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 https://www.psaacademies.com/

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. 

Former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson joins Brian Moore in studio this week to discuss the fallout from the Gallagher Premiership and Pro 14 as both competitions are approacing an end.

 

Rory casts his eye over his former side Newcastle who looked destined for relegation after their loss at home to Northampton, as for the Saints, both Brian and Rory are impressed by the job Chris Boyd is doing with them as they close in on the final play off spot.

 

In the Pro 14 Benneton Treviso became the first Italian side to qualify for the play offs and Sean Holley joins the show to discuss "Judgement Day" and whether it was the boost that Welsh regional rugby needed.

 

Saracens women retained their Tyrell's 15 crown with a comfortable win over Harlequins, their skipper Lotte Clapp joins the show to reflect on another brilliant season for Saracens and the overall growth of the Tyrells 15's.

 

And former England and Fiji coach Ben Ryan discusses Rugby X, a brand new format of the game set to launch in the autumn.

After the Champions Cup semi finals it's Saracens and Leinster who are left to fight it out for Europe's top honour next month. With Brian Moore to discuss it all is former Scotland full back Hugo Southwell. 

Listen as they discuss how Saracens were able to overcome Munster, the booing of Billy Vunipola, and the importance of Ben Spencer to the side. 

For an Irish perspective we speak with former Leinster man James Downey on their win over Toulouse and just why the French side played Dupont at fly half rather than scrum half. 

We speak with London Irish winger Topsy Ojo on the return of the Exiles to the Premiership after they beat Richmond at the weekend to secure promotion. 

The Full Contact book club opens as we delve into the history books to speak with author David Beresford on his work, "Brothers in Arms", on the 1980s French golden generation to find out where they are now. 

Plus we speak with Harlequins Ladies coach Gary Street about the Premier 15s final as his side get ready to face Saracens this weekend.

Brian Moore is joined in studio this week by former Leicester and England hooker George Chuter to dissect another big weekend and the top and bottom of the Premiership as well as preview a big weekend of European rugby. Brian expresses his view that England number 8 Billy Vunipola was wrong to acknowledge Israel Folau's controversial social media post but insists that Vunipola's and Folau's cases should be looked at differently, and that the England star should recieve no more than a reprimand from the RFU. Saracens and Argentina centre Marcelo Bosch joins the show to talk about how Saracens are preparing for this weekends Champions Cup semi final and to talk about his recent decision to retire at the end of the season. Former Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross discusses his old side's chances in the other Champions Cup semi with Toulouse, and Sale Sharks Director of Rugby outlines how he is preparing to overcome La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup semi final.

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