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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.




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 clubs...


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


Putting England victories into context

Owen Slot welcomes World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio, Michael Lynagh and Sarah Hunter to contextualize England’s crushing defeat of France. They discuss why England’s coaching team deserve praise and ask if the kicking game seen in recent weeks is a tactical innovation or a reintroduced old trick. PLUS why the current French management defies logic and do Italy need to justify their place in the tournament? Finally Sarah Hunter rounds up the womens Six Nations so far.


The performance England have waited for

Owen Slot welcomes Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones, Peter O'Reilly and Sarah Hunter to discuss a fantastic opening weekend in the Six Nations. They cover where the victory sits in great English performances, there is disagreement about the implications for the World Cup and do Ireland now face a repeat of England's meltdown campaign from last year? PLUS England captain Sarah Hunter guides us through the main talking points in the women's six nations and humble pie is on the menu as the panel...


The best week in rugby

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Nick Cain and red top king Adam Hathaway to preview the greatest tournament in rugby. Peter O'Reilly explains the mood in the Irish camp and why this is the best Ireland team he's ever seen ahead of the the Six Nations. Also is this still the fan tournament? We review the vast cost of attending the matches before finishing with God or Goddess of the week.


Is everyone playing the same way?

Stephen Jones welcomes Nick Easter, Simon Halliday and Nigel Botherway to cover a wide range of topics. Nick Easter outlines the lure of coaching in South Africa. Plus the rule change which means teams can't relax in Europe, the key man for Saracens this year and why was Munster vs Exeter so engrossing? Looking ahead to the Six Nations what grade would the Eddie Jones era get, and is it a problem everyone now plays the same way?


Barnes vs Jones

To coincide with Stuart Barnes' new book, Stephen Jones grills his old friend on his life in rugby. Including: why the book doesn't have a chronological structure, why a stag do fight with Jeremy Guscott's helped his career? How a fear of failure stifled chances with England and how he regrets the lack of sports phycology when he played the game.


How to progress in Europe

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Mark Palmer and Martin Gillingham to focus on Scottish and French teams in Europe. There's also a preview of this weekend's Champions Cup action and a early look ahead to the Six Nations.


Breakaways and ring-fencing

Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe, Al Dymock, and Mark Evans to discuss big issues off the field. Is the club breakaway threat credible and could relegation still be scrapped this season? On the field the Premiership continues to thrill but how high is the standard, has the quality of the English clubs been exposed in Europe?


Sam Peters, gobgate and bold predictions

Owen Slot hosts Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway to digest a remarkable week of rugby. First, Sam Peters joins the podcast to discuss his altercation with Sale Director of Rugby Steve Diamond and explains why he won't be making a formal complaint, and the panel consider the role of journalists in rugby. PLUS Has Alex Dombrandt's starring role usurped Chris Robshaw, was the alleged spitting incident resolved correctly, and who has the boldest prediction for 2019?