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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care bring you special guests and cover the biggest stories in rugby union.

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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care bring you special guests and cover the biggest stories in rugby union.

Sorry, not sorry...

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Ugo, Danny and Sara round-up a high-scoring and entertaining weekend in the Premiership. We chat about Saracens thrashing champions Leicester, a sensational solo try and a double hat-trick for Irish. We also discuss the statement released by Worcester owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring over the weekend which criticised the club's fans and players. Plus, there is a big announcement about the Women's World Cup which kicks off this weekend.

Oct 04 2022

51mins

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The Worcester saga

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Danny, Sara, Ugo and Ashy reflect on Worcester being suspended from the Premiership. They chat to Warriors’ defence coach Nick Easter about what the coaches and players do next. They also chat to Premiership chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor and speak to Jim O’Toole, who is part of a consortium looking to rescue the club. Plus, Danny talks about missing out on the latest England squad and Ashy is quizzed on how he's planning to celebrate reaching 100 Premiership tries.

Sep 27 2022

52mins

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All roads lead to Eden Park

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Ugo and Sara are at Pennyhill Park for the Red Roses' World Cup squad announcement. They chat to Abbie Dow, Sadia Kabeya and Emily Scarratt who are all flying to New Zealand later this week. Head coach Simon Middleton explains why he left out World Cup winning scrum-half Natasha Hunt and tells us which team poses the biggest threat to England in the tournament. Plus, Scotland captain Rachael Malcolm looks forward to their first World Cup since 2010.

Sep 20 2022

54mins

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Bonus pod: The URC launch

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Chris Jones is at the URC launch day to chat to some big names ahead of the new season. He's joined by the European Player of the Year Josh van der Flier to discuss a memorable year, including that famous series win in New Zealand. Jonathan Davies tells us about his summer in Canada and his desire to get back in the Wales team. Hamish Watson reflects on Scotland's tour of Argentina and his hopes with Edinburgh this season. Plus, we hear from URC CEO Martin Anayi on the impact of the South African teams and his ambitions for the league moving forward.

Sep 15 2022

53mins

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The Premiership returns!

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Chris, Ugo, Danny and Ashy reflect on the opening weekend of the Premiership season and how the sport paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. There were over 100 kicks in Exeter's last-minute victory over Leicester, will this be the playing style of choice this season? The team also discuss Ellis Genge's Bristol comeback, Worcester's on-going financial crisis and a big season for Henry Arundell. Plus, Danny finally remembers to follow Johnny Sexton back on Instagram.

Sep 13 2022

53mins

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The Premiership launch pod

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Danny and Chris are at Twickenham for the Premiership launch with the new season getting under way this weekend. They chat to with Manu Tuilagi who talks the new arrivals at Sale and his ambitions for the season. Jamie George reflects on last year's Premiership final and tells us how much he enjoyed being reunited with Danny in Australia this summer. Bath's new director of rugby Johann van Graan joins the pod to share his vision for the club, and we catch up with Steve Diamond to discuss Worcester's financial troubles.

Sep 05 2022

58mins

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The pre-season brunch

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It's the first pod back after the summer break so Ugo, Danny and Sara are at Chris' house for brunch. Danny reflects on his summer with England and explains how he reacted to being substituted before half-time in the deciding Test against Australia. We look ahead to a big autumn for the Red Roses with the World Cup just around the corner. And what is next for Worcester Warriors? The staff and players are still in limbo heading into the new Premiership season with the club battling to avoid going into administration.

Aug 30 2022

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The summer debrief and our World XV

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It's the last pod of the season so Ugo and Chris pick their World XV based on what we saw during the summer Test series. They discuss what positives Wales can take from their tour of South Africa, what went wrong for Scotland in Argentina, and if England have found their identity again. Ireland legend Rob Kearney joins the pod to reflect on Ireland's series win in New Zealand. He also gives us an insight into why the class of 2019 struggled after topping the world rankings and what they could have done differently.

Jul 18 2022

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Ireland stun All Blacks and England deliver down under

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Chris, Ugo and Matt Dawson bring you reaction to Ireland's sensational series win over the All Blacks. Andy Farrell's side had to withstand a fierce second half comeback, but held firm to inflict a first home series defeat on New Zealand since 1994. England also wrapped up their series against Australia with a hard fought win in Sydney. Freddie Steward joins the pod to reflect on the win which caps a brilliant year for the England and Leicester full back.

Jul 16 2022

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It's all to play for

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All the teams have been announced for the four series deciders so Ugo and Chris are podding again ahead of what promises to be a brilliant weekend of rugby. Danny is back in the starting XV and they are joined by Eddie Jones to discuss this and preview England's showdown in Sydney. They also discuss if Ireland can put an under pressure All Blacks side to the sword, if Gregor Townsend's selection gamble in Argentina will pay off, and if Wales can claim a famous series win in South Africa.

Jul 14 2022

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Danny's pod return and series deciders

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Danny is back on the pod and chats to Ugo and Chris ahead of England's series decider against Australia in Sydney. He talks about being the elder statesman in England camp and how much it means to be playing for his country again. Pod favourite John Barclay also drops in to talk all things Scotland as they prepare for their decider against Argentina. They also reflect on Wales and Ireland's historic wins at the weekend in South Africa and New Zealand respectively.

