Have stricter rules diminished the physicality and the entertainment of rugby league in recent years, or is it a good thing that the reckless tackling and the common-place fist fights of yesteryear have been largely eradicated from the modern game?
This week, Dave Woods is joined by Jon Wilkin of the Toronto Wolfpack and Paul Cullen. The former Warrington Wolves 'hard man' is now very much poacher turned game keeper these days working for the independent ‘Match Review Panel’ which adjudicates on disciplinary incidents within games each week resulting in fines and suspensions for individual players.
Dave Woods chats to Hull KR prop Mitch Garbutt, Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane and Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary.
They discuss the upcoming punishing Easter weekend schedule, where teams play two fixtures in four days, life away from rugby league and the standout players in this year’s Super League competition.
Plus, the potential of teams from New York and Ottawa entering in to the league system from next season and the attraction of playing for such a team.
Cultural architects, emojis and life after rugby league
Dave Woods is with Toronto Wolfpack's Jon Wilkin and Jamie Jones-Buchanan from Leeds Rhinos.
They also discuss why emojis are key to successful texts. And why your Twitter friends are fake.
The Women's Season Launch
Dave Woods is joined by journalist and documentary maker Joanna Lester, St Helens' Jodie Cunningham and Leeds Rhinos' and England's Lois Forsell at the Women's Season launch in Manchester to discuss the state of the women's game both in the UK and abroad, how to encourage girls to take up the sport and what the future holds for the competition.
"It's tough, it's brutal, it's gladiatorial" - Giving rugby league the hard sell
Dave Woods is joined by Jon Wilkin, Olympic swimmer Fran Halsall and former player and now Warrington Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick to look at how rugby league is marketed, how the public view it and what it can do to attract a wider audience.