Episodes
Best friend. Head coach. Husband. Red Roses lock Abbie Ward and Bristol Bears Women head coach Dave Ward have an unique sporting and personal relationship, having to combine their marriage with a working life at the Allianz Premier 15s side. On this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Abbie also talks about the difficult discussion she had with her dad about wanting to become a rugby player, her business plan to go to boarding school and life growing up in Cumbria. This pod will also hear...
Published 04/26/22
As a former England men's international, Louis Deacon never envisaged himself getting involved in the women's game until he got offered the opportunity to become Red Roses' forwards coach in 2021. The ex-Leicester second row opens up on the differences between the men's and women's game, the dark times he faced while dealing with injuries as a player and how the players he is working with got his daughters interested in rugby. You will also hear contributions from his brother, fellow...
Published 04/19/22
Making the choice to balance a life in professional sport and becoming a parent is different for men and women, but one Marlie Packer wanted to embrace. The Red Roses flanker opens up on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line about how her perception on life has changed since becoming a mum, learning from her mistakes following her drink driving charge in 2018 and her desire to reach a century of caps. You will also hear contributions from World Cup winner and former England team mate Maggie...
Published 04/12/22
Growing up in south east London, where opportunity was seldom and crime was rife, early life for Shaunagh Brown was difficult. From knowing people that either died or went to prison, hear how she helped channel a different energy into sport, her varied career, coming to accept herself as a rugby role model as well as wanting to improve diversity in the sport. You will also hear contributions from his Shaunagh's mum Lesley Rickards, her athletics coach John Hillier as well her team mates...
Published 04/05/22
Any time representing your country is special, but for Mark Atkinson coming on at Twickenham at the age of 31 felt even more memorable. The Gloucester centre goes in-depth about his change in mindset when playing semi-professional rugby and considering taking a stewarding job at the 2012 Olympics, to focusing on being professional and then representing England. From support from friends and family, to a realisation that he wasn't giving it his all, this is a story about perseverance,...
Published 03/15/22
Raffi Quirke doesn't want rugby to define him as a person. The Sale Sharks scrum half opens up about his passions and interests outside of the game including his love of cooking which inspired his Instagram account Pitch to Plate, and why buying a pair of clippers not only allows him to cut the hair of team mates but bond with them off the field. Quirke also speaks about a junior career as a triathlete growing up in Manchester and talks about being part of a new generation of England players...
Published 03/08/22
Growing up in Suffolk, there were not many people that looked like Lewis Ludlam. The Northampton Saints captain opens up about growing up mixed race in an undiverse area of Ipswich with a Palestinian-Egyptian father and a Guyanese mother, and how despite feeling different to other children he found acceptance at his local rugby club. Ludlam also opens up about the politics of race, how England's squad is breaking down class barriers in the sport and where he gets his resilience from. You will...
Published 03/01/22
Growing up with 28 first cousins family was always going to mean a lot to Ben Youngs. As season nine of England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line returns, England's most capped scrum half opens up about the importance of family in his life, in particular his brother Tom who he's played alongside from childhood, to Leicester Tigers and then representing their country together. Youngs also discusses what it was liked being diagnosed with dyslexia aged nine, growing up on a working farm in north...
Published 02/22/22
For Joe Marler, mental health is just as important as his physical health. After being diagnosed with depression and recommended medication and counselling, Joe tells England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line about what he has discovered about himself and how that allows him to enjoy life more. Joe goes into detail about why he wants to start more conversations around mental health and masculinity in rugby, and why he will continue to speak out to make it as normal as possible. This final episode...
Published 12/07/21
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always difficult, but Red Roses' flanker Vicky Fleetwood had to deal with the passing of her mum while trying to prepare for the Olympics. On this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Vicky opens up on the emotions she had to deal with at the time, how that period has influenced her as a person and how she grieves now. As well as her loss, Vicky explains how she left a life as a personal trainer to become a professional rugby player, becoming a world...
Published 11/30/21
From a chance rugby session in south London to playing for his country, Kyle Sinckler explains what life was really like for him growing up on this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. Sinckler opens up on his mum bringing him up along, to living around with people who still don't know what rugby is, the potential for sport in the state education system and now creating a foundation to give young athletes the platform to perform. Season eight sees the players telling their own stories, in...
Published 11/23/21
Claudia MacDonald opens up about living her life as sustainably as possible and how she combines that with being a professional rugby player on this week's England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. From ditching the car to drive to training to tackling team mates usage of one-use products, Claudia explains why this cause means so much to her when it comes to the planet and climate change, and reveals the steps she is taking to change how she lives. With guest contributor Coreen Grant who works...