Jul 11 2022

57mins

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England and Ireland bounce back

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Ugo, Ashy and Chris react to a big wins for England and Ireland who have both set up a series deciders next weekend. England ended a run of four successive defeats with victory over Australia in Brisbane while Ireland claimed their first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand. Tommy Freeman joins the pod to talk about his England debut and what it meant to have his mum and dad in the stands watching on. And we react to one of the most chaotic games in recent memory as Ireland got the better of 14-man New Zealand in Dunedin.

Jul 09 2022

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Rolling the dice

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Eddie Jones has rolled the dice ahead of England's second Test against Australia. Ugo and Chris chat to the England boss about handing debuts to Tommy Freeman and Guy Porter and ask whether he is feeling the pressure after four straight defeats. Have South Africa devalued their series with Wales by making 14 changes? Ugo and Chris pick through their 'second' team and discuss Johnny Sexton and the HIA process after the Ireland captain was named in the Ireland team to face the All Blacks this Saturday.

Jul 07 2022

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The backlash begins

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Ugo, Ashy and Chris get stuck into a thrilling weekend of international rugby. Jamie Roberts joins the pod from South Africa after Wales suffered more heartbreak at the hands of the Springboks. We also welcome back our Aussie correspondent Drew Mitchell as the Wallabies drew first blood in their series with England. Will Eddie Jones stick with Farrell and Smith combination? There were also chastening defeats for Scotland and Ireland to discuss as the other Six Nations sides failed to make an impact on the opening ‘Super Saturday’.

Jul 04 2022

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Bonus Pod: England lose to 14 man Australia

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England hooker Jamie George joins Chris Jones, Ugo Monye and Natasha Hunt live from the stadium in Perth after England lose 30-28 to 14 man Australia in the First Test of their summer tour. They discuss where it went wrong for Eddie Jones' side who should've seen it home after Darcy Swain was sent off in the first half for a headbutt in Australia's first win over England since knocking the co-hosts out of the 2015 World Cup.

Jul 02 2022

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Teams are out

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Is this the strongest England team since the 2019 World Cup? Ugo and Chris chat to Eddie Jones after he gives Danny a first England start in four years and names Courtney Lawes as captain. Former Lions and Ireland winger Shane Horgan talks about the expectation levels ahead of Ireland's first Test in New Zealand. Wales have also gone for experience and brought back George North and Dan Lydiate return for their first Test against South Africa in Pretoria.

Jun 30 2022

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Super Saturday, The Sheriff and Drew Mitchell

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Ugo and Chris are joined by two special guests on the pod this week as we get ready for the first super Saturday of the summer. Our newly crowned Aussie correspondent Drew Mitchell joins the pod in the green and gold to give us the lowdown on Dave Rennie's Wallabies. Ugo and Chris chat about the England captaincy and who will lead the team in the first Test. 'The Sheriff' Ken Owens joins from his car to talk about Wales' chances in South Africa and talks us through the best way to beat the Springboks on home soil. Ugo and Chris also discuss Luther Burrell's comments about racism in rugby and what can be done to tackle it.

Jun 27 2022

59mins

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DC on tour and Ashy's title party

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It's been another sensational few days for the pod. Ashy won his fourth Premiership title at the weekend and now Danny is on his way to Australia with England. Ugo and Sara chat to Eddie Jones about why he's brought Danny back into the fold along with Billy Vunipola. They also quiz the England boss on his midfield selections and that humbling defeat to the Barbarians. We then hear about Ashy’s two-day title celebrations with his Leicester team-mates. We find out what state the Premiership trophy is in, and why Freddie Steward nearly ended up in the River Thames.

Jun 21 2022

47mins

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Burns Night

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Chris is joined by Tom Wood and Paul Grayson for reaction to Leicester's first Premiership title since 2013. Hear from a "knackered" Chris Ashton after Freddie Burns' last minute drop-goal sealed victory at Twickenham. Plus, there's more high tackle debate and an interview with Saracens and England hooker Jamie George.

Jun 18 2022

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Bonus Pod: Phil Bennett Tribute

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Chris Jones is joined by Gareth Rhys Owen and special guests to pay tribute to Wales and Lions legend Phil Bennett. Jonathan Davies reveals how Bennett got his career off the ground and why he was such an inspiration to so many Welsh youngsters. Scarlets hooker Ken Owens also pays tribute, and you'll hear an archive interview with Bennett on why a game with Llanelli was the pick of his illustrious career. And former BBC commentator and Scotland fly-half Ian Robertson shares his memories of facing Bennett on the rugby pitch.

Jun 14 2022

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Rockboys

By Raddish82 - Mar 12 2020
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I am a Brit living in the US and this podcast keeps me in touch with rugby which is what I miss the most loving out here . Love the banter and rugby discussion. You guys should get a leave pass and get out to the US for a live pod . Vegas thoughts?

Not for all of UK

By WelshinAmerica - Feb 11 2020
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I’ll declare that as a Welshman this review will be seen by many as an easy maybe unjust criticism but the podcast is too England centric. Clearly leaning on location and Ugo’s relationships (West London and Quins) but all non Aviva or English topics seem to be box ticks rather than journalism for all. I for one do not care about being inside the England camp or want to listen to Danny Care become a host because he is mates with Ugo. Either become an England only podcast (that’s ok) or represent the country better. As an addition, now we have Chris Ashton on there. Jobs for the boys. Ashton proves that his rugby knowledge outside of it being his job, is subjective to the point of not informative. His defence of the Saracens “cheating” on this pod shows this in abundance.