Welcome to PROBIZ Tryline - The rugby league podcast, bringing you exclusive interviews, entertaining features and all the latest news and views from the world of rugby league on a weekly basis.
You can listen to the latest episode of PROBIZ Tryline below, or alternatively, download it from iTunes by clicking here.
Podcast 64 (29 September): Fans of the four play-off semi-finalists take centre stage in this week's PROBIZ Tryline. Over the past eight months, players, coaches and administrators have all had plenty of airtime, but now the ever-popular rugby league podcast is making the supporters the star of the show. Friendly banter and old rivalry comes to the fore as we gear up for this weekend's two matches which will determine the Super League Grand Final line-up. The Independent's Dave Hadfield is also on hand to offer up his opinion on the latest action, while there is a complete round-up of the week's top news from your Super League clubs in 'Stop the Press'.
Podcast 63 (22 September): Garry Schofield, Ray French, Mike Stephenson and Robbie Hunter-Paul guest star in the latest bumper edition of the PROBIZ Tryline. Schoey talks about finally collecting the Golden Boot at last week's Albert Goldthorpe ceremony - a prize he should have received 21 years ago - and his disappointment at the lack of involvement from former players in and around the England setup. French and Stevo give us their views on the play-offs as well as the impossible task of trying to please everyone as commentators, while Hunter-Paul, who picked up a career achievement award - talks about his impending retirement and the changes he has seen in the sport over the years. As always, you can count on The Independent's Dave Hadfield to provide his take on the latest action on the field as well.
Podcast 62 (15 September): Rangi Chase, Garry Schofield, Tony Smith, Jermaine McGillvary and Steve McNamara are just some of the big name guests who are appearing in the latest PROBIZ Tryline. All five were in attendance at the Albert Goldthorpe Awards dinner at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday to receive or hand out the honours. It's fair to say, we were spoilt for choice who to speak to, and because of that, we have split the show into two parts with the likes of Ray French and Mike Stephenson to come next week. As ever, there's a look back at the last round of Super League as the regular season reached a conclusion, but the Independent's Dave Hadfield isn't finished yet as he looks ahead to the action taking place this weekend in the play-offs.
Podcast 61 (9 September): Huddersfield Giants and England star Eorl Crabtree is the latest special guest on the PROBIZ Tryline as the regular rugby league season heads for a conclusion. However, the action won’t be over after this weekend for Crabtree and his team-mates are they prepare to embark upon Super League’s play-offs. The 28-year-old is one of the sport’s more colourful characters and topics discussed in this edition range from female referees to the prospect of drinking a few pints once he retires! And if that’s not your ketchup, we also chat about his famous wrestling relative who was a “big” star in the 1970s and 80s tussling with the likes of Giant Haystacks. As ever, The Independent’s Dave Hadfield is on hand to review the last round of Super League action as well as previewing the games coming up this weekend too.
Podcast 60 (1 September): In this episode of the programme we speak to veteran Super League star Keith Senior, currently out of action for Leeds Rhinos due to an anterior cruciate ligament. The former Sheffield Eagles Challenge Cup winner reflects on his current employer's latest defeat in the Wembley showpiece and how that could affect the Rhinos for the rest of the campaign as well as giving an update on his rehabilitation. Senior also passes on his views about Super League Licensing and gives a definitive answer as to his future involvement in the game when his playing career is finally over. We also hear from The Independent's chief rugby league writer Dave Hadfield with his views on the Carnegie Challenge Cup final and the upcoming Super League action as well as the latest news from all the Super League clubs.
Podcast 59 (25 August): The latest edition of the PROBIZ Tryline drops the spotlight on Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors. Opposing coaches Brian McDermott and Michael Maguire give us their views on the big game at Wembley, along with experienced duo Rob Burrow and Paul Deacon. Burrow is desperate to help the Rhinos' lift the trophy for the first time in 11 years after several near misses in the last decade including last season's 30-6 defeat to Warrington at the same venue. However, his former England team-mate may have something to say about that as Wigan return to Wembley for the first time in 13 years with Deacon aiming to win the competition for the third time in his career. The Independent's Dave Hadfield is also on hand to offers up his thoughts on the game as well as his regular look back at last weekend's Super League action.
