This week’s ‘Rugby Reloaded’ goes audio-visual and looks at the Mitchell & Kenyon rugby films of 1901-03. These are the earliest collection of rugby films from almost the dawn of moving pictures, and were filmed just as the Northern Union was mid-way in its evolution from rugby union rules to what became rugby league. And they also show some of the early giants of the sport – Dicky Lockwood, Albert Goldthorpe and James Lomas – in action. To watch the videos discussed in the podcast, go to

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