With no matches being played as a result of the coronavirus, Dave and Tom take the opportunity to reflect upon the performances of all the teams as things stand in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. They also discuss your feedback on Joe Marler's ban and select their Team Of The Tournament (so far).
Published 03/16/20
Published 03/16/20
In an episode recorded before the cancellation of the France / Ireland game, Dave and Tom reflect on two of the big talking points in the England v Wales game involving Manu Tuilagi and - ahem - Joe Marler and Alun-Wyn Jones. They also assess a fantastic performance by Scotland to overturn a 14-man France, which throws the tournament wide open. Then, of course, there is their much-debated selections for Team of the Round.
Published 03/09/20
Cheered by news that his account has finally been verified by Twitter, Tom is in good spirits as he and David assess the state of play in the Six Nations during the second rest week of the tournament. Wales's injury concerns are a major talking point, as is the coronavirus. They also get stuck in to your feedback from their last Team Of The Round.
Published 03/02/20
The 2020 Guinness Six Nations is shaping up nicely - with England seeing off Ireland and France eyeing up a Grand Slam following a thrilling victory in Wales. There was also redemption in Rome for Stuart Hogg. Flats & Shanks review all the action, pick their Team Of The Round and tell a few more of your gags.
Published 02/24/20
In an episode filmed in a box at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the Wales fly-half joins David and Tom to discuss his ongoing rehabilitation from the horrific knee injury that cruelly ruled him out of the World Cup in Japan. They also get his thoughts on new national coach Wayne Pivac, Shaun Edwards, the Finn Russell affair and the likely winners and losers in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. What a thoroughly top fella he is!
Published 02/17/20
As Storm Ciara batters our shores, England and Ireland come out on top in two very contrasting matches. David and Tom speak to ex-Ireland international Stephen Ferris and get a punchy post-match perspective from Ellis Genge. They also pick there Team Of The Round and share a few more of your jokes.
Published 02/10/20
Following England's defeat in Paris, French legend Thomas Castaign├Ęde joins David and Tom to do a little gloating. Rory Lawson chats to the lads about what might have been for Scotland, and they also pick their now legendary Team of The Round.
Published 02/03/20
Who will be the stars of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations? David Flatman & Tom Shanklin return to ITV with a preview of this year's tournament. Subjects on the agenda include Stuart Hogg's hair, Jon Davies's body and Andy Farrell's guitar. They also pick their Six Nations Team Of The Tens.
Published 01/27/20
They're back! David Flatman and Tom Shanklin will be podcasting throughout the Guinness Six Nations, with their characteristic blend of razor-sharp analysis and downright daftness. Ahead of Monday's preview show, here's a reminder of what they sound like!
Published 01/24/20
After an exceedingly long flight, Flats joins Shanks straight off the plane from Japan to reflect upon South Africa's stunning victory over England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. And in many ways, David is the right man to dissect where the match was won and lost, given the importance of the scrum in determining the outcome ...
Published 11/04/19
The big game is nearly upon us, and David and Tom are a little bit excited. As well as offering their perspective on the final, they also have extended interviews with World Cup winners Ben Kay and Bryan Habana. They also bid a fond farewell to Warren Gatland, which leads them onto a surreal conversation about who from the world of rugby would make the best father-in-law.
Published 10/31/19
With Shanks literally on the first flight out of Japan following Wales's agonising defeat to South Africa, he and Flats are in sombre mood - despite England's extraordinary victory over the Kiwis in the other semi-final. But they still manage to scrutinise both matches with characteristic verve, insight and humour before he is booted out of his hotel.
Published 10/27/19
Amid tales of ping-pong with Andrew Cotter, mind-games with Dave Alred and high-fives with Tiger Woods, Flats & Shanks preview the semi-finals between England and New Zealand and Wales and South Africa.
Published 10/24/19
The boys are exceedingly happy with the quarter-final results in Oita from a patriotic perspective. They also lament the departure of Ireland from the tournament, and marvel at the brilliance of both the All Blacks and the Boks.
Published 10/21/19
Flats & Shanks bring you the definitive preview of the last eight round of matches, including contributions from Joe Marler, Warren Gatland, Ruth Gorman and Alan Quinlan.
Published 10/17/19
Reunited at last, Flats & Shanks reflect upon a glorious evening for the Brave Blossoms - and a less pleasing one for the Scots. They also select their (now infamous) Team Of The Round.
Published 10/14/19
With typhoon Hagibis approaching Tokyo, Flats puts up an impassioned defence of the decision to cancel England's game against France. Shanks, meanwhile, reflects upon his first live action at the tournament - Wales's thrilling victory over the mighty Fijians.
Published 10/10/19
With Shanks finally arriving in Japan in time for Wales v Fiji, the lads ponder Italian idiocy and French inconsistency in the wake of the weekend action.
Published 10/07/19
In what's becoming an obsession, Flats bemoans the humidity in Japan and the negative effect it's having on the rugby. He and Shanks also express their love of Aussie coach, Michael Cheika, and hear from Billy Vunipola and Eddie Jones.
Published 10/03/19
More foul play for Flats & Shanks to reflect on, as they assess the mixed fortunes of the home nations with Sam Warburton, Shane Williams, Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell & Scott Hastings.
Published 09/30/19
The boys are joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Sir Clive Woodward, Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Gregor Townsend. Flats also goes into intimate detail about his diet since arriving in Kobe.
Published 09/26/19
Following the opening weekend of matches, the boys bring you reaction from Eddie Jones, Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Roberts and Bryan Habana. Gethin Jenkins also makes a surprise appearance!
Published 09/23/19
With a groggy Flats now in Japan, he and Shanks look forward to the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup with Ugo Monye and Mark Pougatch.
Published 09/19/19
Golfer Andrew 'The Beef' Johnston joins the fellas for a chat. They also hear from Wales coach Warren Gatland and ITV commentator, Nick Mullins.
Published 09/16/19