Podcast 58 (18 August): Former Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long is the latest special guest on the PROBIZ Tryline. The 34-year-old, who started out with home town club Wigan, before going on to serve St. Helens with distinction, is gearing up for the next chapter in his career after being forced to retire as a player with Hull FC due to persistent injury trouble. Long is now widely tipped to take up a coaching role at Salford, which he virtually confirms without saying it during this edition of the podcast. The three-times Lance Todd trophy winner also reflects on some of the highs and lows of his career including the betting scandal that saw him making the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in 2004. As ever, The Independent's Dave Hadfield is also on hand to offer up his thoughts on the latest action and talking points from Super League, along with 'Stop the Press' - our news round-up.
Podcast 57 (11 August): The latest PROBIZ Tryline features The Independent’s chief rugby league writer Dave Hadfield. He looks back at last weekend’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-finals which eventually ended with Leeds and Wigan being paired at Wembley in a final at the end of the month. Dave will also be offering up his thoughts on some of main talking points including Hull KR’s decision to part company with Justin Morgan and the retirement of Sean Long. As ever, the rest of the week’s Super League news is summed up by Paul Mottram in ‘Stop the Press’.
Podcast 56 (5 August): It’s a Challenge Cup semi-final special on the PROBIZ Tryline as we gear up for the two games through the eyes of several key figures. Royce Simmons and his opposite number Michael Maguire will be giving the coaches’ views on what to expect from Saturday’s encounter between bitter rivals St. Helens and Wigan, while Michael Shenton and Sean O'Loughlin give us a players’ perspective on the big match. Sunday’s West Yorkshire derby is also previewed in full by Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield and Castleford Tigers duo Terry Matterson and Rob Parker. And if that wasn’t enough, The Independent’s Dave Hadfield offers up his thoughts on the fixtures as well as looking back at last weekend’s Super League action.
Podcast 55 (28 July): Following Crusaders' shock decision to withdraw from Super League, this week's PROBIZ Tryline takes in the views of the game's decision makers and gets the verdict from the press. The PROBIZ Tryline was at the announcement at Old Trafford where the RFL made its decision to award 13 clubs a Super League licence for the next three years, along with Widnes. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats received a reprieve while the rugby league community at large were left stunned by Crusaders' announcement.
Podcast 54 (22 July): Warrington Wolves prop Adrian Morley is the latest big name guest to appear on the ever-popular PROBIZ Tryline. Morley gives his views on a range of topics in this week's podcast including his side's Challenge Cup quarter-final against 17-times winners Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones on Saturday. The Independent's Dave Hadfield is on hands to offer up his expert opinion on the last round of Super League and we have a comprehensive review of the big stories from your club from the last seven days.
Podcast 53 (14 July): New Salford City Reds head coach Matt Parish guest stars in this latest edition of PROBIZ Tryline. The Australian talks about his hopes for the Reds while outlining what the players and fans can expect from a team coached by him. The show also feature's The Independent's Dave Hadfield, on hand to offer his views on the last round of Super League as well as previewing the matches coming up this weekend. Plus, as ever, there is a comprehensive review of the big stories from your clubs from the last seven days with Paul Mottram in Stop the Press.
Podcast 52 (7 July): The Independent's Dave Hadfield offers up his thoughts on the talking points from the world of Rugby League in the latest PROBIZ Tryline. Dave reviews all of last weekend's Super League as well as taking an in-depth look at the midweek game between Wigan and Castleford including the backlash from Tigers coach Terry Matterson after the scheduling of the fixture. As ever there is a comprehensive round-up on the rest of the week's news with Paul Mottram in Stop the Press.
