Published 05/16/22
Chris is back on the pod to talk fatherhood and European semi-finals with Danny. Leinster put Toulouse to the sword, La Rochelle make another Champions Cup final and Wasps and Saracens both come unstuck in the Challenge Cup. They also discuss Ashy's new deal at Leicester and the most prolific try scorer of all time across both codes. Plus, excitement builds for Craig David's appearance at Twickenham this weekend.
Published 05/16/22
Sara Orchard is in Dublin as the next five World Cup hosts are announced. She chats to Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter and the RFU’s chief operating officer Sue Day after England were confirmed as hosts of the 2025 women’s World Cup. Sara also speaks to World Cup winner Phil Kearns about Australia being awarded the men’s and women’s tournament in 2027 and 2029. And you will also hear from World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin about the USA hosting in 2031 and 2033, and whether we will see the first...
Published 05/12/22
Danny, Ashy and Sara round-up an eventful weekend in Europe starting with the epic encounter between Munster and Toulouse which was decided by a place-kick competition. Ashy talks about Leicester's defeat to Leinster and going head-to-head with James Lowe at Welford Road. They also discuss Henry Arundell's sensational try against Toulon and whether he should get an England call-up this summer. Plus, could there be a big change to the Welsh club game on the horizon?
Published 05/09/22
Ashy talks about becoming record try scorer in Premiership history and reveals he's retired the infamous 'Ash Splash'. Danny also enjoyed a record-breaking weekend as he overtook Garath Archer for the most yellow cards in a season. There was also a record win for Gloucester at the weekend and London Irish set the record for the most draws in a season. England star Emily Scarratt stops by to discuss another Six Nations title for the Red Roses and why she's keeping her gold cap in a bag for life.
Published 05/02/22
Sara Orchard and World Cup winner Rachael Burford are in Bayonne to bring you all the reaction to England's victory over France in their Grand Slam decider. They chat to captain Sarah Hunter, Abbie Ward and Sarah Bern as England wrapped up a fourth successive Six Nations title.
Published 04/30/22
Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett preview the final round of the Women's Six Nations including the Grand Slam decider between England and France. They speak to Poppy Cleall and Vickii Cornborough about their rivalry with France and dealing with the partisan home crowd. Former France international Laura di Muzio gives us the lowdown on her old team and believes the winner on Saturday to lift the World Cup in November. Sara and Philippa are also joined by Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham as...
Published 04/28/22
Ugo and Danny have lots to discuss after a busy weekend, including some exciting news away from rugby. They also chat about Ugo's night at Wembley and why he was showering in the Quins dressing room after they beat Leicester. Plus, they are joined by England and Northampton full-back George Furbank. He talks about the top four battle in the Premiership, his England ambitions and his infamous moustache.
Published 04/25/22
England thrashed Ireland at Welford Road to set up a Grand Slam decider against France next weekend. Sara Orchard, World Cup winner Katy Daley-McLean and former Ireland captain Ciara Griffin react to another dominant Red Roses performances in front of a record crowd.
Published 04/24/22
Sara and Philippa are at the Rugby Union Writer's Club annual dinner in Kensington to preview round four of the Women's Six Nations. You'll hear from Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams as they prepare to face England in front of a record crowd at Welford Road this weekend. McWilliams discusses losing a host of players to the World Rugby Sevens Series in Canada and the future of the women's game in Ireland. Sara has also been chatting to England forwards coach Louis Deacon about Emily Scarratt...
Published 04/21/22
Fresh from his stag do in Ireland, Exeter's Jack Nowell joins the pod to tell Ashy, Danny and Chris all about his weekend and having to wear a Munster to Thomond Park. There was plenty to discuss from the Champions Cup round of 16 as Leicester set up a quarter-final with Leinster while Ulster and Harlequins exited the competition by just one point. Danny and Ashy look forward to playing each other in the Premiership this weekend and we also talk red cards, tackle technique and sanctions.
Published 04/19/22
There's some exciting news from the Care family to start this week's pod as Danny, Ugo and Chris are on the sofa to chat about this weekend's Champions Cup action. Ulster head coach Dan McFarland joins the pod after his side beat the defending champions Toulouse. He talks about Ulster going under the radar, his coaching philosophy and their approach for the second leg at home. Leicester pick up another impressive win on the road, we hear about Danny's trip to Montpellier and find out if he'll...
Published 04/11/22
Chris Jones, Sara Orchard and Ugo Monye assemble at Kingsholm Stadium to review England versus Wales. They look back on what proved to be a special occasion in the history of the Women's Six Nations with a record crowd showing their appreciation for women's rugby, and debate what some of the other nations can do now to bolster their female sides. They discuss the key components of England's ten try triumph, and where Wales went wrong despite a strong start. Sara and Ugo also put their...
