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The Good, The Bad & The Rugby

James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne return for season three of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby. Expect more great guests, insight, laughter and tears.

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James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne return for season three of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby. Expect more great guests, insight, laughter and tears.

S3 Ep2: The Great Gats

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Lions, Wales, Wasps and Waikato legend Warren Gatland is with us this week to share insights into his coaching philosophy and skilfully evade questions about what’s next for him in his celebrated career. We also get his take on the All Blacks’ ‘slump’ and Gats reveals some of the hilarious mind games he’s played (and won) over the years. Leadership, working with Shaun Edwards and remembering Hask’s early days at Wasps are also on the agenda. The boys also look ahead to the Rugby World Cup, getting under way this weekend, in New Zealand.

For more information about An Evening with Warren Gatland...
Swansea - https://www.swanseagrand.co.uk/article/17323/An-Evening-with-Warren-Gatland-CBE
Cardiff - https://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/speakers/an-evening-with-warren-gatland-cbe/
Llandudno - https://www.visitconwy.org.uk/whats-on/an-evening-with-warren-gatland-cbe-at-venue-cymru-p453261
Aberystwyth - https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/talks-spoken-word/evening-warren-gatland

Oct 04 2022

1hr 28mins

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S3 Ep1: We’re back! New Faces, Same Shambles

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Season three kicks off at Tindall Towers, joined by the newest member of the Haskell family, three-week old Bodhi, and some other exciting new additions. New signing, Jonathan ‘Fox’ Davies and seasoned veteran Ben Kayser join the boys for the season opener in what’s been a busy summer of GBR recruitment, with two other new faces on the roster. (Don’t worry, the Baby Rhino’s re-signed, too.)

Twelve months out from RWC 2023 the international rugby landscape is top of the agenda. But we also look in detail at matters closer to home following some of the big news and bad business that has beset domestic rugby in England in the off season.

A note. We planned to put this launch episode out a couple of weeks ago, but following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, we decided to postpone, so we’re not quite as up-to-do date as we usually would be. Bernard Foley can breathe a sigh of relief. Normal service resumes next week.

Sep 27 2022

1hr 22mins

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S3: HM The Queen: GBR’s Reflection

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Ahead of the official launch of Season Three, the boys are back for a special episode of reflection, to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen. Tinds gives some insight into the last few weeks and the boys reflect on her incredible life of duty. Episode One of Season Three will be available at the usual time tomorrow (Wednesday).

Sep 27 2022

25mins

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S2 Ep44: Ukraine War Special

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It's the final episode of the season & Alex, Hask and Tinds are joined by the BBC's Ukraine Correspondent, James Waterhouse. This may seem random for this podcast, but Waterhouse used to play rugby in the Championship for Rotherham and Esher… and has since jacked it all in for a career in Journalism. They reminisce about James’ days on the pitch and learn about the reality of life in Ukraine & the resilience it takes to report on the front line.

Aug 02 2022

1hr 18mins

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S2 Ep43: NFL Special

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Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada, and New York Giants punter Jamie Gillan, aka the Scottish Hammer, are with Alex, Hask and Tinds this week for a GB&R with a difference. They talk about their respective journeys to the NFL, from London and Inverness, in fascinating detail. Efe was trafficked to the UK, fostered and then worked in bingo hall before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. There is a rugby link with Jamie - he dreamed of playing rugby for Scotland before making the transition to American Football.

Jul 26 2022

1hr 7mins

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S2 Ep42: Summer Tours debrief with Tom Wood

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With Alex away it’s left to Hask and Tinds to steer the ship. They are joined by Hask's old teammate, the former Northampton and England back-row Tom Wood. Having just retired the boys discuss what's in store for him after rugby, a particularly pertinent subject on this week's show given Ryan Jones' dementia diagnosis. Unusually there's plenty of on-field chat, too, after Ireland’s historic and transformative series win in New Zealand. We also break down the rest of the action across the Summer Tours, focusing on England's win against the Wallabies and Eddie Jones' fan engagement skills.

