.   We've got PDRL World Cup winning captain Scott Gobin, complete with medal, Jacob Kilbride from the York Press, plus the returning Peter Smith and Jonathan Doidge.   Then we found some more chairs for York Knights Brendan O'Hagan, fresh from representing Ireland at RLWC2021, and Wales' Bailey Antrobus to talk about their experiences of the tournament and, changes at their club, and all the important things like anthem singing...   ...After a break to watch Cook Islands beat France, a pair of York Valkyries joined us with Alisha Clayton telling us about how she got involved in the sport. and being York through and through, and she dragged Grace Field along, here to keep an eye on England's semi final opponents, and she takes us down a cul-de-sac we managed to get out of. Just.

1h 31m
Nov 11, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Dewsbury Library - 8th November 2021

The RLWC2021 Cultural Festival continues as we're live at Dewsbury Library with Batley coach Craig Lingard, former GB, England and Ireland international Francis Cummins, and journalists Ian Laybourn and John Davidson to talk about World Cup and more Rugby League issues... 

1h 21m
Nov 08, 2022
Forty20 LIVE’S Almost Daily World Cup Podcast - Episode 5

Hear from all eight nations taking part in the Women's Rugby League World Cup plus Michael Shires joins us to talk about the tournament so far from a fans perspective...

1h 14m
Oct 31, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Ashton Library - 25th October 2022

Loads to talk about with Andrew Voss, Phil Roberts, Nigel Wiskar, Nada Farhoud, Gavin Willacy and us!

1h 36m
Oct 25, 2022
Forty20 LIVE @ Chester Lane Library, St. Helens

Our #RLWC2021 Cultural Festival tour of libraries made it's way to St. Helens on Thursday. Enthralling the audience with talk of Rugby League: Former Saints and Ireland prop Kyle Amor St. Helens and England halfback Faye Gaskin Mike Critchley from the St. Helens Star Steve "Book Launch" Mascord 

1h 40m
Oct 21, 2022
Forty20 LIVE’S Almost Daily World Cup Podcast - Episode

Looking back on the first round of matches in the men's Rugby League World Cup with Ireland, Jamaica, Tonga and Papua New Guinea in focus...

Oct 20, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Eccles Library - 18th October 2022

Our next stop of tour took us to Eccles. but no time for cakes, as we're here to talk about the first few matches of Rugby League World Cup 2021 in the company of: Former GB coach Brian Noble Former England prop Danika Priim BBC Radio Manchester's Trevor Hunt "Two Tribes" author Steve Mascord We're in St. Helens on Thursday. More details here:

1h 24m
Oct 18, 2022
Forty20 LIVE at Newcastle Central Library - 14th October 2022

On the eve of the Rugby League World Cup kicking off in Newcastle, we were joined at the Central Library on stage by the returning Tony Hannan, Editor of Rugby League Live Matt Shaw and Gemma Carter with The Sun's Gary Carter to talk a load of Rugby League stuff in front of a live audience.

1h 13m
Oct 14, 2022
Forty20 LIVE’S Almost Daily World Cup Podcast- Episode 3

More from Monday's launch now as we are joined by: Wales head coach John Kear Scotland's Nathan Graham Ged Corcoran and George King of Ireland Tonga's Kristian Woolf Michael Maguire from the Kiwis Cook Islands coach Tony Iro Lebanon's Michael Cheika   See you in Newcastle!

Oct 13, 2022
Forty20 LIVE’S Almost Daily World Cup Podcast - Episode 2

We spoke to so many people at the Rugby League World Cup launch in Manchester on Monday, we've had to split it over two podcasts. So, in part one, we quiz the following (not necessarily in this order) Tonga co-captain Sio Siua Taukeiaho PNG coach Stanley Tepend and skipper Rhyse Martin Lebanon captain Mitchell Moses Jamaica's Romeo Monteith Samoa coach Matt Parish Wales captain Elliot Kear Greece's Jordan Meads Stay tuned for more...

Oct 11, 2022
Forty20 LIVE’S Almost Daily World Cup Podcast - The Pilot Episode

A week ahead of the Rugby League World Cup kicking-off, Ireland's men have set up camp in South Leeds ahead of their group matches with Lebanon, Jamaica and New Zealand. We caught up with Jaimin Jolliffe, Joe Keyes, Brendan O'Hagan and Ronan Michael after they'd had a session on the field, ramping up preparation with a place in the quarter finals the first aim.

Oct 07, 2022
Forty20 LIVE in Catterick: 4th October 2022

Stop two on our tour as part of the Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival, we were live in front of an audience at Catterick Library to talk all the current RL news in the first half, as well as quizzing our guests, and the World Cup in the second.   Joining us on the panel: Former Leeds Rhinos captain Stevie Ward England & York City Knights back Tamzin Renouf Professor Tony Collins Author of "Underdogs" and much more Tony Hannan   Next week: Doncaster and Newcastle!

1h 37m
Oct 04, 2022
Forty20 Minisode: Post Grand Final & Women’s Super League Awards

Wandering from the tunnel at Old Trafford to the car park, John Davidson joins us to reflect on a fourth Grand Final win in a row for St. Helens, who were the better team and, as expected, were too good for a Leeds Rhinos side who weren't disgraced in defeat.   Plus, the big winners from the Women's Super League Awards probably speak exclusively to us, unless we missed someone else there.

Sep 25, 2022
Forty20 LIVE in Leeds: 13th September 2022

Kicking off our tour as part of the Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival, we were live in front of an audience at Leeds Central Library to talk RL in the first half, and the World Cup in the second.   Joining us on the panel: Former England international and Man of Leeds Jamie Jones-Buchanan Wales & Leeds Rhinos player Jodie Boyd-Ward Peter Smith of the Yorkshire Evening Post Regular guest and journalism's own John Davidson   Look out for more dates on our tour before and during the World Cup to be confirmed!

