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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:31 pm
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Looks like an interesting documentary on BBC Two Wales at 7pm tomorrow evening.

"The Rugby Codebreakers": Broadcaster and journalist Carolyn Hitt investigates why so many men gave up their dreams of playing rugby union for Wales, seeking fame and fortune among the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire by committing an act that was considered tantamount to treason - switching codes to play rugby league. Her journey explores the impact of class, race and economic change on the game at the heart of Welsh identity.

BBC Two Wales is on Sky Channel 971 (be careful with those numbers ;) )

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09w01q4
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:50 pm
Posted by mrpurfect on Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:50 pm
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was looking to record that on my tivo box but dont think i can, hope it's going on the iplayer.
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:47 pm
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dave woods mentioned this on five live on thursday evening and said it would be appearing on the iplayer. he also said the program didn't go in the direction it was initially aimed at....interesting
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Cracking watch, really enjoyed that
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:03 pm
Posted by ComeOnYouUll on Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:03 pm
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An excellent documentary. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of the game. On IPlayer now.
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:01 pm
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Cracking watch, really enjoyed that

That was brilliant just watched it did not know how bad it was for black player bloody hell
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:46 pm
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Great programme for sure.

Sad to see Clive Sullivan not even get a mention on BBC sports personality of the year after the world cup win.

I do feel the RFL and the team shouldn't have gone to Australia when it was made clear Roy Francis would not be allowed to travel.

Should have made a stand and said it's unacceptable.

The story about Widnes signing Jonathan Davis and then stopping in the pub on the way home was classic.
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Post Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:58 pm
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An amazing and insightful documentary of how Black players were treated by the welsh RFU back then

RL gained some wonderful and talented players from Wales over the years due to the Welsh RU's racist opinions and their decision to stay amateur (COUGH) and to not pay their players legitimately :wink:

I'd recommend this programme to all RL fans
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b ... debreakers
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