Episode 56: Rob Andrew, Andy Powell, Mike Ross, and Rachael Burford

April 23, 2018

The penultimate European weekend has come and gone leaving Leinster versus Racing 92 in the Champions Cup and Gloucester against Cardiff Blues in the Challenge Cup. Back in the studio alongside Brian Moore to debate the big news from the week, including Dylan Hartley's latest setback, is Rob Andrew. 

Joining them to discuss Leinster's brilliance is their former prop, Mike Ross, who says only an underperformance will stop them clinching European glory.

Former Lions and Wales number 8 Andy Powell makes his podcast debut to discuss Judgement Day and where Wales are at internationally.

Plus it's the Premier 15s final on Sunday 29th April, and Harlequins Ladies captain Rachael Burford tells us what her side will need to do to defeat Saracens.

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Episode 55: Rob Andrew, Richard Cockerill, Nigel Owens and Karen Findlay

April 16, 2018

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to debate the week's biggest stories on and off the rugby pitch, from the push for the play offs to Bristol Rugby's new name.

Edinburgh head coach, Richard Cockerill, joins to discuss the challenges he's facing in the Scottish capital as well as how the Premiership and PRO14 compare. 

Nigel Owens returns to explain why he is not a celebrity.

Plus we speak with Harlequins Ladies head coach, Karen Findlay, on her side getting through to the Premier 15s final and whether the RFU's 7s plan has worked for the development of the women's game.

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Episode 54: Rob Andrew, Don Armand, Nigel Owens, Rory Lawson, and Giselle Mather

April 10, 2018

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to discuss the world of rugby as the Premiershipand Pro14 head towards the end of the main season where play offs and relegation will be decided. They discuss the announcement of John Kingston's departure from Quins, Saints' continuing identity crisis, plus Denny Solomona's ban.

England and Exeter Chiefs flanker Don Armand joins to discuss his side securing a play off place and what life is like in the England camp.

Former Scotland and Edinburgh scrum half Rory Lawson explains the new play off system in the Pro14 plus gives his thoughts on the addition of the South African teams to the conference. 

Plus Nigel Owens is back explaining rugby's laws, and Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather relives her team's narrow defeat to Quins in leg one of the Premier 15s semi final.

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Episode 53: George Robson, Tom Varndell, Tom May, Rochelle Clark and Dan Schofield

April 2, 2018

The Champions Cup quarter finals have been and gone leaving us with Leinster v Scarlets and Racing 92 v Munster. Former Quin and London Irish lock George Robson joins Brian this week to discuss everything from the Aviva as a "neutral venue" to Trinh-Duc's inverse Midas touch.

Scarlets winger Tom Varndell gives his take on Llanelli's chances against Leinster, and says his new side don't fear anyone in Europe.

We speak with former Toulon back Tom May about the French sides' performances from the weekend and whether Racing have what it takes to beat Munster in Bordeaux.

The Telegraph's Dan Schofield travelled to both Leinster and Munster's matches this weekend and reflects on the length of time TMO decisions are now taking.

Plus England's all time most capped player, Rochelle "Rocky" Clark, updates us on the latest in the Premier 15s and looks back on a "heart wrenching" 6 Nations for the Red Roses.

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Episode 52: Gavin Mairs, Nick Evans, Nigel Owens, James Downey, and Rob Cain

March 26, 2018

Brian Moore is back to debate the biggest talking points from the last seven days of rugby. This week he's joined in studio by the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs.

On this episode Brian calls for an end to the yo-yoing between leagues, suggesting a three year temporary halt to promotion/relegation in the Premiership, they look in depth at player game time, and ahead to the upcoming Champions Cup fixtures.

Former All Black, Nick Evans, now Quins' attack coach, joins to look back on the 6 Nations and tell us about the transition from player to coach.

Following Ireland's success at international level we return to their club rugby as former Ireland centre James Downey looks at Munster and Leinster's chances in the Champions Cup, and the state of Connacht and Ulster.

Nigel Owens is back to review the 6 Nations and to explain rugby's tricky laws.

