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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.




'Multitasking men, two dream finals and dodgy tattoos'

This week Chris and Ugo head over to Harlequins to speak to their new head of rugby Paul Gustard. He talks about the decision to leave England, what Eddie Jones said and where he can take Harlequins. We also reflect on the semi-finals of both the Pro 14 and the Premiership and Ugo’s 14 month old daughter backs Shaun Edwards for an England role.


Dropped or rested and moonwalking stonemasons

On the pod this week, On the pod this week, Danny opens up about being left out of the England tour of South Africa. The Scotland and Glasgow fly-half Finn Russell makes his Rugby Union Weekly debut and chats about his former life as a stonemason, his move to Paris and that “pass of the century”. We also dissect the two European finals and ask whether Eddie Jones is about to lose a key member of his coaching team with the World Cup just over a year away.


Nolli's medals, Mako-oke and Marcus Smith's Netflix account

Bonus episode alert! Ugo and Chris are at the RPA Awards to speak to England legend Danielle Waterman about her retirement and 19-year-old Marcus Smith about sharing a Netflix account with his brothers. Mako Vunipola reveals his favourite karaoke track, Jack Willis is getting life advice from James Haskell, and Christian Wade pretends he doesn't know how many tries he's scored.


Peter Pan, Superman, and their scrum-half love-in

England scrum half Ben Youngs joins the boys to chat end of season parties, England’s summer tour of South Africa and why he and Danny get on so well. The guys ask if anyone can stop Leinster winning the double and whether Paddy Jackson will be playing for Sale next season.


Bryan Habana and Pinchy the Lobster

This week Chris, Ugo and Danny are joined by two retiring legends of the game. World Cup winning Springbok Bryan Habana also talks cheetahs, while Ireland Grand Slam winner Donncha O’Callaghan tells a story about ducks and corn flakes. The boys choose their Premiership player of the season and Chris attempts to explain Champions Cup qualification.


Leinster, Lancaster, and the perils of top-level rugby

As Leinster and Racing 92 boss their way to the Champions Cup final, Chris, Ugo and Danny tell us why they are the best two teams in Europe. The guys debate life after rugby as Rob Horne is forced to sadly retire at the age of 28, while Danny gives his take on England captain Dylan Hartley's latest concussion setback. Ugo hangs out with an old friend and Chris turns travel agent ahead of finals weekend in Bilbao.


Pod on Tour: At home with Wayne Barnes

Ugo, Chris and Danny Care quiz top referee Wayne Barnes in his own home. He provides pastries, helps DC with his French and chats through issues such as backchat, messy scrums and the TMO.


Using Rugby For Change (The Sport Relief Special)

In this special episode, Chris and Ugo speak to players and coaches who are using rugby to improve lives, whether it be for mental health, helping the community, or escaping gang culture and reducing the risk of re-offending. All of their guests are beneficiaries of England Rugby’s Try for Change programme, in partnership with Sport Relief. For more information go to sport relief.com/englandrugby


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