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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week

Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week


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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week




Lions highs and lows and Watson's mullet

Ugo, Ashy and Chris welcome Scotland's Hamish Watson back onto the pod. There's plenty of love for his mullet as he talks Lions selection, size and inspiring a generation. We also speak to Danny about the disappointment of missing out on the Lions tour and how difficult the past couple of weeks have been. Ashy isn't happy with Sam Simmonds scoring so many tries and find out why you shouldn't holiday in Cyprus.


Lions pod: Coaches, captains and the chairman

Ugo and Chris are at the Lions squad announcement to speak to Warren Gatland about some big omissions, surprise picks and most importantly which player he wants to have a beer with. They also chat to Lions captain and Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones about what it means to lead the team on his fourth tour. Gregor Townsend discusses midfield options and a healthy Scottish contingent in the squad. Plus, Jason Leonard explains the challenges facing the players this summer and the need for good...


The Lions Squad Pod

With the Lions squad announcement this week, the time has come for Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to pick their 36-man squads. There is a very interesting pick at fly-half, a very familiar face at scrum-half, centre deliberations and some big name casualties. Ugo and Chris also discuss the weekend’s European action and the bizarre end to England’s match with France in Lille.


Lions hopes, vests and The Spartan

On Ugo's return to the pod, Danny and Chris have plenty of questions regarding his vest and blazer combo for TV at the weekend. But with the Lions squad being named next week, there's still time to impress Warren Gatland. Does Johnny Sexton need to guide Leinster to another Champions Cup final this weekend to guarantee his spot on the plane? Danny and Ugo share their stories from the announcement day in 2009. There's also a look at England's victory over France in the Women's Six Nations...


The England tuck shop and Scottish clans

Chris Jones, Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett look ahead to finals day in the Women's Six Nations. They are joined on the pod by Poppy Cleall who tells us all about the business she's running during England camp with Hannah Botterman. Poppy also talks about taking the captain's spot this weekend, the issues having a twin sister in camp can cause and how it feels to be called the best player in the world. You will also hear from Scotland's Emma Wassell on the different clans within the...


The pubcast with Marcus Smith

After a more than year of podding over Zoom, Danny Care and Chris Jones finally get to record in person. And they are joined by a special guest in a Cobham beer garden, the Premiership’s in-form fly-half Marcus Smith. They chat to him about finally purchasing his own Netflix account, Harlequins, his hopes for England and being part of a Jonas Brothers tribute band. Marcus gets involved in our Manu Tuilagi debate, the top four battle in the Premiership and there's a look at some interesting...


Bonus Pod: Lions coaches special

Fresh from his birthday celebrations, Ugo is back on the pod alongside Chris Jones for a special episode all about the Lions. You will hear from Warren Gatland on his coaching team for 2021, what he expects from his Lions captain and how form in the Six Nations will have a big impact on selection. Gregor Townsend reveals why he's relishing the role of attack coach and that Manu Tuilagi is still very much in contention for this year's tour. Steve Tandy talks about his journey from the Ospreys...


Leinster, Lions and the Ashton derby

Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones round-up the Champions Cup quarter-finals including Leinster's impressive victory over holders Exeter and La Rochelle reaching a first semi-final at the expense of Sale. And with no Premiership clubs in the last four, is that a cause for concern? They also discuss Warren Gatland's Lions coaches, whether a fit-again Manu Tuilagi should be selected and who will get the nod at fly-half. There is also a look at the Women's Six Nations after England booked...


Danny's coat, Scaz and Liar's dice

Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones round up a busy weekend in Europe and the Women's Six Nations. The Champions Cup brought heartache for Wasps and Bristol but Exeter and Sale join a very French quarter-final line-up. England's Emily Scarratt joins the pod to discuss their victory over Scotland, find out where they're playing in Italy and get everyone excited for Liar's Dice. Plus, Ashy discusses his latest ban and everyone wants to talk about Danny's appearance alongside Martin...


The Women's Six Nations preview pod

The Women's Six Nations is finally here! Chris Jones, Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett look ahead to the opening weekend and are joined by two special guests. England's Shaunagh Brown discusses the new format, reveals her love for jigsaws and getting back into scrummaging. Plus, Wales hooker Kelsey Jones talks about her pre-match nail routine, the new Wales head coach and the prospect of going professional.


