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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.




An epic final and our end of season awards

Ugo and Chris are at Twickenham for the final podcast of the season as we look back on an enthralling Premiership final, and analyse just how Saracens managed that comeback. Joe Marler joins us after a wild week with the Barbarians and a surprise new friendship with Richard Hibbard, and Danny phones in from Greece as we sign off by handing out our RUW end of season awards.


The inevitable final and Danny the Hitman

Danny, Ugo and Chris react to Saturday's Premiership semi-finals as we debate whether Saracens and Exeter's dominance is good for English rugby. We discuss Leinster's triumph in the Pro14 final, look ahead to a stellar Barbarians line-up and ask if any of the England squad named to face them could make it to the World Cup. Meanwhile, Ugo's time-keeping forces a Vicar to panic, and who went home early from the Quins end-of-season party?


School's out, ferocious pushing and a hangover

Ugo, Chris and Danny discuss the final round of the Premiership season as Harlequins miss out on the play-offs by just two metres and we dish out our 60-second season reports against the buzzer. We also discuss the Premiership semi-finals, a mouth-watering Pro14 final, how Munster missed out on Ronan O’Gara and why are rugby players always early?


How to party like a triple champion

Ugo, Chris and Danny are joined by triple Champions Cup winner Jamie George as Saracens' celebrations enter a third day. After an unforgettable week in the sporting world we discuss if rugby can ever appeal to the emotions as much as football, discover why Alex Goode is still wearing full kit and ask will Mark McCall will ever become England head coach?


Saracens and Strettle's shower

Ugo and Chris chat to David Strettle ahead of Saracens' Champions Cup final against Leinster on Saturday as we discuss tactics, retirement, how a chance meeting in a shower kicked off his professional career and how he ended up in just boxers at his own wedding. We also look at where it went wrong for Newcastle after they were relegated from the Premiership, ask if Ulster could win the Pro14 and where is Shaun Edwards off to next?


H is for Horwill

With Ugo in Japan, Danny brings his friends to work as James Horwill’s arms catch Chris’s eye, Tim Visser turns up looking for a lift and we find out how much alcohol the Super Rugby trophy can hold. With the Champions Cup final line-up decided, we also ask if Saracens and Leinster are the perfect match, how European rugby compares to Southern hemisphere, and should Billy Vunipola have been booed?


Tito and Take That

Ugo, Danny and Chris round up another crucial weekend of Premiership and Pro14 fixtures as the Leicester Tigers slip further into the relegation fight and the race for the play-offs intensifies. We welcome Benetton and Italy scrum-half Tito Tebaldi to the pod for the first time to defend his reputation against his former team-mates, we try and fix rugby's problems at the ruck, and Danny reminisces about temporarily joining Take That.


Drops, dives and Farrell jnr jnr

Ugo, Danny and Chris discuss a brilliant weekend in Europe as small margins decide three of the four Champions Cup quarter-finals. Danny and Ugo have differing opinions on whether diving is acceptable in rugby, we eulogise the French game just weeks after slating it, and when will Farrell III make his England debut?


Tigers teetering and Danny's Rolls Royce

Ugo, Chris and Danny are back to ask whether the mighty Leicester Tigers are actually going to get relegated, while Danny discusses his eventful return to action at the London Stadium. Ugo argues the case for starting on his opposite number in order to prevent a try, Chris has takeaway issues, and Danny reminisces about how a clerical error changed his career. Meanwhile hammer thrower-turned-firefighter-turned-rugby superstar Shaunagh Brown is a guest on the pod.


Ken Owens' cab and Calcutta Cup chaos

Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Ken Owens, who’s not slept since the final whistle in Cardiff, to reflect on Wales' Grand Slam success. Much to Danny’s delight, Ryan Wilson returns to talk Scotland’s ridiculous comeback at Twickenham. We ask if Ireland should be pressing the panic button as they limp towards the World Cup, pick our team of the tournament and find out if Ugo would be a suit or tracksuit football manager.


Ugo's loyalties, a full moon party and catfishing

Ugo, Danny and Chris are back on the sofa to build-up to another big weekend in the Six Nations. Danny gets his head around the controversial World League plans, we discuss Premiership salary caps and where is Shaun Edwards heading next? We also find out who Ugo values more out of Conor O'Shea or Danny, where Danny met his wife and are France Jennifer Lawrence or Barry from Eastenders?


Try – yes or no?

Ugo Monye and Chris Jones go to Heathrow Terminal 4 to meet international referee Wayne Barnes and his TMO sidekick Rowan Kitt to lift the lid on the art of the television match official. We discuss the influence of TV directors, the ‘wild west’ clearouts at the ruck and ask should there be more interventions from the TMO?


Gatland's glint, England's errors and Sam's sauce

Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Welsh great Sam Warburton to analyse Wales' victory over England in Cardiff. We discuss another Wales legend in Alun Wyn Jones, find out why Warburton got the nickname 'HP' and ask why Eddie Jones didn't use his bench. We also discuss if Scotland have lost their self-belief, why the Irish half-backs are off the boil and who are our shock picks at 9 and 10 in the team of the week?


Headbutting buses and a baby rhino

The Six Nations is back as Ugo, Danny and Chris look ahead to the Wales v England showdown in Cardiff this weekend. Danny and Wales centre Jamie Roberts exchange differing stories about the team bus to the stadium, Ellis Genge opens up about filling Mako Vunipola's shoes and we discuss whether Scotland can beat France without Finn Russell. Also... is your rugby club the best in the country?


Mako, Manu and Ugo the interceptor

With Ugo having survived Dublin as a 'fan', he joins Danny and Chris to discuss Mako, Manu and the art of the interception after England's opening victory against Ireland. We chat to Wales wing George North in sunny Nice after his man of the match performance in Paris and we play a game of 'Test match animals' ahead of Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield. We also hear from England prop Sarah Bern on her favourite game in an international jersey and who made our team of the weekend?


The Six Nations Preview Special - with Schmidt, Jones, Gatland and Townsend!

Ugo and Chris are back at the launch of the Six Nations where they set the head coaches a mischievous transfer challenge. Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt reflect on the end of an era, Ireland captain Ciara Griffin talks us through juggling teaching, beef farming and leading her country and a fully-clothed Alun Wyn Jones returns to the pod.