The squads have been selected, the warm up games are done, and the teams are on their way to Japan.

With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Scotland and Lions flyhalf Craig Chalmers for an in depth look at the Home Nations heading into the competition.

England wrapped up their warm up matches with a comfortable win over Italy at St James Park, former winger Mark Cueto joins the show to give his verdict on Eddie Jones side heading into their opening weekend game with Tonga.

Ireland have managed to go from a humiliation at Twickenham two weeks ago to now being ranked the World's number one side heading into the World Cup. Former Ulster centre Darren Cave says optimism has been restored after an up and down year for Joe Schmidt. 

As for Wales, they go into the World Cup having lost three out of four warm up games, Bath centre Jamie Roberts tells us it's not time to panic.

Scotland's win over Georgia made it three wins in four for Gregor Townsend's side pre tournament, former captain Alastair Kellock gives us his verdict on their 31 man squad and talks us through his career and transition from pitch to boardroom.

The World Cup is now less than three weeks away and joining Brian in studio for the very first time is former Springbok captain and World Cup winner Bob Skinstad

Bob believes that in the past eighteen months a number of teams (especially South Africa) have proved they can not just go far, but win the World Cup.

Bob shares his experiences of working with current England head coach Eddie Jones who he believes is the best man manager is the game at the moment, and that he is England's secret weapon heading into the tournament.

Wales and Ireland played out a forgettable warm up match in Cardiff and both sides have now confirmed their 31 man squads for the tournament, former Leinster and Ireland second row Mike McCarthy discusses Joe Schmidt's decision to omit Devin Toner, and former Osprey's coach Sean Holley dissects Warren Gatland's squad, one which Gatland says is good enough to win him the trophy.

In the Southern Hemisphere, defending back to back champions New Zealand have named their squad. Former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick runs the rule over Steve Hansen's selection and defends his side's tactics at the breakdown amid more allegations of cheating.

Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Leicester and England hooker George Chuter after Eddie Jones side laid down a serious marker at Twickenham by thrashing Ireland.

The pair discuss where the result leaves in England heading into next month's tournament and whether George Ford and Owen Farrell will both start games together throughout the competition.

As for Ireland, they look like a shadow of the team that dominated 2018, Joe Schmidt now has to prepare a side to take on Wales in Cardiff and Liam Toland of the Irish Times offers his opinion on where it's going wrong for them.

World Rugby made a major statement this week by announcing they will become the first global sporting organisation to adopt gender neutral naming rights ahead of the Women's World Cup in 2021, we get the thoughts of England World Cup winner Sarah Hunter on what it means for the game as well as sports marketing expert Tim Crow on how it can help the game grow commercially.

Plus George gives us his story of 2007 where England went from a 36-0 defeat in the pool stages to World Cup finalists a month later.

The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching and we have a new side at the top of the World rankings.

Congratulations to Wales for overtaking New Zealand and for their win against England in Cardiff which propelled them to the top of the list amongst rugby's elite. Former Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones joins the show to talk about the new found pressure on Warren Gatland's side heading into the World Cup this autumn.

Former England and Fiji sevens coach is alongside Brian in studio, he runs his eye over Eddie Jones 31 man squad and says Owen Farrell should be wrapped up in cotton wool until the tournament starts, because England have no chance of winning it if he is not playing outhalf.

France have a habit of peaking before the World Cup and their former coach Phillipe Saint André joins the show to reflect on their impressive win over Scotland and also about the story behind his new academy

New Zealand silenced a few doubters with a convincing win over Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup, former All Black winger Scott Hamilton gives us his verdict on Sevu Reece and George Bridge after both players impressed in the win.

And we discuss the fate of the Pacific Island nations heading into the World Cup and whether more can be done to help develop the sides after it emerged that 18% of the global professional rugby population come from Pacific Island descent.

We're back for another season of Brian Moore's Full Contact and it's all eyes on the World Cup which is just 39 days away.

Former England centre Tom May is alongside Brian to dissect Eddie Jones final 31 man squad for the tournament in Japan.

The pair also analyse England's warm up win over Wales and what the benefits are of playing matches of high intensity so close to a major competition.

As for Wales, they were the number one ranked side in the World for only a few hours before their defeat against England, we ask former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley if they're preparation is right heading into Japan.

South Africa are hitting form at just the right time, their former skipper Bob Skinstad tells us how Rassie Erasmus has turned them into one of the tournament favourites in just over a year in charge, and we discuss some radical rule changes and player welfare following the decision to show New Zealand's Scott Barrett a red card during their defeat to Australia.

It was the most thrilling final Saturday's sporting line up had to offer, and Saracens retained their title with a 37-34 win over Exeter in the Twickenham sunshine. Alongside Brian Moore for the season finale, it's George Chuter.

Listen in as they chew the fat over Saracens victory, how the scrum halfs were integral to the game, and how it was Saracens' star quality which just made the difference in the end.