Jul 20 2022

1hr 38mins

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S2 Ep41: The Great George Gregan

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The northern hemisphere have turned it around in the latest leg of the summer internationals. Lots to discuss on the pod this week, as the Welsh and Irish teams cement themselves in the history books.
Alex, Hask and Tinds are in the studio again, joined by George Gregan who reflects on his experience under Eddie Jones, playing for the Brumbies and how he nearly lost the Wallabies to a river of crocodiles.

Jul 13 2022

1hr 56mins

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S2 Ep40: Kruis Control

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George Kruis is with us to look back on his career - a journey that started on the wing and ended up in the engine room at Saracens, England and in Japan. So why now for retirement, when he can still perform at the very highest level and backheel conversions with the best of them? And after a bruising weekend in the southern hemisphere, we try to figure out the way back for the home nations who have a lot to do.

Jul 05 2022

1hr 19mins

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S2 Ep39: The Summer Tours

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International summer rugby fills the next few weekends, so the boys take a look ahead to what's in store. They start with England who take on a rejuvenated Wallabies. The Eddie Jones’ era was just getting underway the last time England toured Australia in 2016 and you may remember - he barely mentions it - but our very own Hask won man of the series. The boys turn back the clock and relive some of those stellar performances and also pick a 23-man World XV squad, made up of the four travelling home nations and the southern hemisphere giants.

Jun 28 2022

1hr 15mins

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S2 Ep38: Freddie Burns and Richard Wigglesworth: Premiership Champions

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Pass the paracetamol as Alex and Tinds are joined by a refreshed Freddie Burns and Richard Wigglesworth following their Premiership title win over Saracens and the celebrations since.
Freddie talks us through his climactic drop goal, reveals how at one stage he was almost done with rugby and considers who should play him in the inevitable movie, while Richard explains why this victory was extra special, even compared to the many others he has won. The guys also give us a rundown of their team-mates and take us inside a weekend that's included (many) pints, double denim and Wiggy's hunt for chicken nuggets.
Elsewhere, Tinds and Alex discuss England's loss to the Baa-Baas, the squad named for the tour of Australia and give their starting 15 for the first Test.

Jun 21 2022

1hr 6mins

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S2 Ep37: The Big Prem Final Preview

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Saracens take on Leicester at Twickenham this weekend as the Premiership draws to a close. Alex and Tinds are joined by Ben Kayser and ex Saracens lock Al Hargreaves as they discuss what this game means for both teams. Tinds catches 15 minutes with Richard Cockerill to talk Baa-baas, a young England team and Tigers' bid for the trophy.

Jun 14 2022

1hr 16mins

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S2 Ep36: Zinzan Brooke: The man and the mullet

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One of the all-time greats, Zinzan Brooke, is on the sofa this week with Alex and Tinds. We get the inside track on Tinds’ royal weekend at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, before diving into the man who’s seen it all in a career spanning the amateur and professional eras. He explains how summer touch helped shape the All Blacks stylish rugby in the 80s and talks about what it was like to win the World Cup before reporting back to work as a plumber. Jonah Lomu crops up in conversation (of course he does), so do 40-metre drop goals (of course they do) and then there’s that famous Zinzan mullet, a conversation starter if ever there was one.

Jun 07 2022

1hr 7mins

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S2 Ep35: Surfing, scallop diving and that stag do with Jack Nowell

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Jack Nowell joins the Hask, Tinds and Alex at the Plymouth Pavillions on their live tour. Cornish pride, England debuts, and when team building goes wrong are on the cards. As well as an update on Jack’s recovery, they also discuss the changes being made at Exeter Chiefs to make sure they’re back at their best next year and Eddie Jones’ plans for Jack this summer.

