The Matty Johns podcast

The Matty Johns podcast Podcast

It's the one and only Matty Johns with his brand new podcast. This is a must listen for all rugby league fans with Matty and his weekly panel featuring Paul Kent and James Hooper dissecting the big issues with plenty of laughs along the way.


Origin hype and the art of big game preparation
Check out who nailed their Origin predictions, how NRL stars prepare differently for the big stage and Robbie Slater talks about the dangers of playing against Maradona. Join Matty, Kenty and Finch for the best rugby league podcast in the game....

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Origin madness and the best of Tommy Raudonikis
It's Origin time and Matty, Kenty and Finchy dissect both teams, the controversial picks and a game looming as a classic, recount the best of Tommy Raudonikis and Matty recalls Mitchell Pearce's sleepover at the Johns household....

Cellar dweller drama; Pearce peaks and tributes to two legends
Penrith have gone from bad to worse, Mitchell Pearce has hit top form and the Knights are now running hot and Matty Johns pays tribute to two legends who passed away this week in Bob Hawke and Quentin Pongia. Join Matty, Kenty and Finch for the best rugby league podcast in the game....



Gus and the Panthers, a stadium that changes the game
The spin behind Phil Gould's exit and what really happened at the Panthers this week. Matty with Paul Kent and James Hooper dissect the impact of a modern coaching great plus reveal just how one match at Parramatta's new stadium has completely changed the Sydney rugby league scene....

The Inglis impact, five-eighths setting the NRL alight
Matty reveals his favourite Inglis memories, the impact of retirement on a player and dissect the five-eighths who are setting the competition alight. Paul Kent and James Hooper join Matty for the best rugby league chat and more than a few laughs....


Matty Johns bonus pod: Blocker Roach and the Warren Ryan years
As part of the new Matty Johns podcast he will be sitting down and going one on one with some of the greatest players and characters in rugby league. In his first special, he interviews Steve Roach on the Warren Ryan years at the Balmain Tigers. One of the legends of the club, Blocker terrorised opponents during the late 80s in a team that were one of the greatest club teams not to win a grand final. They came close, losing twice, including the epic 1989 decider against the Canberra Raiders....

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Small forward revolution and why the Knights nearly sacked me
Matty Johns is back with his new podcast and he digs beneath the surface of Cooper Cronk/Luke Keary partnership, is pumped by the return of the small forward to the game and tells how he almost got sacked from the Knights - twice. Joined by Paul Kent and James Hooper, this is classic Matty for all rugby league lovers. Subscribe now....

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Introducing the Cricket Unfiltered Podcast
If you like the show search 'Cricket Unfiltered' on all Podcast apps or Spotify.To celebrate the 50th episode of Cricket Unfiltered Australian legends Allan Border and Michael Hussey join Andrew Menczel to discuss all the big cricket news.Also on the show Newscorp's chief cricket writer, Ben Horne, has his assessment of Australia's ODI series loss to South Africa.You can email the show at: auscricketpod@gmail.comFind Andrew Menczel on twitter @amenners or www.andrewmenczel.comKeep up with all the cricket ne...

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David Stagg rides again
Nick Campton and Tim Williams preview the preliminary finals and celebrate a legend's return to rugby league....


There is no escape from finals fever
Nick Campton and Tim Williams preview each of the games in the lead up to the first week of the NRL finals and continue their critically-acclaimed season reviews....

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Nick Campton and Tim Williams preview all the action for Round 25, get the season reviews going and lament their truly disgraceful tipping skills....

Round 23 League Central podcast
Nick Campton and Tim Williams discuss where Ben Barba will end up in his NRL return, who will win the Dally M Medal, while also reviewing the Roosters-Souths blockbuster....


Is the premiership a two horse race?
Nick Campton and Tim Williams assess whether or not the premiership has become a two-horse race and preview all the action for Round 21....

Is anyone actually any good?
Nick Campton and Tim Williams carry on about referees, try to make sense of the top eight madness and preview all the action for Round 20....

