March 18, 2019
The 2019 Six Nations are over and they crown Wales as Grand Slam Champions. Back with Brian Moore once more to review it all is former England and Lions fly half, Rob Andrew.
Listen in as they dissect why it was that Wales were able to be a cut above the rest technically and tactically, give praise to Robin McBryde and Shaun Edwards as well as Warren Gatland, and ask if Wales can win the World Cup.
Joining Brian and Rob to talk about England is former winger Rory Underwood as they question why Joe Cokanasiga was left out the match day squad, whether Owen Farrell can both captain and play fly half, and who should replace Eddie once he leaves England.
As for that astonishing Calcutta Cup match, we turn to former Scotland centre Scott Hastings to understand how it could be such contrasting halves from the Scots with Scott saying it was the attitude of the players which changed the game.
Over to Ireland where a disappointing campaign was fought given the expectation at the start. Former back row Alan Quinlan tells us why he think Ireland didn't match those expectations and what he would say to Joe Schmidt about the tournament.
Plus we speak with Red Roses Grand Slam winning captain Sarah Hunter on how her side were able to dominate their championship.
March 11, 2019
Round Four of the Six Nations ended with decisive victory for England at Twickenham, Wales taking one step closer to Grand Slam glory, and Ireland stepping it up against France who went AWOL again. With Brian Moore this week is the former England fly half Rob Andrew.
After England's resounding win over Italy Brian and Rob discuss the merits of having Ben Te'o, Manu Tuilagi, and Joe Cokanasiga all playing, Jamie George's 20 metre pass, and whether England have now over-kicked with the forwards getting involved too. Rob also states that this has not been a compelling tournament with only two matches being a contest.
Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams joins to discuss whether the Grand Slam will happen saying it will be an anticlimax if it doesn't and he believes Cardiff will be the difference come Saturday. They also put forward the importance of this being the last Six Nations match for both Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt.
Speaking of Joe Schmidt, we get an Irish perspective from former prop Paul Wallace after their bonus point win over France. With many saying Ireland have their mojo back Paul is reluctant to agree as he remains concerned about their conversion rate.
As for Scotland they are once again ravaged by injury, but former Scotland back rower Ally Hogg is remaining positive about the tournament saying they can always muster something against the English.
We also speak with Nigel Owens about forward passes and TMOs, and Natasha "Mo" Hunt about the Women's Six Nations.
March 5, 2019
The Six Nations has taken a week off but it’s World Rugby that has everyone talking this week. Back to discuss it all with Brian Moore is the Olympic 7s and World Cup winning coach, Ben Ryan.
It's been a week causing confusion for the world's media, rugby players, and federations as rumours of a new World League have been rife with not much clarity on the situation. Brian and Ben try to understand what is and isn't happening but do agree that it is time to seriously consider a global calendar.
After that it's back to the Six Nations which has seen England call up former captain Chris Robshaw and Jonathan Joseph to face Italy. Ben and Brian discuss whether Eddie Jones will make wholesale changes to the starting XV, including whether Ford will replace Farrell, and they ask why Slade and Tuilagi aren't making any passes.
Up to Scotland next as they host Wales at Murrayfield. Former fly half Craig Chalmers joins to say it won't be a walkover for Wales. Craig also believes that Ali Price should be starting at scrum half with D'Arcy Graham given a run out at wing as Townsend needs to shake it up a bit. As for their opponents Wales, former scrum half Rupert Moon says that the discussion about Anscombe or Biggar is nonsense - Gatland clearly knows what he is doing and it's working!
Over to Ireland with Reggie Corrigan who feels there has been an overreaction to his former side's Six Nations poor start, but that the lengthy injury list should not be ignored as a contributing factor. The former prop says his side will win their final two matches against France and Wales but it won't be enough for the Championship.
Finally, we speak with Nolli Waterman about the Women's Six Nations as the Red Roses face the only other unbeaten side left in the competition, Italy, at Sandy Park this Saturday.
February 25, 2019
After Round Three of the Six Nations it is only Wales who can win the Grand Slam after they ousted England to make it a record breaking 12 wins in a row. Elsewhere France finally turned up with Scotland yet to find the Stade de France, and Ireland had a run for their money against Italy. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is Ben Ryan.