Former Saracen Michael Owen joins to discuss his former side, to shed light on his former pupil Nick Isiekwe, and to discuss what is going wrong for the Welsh regions.

We speak with referee Nigel Owens on the BaaBaas v England match and whether he changes his style for the occasion, we speak about the TMO involvement in matches, and we discuss the fitness test of a referee.

Plus former Saracens Director of Rugby Mark Evans joins to debate whether rugby is at a tipping point, and we answer your questions on substitutions, scrum halfs, and rugby's laws. 

We have a repeat of last years Premiership final as the top two sides in the country, Saracens and Exeter, both won their home semi finals with ease to set up a thrilling final in Twickenham on Saturday.

Brian Moore is joined in studio by Harlequins second row James Horwill to reflect on the dominance of the Premiership's top two sides and discuss whether anyone can catch them next season.

Exeter Chairman and Cheif Executive Tony Rowe joins the show to celebrate his side's fourth consecutive Premiership final and also discuss his tenure at the club which began back in 1993. He outlines how he got the Chiefs out of the Championship and into the top tier of English rugby and also how he manages to turn a profit at the club when so many other clubs throughout Europe struggle to do so.

In the Pro 14, Leinster retained their title in front of a record final crowd at Celtic Park, former hooker Shane Byrne explains why his old side were more relieved than anything else to have beaten Glasgow to retain their title.

Bristol coach Pat Lam explains how he plans to beat England with the Barbarians this weekend and gives an insight into how you coach a team of World class talent on just a week's notce.

We also get James' thoughts on his Harlequins teammates Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler potentially lining up opposite each other this weekend, the future of young Quins fly half Marcus Smith and what James plans to do next after announcing he will retire at the end of the season

It was a fantastic finale to the Premiership regular season as the action unfolded on Saturday with Saints getting into the play offs and Bath sneaking into the Champions Cup places. Alongside Brian to discuss that and the other results of the weekend is the former England and Bath full back, Matt Perry.

Brian and Matt mull over the action including the upcoming rematch between Exeter and Saints, they discuss how Quins can improve, and the impressive season Worcester have had following their shock win over Saracens.  Matt takes us through his thoughts on Bath rugby club and where their future lies.

With Gloucester up against Saracens in their Premiership play-off, we speak with Head Coach Johan Ackermann about what they need to do to beat the reigning Champions, why they can't get carried away, and he discusses his relationship with Danny Cipriani.

It's not all about England as the PRO14 semi finals took place at the weekend with Glasgow and Leinster coming out on top against Ulster and Munster respectively. Rory Lawson joins to tell us about the impact Dave Rennie has had at the club, the reasons Stuart Hogg is moving to Exeter, and how much of a home advantage Glasgow will have in the final.

Plus we speak with Rob Vickerman about the upcoming London 7s and its added importance in an Olympic year.

Another season of European rugby is in the history books and it's congratulations to Saracens and Clermont who won the Champions and Challenge Cup respectively. Former Spirngbok Thinus Delport is alongside Brian Moore to reflect on two entertaining matches in St James Park.

Saracens had to came from 10 points down to beat defending champions Leinster and in turn pick up their third Champions Cup trophy. Former Sarries and England scrum half Kyran Bracken took a break from celebrating to give his thoughts on their win and also why newly crowned Eurpean rugby player of the year Alex Goode cannot get a look in with Eddie Jones for England.

A record crowd of 28,438 turned out for the all French Challenge Cup final between Clermont and La Rochelle in Newcastle's St James Park on Friday night, ECPR chairman Simon Halliday tells Brian and Thinus that they've learned from previous mistakes organising finals and how they plan to grow both competitions.

Warren Gatland is set to lead the Lions (again) in South Africa 2021, former Wales hooker and 2013 tourist Richard Hibbard explains how the Wales coach operates differently in both roles.

And with the final play off spot up for grabs in the Gallagher Premiership, Northampton Director of Rugby Chris Boyd joins the show to chat about transitioning from Super 15's to Gallagher Premiership, his Northampton side travel to table toppers Exeter hoping to secure the fourth and final play off spot.

And Thinus gives us the latest on the South Afrcan preparations ahead of this years World Cup.

This week saw Newcastle relegated from the Premiership, the race for fourth continue to tighten, and the PRO14 quarter final play-offs. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss this and more is the Telegraph's rugby reporter Charlie Morgan.

With Falcons' relegation confirmed we speak with former Newcastle back Tom May about why it went wrong for them this season, whether they can bounce straight back up again, and if ring-fencing should seriously be considered by the Premiership. Charlie and Brian also go through the other Premiership results including Saracens inflicting a heavy defeat on Exeter.

With the PRO 14 semi finals decided, Brian and Charlie discuss the impact of Dan McFarland at Ulster and Kieran Crowley at Benetton with the latter just minutes from beating Munster at Thomond Park.

Plus we look ahead to the Champions Cup final, speaking with former Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman about his former side's chances against Saracens, and we get into those all important head-to-heads across the field. 

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