Recovering from Origin fever
Nick Campton and Tim Williams break down Origin one more time, look ahead to the race to the finals and argue over Campo's player ratings....


The historical legacy of Origin II
Nick Campton and Joe Barton break down Origin II and the rest of rep weekend, ask which players have changed their destiny and look at all the action from Round 15....

Rep round preview
Nick Campton, Tim Williams and Joe Barton preview the upcoming rep round, headlined by the Denver Test and State of Origin II....


Is the top 8 already decided?
Nick Campton and Tim Williams break down all the footy news from across the universe, take an early look at the rep weekend and ask if the top eight is already decided....

Full breakdown of State of Origin I
Nick Campton and Tim Williams break down the hits, misses, studs and duds from Origin I and where the Blues and Maroons go from here....


World Cup Final Preview
It's time for the big two with the women's and men's Rugby League World Cup finals to be played this Saturday. In our final League Central for the season we wrap up all the World Cup action and dissect this week's combatants....

RLWC - Week Four
Do you believe in fairytales? Tonga are on the verge of a World Cup finals berth while Fiji will have to pull off the shock of the century to beat the Kangaroos on Friday night....


Rugby League World Cup: Tonga now a world power
The team dissect the impact of Tonga's victory over New Zealand and what it means for international rugby league and look ahead to the quarter finals this weekend. Is another upset on the cards?...

RLWC - The state of international rugby league
The Telegraph Sport team discuss Wales coach John Kear's comments about the World Cup being considered a third tier competition in Australia to Origin and the NRL. Where does the Cup sit in the rugby league pecking order and how can it become a flagship event? Plus, they discuss the highlights of Samoa v Tonga and preview the third round of pool matches....

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Rugby League World Cup - PNG mania
The Daily Telegraph sport team of Fiona Bollen, Nick 'World Cup' Campton and Fatima Kdouh talk through the on and off field action of the Rugby League World Cup. From blow out scores by second tier nations, to the James Tedesco-Shannon Wakeman bust up that added to Italy's woes, they cover all that and more INCLUDING the incredible scenes from PNG and their elevation to be everyone's second favourite - if not outright favourite - team. Plus a full preview of the second round of matches....

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Rugby League World Cup - Week 1
The Tele Sport team of Fiona Bollen, David Riccio, Fatima Kdouh and Nick Campton break down the talking points of this World Cup including Tonga defections, why Aussies want the Aussies to lose, picking a minnow team and one ref debate that will no doubt start simmering. But the action gets underway this weekend and they take a look at the teams and how it will all play out, plus they deliver their bold predictions for the first week....

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Monday Bunker: Grand Final Preview
The Monday Bunker crew preview this week's grand final between the Storm and Cowboys. Can the Cowboys continue their fairytale run or will the Storm come out on top?...

Monday Bunker - Finals Week Two
Is Michael Morgan the game's best player? The Monday Bunker crew of Paul Crawley, Fatima Kdouh and Tom Sangster discuss Roosters coach Trent Robinson's huge declaration about Morgan and disect week two of the finals series....


Monday Bunker: Fans are outraged and confused
An epic first weekend of finals left many fans fuming over contentious decisions, the Cowboys end the Sharks defence and the Eels give the Storm a scare....

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League Central Round 26
Finals spots are on the line as we enter the final round of the 2017 NRL season. Paul Suttor, Michael Carayannis and Matt Logue look at one of the most important rounds of the year....

Monday Bunker: Round 25 wash-up
The Monday Bunker crew reveal the truth behind Josh Dugan's sensational axing on the weekend and who misses the top eight with the race to the finals almost run....


League Central 25 - How the finals will fall and the main contenders
Michael Carayannis and Matt Logue joined Fiona Bollen to talk about Neil Henry being shown the door at the Titans and whether it's the end of his NRL coaching career. They look at whether protest action could happen from players over the pay dispute and if they could have dressed to impress at the meeting. Plus, they break down the top eight, who it's likely to be, who's a shot at the title and what we can expect from this weekend's round of games....

