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USA Rugby League Show Podcast

The USA Rugby League SHOW hosted by BRIAN LOWE (@BrianDavidLowe)

With a focus on the USA Hawks, as well as player development for American players in USA clubs and overseas, The USA Rugby League SHOW is the official podcast for the USARL aimed at educating and highlighting the efforts of individuals associated with growing Rugby League in the States.

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EPISODE 15

November 2018

On this show, the 2021 RLWC Americas region qualifying series is upon us and we preview the USA’s prospects with senior Hawks player Nick Newlin. Plus, we take a look at the debate about whether the Great Britain Lions tour of the southern hemisphere in 2019 is the right timing or not

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EPISODE 14

October 2018

The USA’s train-on squad has been named for the 2021 RLWCQ series and we hear from players Andrew Kneisly and David Washington who are on the squad. And we get a Canadian perspective on the series by talking with CRLA president Bob Jowett

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EPISODE 13

October 2018

We’re joined by Curtis Goddard to get a player’s perspective on the final trial game for the USA’s train-on squad. US Association of Rugby League chair Peter Illfield talks about the significance of the World Cup qualifiers returning stateside, and we’re joined by Ray Viers to review Toronto’s loss in the Million Pound Game and what it’ll mean to hopes of growing the game in North America

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EPISODE 12

September 2018

Americas region qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup leads off this episode. We talk with Danny Kazandjian from the RLIF about that, as well as concerns over the 2025 RLWC. Hawks head coach Sean Rutgerson is back to chat about the last trial game for national team hopefuls. And former Tampa Mayhem player Andrew Zuluaga reviews his call-up to the Latin Heat for the Emerging Nations World Championship

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EPISODE 11

September 2018

We’re joined by Ricky Wilby, spokesperson for the group that wanted to stage an international doubleheader in New York. Carolyn Ritchie, the only female executive in rugby league in North America, stops by to talk about her role, and in an exclusive, CFL players Pat Neufeld and John Rush give us their thoughts on the crossovers between rugby league and Canadian Football

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EPISODE 10

AUGUST 2018

The head coaches of the two USARL national championship finalists recap the big game and look ahead to the All-Star game. And special guest Ray Viers stops by to talk about New York missing out on an international Test match doubleheader

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EPISODE 9

August 2018

We talk with USA Hawks and New York Knights player Josh Rice about his playing career to date and we’re joined by Canadian Football commentator Bob Irving as we look at the similarities between rugby league and the CFL when it comes to growing both games internationally

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EPISODE 8

July 2018

We discuss the proposed New York international doubleheader with special guest Ray Viers. Philadelphia Fight player/coach Rich Henson joins us, and Chile’s head coach Rod Millar stops by to talk about this year’s Americas region RLWCQ

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EPISODE 7

JULY 2018

Copperheads founder Curtis Goddard explains why NRL and SL clubs should add extra international spots to their rosters. Former USA Tomahawk Clint Newton talks about national team selection processes, and Denver sports host and rugby league newbie John Ponist gives us his take on the greatest game of all

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Episode 6

JULY 2018

We do things a little differently on this show by dedicating the first two segments to the coaches and players involved in the Denver Test between England and New Zealand. You’ll hear audio clips of what they said on the whole concept of bringing the game to the US. We’re also joined on the show by USA Hawk and White Plains player/coach CJ Cortalano who tells us about his player path experiences.

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EPISODE 5

JUNE 2018

On this show, USA Hawks head coach Sean Rutgerson talks about the interim train-on squad. Curtis Goddard, the founder of the Copperheads gives us an insight into how hard it was to start up, and English rugby league journalist Gavin Willacy tells us why rugby league 9s should be leading the game’s expansion

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EPISODE 4

June 2018

On this show, we’re joined by respected journalist Steve Mascord to talk about the Rugby League Football International Challenge in Denver. Steve gives us his take on why the game will be a litmus test for things to come.

Up and coming American Monte Gaddis stops by to update us on what he learned playing for Red Star Belgrade. He also talks about his planned Cleveland combine aimed at attracting crossover athletes and any other interested players to form a team in Cleveland.

And Midwest Rugby League CEO Mike Featherstone calls into the show to bring us up to speed on what’s going on with plans to re-establish a Midwest Conference. Mike outlines their blueprint for increasing the number of teams in and around Chicago with the goal of being admitted to the USARL national clubs competition.

We trust that you will enjoy this informative and entertaining episode of the USA Rugby League Show.

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Episode 3

MAY 2018

On this show, we’re joined by USA Rugby League LLC chairman Danny Hanson who talks about the 2018 domestic season schedule, the establishment of a new team and the loss of two other clubs. He also discusses the League’s potential plans for future expansion.

USA Hawks forward Joe Eichner stops by to bring us up to speed on how he’s traveling in Australia where he’s playing for a club in the Group 9 competition in New South Wales. Joe tells us about his experiences so far and how it will benefit his longer term goals.

And special guest Ray Viers reviews his role at a time when rugby league first planted a flag on the US west coast. Ray also makes interesting comparisons between then and now with efforts to promote and stage the inaugural Rugby League Football International Challenge in Denver.

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Episode 2

MAY 2018

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We talk with US Association of Rugby League Inc chairman Peter Illfield about the proposed Denver curtain-raiser between the USA Hawks and Canada Wolverines. Illfield outlines where things stand and why.

Also on the show is newly named assistant coach with the Hawks, Brent Richardson. He gives us an insight into his role, including the main items on the agenda as set out by himself and USA head coach Sean Rutgerson.

And Hawks player Dave Ulch drops in to talk about his new role as coach of the Tampa Mayhem as we get set for the start of the 2018 USARL season.

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Episode 1

The USA Rugby League SHOW is the official podcast for the USARL aimed at educating and highlighting the efforts of individuals associated with growing Rugby League in the United States. 

Episode 1 Guests: Sean Rutgerson New Head Coach of the USA Hawks, Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos 2015 National Championship & USA Domestic Captain) and Steve Williams (USARL Executive Board Member and Communications Manager).  

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