Saracens are Premiership champions for a sixth time after they edged Sale in an epic final at Twickenham. Chris is joined by Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson to reflect on a match that more than lived up to the hype. After defeat in last year's final and the salary cap scandal, might this be their sweetest title of all? The guys reflect on where the game slipped from Sale's grasp in the second-half and whether Alex Sanderson's side are primed to be at the top table of English rugby for years to...
Published 05/27/23
Chris, Ugo and Ashy look ahead to the Premiership final at Twickenham. Who would make your combined Saracens and Sale XV? Would you have George Ford or Owen Farrell at fly-half? The guys pick their team and discuss the merits of the two England playmakers. Sale's Gus Warr joins the pod and we find out what Ashy was like as a team-mate, the importance of finger tape and what he's learnt from Sir Alex Ferguson. We also preview the URC final and Ashy talks about how he's finding retirement.
Published 05/24/23
Published 05/24/23
Chris and Paul Grayson bring you reaction from Dublin as La Rochelle stun Leinster (again) to win the Champions Cup. Hear from Ronan O'Gara after another titanic tussle between the two teams in a final and his thoughts on the prospect of coaching Ireland. But where did it go wrong for Leinster after they raced into a 17-0 lead after 12 minutes? Leo Cullen joins the pod to explain. We also reflect on the Challenge Cup final after Toulon outclassed Glasgow, and the surprise retirement of Alun...
Published 05/21/23
Chris and Ugo dissect a big weekend of semi-finals in the Premiership and URC. Sale reached their first Premiership final in 17 years and face serial finalists Saracens. It means for the second successive year it will be Ford v Farrell in the big dance at Twickenham. There was a big shock in the URC as Munster toppled Leinster thanks to Jack Crowley's late drop goal. How will this impact Leinster heading into this weekend's Champions Cup final. And our special guest this week is Sergio...
Published 05/15/23
Ahead of the Premiership semi-finals, Chris sits down with the four directors of rugby for a special bonus podcast. Mark McCall, Richard Wigglesworth, Phil Dowson and Alex Sanderson share what it’s like to run a top Premiership team and how they've helped each other along their coaching journey. What is the hardest part of the job? And what is the most rewarding? They also discuss the challenges of nurturing young players and the need for a better coaching pathway. Is there more the RFU could...
Published 05/11/23
Ugo, Ashy and Chris reflect on an action-packed final day of the Premiership season which saw Bath pip local rivals Bristol to the final Champions Cup spot. George Ford joins the pod to look ahead to the ‘Ford derby’ between Sale and Leicester this weekend and we preview the second semi-final between Saracens and Northampton. There’s also a new Red Roses head coach to discuss and Steve Borthwick has finalised his coaching ticket for the World Cup as another Tigers coach joins the set-up.
Published 05/09/23
Ugo, Danny and Chris wrap up Champions Cup semi-final weekend after impressive wins for Leinster and La Rochelle, but who made the bigger statement? There's also plenty of excitement about the Challenge Cup after Glasgow reached their first European final and will now face a star-studded Toulon in Dublin. We hear what it’s like to party with Sergio Parisse in Paris, reflect on a memorable weekend at Twickenham and find out which F1 personality Danny is going to be at his end of season party.
Published 05/01/23
England completed the Grand Slam in front of a record women's crowd of 58,498 at Twickenham. Chris, Sara and Kat Merchant bring you reaction from to a landmark day for the women's game and ask what is next for the Six Nations after a thrilling title decider at the home of English rugby. They also discuss Simon Middleton's legacy as Red Roses head coach as he ends his reign on a high.
Published 04/29/23
Sara and Philippa are back to preview the final round of the Six Nations. They chat to England captain Marlie Packer ahead of their Grand Slam decider at Twickenham. We hear about her injury scare last weekend, how the squad are dealing with Simon Middleton's departure and why leading the team out on Saturday will be extra special. Sara and Philippa are also joined by Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm, who reflects on their first Six Nations win in two years and tells us what it was like to...
Published 04/27/23
With the Premiership semi-final line-up already complete, Chris, Ugo and Danny look ahead to the final day of the regular season that promised so much. Is there enough jeopardy without relegation? And should the semi-finals be played over two legs? They also look at Bath's recent resurgence and play Premiership Top Trumps. They discuss Jack Nowell's £10,000 fine by the RFU for criticising referee Karl Dickson and look ahead to semi-final weekend in Europe.
Published 04/24/23
England remain on course for another Grand Slam after they dispatched Ireland at Musgrave Park. Sara Orchard is joined by former Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter to discuss a mixed England performance, despite scoring in eight tries. They also discuss the injury to captain Marlie Packer, who could now miss the showdown with France at Twickenham, and find some positives for Ireland after a tough Six Nations on and off the field.
