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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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End of the Eddie era

Chris and Ugo are back together again for the second time in 24 hours to react to the news that Eddie Jones has been sacked as England coach. They discuss why the RFU took this decision it did and what legacy he leaves in English rugby. Danny dials in from South Africa to reflect on his time playing under Jones, and what the reaction has been from his Harlequins teammates. And they discuss what challenges the new coach, expected to be Steve Borthwick, will face.


6 Dec 2022

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Is Gatland Fergie or Ronaldo?

After news broke that legendary coach Warren Gatland is returning to Wales, Chris and Ugo ask whether it is the right decision by the WRU. They are joined by Wales great Jamie Roberts who explains why a change was needed and what they get in re-appointing Gatland. But is it like Manchester United going back to Sir Alex Ferguson? Or re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo? And ahead of the RFU’s announcement regarding the future of Eddie Jones, they consider what options are available should a change of direction be taken.


5 Dec 2022

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Reviewing the reviews

After underwhelming autumn campaigns for England and Wales, the inquests by the RFU and WRU are already under way. Danny, Ugo and Chris are on the sofa to discuss whether we will see big changes with the World Cup now just under 10 months away. Is this the end of the road for Eddie Jones and England? Or will he be given the chance to get the England fans back on side? These are also uncertain times for Wayne Pivac after a disappointing year for Wales. Could Warren Gatland make a sensational return to Wales or could we see another Kiwi take charge?


28 Nov 2022

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England booed off after Springboks defeat

Chris and Paul Grayson pick the bones out of England's defeat to South Africa at Twickenham. Is progress being made ahead of the World Cup next year? Will the RFU stick with Eddie Jones after just one win in four matches this autumn. Wales also ended their autumn with defeat after surrendering a 21 point lead against Australia.


26 Nov 2022

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A tribute to Doddie Weir

Chris Jones, Andy Nicol and Paul Grayson pay tribute to one of the greats of Scottish rugby, Doddie Weir, who’s died at the age of 52 following his battle with motor neurone disease. Andy and Paul remember him as a team-mate and a friend and they hear from the man himself, in a 2019 interview with 5 Live’s Darren Campbell.


26 Nov 2022

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A must-win for all sides

Ugo and Chris look ahead to the final two games of the Autumn Nations Series. Pod favourite Jamie George is back to discuss referees, injury comebacks and another duel with South Africa. Eddie Jones talks us through his team selection as he tinkers his line-up once again. And after one of the worst defeats in Welsh rugby history last weekend, can Wayne Pivac and Wales end the year on a high against an injury-ravaged Australia?


24 Nov 2022

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The World Rugby Awards in Monaco!

We have a big pod from Monaco to finish our run of daily podcasts. Chris and Ugo are in Monaco to speak to men’s Player of the Year Josh van der Flier and New Zealand fly-half Ruahei Demant who took home the women’s prize. They also catch up with Ireland head coach Andy Farrell after a stellar 2022 for Ireland. There are also interviews with Jamie Roberts on Georgia’s shock victory over Wales and World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin on the state of the international game. Plus, Springboks legend John Smit talks Rassie Erasmus and England against South Africa this weekend.


21 Nov 2022

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Don't call it a comeback? England draw with New Zealand

Chris and Danny gather their thoughts after the game at Twickenham, where England snatched a late draw against New Zealand - gifting fans one of the most dramatic ten minutes of rugby in recent memory! Up until the 70th minute England's defeat to the All Blacks looked certain, but Eddie Jones’ men scored 3 tries to bring the score level. Chris and Danny scratch their heads and ask why England didn’t start the way they finished? Are we still asking, will the real England please stand up? Which of the two teams will most feel that they lost that one? All this plus reaction to the other matches on Saturday afternoon, when Georgia beat Wales at home for the first time ever and a card-fest at Murrayfield saw Scotland making their own history with a record win over Argentina.


19 Nov 2022

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The All Blacks are in town

Chris Jones, Matt Dawson and Sonja McLaughlan pod from Pennyhill Park ahead of England's clash with New Zealand this weekend. We hear from Eddie Jones on Ardie Savea, the changes to his back-row and his take on the state of the international game less than a year out from World Cup. Matt heaps praise on Jack van Poortvliet after he was given the nod ahead of Ben Youngs at scrum-half. There's more chat on the Farrell-Smith combination and who has had the better 2022, Ireland or France?


18 Nov 2022

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Owen Farrell 100 not out

A special podcast all about Owen Farrell who is set to win his 100th England cap this weekend against the All Blacks. Danny tells about us his first England encounter with Farrell and why he still doesn't get the credit he deserves. England team mates Henry Slade and Jonny Hill give us an insight into Farrell on the training field and how he continues to drive standards. We find out how Farrell is viewed in New Zealand with All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith and Liam Napier from the NZ Herald. Chris and Danny ask whether the best is still to come for Farrell and Danny backs him to become England head coach one day.


17 Nov 2022