Podcast 51 (30 June): Stuart Cummings, the match officials director of the Rugby Football League, is our latest special guest. He gives an insight into the job of overseeing the men in the middle including his thoughts on the role of technology in the modern game and the need for more young people to take up refereeing. Cummings also explains the reason why he is no longer involved in the process of disciplinary action against players and coaches who step out of line as well as covering a range of other topics. As ever, The Independent's Dave Hadfield gives us his thoughts on the last round of Super League action and looks ahead to the games coming up, while Paul Mottram rounds up the latest news from your clubs during the past week.
Podcast 50 (23 June): In this episode of the programme we have the second part of Clint Newton’s excellent extended interview, where the Hull Kingston Rovers second row covers a range of subjects. The major talking point is his current fear for the immediate future of top flight rugby league in this country due to events many miles away. We also hear from the Independent’s chief Rugby League writer Dave Hadfield with his views on the action on the field and you can catch the latest news from your Super League clubs with Paul Mottram.
Podcast 49 (17June): Hull KR second row Clint Newton is our latest special guest. He discusses the recent inaugural international origin game between England and the Exiles, while putting forward his own idea for a Yorkshire against Lancashire encounter as a future extension of the concept. The Rovers star is also refreshingly honest about the effect of the Willie Mason saga on the club but is backing his team-mates to finish the season with a flourish now that chapter is behind them.
Podcast 48 (8 June): England coach Steve McNamara joins his Exiles counterpart Brian McClennan in the latest PROBIZ Tryline to look ahead to Friday night’s first ever International Origin match at Headingley. The two men will be explaining their team selections and sharing their hopes for the concept in the long-term. McClennan also reflects on three years in charge of Leeds but virtually rules out the possibility of a return to this country in the future after returning home to New Zealand. McNamara expresses his disappointment at Danny Brough’s injury and explains his decision to reappoint Jamie Peacock as England captain.
Podcast 47 (1 June): The Independent’s Dave Hadfield joins Rob O’Neill to discuss this week’s major talking points from the world of Rugby League. As ever, listeners are treated to a full and comprehensive review of the last round of Super League action as well as a look ahead to this weekend’s matches. Dave will also be giving us his expert opinion on Steve McNamara’s 22-man England squad named for the International Origin game against the Exiles at Headingley on Friday week, including the selection of in-form Huddersfield scrum-half Danny Brough for the first time. And if that wasn’t enough, the guys bring you up to speed on the latest news from your Super League clubs from the last seven days.
Podcast 46 (27 May): Robbie Hunter Paul is our special guest on the longest PROBIZ Tryline yet! The former Bradford, Huddersfield and Salford favourite is planning to retire from the game at the end of the season and he is aiming to go out on a high in a Championship Grand Final with Leigh Centurions. It would be a fitting end to a career which has seen success everywhere he has played. Robbie discusses his career in detail but also proves to be a thoroughly entertaining listen as the conversation wonders off into the weird and wonderful including his failed attempt at becoming a rock star and his secret skills that would serve him well in a beauty parlour! As always in the podcast, there is a round-up of the latest news and action from the Engage Super League while two fans go head to head in a competition to win match tickets.
Podcast 45 (20 May): Former Warrington, Leeds, and Bradford favourite Iestyn Harris is our latest special guest in this edition. The former Man of Steel winner looks back on his career which included a big money move to Rugby Union and saw him play for his country at the highest level. The Crusaders head coach also talks about his ambitions for Super League’s only Welsh based side and there is a comprehensive preview of this week’s Challenge Cup fifth round games with The Independent’s Dave Hadfield. If that wasn’t enough there is a round-up of the latest news as well as a look back on last weekend’s top-flight action.
Podcast 44 (13 May): This week Rob O’Neill and The Independent's Dave Hadfield have an in depth look back at the numerous games in the Challenge Cup Fourth Round including a notable mention for the success of Championship One leaders Swinton Lions over Championship outfit Dewsbury Rams to set up a visit to current Champions Warrington Wolves. We also look ahead to the next round of Super League action including Huddersfield versus St Helens and the usual round up of the news from your Super League Club.
