Radio League Unlimited

A View from the Hill and Radio League Unlimited presents a new podcast called Rugby League, That's The Way It Was.

Hosted by A View from the Hill's Robert Corra and featuring a different topic and expert each episode, this podcast unpacks history-making moments in Rugby League. Along the way we will explain their significance on the game, then and now.

Rugby League, That's The Way It Was, produced by Tony Peterson and presented by a View from the Hill and Radio League Unlimited.


Episode 1

Episode One, the 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia looks at the events surrounding the last time Great Britain won an Ashes. Rob is joined by Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker to discuss this incredible series.

Alan Whiticker

S01 EP01 - The 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia

The 1970 Ashes Series was said to be one of the greatest series played between the two traditional foes.

English hard-men Cliff Watson, Malcolm Reilly and Roger Millward terrorised the Australian pack. Plagued with injuries, Australia selected three different captains during the series and even had a priest playing in the centres.

Cliff Watson

The Poms won the series 2-1 and it was to be the last time Great Britain won the Ashes in Australia.

Differing to the tours of today, Great Britain played a number of games from Darwin, Toowoomba and Wagga.

Out of 24 games played Great Britain won 22, drew one and lost one.

The 1970 Lions contained a galaxy of stars including captain Frank Myler, Roger Millward, Cliff Watson and Mal Reilly.

Future Kangaroo Tour captain and later coach Bob Fulton made his test debut in the 1970 Ashes series.

It's all here when Rob sits down with Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker joins Rob to discuss this incredible series.


Episode 2

S01 EP02 - The Super League War

A look back at the most divisive period in our game's history.

Rob is joined by author Mike Colman, author of the book, Super League - The Inside Story. The story starts before a player cheque was even signed, with the commissioning of the Bradley Report.

On one side there was Super League, backed by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation. On the other was the ARL, headed by Ken Arthurson supported by Kerry Packer and Optus Vision. At stake was the bounty of broadcasting rights and supremacy in the sport.

Super League had attracted several existing clubs, and introduced two new clubs. The ARL fought to keep the remaining teams loyal, with threats of court cases and the promise for a share in the spoils.

When the ARL tried to block the new league, Super League, headed by John Ribot ran one season parallel to the ARL's in 1997.

At the conclusion of that season a peace deal was reached and the two leagues united to form the National Rugby League.

But what price peace? Hundreds of millions of dollars ripped up, friendships destroyed and a cynical fan base that would take a long time to win back over.


Episode 3

S01 EP03 - History of the Sydney Second Division

Lewis Jones

On Grand Final Day 2019 we witnessed a classic game of Rugby League between the Newtown Jets and the Burleigh Bears.

It was a match to decide the Australian State Champions.

But the genesis of this ‘new' competition had its beginnings back in 1963, when the NSWRL established what was called the Inter District Club.

Host Rob Corra with special guest - rugby league historian Terry Williams, takes a look at the History of the Second Division.

Together they look at this important feeder competition from its earliest days in 1963, through the Metro Cup era and finally to today. What happened to a club in Liverpool and what were their colours? How did Cronulla and Penrith get the nod to be promoted to the top tier comp?

It's all here as Radio League Unlimited presents Rugby League: That's the Way it Was - a series of podcasts that look at different historical aspects of the game of Rugby League, from 1908 to the present day.

Earlier episodes can be listened to on iTunes, LeagueUnlimited and wherever good podcasts can be found.

Pictured. Lewis Jones - The Welsh Wizard - played for Wentworthville 1964-1969, then became First Grade Coach

The next instalment of 'That's The Way It Was' is here - it's the fourth episode and it focuses on the history of the game in France.


 

Episode 4: The History of Rugby League in France (Part 1).

If someone told you that France once dominated international rugby league, you would probably laugh

But for more than a decade after World War II, France did dominate international rugby league. But there were some dark forces at play, which attacked the foundations of the game - eventually leading to a massive decline.