Published 11/16/21
Ellis Genge talks candidly about his life growing up. He reveals how rugby potentially saved him from prison, his money struggles during his academy days and conflicts he had to fit into rugby's lifestyle on this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. Season eight sees the players telling their own stories, in their own words, with this pod including contributions from England's Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler, as well as Ellis' former coach at Hartpury, and now Bristol Bears skills coach, Sean...
Published 11/09/21
Season eight of England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line returns with a new format with players telling their own stories, in their own words. The first episode is with Saracens and Red Roses' forward Poppy Cleall, along with contributions from Judy Murray and The Times rugby journalist Jessica Hayden. Poppy gives an intimate account of how she took to social media to fight inequality with sportswear manufacturers ignoring female athletes, talks about the bullying she suffered at school for...
Published 11/02/21
After the Red Roses are crowned 2021 Women's Six Nations champions, we speak to two players who featured in the win over France in the final in Lark Davies and Detysha Harper. Speaking to Dylan Hartley the day after the win against the French, Lark and Detsyha take us into the changing room after the final whistle and talk about the celebrations after securing their third straight title in the competition. The pair reflect on the shortened format of the tournament, as well as a new...
Published 04/27/21
Ahead of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations final, England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, and Dylan Hartley, catch up with Wasps FC Ladies team mates Ellie Kildunne and Harriet Millar-Mills.   The pair talk about growing up playing rugby in Leeds and Manchester respectively, about playing rugby league, being on the same team as boys and how they were seen as a rugby player over being a girl. Harriet explains the story about how she ended up playing for England but her sister played for Scotland,...
Published 04/20/21
After the Red Roses book their place in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations final, this week’s England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line catches up with scrum halves Claudia MacDonald and Leanne Riley right after their win in Italy.   Dylan chats to the pair about their routes into rugby and how they had very different routes, with Leanne making a 10-year plan at the age of 15 to represent her country and win the sport's biggest competition, while Claudia took it up after chance session while at...
Published 04/13/21
This week on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Dylan is back with the Red Roses as he chats to Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna. Fresh from the win over Scotland in the 2021 Women's Six Nations, the pair talk about life in camp and some of the activities they have been doing in their down time including arts and crafts. Vicky explains about the importance of 'look good, feel good' in her preparation for a game including her fake tan regime, and Sarah explains the requirement of hair...
Published 04/06/21
As the 2021 Women's Six Nations is set to begin, we move our attention to the Red Roses as Hannah Botterman and Poppy Cleall join Dylan Hartley on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. The pair talk about where their friendship began in camp and how that has flourished into creating their own Instagram show, complete with challenges during lockdown, as well as bonding over food. The pair also recall their first England starts, ranging from stories about unexpected late call-ups and then...
Published 03/29/21
It is a head coach special on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line as men's head coach Eddie Jones and women's head coach Simon Middleton chat to Dylan Hartley. The day after England's final Guinness Six Nations match of 2021 Eddie chats to Dylan about his thoughts on England's performance over the tournament and areas which he wants to see improvement. He also discusses on how he personally deals with defeats, what he looks for when appointing a captain and reveals some of the players he...
Published 03/23/21
On the England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line this week, Dylan catches up with Charlie Ewels and Ben Earl. Fresh off the back of victory over France at Twickenham, the pair talk of the mood in camp over the weekend as well as how moral has been throughout the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. They also discuss their progress into Test rugby including getting over position hating, some brutal workouts and having to have harsh words with yourself about watching others progress. We go into their life...
Published 03/16/21
Cousins Maro Itoje and Beno Obano join Dylan Hartley on this week's England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. We delve into the story of how Maro and Beno grew up with each other and they reveal what the other one was like, the discuss some of the differences and expectations in Nigerian culture and how neither of them thought about being professional rugby players at a young age. Beno opens up on winning his first England cap recently and how his neighbours all congratulated him, while Maro...
Published 03/09/21
Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs sit down with their former captain Dylan Hartley on this week's England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. The trio reminisce about their first impressions of each other when they met at England age-grade and club level, including compliments for Dylan from Courtney! They also discuss some of their favourite memories in an England shirt together from touring, being in camp and the match where they claim Twickenham was shaking because it was so loud. Courtney...
Published 03/02/21
It's an Exeter Chiefs duo on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line this week as Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie chat to Dylan Hartley. The pair talk about becoming new dads and how that has changed their outlook on life and rugby, while there is also a delve into their past as you get to hear their first impressions of each other when they went during their academy days. Luke tells the story of why he arrived just before kick-off for a Premiership game, and then went onto win man of the...
Published 02/23/21