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The Australian
The Breakdown
Australian rugby once had $40 million in the bank. Crowds over 100,000. TV audiences of 3 million. Today the Wallabies have sunk to their lowest world ranking ever. Off the field rugby is a "war zone" with a $20 million deficit last year alone. The Breakdown is a gripping podcast investigation from The Australian, exploring just how far "the game they play in heaven" has fallen - and why. Jessica Halloran and Claire Harvey have interviewed everyone from ex-PMs and billionaires to Wallabies legends, boardroom insiders and the volunteers battling to keep the game alive. Raw and...
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Ratings & Reviews
3.6 stars from 224 ratings
Great podcast
Really enjoyed this. Was living in Australia for many years and can remember many of the headlines mentioned here. Where did the money go
Rossco224 via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 06/13/21
How Ironic
A podcast about the death of Australian Rugby by News Corp. No mention of Foxtel’s part in this?
dueven1 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/08/21
Skewed Rubbish
Was hopeful this would be a valid and honest representation of mistakes made and plans for the future. Should have read the list of contributors before so I had known not to bother. Other than Eales, a true legend of the game, John ONeil, the guy no-one listened too and Twiggy, the bloke who...Read full review »
codehopper via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/02/21
Recent Episodes
The never-before-told story of how rugby nearly died altogether, the voices of those people keeping passion alive at the grassroots, and the sharp reality facing rugby if it is to ever recover in Australia. To listen to all six episodes of The Breakdown first, read the journalism and take the...
Published 04/13/21
How rugby lost its golden player, featuring exclusive words from former Prime Minister John Howard, and a glimpse inside the locker room where Michael Cheika reveals how he handled the fallout with his players. For the first time, we reveal what really happened inside the boardroom.  To listen...
Published 04/06/21
Billionaire Andrew Forrest and the frantic battle to reshape the game, amid roiling uncertainty at head office and looming disaster on the field.  To listen to all six episodes of The Breakdown first, read the journalism and take the multimedia experience search for and download The Australian...
Published 03/30/21
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