This week’s ‘Rugby Reloaded’ plus talks to Ian Syson about his book ‘The Game That Never Happened’ which looks at the origins and struggles of soccer in Australia’s four-cornered football world. Ian discusses why soccer never became the premier football code down under and how it lost out to rugby league and Aussie Rules. It’s a fascinating discussion which throws up lots of questions about why and how different types of football become dominant in different places.

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