Brian Moore: I didn’t believe that the All Blacks would get back into the match and Ireland didn’t let them

November 19, 2018

Brian Moore is joined by the former England wing Tom May in this week's episode of Full Contact to discuss that sensational Ireland victory over the All Blacks, England's testing match against Japan, and Scotland's narrow loss to South Africa, and everything in between.

We speak with former Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross about how Ireland were able to overcome New Zealand without Conor Murray, and we hear from Mike about what training is like under Joe Schmidt.

Tom and Brian discuss the impact of England debutant Joe Cockanasiga against Japan, and conclude that Owen Farrell is an absolute necessity for England to have success at the World Cup.

The former Scotland and Lions second row Damian Cronin speaks with the podcast about Scotland's defeat to the Springboks in which they failed to capitalise on a man advantage with Willie Le Roux in the bin.

Nigel Owens is back to explain the laws around deliberate knock ons, and link tightrope walkers with the TMO - you need to hear it to believe it!

Plus Nick Heath brings us up to date with the Red Roses' action from the weekend against Canada.


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Zinzan Brooke: The better team lost

November 12, 2018

Heartbreak for England as they came so close to a memorable victory over the All Blacks by the finest of margins missing out in the end by a single point. 

Alongside Brian Moore to discuss the weekend's trials and jubilations is the 2003 World Cup winner, Neil Back. He says that for the first time that England have two tiers of back row players with no one assured of a starting position. Brian meanwhile believes that these two matches have shown that Owen Farrell needs to be starting at fly half with George Ford coming off the bench, and that three wins must be the aim for England.

Zinzan Brooke gives an All Blacks perspective on Saturday's events saying that the better team lost but goes on to predict a 9-11 point victory for his national side against Ireland next weekend. 

The former Ireland flanker David Wallace gives his view on a nervy Irish victory over Los Pumas, who should be starting in the back row against New Zealand, and tells us why the home side will not be favourites coming into the weekend.

Plus we have Hugo Southwell on Scotland's resounding win over Fiji and Red Roses coach Simon Middleton on his side's thumping 57-5 win over the USA.



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Kyran Bracken: I don’t think the Ford/Farrell axis has worked

November 5, 2018

England have got their Autumn International campaign off to a winning start, and quite a surprising one too over South Africa. In studio with Brian Moore to discuss that and the other international fixtures is former Scotland scrum half, Rory Lawson.

Was England’s win down to luck? Brian says no, former England scrum half Kyran Bracken says yes. Kyran also says that Farrell needs to be playing at fly half due to his greater physicality than that of George Ford.

We discuss the Doddie Weir Cup with Rory and former Wales winger Dafydd James who says it was a lacklustre performance in which the home side never got going, with Luke Morgan "a bit starstruck by the occasion". 

Paddy Wallace makes his Full Contact debut to discuss the incredible depth of the Irish squad as displayed at Soldier Field on Saturday night and he tells us about Rhys Ruddock the captain for the match against Italy.

We also look at the World Rugby Player of the Year nominations including an appraisal of Faf de Klerk. Plus World Cup winning coach Gary Street brings us up to date with everything in the women's game and looks ahead to the Red Roses' internationals.


Doddie Weir: I still wake up with a smile, still ducking and diving each day

October 29, 2018

With the Autumn Internationals kicking off this weekend, Brian Moore is joined by Telegraph rugby writer Charlie Morgan to preview the home nations' fixtures and try to make sense of the new global calendar.

Joining them to go in depth on England's problems in selection is the former England and Bath full back, Matt Perry, who says that he would like to see Elliot Daly in Perry's former position for England.

To discuss Ireland's prospects is their former lock Malcolm O'Kelly as he looks ahead to the mouth watering prospect of Ireland against New Zealand, and who will play scrum half with Conor Murray out.

Plus we speak to Doddie Weir as his autobiography, My Name'5 Doddie, is released to find out about how his battle against MND is going, and to look ahead to Saturday's inaugural Doddie Weir Cup against Wales.


