May 11, 2021
As we count down to the return of fans to grounds, and us to the studio, we're back to talk all the action from a busy Challenge Cup quarter final weekend, which has left us with a tantalising set of semi-finals in both the men's and women's competitions, with Daryl Powell's present and future meeting, as we as the past Tigresses who have become Knights of York.
We discuss the reaction to Tony Clubb's ban as the sport faces another disciplinary issue thanks to comments on social media.
League One is back, and we've got the Championship to talk about too, and, to help us to do so, we're joined by the hosts of the Official Oldham podcast, the Hollingworth Brothers, with plenty of chat about the Roughyeds, supporting a team in the second tier, the future of the competition and how they got into podcasting!
May 4, 2021
Phil and Richard are back with another episode of the Rugby League podcast with plenty to say, and not afraid to say it.
Social media boycott over, we talk the weekend in the Women's Super League, thanks to a tweet drawing attention to it, the new TV deal and what that means, before we get onto action on the field.
That action was dominated by Thursday's game between Wigan and Hull FC, starting with Connor vs. Hardaker, and ending with allegations of racial abuse. We discuss those, and how best the sport can deal with those who transgress.
Your thoughts are always welcome...
April 27, 2021
Welcome to our 187th Episode Spetacular here on the Forty20 Rugby League Podcasts channel! (We don't know how many we did on "the other place" to add on.)
To celebrate, Phil and Richard talk all the news in RL, including, but limited to, Lee Radford's appointment as Castleford Tigers coach from 2022, all the action from the weekend, potential TV deals for the Championship, and why streaming might be better all round.
Plus, our special guest this week is the Chairman of the York City Knights, Jon Flatman, as he, and they, prepare to welcome fans into their new home, the growth of the club, impact of the World Cup on the city and North Yorkshire as a whole, James Ford's impact and more.
April 19, 2021
It's Monday night, and you know what that means...
After a weekend of Golden Point drama, we go into extra time as John Davidson joins us once again to look back at the news on and off the pitch.
As well as the actual action, we've got Jackson Hastings moving back to the NRL, the European Super League and our structural battles, plus plenty of your questions from social media including commentary, kit clashes and more.
Plus, the opening round of the Women's Super League gets plenty of Twitch views, and plenty of points too...
April 16, 2021
Phil and Richard are joined by guests from across the Women's Super League with the season getting underway this weekend.
Champions Leeds Rhinos are represented by Grand Final try scorer Fran Goldthorp, with Castleford's Jasmine Cudjoe, St. Helens' Naomi WIlliams, Emma Kershaw of Wakefield and York's Mary Tiplady letting us in on their pre-season preparations as everyone is raring to go having had the 2020 season cancelled.
April 6, 2021
News, and lots of it this week, and it's a good job we had to record on Tuesday afternoon rather than Monday because we can can react to Daryl Powell's move to Warrington, and the ramifications for Castleford and beyond from that.
Plus, Shaun Wane has named an England squad, and we talk about who is and isn't in that, and his future post-World Cup, Wakefield's woes, new growth in North America as well as the action from the weekend.
Joining us for the first time in 2021 to do that are Gary Carter, Rugby League Correspondent for The Sun, and Forty20 Magazine's own Gemma Carter, who happens to live with him, because they're married.
March 29, 2021
As we celebrate Super League's birthday, but without cake, John Davidson makes his return to the podcast as we look back on an opening weekend which saw Warrington disappoint, but plenty of positives for the other 11 clubs, win or lose.
All the news on the field is discussed, included those who impressed, and how best we can sell them to the wider world outside the Rugby League Bubble.
Plus, moves off the field, and plenty more as the community game is about to resume, Women's Super League signs a streaming deal with Twitch and the Challenge Cup draw is made.
March 24, 2021
As West Yorkshie readies itself to go to the polls to vote for it's first Mayor, we've brought together a group of people to discuss what Rugby League can do for them, and they can do for us.
We're discussing recommendations made in Ian Martin's report "Does rugby league in West Yorkshire have a future?" and he joins us, alongside a range of different experts:
Kacy Mackreth - Sports Marketing Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and non-executive Director of Hunslet RLFC
Ikram Butt - Former England international and social activist
Anthony Broxton - Historian, "Tides of History"
Jack Pemberton - Writer, "La Treiziste"
Inclusion, fan ownership, payment for Women's Super League players and more are up for debate, and you can read Ian's report here:
Same Skies can be found on social media here:
March 22, 2021
So, we had this idea of having some kind of Fans Forum thing over Zoom, sent out some invites, and recorded us talking all things Rugby League.
Joining us, and asking Phil difficult questions, were Ron Knox, Karen and Matt Horton and Silent Ian.
If you want to join us next time, let us know, and we'll do this again.
March 12, 2021
The NRL is back, which finally means we can talk a bit of action on the field, which is nice, and while his Melbourne Storm start with a win, they do it wihout Cameron Smith, who annoucned his retirement.
We talk about his departure, plus the end of the career of Sonny Bill Williams, as well as a key move in the Women's Super League as coach Lindsay Anfield leaves Castleford on the eve of the new season.
There's upset over games which are, and aren't, on the OuRLeague app, as pre-season friendlies will be replaced with some, but not all, Super League games, but, unlike the Championship, they won't be available to all.
Our special guest this week is the man who was in the middle of the Challenge Cup Final in 2020, referee Liam Moore who talks about his preperations for the new season, dealing with abuse, the speed of the game post-restart, and much more, including his advice for those wanting to pick up the whistle/flag.
Another great guest, and, as a bonus, we've got Testimonial Tiger Adam Milner and Sheffield Eagles Mark Aston, Matt James and Anthony Thackeray as the 2021 season approaches...