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League Central 24: Hayne v Henry, Bulldogs and the game of the year
Buzz Rothfield and David Riccio join Fiona Bollen to comb through all the major NRL issues including Jarryd Hayne v Neil Henry and who will stay and who will go; Des Hasler's reign at the Bulldogs and what the current the state of the club means for the next couple of years; Salary cap and possible player strikes; and Buzz declares we are in for the game of the YEAR this weekend....

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Monday Bunker Round 22
Monday Bunker crew Paul Crawley, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh discuss the wash-up from the round 22 NRL action. Will the Dragons choke? Can anyone beat the Storm? And is the game headed for a salary cap crisis?...


League Central Round 22
Paul Suttor, Phil Rothfield and Michael Carayannis look at all the big issues ahead of round 22 of the NRL season....

League Central Round 21 Podcast
The Daily Telegraph's Dave Riccio, Paul Suttor and Christian Nicolussi talk about all the biggest issues facing the NRL right now as well as looking at what is shaping up to be a huge round 21....


Maloney injury
Sharks five-eighth James Maloney has suffered a broken hand that requires surgery. The Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield and David Riccio discuss what it means for Cronulla and young gun Jack Bird....

Game day podcast from Blues camp
Legendary Blues trainer Ron Palmer and Mark Graham, the father of NSW forward Wade, join The Daily Telegraph's Dean Ritchie and David Riccio to preview tonight's State of Origin decider....


Inside Blues Camp - Day 4
NSW forwards Aaron Woods and David Klemmer join Fatima Kdouh in Blues camp to discuss the build-up to the State of Origin series decider....

Inside Blues Camp - Day 3
David Riccio, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh with the latest from Kingscliff, including an injury report and Aaron Woods' captaincy vow....


Day 2 Inside Blues Camp
David Riccio, Dean Ritchie and Fatima with all the latest from Kingscliff including updates on Tyson Frizell and Boyd Cordner....

Inside Camp Blues
The Daily Telegraph's David Riccio, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh have the latest on Tyson Frizell and all that's happening with Laurie Daley's squad in Kingscliff....

The Bunker: Maroons brush DCE; Blues gamble
On the Monday Bunker the panel debate the omission of Daly Cherry-Evans from the Queensland team and who will step up if injury forces the withdrawal of a number of Blues stars....


SPECIAL: Origin Game Two preview
Nick Campton and Michael Carayannis join Fiona Bollen to preview Game Two of the 2017 State of Origin - who they think will win, where it will be won and who will have a blinder....

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League Central 15: Origin Game Two, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Round 15
Nick Campton and Michael Carayannis join Fiona Bollen to discuss all things State of Origin - running at JT, the lineups, why NSW should be worried. Plus, they discuss the Roosters' decision to release Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Aidan Guerra's move to the Knights and have a preview of the four games in Round 15....

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League Central 14: Bulldogs, Origin, the Commission and mascot battles
Matt Logue and Nick Campton join Fiona Bollen to rake over the coals of the Bulldogs' woes, they discuss John Grant leaving the role of chairman of the ARLC but try to figure just what that role actually is. They talk Origin's return to being an even, annual battle in which anyone can win and try to nut out how a battle of mascots would work while previewing Round 14....

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Monday Bunker
LISTEN! Is there more going on at the Bulldogs than meets the eye? And Kevin Walters all but confirms Billy Slater’s return. The Monday Bunker crew dissect all the biggest issues in the NRL....

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League Central 13 - Origin I review, CBA still causing confusion and Round 13 action
Daily Telegraph sports editor Adam Mobbs and News Corp's digital NRL lead Dominic Burke join Fiona Bollen to dissect the Blues' commanding Game One win and what it means for the Maroons heading into Game Two. They talk the Hayne Plane staying put on the Gold Coast and how the drawn out CBA negotiations are really starting to cause trouble for off-contract players and clubs. Plus, they go look at how things look at the midpoint of the season and go through Round 13 games and who's a shot....