Can Rugby League be restored to its former glory in France?

Mike Rylance has written some fantastic books on the history of Rugby League in France, including "The Forbidden Game" and "The Struggle and The Daring" and he joins Rugby League: That's The Way It Was" to help answer some of these questions.

1934/35 French Championship            

Club Played Pts
Villeneuve    18             49
Bordeaux     18 42
Lyon-Villeurbanne 16 40
Roanne 16 40
Pau   16 34
XIII Catalan 17 33
Albi     17 26
Paris                        16 25
Cote' Basque 15 21
Beziers' 13 15

* 3 points awarded for a win - 2 for a draw - 1 point for a loss
* Some clubs were unable to fulfil their fixture list because of problems with the availability of grounds.

1951 Third Test Australia Vs France
(courtesy of www.rugbyleagueproject.org)

France beats Australia to win the three Test Series

1954 World Cup France Vs Great Britain
(courtesy of www.rugbyleagueproject.org)

Great Britain beats France in the 1954 World Cup Final.

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Episode 5: The History of Rugby League in France (Part 2).

In Part 1, Mike Rylance told us about the incredible rise of Rugby League in the 1930's - followed by the cruel bans of the Vichy Regime in the 1940s, and the golden period of the 1950's which saw France dominate international Rugby League. In Part 2 we chart the game's demise AND possibly the rise again of French Rugby League?

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Acknowledgments:
Mike Rylance is the author of "The Forbidden Game" and "The Struggle and The Daring".
Also thanks to Andrew Ferguson from The Rugby League Project

1978 December 10th France Australia. 2nd Test.

French Elite' One Championship 2018/2019

Club P W D L Pts.
Carcassonne 19 14 0 5 48
Lezignan 19 12 0 7 45
St.Esteve/XIII Catalan 19 14 0 5 45
Limouxin 19 13 0 6 45
Albi 19 12 0 7 39
Villeneuve 19 10 0 9 36
Palau 19 5 0 14 26
Avignon 19 6 0 13 25
St.Gaudens 19 5 0 14 19
Toulouse 19 4 0 15 17

- French Elite' One has a bonus point system
- The Championship Final was won by St.Esteve/ XIII Catalan V Carcassonne 32 - 24
- Of the original 10 clubs, Lyon-Villeurbanne now in Elite' 2 Championship - Roanne now in French National Division 2 (Regional)

Challenge Cup Final 2018 Wembley Stadium
August 26th, 2018

CATALAN DRAGONS WARRINGTON WOLVES
1. Gigot     Ratchford
2. Tierney Lineham
3. Mead Goodwin
4. Wiliame T.King
5. Yaha Charnley
6. Langi Brown
7. Drinkwater Roberts
8. Simon Hill
9. McIlorum Clark
10. Moa Cooper
11. Jullien Livett
12.Garcia   Hughes
13.Casty Westwood
Interchange   
Bousquet, Baitieri Murdoch-Masila, G.King
Edwards, Goudemand Patton, Philbin

 Full Time

Catalan 20 ( Tierney, Garcia, Wiliame tries, Drinkwater 4 goals) defeated
Warrington 14 ( Murdoch-Masila, G.King tries, Roberts 3 goals)

Episode 6 : Newtown 1984 to 2019

On September 26, 1983, the New South Wales Rugby League did not invite Newtown to participate in the 1984 premiership. Many thought it was the end for Rugby League's first club.
The club was cocooned for seven years, but in 1991 an osmosis began that would transform the club and take it to new, dizzy heights in 2019.

We are joined in this episode by Newtown Media Manager, Glen Dwyer who's the author of a new book - 'Taking it to the Streets - The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC '.

 


2019 Inter-state Championship Newtown Vs Burleigh Bears

 


Henson Park -2019. Beer, Footy and Food Festival

Acknowledgments:- Glen Dywer is the Media Manager of the Newtown Jets RLFC and the author of "Taking It to The Streets - The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC".

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