Published 04/22/23
Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett are joined by former Ireland captain Ciara Griffin to talk all things Ireland and preview this weekend's game at Musgrave Park with runaway leaders England. We also tackle the important issues, like how Philippa earned the nickname 'Hollywood' during her playing career. Plus, Sally Horrox from World Rugby gives us the latest on WXV, the new international tournament for women's rugby which launches in October.
Published 04/20/23
It's a special pod as Ashy celebrates becoming the first player to reach 100 Premiership tries! Danny and Ugo quiz him on what it means to finally reach the all-important landmark and THAT celebration after notching his 101st try. They also discuss the controversy surrounding Olly Woodburn's red card and assess the race for the play-offs.
Published 04/17/23
Sara brings you all the reaction from Cardiff as England scored nine tries as they thrashed Wales at a packed Arms Park. Sarah Hunter reflects on another dominant England performance and praises the impact of Tatyana Heard after naming her Player of the Match. Sara also gets to the thoughts of a rather downbeat Philippa Tuttiett after Wales were humbled by the Red Roses. They discuss what happened to Wales after a competitive start and why they weren't able to capitalise when England went...
Published 04/15/23
Philippa Tuttiett and Sara Orchard are back to preview round three of the Women’s Six Nations. There's plenty of excitement ahead of the showdown between Wales and England in Cardiff, they speak to Wales forward Georgia Evans to get the lowdown from the Wales camp. England head coach Simon Middleton raised a few eyebrows this week suggesting a radical chance to goal-kicking rules in women's rugby so we speak to World Cup winning fly-half Katy Daley-McLean to get her take. And journalist Fiona...
Published 04/13/23
It's a momentous day for the pod as Ashy makes his long-awaited sofa debut. He chats to Danny and Chris about overcoming injury and another house move as he aims to end the season with another try record. We also talk Champions Cup as Exeter reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2020, but did the Stormers journey from South Africa have too much of a bearing on the tie? Leinster remain on course for 'home' final and the French clubs flex their muscles again, but is there only a select...
Published 04/11/23
Chris and Ugo review a Champions Cup weekend packed full of drama. Exeter’s Henry Slade joins the pod to discuss their thriller with Montpellier at Sandy Park. Ugo tells us about his weekend in South Africa and bumping into Rassie Erasmus in Cape Town. There was heartbreak for Gloucester, but Saracens and Leicester made it three Premiership sides in the last eight. But can anybody stop Leinster adding a fifth star?
Published 04/03/23
Sara reviews round two of the Women's Six Nations as Wales and England win again. The pod starts in Edinburgh as Sara chats to Heather Lockhart and Philippa Tuttiett after Wales score five tries to claim a bonus-point win over Scotland. Sara then heads to Franklin's Gardens to catch up with Katy Daley-McLean as England continued their dominant start to the tournament.
Published 04/02/23
Philippa Tuttiett joins Sara Orchard to look ahead to the second round of matches in the Women’s Six Nations. They are joined by former Wales captain Siwan Lillicrap to assess where Wales are after the first weekend. And we’re inside the Scotland camp as fly-half Helen Nelson is also on the pod.
Published 03/30/23
Ashy and Ugo join Sara to reflect on a busy few days in the world of rugby. They speak to Sarah Hunter who played her last game at the weekend in what was her 141st appearance for the Red Roses. They also pay tribute to Stuart Hogg who on Monday announced he’ll be hanging up his boots after the World Cup later this year. And interim boss of the WRU Nigel Walker is on the pod to discuss the news that Welsh rugby clubs have voted in favour of major governance change. Plus there are reflections...
Published 03/28/23
Sara Orchard with former Scotland international Heather Lockhart and England World Cup winner Kat Merchant.
Published 03/25/23
Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett take the pod to the Women’s Six Nations launch in London. They are joined by players from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy and get stuck into some serious and not so serious chat.
Published 03/23/23
Sara Orchard sits down with England’s most capped player, Sarah Hunter as she retires from the game of rugby union. The Six Nations match in her home town of Newcastle on Saturday against Scotland will be her last in a Red Roses jersey. They discuss everything - from why, as England captain, she has decided to hang up her playing boots, her best memories of playing for her country - including that World Cup win in 2014 and of the lows as well. But not only that, there are cameo...
Published 03/21/23
Our two favourite captains, Sam Warburton and John Barclay, are back with Ugo and Chris on the sofa in Media City to round up the final weekend of an enthralling Six Nations. They discuss what sets Grand Slam winners Ireland apart from their rivals, there's more on Freddie Steward's controversial red card in Dublin, and the home nations are graded on their performance in the tournament. Does a Slam mean Ireland should automatically receive top marks? The guys also pick their best players and...
Published 03/20/23