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SPECIAL - Blues camp Origin 2017:
From Blues camp, David Riccio and Dean Ritchie explain why the Blues enter Origin 1 full of confidence and what the Maroons will do to deprive them of victory....


SPECIAL - Blues Camp Origin 2017: Why the Blues will win
Daily Telegraph journalists Dean Ritchie and David Riccio preview game one of Wednesday night's State of Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium. They breakdown both teams and discuss why the Blues finally have an edge of the Queenslanders....

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SPECIAL - Blues Camp Origin 2017: Day 1
Daily Telegraph journalists David Riccio, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh wrap up a hectic day one in NSW Blues camp. They talk Josh Dugan, Mitchell Pearce and why Laurie Daley's men have that "winning feeling"....

League Central 12: Moses moves, forward pass fiascos and big predictions for Rd 11
Paul Suttor is joined by Phil Rothfield and Michael Carayannis to discuss Round 11 of the NRL and all the latest headlines. Mitchell Moses finally made his move from the Wests Tigers to Parramatta Eels; the refs still can't get it right when it comes to calling back forward passes; the Roosters are red-hot and it's decided Newcastle should just play Canberra every week and they'll be back on track....

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League Central Episode 11
Paul Crawley and Buzz Rothfield join Fiona Bollen and go head-to-head on the NRL's recent drug scandals and how punishments should be doled out. Buzz says the talk of Josh Dugan being offered a $1 million contract with the Sharks is rubbish, plus he delivers his blueprint for how Newcastle can turn things around to be competitive again. Plus, they review every game in Round 10 of the NRL....

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Monday Bunker: NRL's weekend of shame
Three NRL players and an official have been caught up in separate drug scandals while Cowboys and Dragons suffer injuries to key players....

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League Central 10 - Rep Round! And Semi's possible return in 2018
David Riccio and Michael Carayannis join Fiona Bollen to talk about the domestic violence charges against Semi Radradra being thrown out and his possible return to Parramatta in 2018. They discuss the farce that City-Country became in its final year and the no-choice position Mal Meninga was in with Josh Papalii. One third of the season is done. Who's already out of the premiership race and who will be pushing for spots in September? And they preview the full weekend of rep matches including Jillaroos v Fer...

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League Central 9 - Reynolds' big dollars, Kangaroos and must-make signings
Michael Carayannis and David Riccio join Fiona Bollen to talk Kangaroos selections, Origin possibilities, Josh Reynolds' big-money move to the Tigers and how Bulldogs fans will react but mainly, is he really worth that much money? Wests Tigers have picked up a couple of decent signings but the Knights still struggle to attract anyone. Dave reckons they need one soon or it could be big trouble for the battling Novocastrians. They also talk about George Burgess's decline and how Madge may be able to snap him ...

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League Central Podcast Round 8
League Central podcast: Why Raiders gun Joey Leilua won't get a test call-up, plus a full preview of Round 8....

7 - Gold Coast Titans to make the eight!
Michael Carayannis and Nick Campton join Fiona Bollen to discuss the unexpected top eight and who will still be there come September. Plus contracts being a distraction, but a welcome one for fans and Ivan Cleary's lucky situation in being able to bring together the team he wants quickly. Will that mean there's pressure to perform from next year though? Plus, a full preview of Round 7, our favourite odd scorelines and Jordan Rapana's unabashed love of the tryline....

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Monday Bunker: Player market clear as mud
The Monday Bunker crew dissect what is happening on the player transfer market, the TIgers first win under Ivan Cleary and the Dragons' surge to the top of the table....

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6 - How will Cronk go without Smith and Slater if he plays on?
David Riccio and  Michael Carayannis joined Fiona Bollen to discuss the huge news of Cronk leaving the Storm next year to go to Sydney. Will he play on? And if he does, which club would he go to, which one needs him, but how will he go without his career playing partners of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater? Plus, is it a bad look for the Panthers that their captain has been stood down for breaking protocol? And Mick talks through the salary cap which is a TOTAL mess and the dire situation clubs could be left ...

