As the kick-off for rugby union’s world cup in Japan approaches, this week’s ‘Rugby Reloaded’ steps back sixty-five years to explore the origins and tangled history of rugby’s first world cup – the 1954 Rugy League World Cup. Initiated by a leader of the French Resistance, the RLWC has a tangled history whose promise has yet to be fulfilled. Could the 2021 RLWC be the turning point?

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