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.

After another important week at the top and bottom of the Premiership Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Newcastle and Northampton centre Tom May. We speak with former Leicester and England openside Lewis Moody about the current situation at Welford Road after Leicester we soundly beaten by Exeter, and Tom May gives us his thoughts as the Tigers prepare to take on his old side Newcastle in a crucial relegation match on Friday night.  In the Pro 14 Benneton Treviso kept their hopes of becoming the first Italian side to qualify for a semi final alive with a thrilling draw in Dublin against defending champions Leinster, their assistant coach Marco Bortolami joins the show to discuss their impressive season so far. Plus we hear from Ulster and Ireland centre Darren Cave who's decided he's to retire at the end of the season at the age of just 32.

After the Champions Cup quarter finals brought some scintillating rugby, this week Brian Moore is joined by Harlequins lock James Horwill to go through the weekend's European results

We speak with James as he tells us how to go about beating Saracens, what makes them stand out, and whether they are the team to beat in this year's competition.

With Ireland making up half the teams left in the competition, Malcolm O'Kelly speaks with us on Stockdale's apology, why the Irish internationals are struggling, and whether Leinster and/or Munster will get through their semi finals.

For a Scottish perspective Rory Lawson joins to discuss a disappointing weekend for Glasgow and Edinburgh. We ask whether losing might be beneficial for Edinburgh in the long run, how important the rest of their season is, and why Glasgow just couldn't keep up with Saracens.

We speak with James about life at Quins including the impact and importance of Chris Robshaw, and what Paul Gustard has brought to the club. Plus we get his thoughts on what chances the Australian team have at the World Cup.

Finally we speak with Maggie Alphonsi about the growth of the women's game and how to continue it.

 

After the excitement of the Six Nations it's back to domestic rugby with the Premiership, Pro14, and Premier 15s all in action again. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the Telegraph's Rugby News Correspondent, Gavin Mairs.

Brian and Gavin discuss the lack of clarity around England's succession plan as Shaun Edwards' future remains undecided with Wasps potentially inviting him back in to the Ricoh. 

As for Leicester Tigers it was a weekend which saw them firmly back in the relegation mix and former Tigers hooker George Chuter fears that the club are in grave danger saying a lot of answers are a mystery right now. 

It's quite a different picture for Exeter Chiefs who secured their place in the playoffs following their win over Bath on Sunday, and are now talking about how to get that winning mentality to take them from runners up to Champions.

Brian and Gavin then discuss the somewhat ambiguous plans for World Rugby as Gavin explains the situation as we know it. 

We speak with Nicky Robinson, former Wales and Cardiff Blues fly half, about the atmosphere in the country surrounding their recent Grand Slam, but then how that emotion shifts when discussing the state of the domestic season. The word carnage could easily be used for both!

Finally we speak with Harlequins Ladies' captain Rachael Burford ahead of "The Game Changer" at The Stoop this weekend.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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!

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