It’s State of Origin #2 on Sunday, but 50 years ago the same intense focus would have been on a Great Britain v Australia Ashes series. This week’s episode looks at why Origin overcame the Ashes and explores the history of Anglo-Australian rugby league. Discover how rugby league explains Australia’s changing relationship with its former ‘Mother Country’! For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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