Published 04/09/22
Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett are inside the England camp to preview round three of the Women's Six Nations. Captain Sarah Hunter tells them about being mistaken for the Duchess of Cambridge and Natasha Hunt talks about her return to Test rugby. They also speak to Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm about her emotional post-match interview last weekend and her desire to see the national team become professional. Hannah Botterman and Zoe Harrison also stop by to talk fancy dress, World Cup...
Published 04/07/22
Two years on from their last chat, Chris Jones heads to Leeds to sit down with Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster. They discuss the keys to Leinster’s success and how they continue to be a force both domestically and in Europe. Lancaster explains why Johnny Sexton is the best player he’s coached, gives his take on what the next England coaching team should look like and why he's expecting big things from Ireland at the next two World Cups.
Published 04/06/22
Ashy is back on the pod to chat about equalling the Premiership try record and tells Danny and Ugo why he's enjoying life at Leicester Tigers. Danny sets a Premiership record of his own and talks about his big stage debut at the weekend. They assess the top four battle in the Premiership and heap more praise on the Red Roses as their winning streak continues. And we get ready for the round of 16 in the Champions Cup which will be played over two legs for the first time.
Published 04/05/22
Sara Orchard is joined by Katy Daley-McLean and Rachael Burford to discuss round two of the Women's Six Nations. They analyse another dominant display by England as Natasha Hunt impresses on her first Test since November 2020. Wales left it late but produced another remarkable comeback to beat Scotland in front of a record crowd in Cardiff.
Published 04/03/22
Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett preview round two of the Women's Six Nations from inside the Wales camp. They chat to captain Siwan Lillicrap about their victory in Dublin and why it means so much to represent Wales. They're also joined by Jasmine Joyce and Alisha Butchers who talk about how life has changed since earning professional contracts with the WRU, plus Gavin and Stacey inspired celebrations. You'll also hear from England centre Emily Scarratt on her international return and what...
Published 03/31/22
Ugo, Danny and Chris are back on the sofa to round-up the weekend’s action and try to track down Ashy after he equalled the Premiership try-scoring record. They also look at the candidates to succeed Eddie Jones after the RFU revealed they want an English coach to lead the team after the 2023 World Cup.
Published 03/28/22
Sara Orchard is joined by former Scotland forward Heather Lockhart and England World Cup winner Katherine Merchant to review England’s nine-try demolition of Scotland in their opening Women's Six Nations match. We hear from Player of the Match Marlie Packer, England Captain Sarah Hunter and Scotland Head Coach Bryan Easson. And the team look ahead to the next round as England look to defend their title.
Published 03/26/22
This is a special bonus pod edition of the Rugby Union Weekly looking ahead to the Women’s Six Nations tournament and for this episode, Sara Orchard and former Wales international Philippa Tuttiett are joined by some of the biggest names in the sport, ahead of all the action starting on Saturday. They hear from World Player of the Year, England forward Zoe Aldcroft as her side aim to go for a fourth title in a row and Scotland captain, Rachel Malcolm gives us the lowdown after qualifying for...
Published 03/22/22
Ugo and Chris are joined by Sam Warburton and John Barclay for the big Six Nations debrief after France completed the Grand Slam in Paris. It’s not the title they wanted to fight for but after disappointing tournaments for England, Scotland and Wales, the guys argue over who had the worst campaign. Support for Eddie Jones is questioned as England's Rugby Football Union say they are “encouraged by solid progress” - but the team aren’t convinced! Friend of the podcast and former France hooker...
Published 03/20/22
The Six Nations is over for another year, and Chris Jones, Paul Grayson and Matt Dawson gather their thoughts after a spectacular final day, and dissect how France sealed their first Slam since 2010, despite England's best attempt to spoil the party in Paris! As well as asking where England go from here, they reflect on the Shaun Edwards effect, how France have developed a strength in depth that should worry other nations, and of course, the man of the moment, Antoine Dupont. They also...
Published 03/20/22
Chris and Paul Grayson are in Paris to preview Saturday's Grand Slam showdown at the Stade de France. Will France be celebrating a first Six Nations title in 12 years or can England spoil the party in Paris? Chris has also been to the England hotel to chat to Maro Itoje about the Mona Lisa, dealing with pressure and whether he's playing the best rugby of his career.
Published 03/18/22
Shane Horgan, John Barclay and Philippa Tuttiett join Sonja McLaughlan and Matt Dawson for one last time this tournament to preview the final weekend. The team look at the surprise tactical switch for Eddie Jones as George Furbank starts at full-back against France, discuss what England need to do to beat their final round Six Nations opponents and weigh up Ireland’s chances to take the title. And former French international Yannick Nyanga tells us what the mood is like in Paris as France...
Published 03/18/22