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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care bring you special guests and cover the biggest stories in rugby union.

Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care bring you special guests and cover the biggest stories in rugby union.


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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care bring you special guests and cover the biggest stories in rugby union.




The Worcester saga

Danny, Sara, Ugo and Ashy reflect on Worcester being suspended from the Premiership. They chat to Warriors’ defence coach Nick Easter about what the coaches and players do next. They also chat to Premiership chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor and speak to Jim O’Toole, who is part of a consortium looking to rescue the club. Plus, Danny talks about missing out on the latest England squad and Ashy is quizzed on how he's planning to celebrate reaching 100 Premiership tries.


All roads lead to Eden Park

Ugo and Sara are at Pennyhill Park for the Red Roses' World Cup squad announcement. They chat to Abbie Dow, Sadia Kabeya and Emily Scarratt who are all flying to New Zealand later this week. Head coach Simon Middleton explains why he left out World Cup winning scrum-half Natasha Hunt and tells us which team poses the biggest threat to England in the tournament. Plus, Scotland captain Rachael Malcolm looks forward to their first World Cup since 2010.


Bonus pod: The URC launch

Chris Jones is at the URC launch day to chat to some big names ahead of the new season. He's joined by the European Player of the Year Josh van der Flier to discuss a memorable year, including that famous series win in New Zealand. Jonathan Davies tells us about his summer in Canada and his desire to get back in the Wales team. Hamish Watson reflects on Scotland's tour of Argentina and his hopes with Edinburgh this season. Plus, we hear from URC CEO Martin Anayi on the impact of the South...


The Premiership returns!

Chris, Ugo, Danny and Ashy reflect on the opening weekend of the Premiership season and how the sport paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. There were over 100 kicks in Exeter's last-minute victory over Leicester, will this be the playing style of choice this season? The team also discuss Ellis Genge's Bristol comeback, Worcester's on-going financial crisis and a big season for Henry Arundell. Plus, Danny finally remembers to follow Johnny Sexton back on Instagram.


The Premiership launch pod

Danny and Chris are at Twickenham for the Premiership launch with the new season getting under way this weekend. They chat to with Manu Tuilagi who talks the new arrivals at Sale and his ambitions for the season. Jamie George reflects on last year's Premiership final and tells us how much he enjoyed being reunited with Danny in Australia this summer. Bath's new director of rugby Johann van Graan joins the pod to share his vision for the club, and we catch up with Steve Diamond to discuss...


The pre-season brunch

It's the first pod back after the summer break so Ugo, Danny and Sara are at Chris' house for brunch. Danny reflects on his summer with England and explains how he reacted to being substituted before half-time in the deciding Test against Australia. We look ahead to a big autumn for the Red Roses with the World Cup just around the corner. And what is next for Worcester Warriors? The staff and players are still in limbo heading into the new Premiership season with the club battling to avoid...


The summer debrief and our World XV

It's the last pod of the season so Ugo and Chris pick their World XV based on what we saw during the summer Test series. They discuss what positives Wales can take from their tour of South Africa, what went wrong for Scotland in Argentina, and if England have found their identity again. Ireland legend Rob Kearney joins the pod to reflect on Ireland's series win in New Zealand. He also gives us an insight into why the class of 2019 struggled after topping the world rankings and what they...


Ireland stun All Blacks and England deliver down under

Chris, Ugo and Matt Dawson bring you reaction to Ireland's sensational series win over the All Blacks. Andy Farrell's side had to withstand a fierce second half comeback, but held firm to inflict a first home series defeat on New Zealand since 1994. England also wrapped up their series against Australia with a hard fought win in Sydney. Freddie Steward joins the pod to reflect on the win which caps a brilliant year for the England and Leicester full back.


It's all to play for

All the teams have been announced for the four series deciders so Ugo and Chris are podding again ahead of what promises to be a brilliant weekend of rugby. Danny is back in the starting XV and they are joined by Eddie Jones to discuss this and preview England's showdown in Sydney. They also discuss if Ireland can put an under pressure All Blacks side to the sword, if Gregor Townsend's selection gamble in Argentina will pay off, and if Wales can claim a famous series win in South Africa.


Danny's pod return and series deciders

Danny is back on the pod and chats to Ugo and Chris ahead of England's series decider against Australia in Sydney. He talks about being the elder statesman in England camp and how much it means to be playing for his country again. Pod favourite John Barclay also drops in to talk all things Scotland as they prepare for their decider against Argentina. They also reflect on Wales and Ireland's historic wins at the weekend in South Africa and New Zealand respectively.