Mark Cueto: Chris Ashton has to be in pole position to start for England

October 22, 2018

Round Two of European action threw up some shock results, enraged debate on tackle laws, and gave some spectators a hard watch if they were in Glasgow. Alongside Brian Moore this week is the former Wales number 8 Martyn Williams. 

Joining them to discuss the action in Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow is former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson who unpicks the weekend just gone and gives a positive outlook on Scotland's upcoming Internationals.

Mark Cueto discusses the impressive debut of Chris Ashton at Sale following his hat trick over Connacht on Saturday and says that the winger should be firmly in Eddie Jones' plans for England.

Plus Nigel Owens returns to run the rule over the high tackle laws, and Quins Ladies captain Rachael Burford looks back on her side's win over Saracens in the Premier 15s.


James Simpson-Daniel: Ben Morgan ticks the boxes for England’s number eight shortage

October 15, 2018

The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are back for another season and what an opening weekend it was. In the studio this week Brian Moore is joined by former England and Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel.

Brian and James dissect the weekend's European Rugby action including a day to forget for Bath and Freddie Burns. Former Leinster hooker Shane Byrne joins the show to discuss whether his old side are going to make it two Champions Cup titles in a row, and Worcester head coach Rory Duncan reflects on a memorable win for the Warriors against Stade Francais in Paris.

They analyse who is best suited to replace the injured Billy Vunipola in Eddie Jones' upcoming England squad and preview another big weekend in Europe.


Ben Ryan: Marcus Smith should go to the World Cup, not George Ford.

October 8, 2018

Six weeks have been and gone in the domestic game and the Premiership and PRO14 tables are starting to take shape. In the studio with Brian Moore this week is two time World Champion and Olympic Games Gold medal winning coach, Ben Ryan.

Brian and Ben discuss the big talking points in the Premiership, and get stuck into who should and shouldn't be on the plane to Japan for England next year - with Ben standing by his belief that England will not win the World Cup with George Ford at fly half.

We speak with Dragons Head Coach Bernard Jackman about his side's start to the season and how he prepares for a European fixture.

European Professional Club Rugby Chairman Simon Halliday brings us up to date with how the Champions and Challenge Cups are shaping up for the future.

Plus stick around to the end to hear referee Nigel Owens and Ben Ryan debate judo rolling at the breakdown.


Making thirteen changes turns the league into a farce

October 1, 2018

Listen in to Brian Moore and Maggie Alphonsi for this week's episode as we look back on a weekend of second string teams, a consortium takeover, and a shed load of points scored.

Bristol Bears Head Coach Pat Lam joins the show to tell us about life at Bristol and how it compares with his previous roles as well as how much harder the Premiership is in comparison to the Championship.

We get our PRO14 breakdown with the former Leinster and Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan after Munster's thrashing of Ulster and Leinster's dominance continued to be asserted across the conferences. 

Plus Maggie takes us through the intriguing landscape of the women's Premier 15s.


For the first time in a long time I can’t understand Eddie’s selections and that worries me

September 24, 2018

White noise, a bonkers Welford Road match, and Willie le Roux with more air miles than a jumbo jet all feature on this week’s podcast, and alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the Telegraph’s Ben Coles.

We speak with Schalk Brits about life back in the South Africa setup and how his "retirement" is going, as well as some of his former Saracens teammates.

Sean Lamont, former Scotland fullback, goes through some of the rather surprising PRO14 results including both Glasgow and Edinburgh's losses.

And England and Loughborough Lightning captain Sarah Hunter goes through the Premier 15s results.

Plus a look at England's training squad now that the World Cup is less than a year away.


I hate players saying the game’s gone soft. It’s harder than it ever was.

September 17, 2018

Red cards, comebacks, and proof that the All Blacks are human after all. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss the latest goings on in rugby is former Scotland international Hugo Southwell.

Listen as Brian gives his views on how the game is changing and players need to adapt to the new laws following Will Spencer's red card as we run through the Premiership fixtures. 

We speak with former Newcastle Falcons forward Ally Hogg about his old side's start to the season and how they need to improve.

Thinus Delport gives the run down on how South Africa were able to pull off the shock of the weekend and beat New Zealand.

Plus we speak with Harlequins' Shaunagh Brown about the RFU announcing they will be handing out women's contracts.