Podcast 43 (6 May): Sheffield Eagles head coach and chief executive Mark Aston guest stars in our latest edition of the PROBIZ Tryline on Challenge Cup fourth round weekend. Aston knows what it takes to be a winner in this competition have won the Lance Todd Trophy for his performance in the Eagles’ historic final victory over Wigan back in 1998. It’s hard to imagine ever seeing another cup upset on that scale any time soon as the gulf between the Super League clubs and those outside the top-flight appears to be widening. Realistically no one will give his Championship team a prayer against St Helens on Saturday, but then few did on that memorable day at Wembley 13 years ago. However, Aston’s ultimate aim remains to return the Eagles back to the big time, albeit as the new club carrying their old name.
Podcast 42 (28 April): In this latest edition, The Independent’s Dave Hadfield is made to work for his money after a double bill of games over the Easter period. So far it’s shaping up to be an exciting and unpredictable season and the most recent set of fixtures were no exception. As always there is a full run through of the big breaking stories from your Super League clubs from the last seven days, as well a preview of the games coming up this weekend. And if that wasn’t enough – Super League title sponsors Engage are offering fans the chance to win match tickets to see their team play for free, but you will be only be able to find out how to enter the competition by listening to the PROBIZ Tryline now!
Podcast 41 (21 April): Courageous, spirited, inspirational and determined are adjectives bandied around all too easily in sport. But they can certainly be applied without hesitation to our latest special guest Steve Prescott. Steve’s world was turned upside-down in 2006 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. The former Hull and St Helens favourite was even told he wouldn’t get to see his children grow up. However, his fighting qualities as a player are serving him well in life as he has since raised thousand of pounds for charity through the Steve Prescott Foundation. His latest challenge will see him embark on a gruelling cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in just nine days. He also remains deeply passionate about Rugby League.
Podcast 40 (14 April): Hull FC's New Zealand and Tongan Test forward Epalahame Lauaki is the guest star on the latest PROBIZ Tryline. Lauaki looks ahead to the Black and Whites' trip to the South of France to face in-form Catalans Dragons and reveals his desire to bring success to Hull after an indifferent start to the current season. As always though, there is something for everyone in the PROBIZ Tryline no matter who you support. The Independent's Dave Hadfield reviews the last round of Super League action after a few more unpredictable results and looks ahead to the games coming up this weekend in round 10. Paul Mottram is also on hand to check out the big stories making the headlines during the last seven days in the news section Stop The Press.
Podcast 39 (6 April): Tryline was at RFL HQ for the announcement that Widnes Vikings will be part of Super League next year. We have all the reaction and, as always, The Independent's Dave Hadfield joins the show to give his views on the recent action on the field and looks ahead to this weekend's games.
Podcast 38 (29 March): Bradford Bulls new head coach Mick Potter is the guest in episode 38 of the series which, as always, is structured to appeal to everyone who loves the game. The former assistant coach reveals how the Bulls were the only club who could have kept in Super League, with something for both St Helens and Catalans Dragons fans as he looks back at his time with the two clubs. The Australian also reveals his views on the current Super League licence application process and how he plans to bring former glories back to Odsal. As always, The Independent's Dave Hadfield joins the show by giving his views on the recent action on the field plus we have all the latest news from your Super League club.
Podcast 37 (23 March): Harlequins RL head coach Rob Powell gives us his views on various Super League issues in the latest episode of the series, which as always is structured to appeal to everyone who loves the game. Powell gives an honest evaluation of the Quins situation following their record breaking defeat and how he expects himself and the squad to respond. He also looks at the salary cap and how he feels it has a positive impact on the game and gives us an insight in to how he became a Super League coach having not played the game professionally. As ever, The Independent’s chief rugby league writer Dave Hadfield is with us to give his views on the recent action on the field and you can catch the latest news from your Super League clubs, including a run through of the Challenge Cup fourth round draw.
Podcast 36 (17 March): Catalans Dragons coach Trent Robinson discusses raising his club's profile within Super League and the logistical problems of being based in France in this latest episode of PROBIZ Tryline. Along with all the latest rugby league news, The Independent's Dave Hadfield joins the show to pass his views on the Willie Mason/Michael Dobson registration situation at Hull KR.
