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Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and a selection of rugby personalities provide insight and analysis on the latest events in the game, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and a selection of rugby personalities provide insight and analysis on the latest events in the game, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.
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Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and a selection of rugby personalities provide insight and analysis on the latest events in the game, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.




Shambles of the season...

Shambles of the season... In the final Ruck podcast of the series Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot and Alex Lowe to pay tribute to Exeter and praise Saracens after a breathtaking Premiership final. Plus the panel select their articles of the year, stories they missed, the best interviews and a favourite venue before highlighting what England need to add to compete in Japan. Finally Owen and Alex pick their top five Stephen Jones rants of the 2018/2019 campaign.


Why are Saracens so good?

Coaching, culture, recruitment, the salary cap, all of the above? Owen Slot heads to the pub with former players Alistair Hargreaves, Chris Wyles and Will Fraser to try and find the definitive answer ahead of the Premiership final.


Every Premiership team ranked

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Alex Lowe and Adam Hathaway to assess every Premiership clubs season. The panel then predict and preview the Premiership semi finals and Pro 14 final.


Rugby faces a tipping point

Owen Slot, Mark Evans and Michael Aylwin reflect on Saracens triumph, and who who can stop them in future. Then Mark and Micheal talk about their new book, arguing rugby is now at a crossroads where a number of issues will either be resolved or cause the sport to decline.


Dallaglio on Europe, Wasps and the class of 2003

Stephen Jones sits down with Lawrence Dallaglio to remember his career in Europe and preview the Champions Cup final. Dallaglio also delivers his assessment of Wasps season and explains why the world cup winning team of 2003 need a pathway to influential positions in the game.


This season's best signing?

This week Owen Slot is joined by Ben Ryan, Chris Jones and Alex Lowe. The questions to the panel are: Is this really the most exciting Premiership ever? Who is the best signing of the year? We also speculate on who the next England coach might be and Ben Ryan gives us the details on Rugby X - what's being called the T20 of Rugby and why it's necessary for rugby's future.


Special: Premier 15s final preview

Stephen Jones travels to Franklin's Gardens ahead of the decisive Premier 15's final between Saracens and Harlequins on Saturday. Captains Lotte Clapp and Rachael Burford explain what victory would mean for their respective sides before expanding on the recent revolution in the women's game. Coaches Gary Street and Alex Austerberry reflect on preparing players who can be balancing jobs with training and the influx of new young talent into women's rugby.


Saracens, football behaviour and half games

Saracens, football behaviour and half games Stephen Jones presents from Franklin's Gardens with Owen Slot, Nick Cain and Adam Hathaway. Is football behaviour creeping into rugby, who shone in the Champions Cup, why isn't every nation in for the Saracens coaching team, can the cuts to grass roots rugby be explained and will the relegation battle continue to the end of the season? Finally do you back Slot or Jones on the new half game proposals?


Wayne Barnes referees Slot vs Jones

Owen Slot and Stephen Jones sit down with referee Wayne Barnes to review the week in rugby. The panel discuss great rugby comebacks in honour of Tiger Woods, the fall out from Israel Folau and Billy Vunipola's social media comments and the Champions Cup semi-finals. PLUS Wayne Barnes on how he'd make the game safer.


Bloodgate: 10 Years On (Part Two)

This is the second part of a special programme brought to you by our colleagues at talkSPORT, marking ten years since Bloodgate, an incident that shook the sport of rugby. We bring you a talkSPORT studio panel hosted by Russ Williams, alongside journalist Mark Souster and former Harlequins player George Robson, to look back on the events of that day and discuss if we can expect more repercussions to come for the sport.


Bloodgate: 10 Years On (Part One)

talkSPORT presents Bloodgate: 10 Years On The scandal stained the reputation of Harlequins and the image of Rugby. We return to April 12 2009 and speak to some of the key individuals involved in the match, the subsequent cover-up and fall-out. This includes Tom Williams - the player at the centre of Bloodgate. In addition, we interview some of the biggest names in the sport including Sir Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Michael Cheika, Lawrence Dallaglio and Nigel Owens. We also uncover...


Restart Rugby's role dealing with physical and mental heath

Stephen Jones welcomes Rochelle Clark, Christian Day and Owen Slot for a packed review of the weekends action and detailed focus on RPA charity Restart Rugby. First the panel review the Premiership games after another amazing weekend which leaves Newcastle v Leicester as the potential match of the season. Then RPA player liaison officer, Christian Day outlines the Restart Rugby project which helps players both current and former with coping with a range of issues. All the Premiership...


Who were the Remainers and Leavers in Europe this Weekend?

Alex Lowe, Mark Evans and Adam Hathaway have the final word on the European quarter-finals, discuss where next for World Rugby and back Alex Goode for a late run into Eddie Jones' squad for Japan


The headache of coaching in France

Owen Slot, welcomes Alan Dymock, Sam Peters and Rory Teague. They cover Leicester's relegation threat and the laws of the game being reviewed in Paris. Also Rory Teague unpacks his time coaching at Bordeaux and debates the cultural differences between French and English rugby.


Wales Worthy Winners but What Next for Warren's Wonders?

Owen Slot is joined by fellow Times and Sunday Times writers Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway to review the Six Nations and ask what next for the Northern Hemisphere hopefuls with the Rugby World Cup not far away


Are England Flat-Track Bullies?

Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Lawrence Dallaglio and England women's captain, Sarah Hunter to discuss the penultimate week of this year's Six Nations


Saracens, the world league and fighting Georgians

Owen Slot is joined by Stuart Barnes and Ben Kay to discuss fighting in training, Saracens and the salary cap, new plans for the 'World League' and predictions for the weekends Six Nations matches.


Wales expose England's lack of plan b

Was Wales win a one off? Can Wales win the World Cup? Did England have a plan B? Owen Slot welcomes Sarah Hunter, Stephen Jones and Ben Ryan to unpick the latest round of the six nations in both the men's and women's games. PLUS The panel debate whether up to 600 tackles in a match is too much, and if the spectacle is getting worse.


Sam Warburton Special

Recorded in Cardiff, Sam Warburton tells Stephen Jones why Wales must pick a team which plays to their strengths not England's weaknesses, why he's more excited as a fan than he was as a player and why he fears England will edge the match.


6 Nations Week 3 Preview

6 NATIONS Week 3 Preview Stephen Jones is joined by Mark Evans, Alex Lowe and Steve James to preview a huge Six Nations match between England and Wales this weekend, look forward to the weekend's other games and pick their God or Goddess of the week