Plus Saracens Women's coach Rob Cain gives his thoughts on the Premier 15s which is just about to enter the play offs.

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Episode 51: Rob Andrew, Doddie Weir, Malcolm O’Kelly, Michael Owen, and Nick Heath

March 19, 2018

The NatWest Six Nations are over for another year as Ireland completed the Grand Slam at the weekend, Scotland clinched victory from the jaws of defeat, and Wales beat France to be the best of the rest. 

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to review the final round of action across the continent. With England having their worst performance in years, Brian is lost for words, whilst Rob notes that England just can't get their way out of trouble.

Malcolm O'Kelly joins to analyse why Ireland have been a cut above the rest all tournament, and a jubilant Doddie Weir reviews Scotland's commendable campaign.

With Wales' squad depleted through injury, Michael Owen is pleased with the new talent uncovered but says they need to be more clinical.

Nick Heath talks through the Women's Six Nations including where England lost the Grand Slam as well as discussing the state of the pitch on Sunday's match between Italy and Scotland.

Finally, Brian and Rob review their stand out moments of the competition.

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Episode 50: Rob Andrew, Paul Wallace, Scott Hastings, Rupert Moon, Simon Middleton and Nigel Owens

March 12, 2018

With one round to go, Ireland are the 2018 NatWest Six Nations champions! 

Back to analyse all the action are Brian Moore and Rob Andrew. After a second successive defeat for England, Brian says it's time to ring the changes, whilst Rob believes England have lost part of their identity.

Ireland's Paul Wallace joins to discuss the whether his old side can complete the Grand Slam on Saturday, although the former prop is hesistant that they will succeed.

Despite another loss away from Murrayfield, Scotland have turned a corner according to Scott Hastings but they need to be better at game management. Whilst a buoyant Rupert Moon thinks Wales will finish the tournament in second place.

We also speak with England Women's coach Simon Middleton after his side's unfortunate last minute loss to France. Plus Nigel Owens breaks down the laws around high tackles.

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Episode 49: Rob Andrew, Rory Underwood, Thinus Delport and Susie Appleby

March 5, 2018

In the fallow week of the NatWest 6 Nations Brian Moore and Rob Andrew discuss what has gone wrong for England and how they can turn their fortunes around against France. 

Former Leicester and England winger Rory Underwood gives his perspective saying England's performances have been disappointing, as well as a look at the latest round of Premiership action.

With Rassie Erasmus appointed South Africa head coach, Thinus Delport returns to tell all about his old teammate and what the new coach can bring to the Springboks.

We speak to Gloucester-Hartpury coach Susie Appleby about her side's excellent win over league leaders Harlequins.

And we go down to the grassroots of rugby to find out more about NatWest's Rugby Force programme.

 

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Episode 48: Rob Andrew, Sir Ian McGeechan, Stephen Ferris, Adam Jones, Nigel Owens, and Gary Street

February 26, 2018

Round three of the NatWest Six Nations saw Scotland shock England, Ireland overpower Wales, and France get their first win of the tournament. 

Brian Moore is back with Rob Andrew to dissect all the action, and work out where England go from here.

Joining them are Sir Ian McGeechan who lauds Gregor Townsend's tactics, Stephen Ferris who thinks Ireland are easily the team to beat, and Adam Jones who finds the positives in Wales' recent losses. 

Plus Nigel Owens explains the breakdown and Gary Street gives his analysis of the Women's Six Nations.

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Episode 47: Will Greenwood

February 19, 2018

This week Brian Moore's Full Contact went on tour to Royston Rugby Club to celebrate grassroots rugby.

World Cup winner Will Greenwood came along to take a look at how the NatWest Six Nations have been going so far - including why he thinks England's discipline isn't a majoy concern.

England and Saracens flanker, Hannah Gallagher, gave her analysis of the Women's Six Nations and told us about how she got into rugby. 

Plus, we were joined on stage by Mick Clark and Jamie Green of Royston Rugby Club to tell us about the work of NatWest's RugbyForce programme.

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