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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.




Flag-gate, European dark horses and Mako’s back

Ugo and Chris welcome fit-again Mako Vunipola to the pod after his impressive return for Saracens at the weekend. We discuss his max leg press, his broken nose and why he can’t watch games with his brother Billy. We also round up another weekend of Champions Cup action including Leinster’s ‘disallowed flags’ at Bath, debate our outside contenders for the European title and who outdid Ugo in the fashion stakes at Exeter?


Johnny Sexton on Roy Keane, Joe Schmidt and a message from U2

The world's best player Johnny Sexton fulfils his promise and joins Chris and Ugo on the pod after losing his voice at the World Rugby Awards. The Irishman opens up on the first time he met Joe Schmidt, explains why Roy Keane is his hero and we find out which stars texted him to say congratulations. We also return to relegation predictions as we round-up the latest games in the Premiership and Pro14, and is a Wasps' exodus on the cards?


The one from the World Rugby Awards

Ugo and Chris smarten up and head to the World Rugby Awards in Monaco where they round up the 2018 international calendar with some of the best players on the planet including New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett - who is determined to turn around his form on the golf course - and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi. Ireland’s Rob Kearney and Rory Best deputise for the World Rugby player of the year Johnny Sexton who’s lost his voice and Scotland's Sean Maitland explains his team try of the year...


How Nugget, Rat and Church beat the All Blacks

Ugo and Chris react to Ireland's incredible victory over the All Blacks with our Ireland correspondent Jamie Heaslip, who explains why Cian Healy got the nickname 'Church' and how he's become Johnny Sexton's campaign manager. We discuss the latest players to be axed from Eddie Jones' squad, whether Scotland can lose their title of nearly-men before the World Cup and who should Wales pick at fly-half to face South Africa?


Bad luck, Biggar and Bowe

For the second week running, Ugo and Chris debate a controversial late decision as England lose a thriller to New Zealand. After his kick banished a decade of hurt, Wales fly-half Dan Biggar returns to the pod in a more formal capacity, while Tommy Bowe turns guest presenter when previewing Ireland against the All Blacks. And who is Katy Daly-McLean’s worst roommate?


Inside the Wales Camp – access all areas

Ken Owens, George North and Jonathan Davies take Ugo and Chris on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wales training camp. They bump into a mischievous Dan Biggar in the corridor, a cold Alun Wyn Jones in the cryochamber and Chris has a massive lunch.


Farrell's arms and Eddie the underdog

Ugo and Chris debate THAT Owen Farrell tackle and discuss how England can beat the All Blacks, while Chris Ashton pops onto the pod after his international return. We hype up Ireland against New Zealand, again, and ask if Jordan Larmour is Ireland's most exciting full-back ever?


Inside the England Camp

Ugo and Chris go to Portugal to catch up with the England team ahead of their first autumn Test against South Africa on Saturday. Head coach Eddie Jones explains why Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashton aren’t rooming together, Harry Williams contemplates buying a snake and is Ugo the answer to England’s injury problems at number eight?


The Christian Wade Special

Christian Wade joins Ugo and Chris for an exclusive interview on his decision to retire from rugby and pursue a career in the NFL. We discuss how his size affected his opportunities to play for his country, the moment England stopped calling and the uphill battle he faces to make it in America.