1h 19m
Sep 13, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE BUT ON LOCATION: 22nd August 2022

We've been out to speak to four players hopeful of making England's Women's World Cup Squad this autumn: Wigan's Vicky Molyneux, Tara Jones of St. Helens and Leeds pair Georgia Roche and Fran Goldthorp, and talk a bit about what happened in the matches on Friday while we're at it, and working out what's going on on the Otley Run...

Aug 20, 2022
Forty20 LIVE: 10th August 2022

Back in the studio to celebrate the exciting world of Rugby League, we were live with your talking points, international eligibility, "The British Are Coming!" to an NRL coaching box near you, and loads of other things we've forgotten about already...

1h 14m
Aug 10, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 1st August 2022

Happy new month! We've a bumper edition of the show for you this week, with a first hand view from the Summer Bash, as well as Salford's amazing performance against St. Helens.   Some interesting results around the various divisions and forms of the sport, but how much were we able to see?    Plus, guests galore, as we drag London Roosters and England's Lewis King as well as Martin Coyd out of the Headingley hospitality to talk about the state of the Wheelchair game, and how the sport could capitalise on the excitement provided by the Lionesses (of which we are fully on the bandwagon.)   Then, we talk to Richard de la Riviere as he's got a new book out (which you can buy at Philip Howard Books in Leeds, or here: ) with plenty of great stories to tell in Rugby League: On This Day. That, as well as the state of the game, Maurice Lindsay, his next book project, and a lot more.   AND, as a bonus for you podders, reaction from the Bash games involving Barrow's women and men with Jodie Litherland, Amanda Wilkinson and Paul Crarey, plus Whitehaven's Jonty Gorely.

1h 40m
Aug 01, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 25th July 2022

After looking back on a busy weekend of stuff going on, some of which occurred on the pitch, we're joined by Forty20 columnist and Batley Bulldogs Head Coach Craig Lingard ahead of a busy week which sees his side take on Dewsbury Rams at the Summer Bash, this year at Leeds' Headingley home. It's a first Bash for Craig, and he tells us how he'd change the event to try make it more appealing, as well as the Bulldogs season so far, as they lie fourth in a competitive Championship table...

1h 0m
Jul 25, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 11th July 2022

Well, it was Magic up in Newcastle, on, off and around the pitch as Phil reports on his experiences pitchside, and it is one of the great press vantage points in sport, and Richard from his armchair, as Toulouse breathe life in the battle at the bottom, Saints leave it late, Leeds outclass Cas, Ian Watson's process brings rewards for Huddersfield, Warrington are good for a change and the Hull Derby ends the weekend on a high (unless your a Robin, bobbing along home.)   All that, plus the the future of the event, as we have to discuss every year, and a round up of the goings on elsewhere, including more bother at the Bulls....   PLUS, Wales Wheelchair Rugby League star Harry Jones talks about his career so far, their World Cup hopes, and where they're going in 2023. If you don't already know, you won't believe it...

1h 34m
Jul 11, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 6th July 2022

Lots of comings and goings for Phil and Richard to discuss, after an interesting weekend of results ahead of a Magic Weekend in Newcastle. Speaking of, Jon Wells talks about Sky0, and what that's all about, as well as what we can expect to see this weekend with the further integration of stats into the Sky Sports coverage.

Jul 06, 2022
Forty20 LIVE: 27th June 2022

Reflecting on a superb weekend of international action, a Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final with skill and suspense, all the other stuff that happened, including staying awake during Warrington vs. Hull FC, Batley's win at Post Office Road, and why Fev fans shouldn't be too worried and more. Plus, as a bonus on the podcast, Tom Halliwell and James Simpson speak after that Final and and interview Richard did with Harry Gration back in 2009, to mark his passing.

1h 25m
Jun 27, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 22nd June 2022

It's too hot to be inside podcasting, so here's a look back on the international weekend, the positives coming out of it, and more for the future when the calendar comes out. Plus, whatever else we can think of before melting...

Jun 22, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 14th June 2022

We heading to Wales for our special guest this week, as the latest dual code international Rhi Parker joins us, fresh from her debut for the national team against England on Sunday at Cross Keys. She's new to Rugby League, and tells us about her journey from turning up at a Cardiff Demons trial, to starting at 7 in the famous red of Cymru.   A fascinating guest, with a positive story to tell, not just on the field, but also in the classroom on a daily basis!   We've got clips from Shaun Wane and Ellery Handley as England and the Combined Nations All Stars come head-to-head, as we're for the concept, but not quite enamoured with the execution of, especially with "actual" Test Matches being played this weekend...   All that, plus a look back at the weekend, and there's a new issue of the magazine out this week as well!

1h 13m
Jun 14, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 8th June 2022

As State of Origin kicks off in Australia, we head there to catch up with Robert Burgin, to talk a little bit about Brazil, and a lot about his new book The Maroons, which, as the title suggests is about the Queensland Rugby League team.   But, as he tells us, this is not a book of facts and figures, but of the stories of the 221 men who have worn the shirt of the Maroons, and how they reached that goal, many through adversity.

Jun 08, 2022
Forty20 NOT LIVE: 31st May 2022

Reflections of a Saturday at Spurs, from the surroundings, to the stadium and the the all important action on the field, as Leigh and Wigan made their way home with trophies, and most of those there with a feeling of positivity (apart from if they lost.)

May 31, 2022