Podcast 35 (10 March): St Helens coach Royce Simmons offers up his thoughts in this latest episode of PROBIZ Tryline, which as always is structured to appeal to everyone who loves the game. Simmons discusses a variety of subjects including his previous stint in England with Hull, Wigan’s performance in the PROBIZ World Club Challenge and his relief at finally seeing an end to the Kyle Eastmond will he or won’t he saga. As ever, The Independent’s chief Rugby League writer Dave Hadfield is around to give his views on the recent action on the field and you can catch the latest news from your Super League clubs.
Podcast 34 (2 March): We're live from the World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium with before, during and plenty of after match analysis including the official match reaction from the coaches in charge on the night and the man of the match, St George Illawara's Brett Morris. We catch up with Martin Offiah to get his views on the game at present and hear from Pat Richards regarding his injury. The Independent's chief Rugby League writer, Dave Hadfield, can also be heard talking about last weekend's Super League action and previews the games coming up in round four.
Podcast 33 (24 February): This week we drop the spotlight on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after an eventful few weeks. Chief Executive James Elston, new owner Andrew Glover and Wildcats head coach John Kear all offer up their views on the club’s recent plight. We’ll also be looking ahead in some detail to the PROBIZ World Club Challenge on Sunday between Wigan and St George Illawarra Dragons with The Independent’s Rugby League writer Dave Hadfield.
Podcast 32 (17 February): Castleford Tigers captain Ryan Hudson is our latest Super League guest on the PROBIZ Tryline. He discusses his hopes for the season and the decision to move Magic weekend to the start of the season. His sister Lucy Jo Hudson was also on hand for a chat along with her husband Alan Halsall. You might know them better as Katy Harris and Tyrone Dobbs from Coronation Street, but have you heard them talking about Rugby League? And if that wasn’t enough, The Independent’s Rugby League reporter Dave Hadfield is featured giving his thoughts on the action on the pitch.
Podcast 31 (11 February): Super League 16 gets underway this weekend as 14 teams return to Cardiff for Magic Weekend. Joining us on the first PROBIZ Tryline is RFL commercial director Paul Kimberley to talk about the concept at the start of the year, plus PROBIZ founder Feisal Nahaboo who talks about his investment in the sport as well as England cricketers Matthew Hoggard who reveals his love for Rugby League.
Podcast 30 (8 October): A bumper edition of Tryline rounds of the season. We have The Independent's Dave Hadfield and Martyn Sadler from the Rugby League Express as guests discussing last weekend's Grand Final success for Wigan. They also review the progress of the other teams in Super League this season and look ahead to the following campaign. And if that wasn't enough, they take a look at England's prospects in the Four Nations down under and give us their assessment of the squad picked by coach Steve McNamara.
Podcast 29 (1 October): It's a Super League Grand Final special this week. As we build up to Saturday's game at Old Trafford we have Wigan stars Thomas Leuluai, Mark Riddell and Joel Tomkins on the show. And to even things up we have Saints counterparts Sia Soliola, Paul Wellens and Matty Smith.
Podcast 28 (24 September): Former Great Britain captain Garry Schofield chats about the prospects of his former clubs Huddersfield and Leeds in the Super League play-offs. The outspoken star also reveals why he thinks he has never been given a top coaching role.
Podcast 27 (17 September): A comprehensive look at the world of rugby league as the battle for the Grand Final hots up.
Podcast 26 (10 September): Hull KR coach Justin Morgan is this week's guest on Tryline. He looks ahead to his side's first game of the play-offs against bitter rivals Hull FC. He also fills us in on Hull KR's high profile signing of Willie Mason and gives us his assessment on all of the Super League play-off fixtures.
Podcast 25 (3 September): Warrington coach Tony Smith joins Tryline to talk about his side's Challenge Cup final win over Leeds and calls for changes to the drug testing procedure.
Podcast 24 (27 August): Challenge Cup final special: Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield and team-mate Kylie Leuluai look ahead to the game from a Leeds prospect while Warrington coach Tony Smith and Adrian Morley reveal their team’s ambition to retain the trophy they won last season.
