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This weekly show will explore the world of amateur rugby union - the people, clubs and stories that make it the lifeblood of the game we love.

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This weekly show will explore the world of amateur rugby union - the people, clubs and stories that make it the lifeblood of the game we love.

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English

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Episodes

#94 - Jimmy Samuel - Ready, Fire, Aim!

1/21/2023
My guest this week is Bannockburn RFC Director of Rugby, Jimmy Samuel. This interview was recorded in January of 2023 and we talked about the incredible project Bannockburn took on in creating a new pitch and installing floodlights. We then dug into Jimmy's rugby past and what drives him to build teams and environments for people to grow and enjoy the game of rugby. There is an absolute ton of value in this episode and a load of 'feel good' moments too. Enjoy! LINKS Jimmy Samuel on...

Duration:00:57:28

#93 - Grant Neilson - Retiring from rugby after brain surgery

1/14/2023
My guest this week is Strathaven RFC Head Coach, Grant Neilson. This interview was recorded in January of 2023 and we talked about Strathaven RFC's clubhouse renovation after flood damage and how that has galvanised the club. Then we got stuck into the incredible story of Grant's short, but utterly dramatic rugby-playing career. Lastly, we talked about moving into coaching and how Grant's playing experience influences his coaching. I sat for most of this interview with my mouth open,...

Duration:01:01:50

#92 - Xmas 2022

12/18/2022
Welcome to this special festive episode where I talk about a new format for The Amateur Rugby Podcast, my thoughts on the current treatment of referees, some ways to support the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation and the things I'd like for Christmas! LINKS Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/amateurrugbypodcast Doddie Aid - https://doddieaid.com/ PODCAST KIT Everything I use to create, edit and produce this podcast can be found on my Creating a Podcast...

Duration:00:10:55

#91 - Steve Benson

12/11/2022
My guest this week is Ellingham and Ringwood RFC President, Steve Benson. This interview was recorded in September of 2022 and we talked about Steve's playing days - which are still going on by the way - his years in refereeing, and some incredible insight into what it takes to start minis, juniors, girls, and women's rugby sides. We chat about all the good things going on at Ellingham and Ringwood including the 15 year process of moving the club to a new ground and building a...

Duration:01:06:44

#90 - Sean Phelan

12/3/2022
My guest this week is grassroots rugby hero, Mr Fill Your Boots, Sean Phelan. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and we talked about the roller-coaster that is being a Quins fan, Sean's early days in rugby at Kingston Rugby Club, the current situation at Racal Decca - his one team club and the challenges of not having a clubhouse. We then chatted about Sean's amazing project called Fill Your Boots and his dreams for its future. We finished up with a discussion about how...

Duration:01:02:57

#89 - Jnr Harrison

11/26/2022
My guest this week is my former Esher Rugby teammate, Nigerian international and good friend, Jnr Harrison. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and we talked about Jnr's start in adult rugby with London Nigerians, the 7's & beach rugby circuits, Naked lunches (true story) and appearing in Rugby TV adverts. We then moved on to talk about how Jnr got his first contract to play rugby, his incredible ability to stack on mass and the injuries that blighted a portion of his...

Duration:01:10:48

#88 - Stories From... Bannockburn and Haddington rugby clubs.

11/19/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories, and interesting tidbits from my journey around Scotland on the 2022 edition of The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Bannockburn Rugby Club where I interrupt DoR, Jimmy Samuel from a session of digging holes with his mini-digger. We spoke about the new floodlights, the new pitch, how they got their gym, some awesome revenue-generating catering facilities, and how they've turned the revenue...

Duration:00:43:24

#87 - Stories From... Kilmarnock, Ayr and Hamilton Bulls rugby clubs.

11/13/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey around Scotland on the 2022 edition of The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Kilmarnock rugby club where Rugby Development Officer, Stephen Main tells me all about the club and how they are bringing new kids to the game. We discuss some incredible memorabilia and there is even a polar bear. Then we travel to Ayr Rugby Club where Director of Rugby,...

Duration:00:43:19

#86 - Stories From... Clydebank, Glasgow Raptors and Whitecraigs rugby clubs.

11/6/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey around Scotland on the 2022 edition of The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Clydebank where Alisdair Smart shows me around their incredible new clubhouse. Then we travel to Glasgow Raptors where Ryan Corbyn tells me about why he loves their inclusive rugby and how they're helping people find rugby for the first time. Finally, we head to Whitecraigs RFC...

Duration:00:26:07

#85 - Stories From... Oban Lorne, Helensburgh and Loch Lomond rugby clubs.

