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Ugo Monye and Chris Jones, plus special guests, dissect the biggest national and international rugby union stories of the week.

Ugo Monye and Chris Jones, plus special guests, dissect the biggest national and international rugby union stories of the week.
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Ugo Monye and Chris Jones, plus special guests, dissect the biggest national and international rugby union stories of the week.




Flying Falcons, Euro shocks and another Billy blow

Ugo, Chris and Danny react to an eventful opening weekend in the Champions Cup as they agree to disagree on Jerome Kaino's yellow card against Bath and Freddie Burns' catastrophic error over the try-line. And after the news Billy Vunipola has been ruled out of the autumn internationals with another injury setback, we try to find a solution for England's injury crisis in the back row.


Habana's fancy dress and Heaslip's quiz

Rugby Union Weekly's South Africa correspondent Bryan Habana returns to the podcast to discuss the rise of the Springboks and why this side are in a better place than his 2007 World Cup winners, another pod legend Jamie Heaslip explains why Leinster will go back-to-back in the Champions Cup and Danny Care joins Ugo and Chris as the team are forced to make some European predictions.


The Rob Horne Special

Ugo and Chris go to Twickenham to meet former Northampton Saints and Australia centre Rob Horne, who was forced to retire in May after being left with paralysis of his right arm. Rob opens up about the day his life changed forever, how he is coping without rugby, and explains why you don't have to hit rock bottom in order to bounce back.


Warren’s Wales, Eddie’s England and the Premiership dogfight

With a year to go until the Rugby World Cup, Warren Gatland joins us on the pod as we ask whether a settled Wales side will go further than a chaotic England in Japan. There is loads to talk about in the Premiership, but at the bottom not the top, and in the Pro 14 we hail the improvements of the Italians and South Africans. Ugo spends the day with the Royals, but who dressed to impress on the netball court?


Slade, Barclay and Frank the Tank

With Chris away, Ugo and Danny invite a couple of pals onto the pod this week. The Scotland captain John Barclay shares his views on the red card shown to Leicester’s Will Spencer that proved to be the talking point of the weekend. Henry Slade tells us all about Exeter's perfect start to the season, what’s behind his great form and introduces us to his dog Frank. We round up all the action from both the Premiership and the Pro 14 as well as discussing the All Blacks’ shock defeat by South...


Cipriani, Manu and what is smart casual

Despite an absorbing weekend’s action in the Premiership, Chris, Danny and Ugo once again find themselves waxing lyrical about Danny Cipriani after the Gloucester man pulled off another extraordinary pass. They also chat Leicester’s big win under new coach Geordan Murphy, why Exeter’s Henry Slade is one of the Premiership’s hottest properties and we get the latest on Danny’s Bronco challenge. Ugo and Danny claim they are friends with The Rock…sort of, and Chris asks what actually is smart...


Bad Tigers, Good Bears and the best pass ever?

In a pod recorded over the space of five hours, Ugo and Chris react to the news Matt O’Connor has been sacked as Leicester head coach, and ask where the biggest club in England go from here. Glowing in the aftermath of Quins’ victory, Danny joins us on the sofa to discuss Danny Cipriani’s debut for Gloucester and whether his pass was better than Finn Russell’s. We also chat Bristol’s winning start to the season, Niki Goneva nicking one to the keeper and not walking, and the relationship...


The Big Premiership Preview

Rugby Union Weekly is back with a bang. Bristol head coach Pat Lam joins Chris and Ugo at the Premiership launch and tells us how Bristol will one day win the Champions Cup, Danny Care sets the first challenge of the season, Christian Wade promises to present the podcast once he breaks the Premiership try-scoring record, and Mark McCall meets... Mark McCall.