An inspired and supremely physical South Africa levelled the 2021 series last week, so who better to join Will than a Springbok centurion with experience of beating the Lions? Jean de Villiers started the first two Tests back in 2009, and – ahead of a monumental 80 minutes in Cape Town this Saturday – reflects on this gripping rivalry, and which side might go on to carve their names in the rugby history books…
This week, Will is joined by a player with a remarkable story: one who's gone from delivering pizzas in Dublin to show-stealing performances in the jerseys of the Scarlets, Munster, Ireland, and - now - the British & Irish Lions. Having come off the bench in Saturday's First Test victory, Beirne discusses the tour to date, and how it feels to be just one win away from rugby immortality…
As the first Lions Test against South Africa draws ever closer, Ken Owens took some time out to join Will on this week's podcast. The CEO of the Lions' choir reflects on life in the bubble and gives an insight into how the players are feeling ahead of their first outing against the Springboks this Saturday.
With the first Test just over a week away, Will is joined by John ‘Bentos’ Bentley, who toured South Africa in 1997. Bentley not only started twice against the Springboks in that series win, but will go down as a Lions legend for his stunning solo try against the Gauteng Lions and antics on ‘Living with Lions’.
As the Lions tour in South Africa gets under way Will is joined by two legends of the front row club in Tandai Mtawarira & Phil Vickery. They discuss going head to head in the 2009 Lions series, the importance of the scrum in their respective World Cup wins and the upcoming Springboks v Lions test series.
Lions legend Sam Warburton joins Will on this week's podcast. The pair react to the 2021 squad's opening outing, including Alun Wyn Jones' injury heartbreak and Conor Murray's appointment as captain. Sam also reminisces on his time wearing the famous red jersey, including his central role in the final moments of the dramatic 2017 trip to New Zealand.
This week Will has the Springboks coaching duo for you in the shape of Assistant Coach Felix Jones and Head Coach Jacques Nienaber. Felix describes his early retirement and route to the South Africa camp via Munster. Jacques chats about his equally interesting journey to the top of the coaching tree and the dynamic of working under Rassie Erasmus.
British and Irish Lions attack coach Gregor Townsend joins Will Greenwood on the his latest Lions podcast, chatting strategy, coaching, and experiences as a Lion...
The second episode of Will Greenwood’s Lions Podcast sees him reunited with Dr. James Robson. ‘Robbo’ as he’s affectionately known, was the Lions Team Doctor & Physio on six consecutive Lions tours from 1993-2013 and saved Will’s life on the 1997 tour in South Africa. The two go down memory lane and share their recollections of that incident, they talk Lions stash and also what the Lions means to those fortunate to be picked, whether it be on the playing field or part of the backroom staff.
Will Greenwood's Podcast is back - this time with a Lions flavour. In this first episode, Will catches up with former Downing Street Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell who was also in charge of all communications on the 2005 Lions Tour to New Zealand. They discuss life at 10 Downing Street, Campbell's love for Burnley FC and they reminisce on the 2005 tour with anecdotes aplenty.
Will Greenwood's Lions Podcast is back from Tuesday 1st June to build up to the 2021 Lions Tour of South Africa. Featuring special guests and personalities linked with the famous red jersey, this is the place for your Lions podcast fix!
Sir Ian McGeechan joins Miles Harrison to talk all things British & Irish Lions in a special edition of our podcast. 1974, 1997 and the 2009 tours, all to South Africa, are discussed in detail and the duo also look ahead to the 2021 tour with 'Geech' giving his thoughts on who he'd pick as captain.
On the pod this week Will & Rupert are joined by Exeter & England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie. They reflect on the Chiefs' brilliant 2020, the recent draw for Rugby World Cup 2023 and how the Heineken Champions Cup is shaping up after round 1. Will also gives his thoughts on the news that his former team-mate Steve Thompson is suffering from early onset dementia.
An episode not to be missed this week. After finishing his seventh marathon in as many days in support of Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield joins us.
Will and Rupert also reflect on the finale of the Autumn Nations Cup and Tri-Nations, before looking ahead to the return of European Rugby.
Widely written off and at times ridiculed by his own media, Warren Gatland led the 2017 British & Irish Lions back to his home country to take on New Zealand. In the company of James Gemmell & Miles Harrison he recalls the epic conclusion to the series.
On the pod this week Will & Rupert are joined by rugby royalty as Emily Scarratt reflects on the Red Roses' autumn and looks ahead to RWC 2021 in New Zealand.
Our duo discuss all the latest news from the game including Pablo Matera's suspension as Argentina captain following historical racist tweets.
James Gemmell & Miles Harrison wind back the clock with Jamie Roberts to remember the deciding test of the Australia v British & Irish Lions series from 2013 when he and Jonathan Davies were picked ahead of the legendary Brian O’Driscoll. Could they repay the faith coach Warren Gatland had shown in them and deliver under pressure?
On the day he turns 65, Lord Botham joins Will and Rupert on this week's episode to discuss a wide range of subjects including his grandson James playing for Wales, watching the third Test of the Lions tour with Allan Border in Sydney in 2013 and loyalty in the dressing room.
Will and Rupert also pay tribute to Christophe Dominici who has died at the age of 48. Dominici was capped 67 times by France between 1998 and 2007, and scored 25 tries for Les Bleus.
Jamie Heaslip joined James Gemmell and Miles Harrison to reflect on the brutal and heart-breaking second Test of the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa.
On the pod this week, Quade Cooper dialled in from Japan to give his take on the state of play in the southern hemisphere as well as talking through his career, making plain his ambition to keep improving and maybe even playing in the gold jersey of Australia again. Rupert & Will also review the first round of the Autumn Nations Cup and Argentina's history making win over the All Blacks in Sydney.
Joining Miles Harrison & James Gemmell it's Dan Carter who comes under the Rugby Retro spotlight. He produced what many regard as the perfect performance in the second test of the New Zealand v Lions series in 2005
Will & Rupert look back at the card-fest that was Australia's win in round 2 of the Tri-Nations and look forward to the Autumn Nations Cup. They are also joined by two special guests in the form of former Samoan Internationals Dan Leo & Mike Umaga. Dan & Mike discuss their work for 'Pacific Rugby Players Welfare' and the next instalment of their upcoming documentary/film 'Oceans Apart'
The British & Irish Lions ultimately lost the 2001 series against Australia but in the first test they delivered arguably their greatest ever performance. Rob Henderson joins James Gemmell & Miles Harrison to remember the incredible scenes of that night in Brisbane.
On this week's episode, Will and Rupert review Super Saturday, and they're joined by Red Roses Grand Slam champion, Abbie Ward. They discuss Sunday's victory over Italy, life inside the Red Roses camp and look ahead to next year's World Cup.
Will also gives his team of the week in 60 seconds, and they chat all-things Bledisloe.