10/30/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey around Scotland on the 2022 edition of The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Oban Lorne RFC where I speak with my old Bhubesi Pride mate - Lewis McFarlane - about the story behind the shirts, famous club days, tours to Pencoed, the kayaking coach and of course the legend of Big Tommy Sutherland! I also speak with Murray Hamilton who tells me about their...

Duration:00:29:53

#84 - Jill Douglas

9/7/2022
My guest this week is the wonderful - Jill Douglas. MBE. This interview was recorded in my parent's dining room the day before The Great Rugger Run. It was edited later that day in Glasgow airport and was posted live in Oban that night! Jill and I talked about THAT Ruby Tui interview, our joint history with Cheltenham RFC, our friend Mike Crisp, the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation - who of course, I'm supporting on this year's Great Rugger Run and lastly plenty of tales about the great man...

Duration:00:18:46

#83 - Dickon Moon

9/4/2022
My guest this week is London Cornish Director of Rugby of 20 years - Dickon Moon. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and is the second half of the interview that started in last weeks episode. In this second half we talked about the ambitions of London Cornish, Dickon's coaching ethos, how it all began back in Redruth and his playing days at Old Patesians along with some unfinished business at HQ. Oh and he also has a message for Eddie Jones! LINKS Dickon can be contacted...

Duration:00:39:37

#82 - Dickon Moon

8/28/2022
My guest this week is London Cornish Director of Rugby of 20 years - Dickon Moon. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and we talked about Dickon's time as a player at Old Patesians, the challenges and achievements of twenty years as DoR at London Cornish, the 60th anniversary of the club, the current issues with hot weather and hard pitches, Dickon's thoughts on the new restructuring of the Men's adult competition structure and, I kid you not, we even talk about South London...

Duration:00:48:05

#81 - Bruce Aitchison

8/21/2022
My guest this week is the remarkable raconteur - Mr Happiness is Egg Shaped - Bruce Aitchison. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and we talked about Bruce's life in rugby, his incredible Happiness is Egg Shaped project, a quick overview of what Scottish Rugby has in store for me and some incredible personal stories about Doddie Weir and the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation - who of course, I'm supporting on this year's Great Rugger Run. LINKS Happiness is Egg Shaped -...

Duration:00:52:18

#80 - Lynn Evans

8/14/2022
My guest this week is the first two-timer on The Amateur Rugby Podcast - rugby-coaching royalty - Mr Lynn Evans. His original episode - No.26 in Season 1 - was one of the most popular to date and I was hugely excited to sit down with him and talk all things rugby once more. This interview was recorded in August of 2022 and we talked about Littlemore RFC, Chinnor RFC, his book 'From Valley Boy to Table Mountain', Pierre Villepreux and Le Plaisir du Mouvement, Lynn's thoughts on the lack of...

Duration:00:54:26

#79 - Stories From... Old Colfeians

6/12/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey across the country on The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Old Colfeians where I speak with Matt Townsend about the club's most famous day, Steve Hughes about the responsibilities of being fines master, Luke Walden about the Music Nights we used to enjoy and new Chairman Bill Blythe about his hopes for the...

Duration:00:15:10

#78 - Stories From... Old Alleynians and Blackheath

6/5/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey across the country on The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Old Alleynians where I speak with Steve Jeal about the huge number of players they have and some very famous old boys. Then I travel to Blackheath where I speak with Iain Dinning who shows me around the home changing room prior to a First XV match and Tim Brindle in the stash-laden...

Duration:00:22:23

#77 - Stories From... Richmond and London Scottish

5/29/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey across the country on The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Richmond where I speak with Steve Hill, Peter Moore and John Heaton about Richmond's culture and identity and how touring is such a big part of their cub. Then I travel to London Scottish where I speak with Xander Chevalier and Cameron King who even have a gift for...

Duration:00:21:05

#76 - Stories From... Harlequins and Ealing Trailfinders

5/22/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey across the country on The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Harlequins where I take a stroll through the tunnel at The Twickenham Stoop and out onto the pitch. Then I travel to Ealing Trailfinders where I speak with Director of Rugby Ben Ward about how the club is doing, the gym culture, pitch improvements and some great stories about former...

Duration:00:15:21

#75 - Stories From... Esher

5/8/2022
Welcome to another episode of 'Stories From...' where I share anecdotes, stories and interesting tidbits from my journey across the country on The Great Rugger Run. This week there are stories from Esher RFC where I speak with John Inverdale about his wonderful broadcasting career, the state of the world game, his time involved with Esher RFC and the future of National League Rugby. https://amateurrugbypodcast.com #rugbypodcast #amateurrugby PODCAST KIT Everything I use to create,...

Duration:00:21:50