Toronto’s Jon Wilkin, Wigan Warriors’ Willie Isa and John Hughes from the Learning Disability Super League join Dave Woods and hear some insider tales from the Camp Nou where Catalans beat Wigan in a match which broke Super League attendance records, they preview this weekend’s Magic Weekend at Anfield and how it might boost the game, and look at how rugby league is turning around the lives of bullied children.
'When I was 15 I did something really bad; I thought I’m going to die here, so I need to get out' – Shaun Wane
Former Wigan coach Shaun Wane talks at length to Dave Woods about the shocking childhood that moulded him as a man, whether he’d consider becoming the next Leeds head coach or returning to Wigan, and why business industry leaders are queuing up to hear his lessons from rugby league.
‘Gentleman’ Johnny Whiteley
‘Gentleman’ Johnny Whiteley MBE is one of the games’ greatest ever players. An absolute legendary figure for Hull FC for whom he played for 15 years, captaining his hometown club to league championships and also in two Challenge Cup Finals. But its perhaps his exploits on the international stage that stand out.
A star of the last Great Britain to win a series against Australia on home soil in 1959 – some 60 years ago, he also coached the last team to win a series down under back in 1970.
With the return of Great Britain to the rugby league calendar this autumn, 88 year old Whiteley takes us down memory lane with tales of great games, great players and his undying love of rugby league.
Taking the Stigma out of Stoma
The former Great Britain, Bradford and St Helens prop forward Paul Anderson talks to Dave Woods in graphic detail about overcoming colostomy surgery early in his playing career and how he wants to help lift the stigma from those who undergo the procedure and need to wear a colostomy bag; Huddersfield hooker Kruise Leeming reveals his Swaziland roots and why he was christened “Kruise”; plus the pair compare their experiences of the England Knights tour to Papua New Guinnea last year - Kruise as a player and Paul as head coach.
Short-term Shaun and Golden Goals
Dave Woods is joined by Scott Taylor, England & Hull FC prop forward and John Kear, Wales and Bradford Bulls Head Coach to discuss Shaun Edwards, Wales rugby union defence coach who is due to take up the head coach's role at Wigan in 2020... or is he, and if so for how long? We hear from Edwards who says he definitely wants to coach in the Six Nations again. The interview is from the Today programme. Plus Scott’s team, Hull FC, became the first to win a Super League game via Golden Point on Sunday when they beat Wigan Warriors 23-22. And we hear from his teammate, Marc Sneyd, who kicked the winning drop goal in extra time.