This week's big topics from the Principality included whether England have a Plan B, the inaccuracy throughout the second half from England, and the trials and triumphs of Kyle Sinckler.
As for the Welsh side, we speak with former Wales and Lions back Dafydd James on Biggar v Anscombe debate, we get an appraisal of Alun Wyn Jones, and Dafydd names his player to drop: George North. You'll have to listen in to find out why.
Over to Paris where it was a familiar case of Groundhog Day for the Scots against the French who finally picked their players in their nominated positions and came out with their first win of the tournament. Former scrum half Rory Lawson was there in the Stade de France and said the tactics were right from Townsend, they just weren't executed correctly by the players.
As for Ireland it was close run in Rome - and that was just their escort to the stadium! We invite former hooker Shane Byrne on to try and tell us what isn't clicking for them with a large explanation going down to Sexton and Murray just not firing as they normally do.
Finally, we speak with Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather on the Women's Six Nations.
February 18, 2019
The third round of the Six Nations is upon us and what a big game it is going to be in Cardiff, let alone in Paris and Rome. Alongside Brian Moore this week is Olympic Gold Medal and World Cup 7s winning coach, Ben Ryan.
Listen as they predict how Wales v England will play out, including who will replace Chris Ashton out on the wing, who will dominate the breakdown, and how you disrupt England's kicking game.
To help further this they speak with former England wing Tom May who says Jack Nowell contributes to every facet of play whilst Cokanasiga brings his size to the party.
As for the opposition we talk to former Wales number 8 Mike Owen about who he expects to be starting fly half: Biggar or Anscombe, how Wales just have the edge in the breakdown, and find out who he thinks is the underdog in this potential Grand Slam and/or title decider.
Next it's over to pre-tournament favourites Ireland where former prop Mike Ross thinks his side have had a tough opening two fixtures but can now build a platform in Rome to get going again.
With Ben's role in French rugby it would be remiss not to try and understand what is going on within Les Bleus. Ben says that part of the problem is due to a lack of quality conditioning in the domestic sides, a lack of French players to create depth playing in the Top 14, and that he doesn't think it would be the worst thing if come the finale they lost to Italy.
As for France's opponents on Saturday, Scotland, it's been a story of injury after injury with Finn Russell the latest worry. Former full back Hugo Southwell though has done some digging and he expects the playmaker to start - but he will be kept in cotton wool!
We also speak with Red Roses fly half Katy Daley-Mclean about their campaign so far and whether she has Rocky Clarke's cap record in sight!
February 11, 2019
The second round of the Six Nations has come and gone with England backing up a stellar performance in Ireland with a resounding victory over hapless France, the Welsh second string ground out a win away in Italy, whilst Scotland are yet again left to rue their missed opportunities against Ireland. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the former England and Lions fly half Rob Andrew.
Brian and Rob discuss the way England were able to capitalise on French confusion to secure victory in half an hour at Twickenham saying that England showed how athletic they are across the pitch.
Up to Scotland who blamed the referee on the day but really only had themselves to look to for not providing more of a competitive match for Ireland. Their flanker John Barclay joins to say it was a frustrating game but if they can get everyone fit again then they are a match for any side.
As for the winning side, Ireland, former centre Paddy Wallace says the weight of expectation is causing problems for his old team and the loss to England may well have been a blessing in disguise.
Wales are England's next opponents but the question mark over them is who to start at half back following an unconvincing performance by Dan Bigger over Italy. We ask former fly half James Hook for his thoughts on Wales' squad selections and how they can defeat England.
We also speak with referee Nigel Owens on the laws pertaining to "advantage" and "penalty tries", plus a word with Maggie Alphonsi on the Women's Six Nations.
February 4, 2019
Week one of the 2019 Six Nations is in the history books and what a weekend it was!
Alongside Brian this week to dissect the opening weekend is former England fly half and Director of Elite Rugby at the RFU, Rob Andrew
England put on one of their finest performances under Eddie Jones to dismantle defending champions Ireland in the Aviva, what now for Joe Schmidt's side? We get the thoughts of former Ireland and Munster centre James Downey
Dark horses Wales benefitted from two French mistakes to come from behind in the Stade de France. Former Welsh number 8 Scott Quinnell doesn't care how they got their win, just so long as they got it and can now set up a mouthwatering clash in Cardiff against England on February 23rd.