England and Ireland bounce back

Ugo, Ashy and Chris react to a big wins for England and Ireland who have both set up a series deciders next weekend. England ended a run of four successive defeats with victory over Australia in Brisbane while Ireland claimed their first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand. Tommy Freeman joins the pod to talk about his England debut and what it meant to have his mum and dad in the stands watching on. And we react to one of the most chaotic games in recent memory as Ireland got the better...


Rolling the dice

Eddie Jones has rolled the dice ahead of England's second Test against Australia. Ugo and Chris chat to the England boss about handing debuts to Tommy Freeman and Guy Porter and ask whether he is feeling the pressure after four straight defeats. Have South Africa devalued their series with Wales by making 14 changes? Ugo and Chris pick through their 'second' team and discuss Johnny Sexton and the HIA process after the Ireland captain was named in the Ireland team to face the All Blacks this...


The backlash begins

Ugo, Ashy and Chris get stuck into a thrilling weekend of international rugby. Jamie Roberts joins the pod from South Africa after Wales suffered more heartbreak at the hands of the Springboks. We also welcome back our Aussie correspondent Drew Mitchell as the Wallabies drew first blood in their series with England. Will Eddie Jones stick with Farrell and Smith combination? There were also chastening defeats for Scotland and Ireland to discuss as the other Six Nations sides failed to make an...


Bonus Pod: England lose to 14 man Australia

England hooker Jamie George joins Chris Jones, Ugo Monye and Natasha Hunt live from the stadium in Perth after England lose 30-28 to 14 man Australia in the First Test of their summer tour. They discuss where it went wrong for Eddie Jones' side who should've seen it home after Darcy Swain was sent off in the first half for a headbutt in Australia's first win over England since knocking the co-hosts out of the 2015 World Cup.


Teams are out

Is this the strongest England team since the 2019 World Cup? Ugo and Chris chat to Eddie Jones after he gives Danny a first England start in four years and names Courtney Lawes as captain. Former Lions and Ireland winger Shane Horgan talks about the expectation levels ahead of Ireland's first Test in New Zealand. Wales have also gone for experience and brought back George North and Dan Lydiate return for their first Test against South Africa in Pretoria.


Super Saturday, The Sheriff and Drew Mitchell

Ugo and Chris are joined by two special guests on the pod this week as we get ready for the first super Saturday of the summer. Our newly crowned Aussie correspondent Drew Mitchell joins the pod in the green and gold to give us the lowdown on Dave Rennie's Wallabies. Ugo and Chris chat about the England captaincy and who will lead the team in the first Test. 'The Sheriff' Ken Owens joins from his car to talk about Wales' chances in South Africa and talks us through the best way to beat the...


DC on tour and Ashy's title party

It's been another sensational few days for the pod. Ashy won his fourth Premiership title at the weekend and now Danny is on his way to Australia with England. Ugo and Sara chat to Eddie Jones about why he's brought Danny back into the fold along with Billy Vunipola. They also quiz the England boss on his midfield selections and that humbling defeat to the Barbarians. We then hear about Ashy’s two-day title celebrations with his Leicester team-mates. We find out what state the Premiership...


Burns Night

Chris is joined by Tom Wood and Paul Grayson for reaction to Leicester's first Premiership title since 2013. Hear from a "knackered" Chris Ashton after Freddie Burns' last minute drop-goal sealed victory at Twickenham. Plus, there's more high tackle debate and an interview with Saracens and England hooker Jamie George.


Bonus Pod: Phil Bennett Tribute

Chris Jones is joined by Gareth Rhys Owen and special guests to pay tribute to Wales and Lions legend Phil Bennett. Jonathan Davies reveals how Bennett got his career off the ground and why he was such an inspiration to so many Welsh youngsters. Scarlets hooker Ken Owens also pays tribute, and you'll hear an archive interview with Bennett on why a game with Llanelli was the pick of his illustrious career. And former BBC commentator and Scotland fly-half Ian Robertson shares his memories of...


Semi-finals weekend and Danny's England recall

Ugo and Chris round up an eventful weekend both on and off the pitch. Danny is back in England camp after being recalled by Eddie Jones and could make his first international appearance since 2018. They also discuss Saracens' victory over Harlequins in a feisty semi-final and debate whether the framework for high tackles is actually working. Leicester are back in the Premiership final and we have an all-South African URC final after Leinster were humbled by the Bulls and a last minute...