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Monday Bunker: Tigers turn to Cleary
The Monday Bunker crew dissect the impact new head coach Ivan Cleary will have on the Wests Tigers plus all all the big talking points from a massive round five in the NRL....


BONUS Chris Heighington 300 games
David Riccio sat down with Cronulla Sharks NRL player Chris Heighington to talk about his career that reaches its 300th game against Newcastle Knights in Round 5, 2017. He talks his days - would you believe - of playing in the centres with Cliff Lyons, the most annoying player he's ever played with (no prizes for guessing who), the moment he knew Benji Marshall was a superstar and tells the story of the day Tim Sheens was scared into cancelling a training session.  Plus, the premierships he's been involved ...

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5 - Is Paul Vaughan a bolter for the Blues?
David Riccio and Dean Ritchie join Fiona Bollen to put the spotlight on some of the gun performances from last weekend - from new, old and in between. New segment - Is it a big deal? - begins where they break down Canterbury's big loss and Des Hasler's position there, State of Origin talk at this stage of the season, the Dragons and Sea Eagles' ability to stay in the top eight and being completely over the Warriors. PLUS, a look ahead to Round 5 and the crunch match for the Bulldogs against the Broncos....

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Monday Bunker Rnd 4: Hasler under threat
The Monday Bunker crew featuring Paul Crawley, Dean Ritchie and Robert Craddock dissect the biggest NRL news with Des Hasler's position called into question, the Dragons continue their resurgence and will their be shock Origin selections for both NSW and Qld?...


4 - The mess that is the Tigers and how to solve it
Buzz Rothfield and David Riccio join Fiona Bollen to go over the fallout of the Jason Taylor sacking at the Wests Tigers and how the club can do to sort the team out. Plus, off-contract halves demanding big bucks without the results to back it up; the try/no try inconsistencies; Manly feature heavily in the 3, 2, 1 Daily M points; Roosters ruling buy of the year contenders and who does Buzz add to his 'worst ever' list in the NRL?...

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Monday Bunker: The Jason Taylor sacking
Paul Crawley, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh dissect all the fallout from the sacking of Jason Taylor as coach plus all the other big issues from a massive round three....

3 - The Tim Simona story and the worst NSW player ever
Buzz Rothfield and Michael Carayannis join Fiona Bollen for episode 3. Buzz explains how the Tim Simona story went from a chat about betting on games to the tell-all that broke last week. Plus, they discuss Des Hasler's future at the Dogs; Newcastle's big win and what it means for 2017; the ins and outs for Round 3; who is the worst player to represent NSW? And the campaign for more set plays in the NRL begins....

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Tim Simona: Why I bet on NRL matches
Disgraced NRL player Tim Simona sat down with the Sunday Telegraph's Phil Rothfield to exclusively reveal how he bet on NRL matches and spiralled out of control....

Tim Simona: My battle with drugs
Disgraced NRL player Tim Simona sat down with the Sunday Telegraph's Phil Rothfield to exclusively reveal how he took drugs and escaped NRL testing....

EXCLUSIVE Tim Simona: The full interview
Disgraced NRL player Tim Simona sat down with the Sunday Telegraph's Phil Rothfield to exclusively reveal all on his gambling scandal and drug addiction....


2 - Have the NRL gone soft on the biff?
Fiona Bollen, David Riccio and Buzz Rothfield discuss their highlights and standouts from Round 1, whether they think financial penalties are a way to deal with punching, the Jarryd Hayne situation plus their dead cert winners in Round 2....

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1 Monday Bunker: The GI injury crisis and JT's backchat
All the big issues from the first round of week 1 are dissected by Paul Crawley, Robert Craddock, Dean Ritchie and Fatima Kdouh...

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BONUS League Central: Buzz's Top 50
Buzz Rothfield joins Fiona Bollen and Matt Logue to talk through his who, where, why and how of his Top 50 NRL players for 2017....

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1 - Round 1 is here! Team talk and tips
Daily Telegraph journalists Dave Riccio, Michael Carayannis and Paul Suttor debate the biggest NRL issues of the week following the announcement of round one teams....

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