Scotland picked up an expected bonus point against Italy, we get the take of former Scottish and Lions centre Scott Hastings on their chances this weekend against Ireland.
And ahead of their showdown with defending Grand Slam champions France, England women's captain Sarah Hunter joins the show.
January 28, 2019
The Six Nations are upon us and there are all manner of questions just waiting to be answered such as: Can Ireland do the Double Grand Slam? Who will start for England? And the French - always a question mark there. Alongside Brian Moore to try and answer some of those questions is the former England and Gloucester wing James Simpson-Daniel.
With Brian's assertion that this is the trickiest Six Nations to call so far, James and Brian begin by discussing how the Celtic nations could end up defining the story of the tournament - with James even arguing a case for Scotland to be Grand Slam winners! They then get onto England, debating who should start at full back, how strong the squad is, and whether we will see Joe Cokanasiga play against Ireland.
Joining them to argue the case for Ireland to complete the Double is former Ireland and Lions flanker, Stephen Ferris, who says there seems to be an arrogance coming from the English out of nowhere. Stephen also believes that Joe Schmidt has his Ireland squad mapped out for the rest of the year so doesn't expect too much experimenting.
As for the rest of the Celtic nations we speak with Lions and Wales wing Shane Williams on the quiet confidence within Warren Gatland's ranks. Shane notes they are "blessed with quality" across the back row to make up for Taulupe Faletau's absence, but not enough to predict they can win the tournament. On the Scottish side of the border Sean Lamont is brimming with optimism for his former side's ambitions with the full back saying you have to be on top of your game to win, but he thinks Scotland can finish top of the table. (It may be that he has to say that!)
Italy Head Coach Conor O'Shea joins to tell us about how he approaches the Six Nations saying he loves the challenge of coaching Italy and it's all about maintaining energy and confidence despite not always getting the desired results.
Finally, we speak with Red Roses Head Coach Simon Middleton ahead of the Women's Six Nations and to ask how they are going to turn around last year's narrow defeat to France and lift the trophy come 16 March.
January 21, 2019
This week saw the culmination of the group stages in Europe leaving three Irish, two French, two Scottish, and one English team left to fight it out for the Champions Cup. Here to discuss that and the upcoming 6 Nations tournament with Brian Moore is the former England, Saracens, and Leicester hooker, George Chuter.
Brian and George debate the big question following the weekend's results, are the English clubs as interested in Europe in the same way as the French and Celtic clubs? Before delving into why Exeter should have taken kicks at goal instead of going for tries against Munster, and what George thinks of Leicester's current state of affairs.
For an Irish perspective on the Champions Cup we speak with former Ireland, Leinster, and Munster centre James Downey on how you beat Leinster, whether Munster can defeat Edinburgh at Murrayfield, and why he thinks Ireland will win the Grand Slam again this year.
With Eddie Jones announcing his initial 6 Nations squad last week, we discuss whether it is the best possible squad and who could replace Owen Farrell at fly-half and as leader if needed.
Plus Nathan Middleton brings us up to date with the Premier 15s and previews the Red Roses' 6 Nations.
January 14, 2019
It was the penultimate weekend of the European group stages and it saw Saracens through, Exeter give themselves a fighting chance, the Scottish teams continue to roar, and despite Leinster missing half their first team they still dominated on the big stage. Here to discuss it all with Brian Moore, is the Telegraph’s Rugby Union Correspondent, Mick Cleary.
Joining them to dissect his side's important victory over Castres is Exeter Chiefs' Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter. They speak about Jack Nowell's return, the way the schedule falls leaving Munster with a two day rest advantage, and the departure of Santi Cordero from Sandy Park.
Good results from Edinburgh and Glasgow sees the opportunity for two Scottish teams to reach Champions Cup quarter finals for the first time. Former Scotland and Edinburgh scrum half Rory Lawson speaks to us about how Edinburgh have stepped up, what it means for the national side, and of course that Bill Mata offload.
Plus Brian and Mick get into the England squad ahead of Eddie Jones' selection on Thursday for the 6 Nations, and we speak with the Saracens' Women's Head Coach Alex Austerberry following another brilliant win for his side, this week over Harlequins.