As the British general election was called last week, a think-tank suggested that Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party should target ‘Workington Man’ in areas with ‘strong rugby league traditions’. But rugby league was born in revolt against ruling elites and has a long tradition of radicalism. This week’s ‘Rugby Reloaded’ looks at the rebel origins of league and its radical DNA. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and take a look at

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