Podcast 23 (20 August): Harlequins head coach Brian McDermott speaks to us in the week that he announced his decision to quit the club at the end of the season to become an assistant coach at Leeds Rhinos. He also talks about a difficult year including the challenges of helping Rob Purdham cope with the tragic death of his brother Garry in the Cumbria shooting.
Podcast 22 (13 August): Salford City Reds coach Shaun McRae chats about his club’s exciting plans for the future with a new stadium on the way and his calls for a change to the transfer system.
Podcast 21 (6 August): Catch up on all the latest news from Super League in Tryline, our weekly Rugby League podcast.
Podcast 19 (29 July): Catch up on all the latest news from Super League in Tryline, our weekly Rugby League podcast.
Podcast 18 (23 July): Catch up on all the latest news from Super League in Tryline, our weekly Rugby League podcast.
Podcast 17 (9 July): The Independent's Dave Hadfield discusses the Super League franchise system and gives his take on the RFL’s decision to fine Castleford Tigers £40,000 after a section of their fans directed homophobic abuse towards Crusaders star Gareth Thomas.
Podcast 16 (1 July): Rugby League agent David Howes gives us his unique insight into the game having worked in top-flight sports management for over 30 years including stints with the RFL, Leeds Rhinos and St. Helens.
Podcast 15 (25 June): Sky Sports Rugby League touchline reporter Rod Studd questions the decision to play a mid-season international against France on the day England’s football team kicked off their World Cup campaign as he appears on Tryline.
Podcast 14 (18 June): Catalans Dragons coach Kevin Walters talks about life as the only club in Super League not based in the UK and his plans for the future after announcing his intention to seek a new job at the end of the season.
Podcast 13 (10 June): Tryline presents an England Special. We talk to Kevin Brown who's looking forward to England's Test match with France, Gareth Ellis talks about the opportunity both on and off the pitch on his return from Australia, Captain Jamie Peacock explains his support for the England football team, plus there's a short chat with surprise inclusion Gareth Widdop.
Podcast 12 (4 June): Tryline catches up with Hull FC coach Richard Agar, who gives his thoughts on Gareth Widdop's England call-up. We also speak to Tom Briscoe.
Podcast 11 (28 May): Previewing the Challenge Cup quarter-finals, Tryline speaks to Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McClennan and half-back Danny McGuire, plus Batley coach Karl Harrison, Barrow full-back Gary Broadbent and Warrington coach Tony Smith.
Podcast 10 (20 May): Tryline speak to Castleford Tigers head coach Terry Matterson about Brent Sherwin's shock move and Castleford's need for a new stadium.
Podcast 9 (13 May): RFL chief executive Nigel Wood talks about the future of the Magic Weekend and is full of praise for how the flagship event has gone so far.
Podcast 8 (7 May): Bradford Bulls hooker Heath L'Estrange lifts the lid on life in a Super League locker room in the latest podcast and there's a look ahead to this weekend's Challenge Cup fifth round action.
Podcast 7 (29 April): Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown has revealed he doesn't expect to stay in England too much longer with next season likely to be his last as he guests on the latest Tryline.
Podcast 6 (21 April): Wakefield boss John Kear gives us his views on Steve McNamara’s appointment as England’s new head coach and he recalls leading Sheffield Eagles to that famous Challenge Cup victory against Wigan in 1998.
Podcast 5 (15 April): Tryline catches up with former GB star and England coach Karl Harrison, now the coach of Batley Bulldogs, who is looking forward to the Challenge Cup weekend and has a few controversial views about the future of the Rugby League.
Podcast 4 (8 April): The subject of our fourth podcast is Martyn Sadler, editor of The Rugby League Express.
Podcast 3 (1 April): Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McClennan and new signing Lee Smith join Tryline.
Podcast 2 (26 March): Castleford Tigers commentator Mick Morgan offers his views on youngster Jordan Thompson, and looks back on his own 25-year playing career.
Podcast 1 (19 March): Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara offers his views on Super League XV, which is shaping up to be the toughest season for quite some time.