Hogg, Itoje and Lions selection

Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones look back at a thrilling Six Nations and are joined by Scotland captain Stuart Hogg after their brilliant victory in Paris. Hogg talks about the new-found belief in the team after two big away wins this year, the art of the spiral kick and his hair going viral. Danny, Chris and Ugo discuss your Lions selection and what impact England's poor form could mean for Saracens' players. Maro Itoje is back on the pod to talk England, why Owen Farrell is such a...


Six Nations: Wales or France - who will be champions?

Wales might have missed out on the Grand Slam, but they can still become Six Nations champions on Friday. Fly-half Callum Sheedy joins Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones to discuss that dramatic night in Paris and what it was like in the dressing room after the game. France can still snatch the title from Wales, but have they gained an unfair advantage by having their match with Scotland rearranged? And what next for England and Eddie Jones after their fifth place finish in the...


Six Nations: Slams, the Welsh GOAT and fake tan

With Wales on the cusp of another Grand Slam, we decided to get a Welshman on the pod who knows all about winning Slams. James Hook joins Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to look ahead to the big game in Paris. Will Wales' experience see them over the line or will Shaun Edwards spoil their party? Chris speaks to Eddie Jones who has plenty to say about the media ahead of England's final match against Ireland. And Stuart Hogg gets a run at fly-half as Scotland look to finish on a high against Italy.


Six Nations: Will Wales seal the Slam in Paris?

Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones look ahead to Wales' Grand Slam match in Paris. Danny and Ashy share their memories of playing for England in Grand Slam deciders. They look back at a memorable encounter between England and France at Twickenham. Jamie Heaslip is back on the pod to discuss Ireland's win at Murrayfield and pick his number 8 for the upcoming Lions tour.


Six Nations: Le Crunch, Gregor Townsend and the mini Jonah Lomu

Ahead of Le Crunch, World Cup winner Matt Dawson and former French hooker Benjamin Kayser joinSonja McLaughlan and Chris Jones to preview what's set to be an eye-catching game at Twickenham. With Max Malins making his first start after being named at full-back, Matt, Ben and Chris look at what makes him one of England's most exciting players. France welcome back some big names, but just how much will they be affected by their Covid lay-off? Plus, Matt draws similarities between France and...


Six Nations: Eddie Jones, captains and Pirates

There are more revelations about Shenkin the Goat on this week's pod for Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to discuss. You will hear from Eddie Jones on Owen Farrell's captaincy and his concerns about the depth in English rugby. Ugo and Chris chat to Cornish Pirates hooker Dan Frost after they stunned Saracens on the opening weekend of the Championship. There's the latest on the Lions tour and World Cup winner Natasha Hunt stops by to discuss this year's tournament in New Zealand being postponed and...


Six Nations: Sheedy and Shenkin the goat

Wales fly-half Callum Sheedy is on the pod this week to talk about Wales winning the Triple Crown, sharing a hot tub with Alun Wyn Jones and learn about Shenkin the goat. Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones also debate what's next for England after their second defeat in the championship. They also discuss social media abuse and what's been happening at France after it was revealed head coach Fabien Galthie left the squad's bubble on the opening weekend.


Six Nations: A Cardiff showdown and what next for France?

The Six Nations just got very complicated with France's game against Scotland being postponed, but at least there's a huge game in Cardiff to look forward to. Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Matt Dawson join Sonja McLaughlan to preview round three of the championship. Benjamin Kayser chats about the outbreak in the French camp and whether the team can recover to win the Grand Slam. And James Hook stops by to discuss the showdown in Cardiff between Wales and England.


Six Nations: A Covid crisis, Dobby and Danny’s shiner

Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care speak to England scrum-half Dan Robson ahead of Saturday's crucial match in Cardiff. Dan reveals how he got the nickname Dobby, what the players learnt from their Calcutta Cup defeat and why they need to play more instinctive rugby. We discuss the Covid outbreak in the French camp, why we're seeing so many red cards in the game and debate whether Dan Carter is rugby’s GOAT.


Six Nations: Shaun Edwards and a Welsh Slam?

After ending Scotland's Grand Slam hopes at Murrayfield, Wales are now on course for a Triple Crown and a Slam of their own. Ugo, Danny and Chris chat about Louis Rees-Zammit, how Wales should line-up against England and who will be the favourite in round three at the Principality. French defence coach Shaun Edwards looks back at their victory in Dublin, tells us just how much Antoine Dupont loves rugby and whether he will join the Lions set-up this summer. We also discuss the criticism...