May 31 2022

1hr 1min

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S2 Ep34: Wasps’ Lee Blackett & a bonus Dan Biggar

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Tinds, Hask and Alex are in Birmingham at The Alexandra Theatre, ahead of another night on stage. They’re joined by one of Hask's former coaches, Lee Blackett; now Head Coach at Wasps. They discuss his journey from the Championship to the Premiership and the fastest try the league's ever seen, as well as what it really takes to let players go and what he’s pushing for next season. Hask also takes a trip down memory lane & heads back to Northampton for a bonus interview with Dan Biggar, to chat all things Saints, Wales and what's left to achieve now he's a centurion.

May 25 2022

1hr 35mins

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S2 Ep33: Alun of Wales

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What better way to spend a Sunday morning in Swansea than with Alun Wyn Jones. He joins Hask, Tinds and Alex to reflect on a stellar career and look ahead to what’s still to come. Is there much more he can achieve? One hundred and fifty caps to his name, an Ospreys, Wales and Lions legend. Just a World Cup then…

May 17 2022

1hr 16mins

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S2 Ep32: The Unforgettable Steve Thompson

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Legendary England hooker, Steve Thompson, joins Hask, Tinds and Alex on their live tour at The Liverpool Empire Theatre. The boys discuss Steve’s hugely inspirational battle with early onset-dementia and his close shave with suicide, his new book and his now rusty World Cup medal. Steve also gets into some of the wild times with Hask and Tinds back in their playing days, including one particular postgame celebration in Dublin involving a very famous golfer.

It’s not too late to get tickets to see the boys live. Go to: https://goodbadrugby.com/livetour/

Warning – this podcast discusses suicide & suicidal feelings.

May 10 2022

53mins

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S2 Ep31: Now we're touring...

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The boys are finally off on their UK tour and already a little dusty from a few nights on the road. Hask has barely slept, Tinds is losing his voice, and Alex is attempting to hold it all together as usual. This episode comes from the stage of the empty Empire Theatre in Liverpool where the boys reflect on the best moments from the opening night in Sheffield with Dylan Hartley. He opened up about his time under Eddie Jones as England captain, as well as all the bans and indiscretions in between. Hask, Tinds and Alex also discuss the Red Roses Grand Slam, and Chris Ashton’s try scoring record.

May 03 2022

59mins

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S2 Ep30: The Kanye West of Rugby

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This week the GB&R team speak to Bath and England prop Beno Obano about his new documentary series Prep To Win, which takes the viewer behind the scenes at Harlequins. He reveals how it came about, why rugby must broaden its appeal and the moment he knew he had something pretty special on his hands.

Elsewhere, we get the inside story on the big fight...No, not Fury-Whyte...Payne-Curzon! The lads also pay tribute to Emily Scarratt after her 100th England cap and wonder what could be named after Hask following his induction into the Wasps Hall of Fame.

Apr 26 2022

1hr 18mins

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S2 Ep29: What Goes On Tour, Stays On Tour

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Just like Jack Nowell, grassroots rugby clubs are off on tour & so are the GB&R boys… so what better excuse to relive the best tours of times gone by. Hask, Tinds and Alex compare their wild time in Japan in 2019 with the shambles of the tour dubbed ‘Tinds’ stag do’ by the media in 2011, and the chaos of the unprofessional tours before that. Handcuffs, poo and ferry diving are all on the agenda.

Apr 19 2022

1hr 8mins

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S2 Ep28: Return of the Rhino Bambino

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The gang are all here as Alex, Hask and Tinds are reunited for the first time in a few weeks. Also back with them is the Rhino Bambino himself, Leicester and England's Ellis Genge, fresh from his club's Champions Cup win at Clermont.

They chat about that and Ellis gives his thoughts on England's Six Nations campaign and criticism of Eddie Jones. Also in this episode, the team pay tribute to Tom Smith, Ellis discusses meeting Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and why he's up for having football managers in rugby and he explains why he celebrates his team-mates' tries more than his own.

Plus there's chat on the women's Six Nations, an unusual way of increasing your testosterone and which of the guys played the following in their school play: Knuckles, the Demon Headmaster, an Ugly Sister and a washer woman.

Apr 11 2022

1hr 23mins

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