Nick Easter: Gloucester have the X Factor to reach the European quarter finals

December 10, 2018

Round three of the Champions Cup has been and now we're beginning to get a good look at who will be making the knockout stages. Joining Brian Moore to discuss this week's news and action is former England and Quins number 8, Nick Easter.

This week they discuss whose responsibility it is to get teams going: the players or the coaches; they discuss the rumours surrounding Wasps; and the biggest topic of the weekend: flag-gate.

For an Irish perspective former Leinster, Munster, and Connacht centre, James Downey gives us his thoughts on Leinster saying they aren't the complete package yet, on Ulster's Will Addison, and his opinion on Andy Farrell taking over from Joe Schmidt.

Nick and Brian debate the upcoming 6 Nations and who is expected to do well with Nick saying it won't be a "Grand Slam" year.

Top rugby referee Nigel Owens returns to the podcast to explain the law surrounding the grounding of the ball, and what it is like to referee at Racing 92's state of the art stadium.

Plus Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather returns to tell us about the Premier 15s which included a few surprises.

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Brian Moore: Leicester and Bath should be worried about relegation

December 3, 2018

It's back to domestic rugby action this week and the Premiership table is looking very compact - apart from the top two of course - which means we're set for an interesting relegation battle. Joining Brian Moore to discuss all this and more is the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs.

As Leicester "embarrass" themselves according to Geordan Murphy, we get the thoughts of club legend George Chuter on what needs fixing at Tigers with George saying the club needs a shake up from top to bottom.

We discuss the woeful match at The Rec with James Simpson-Daniel who enlightens us on Bath's equally woeful missed tackle stats and on his old side's Gloucester's chances of making the top four.

As for the PRO14 we speak with Leinster's Scott Fardy after their thrashing of Dragons and how they're getting ready for the European games against Bath.

Plus we have a full review of the Premier 15s with Gloucester-Hartpury coach Susie Appleby.

 

Show Notes

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Ben Ryan: Elliot Daly would make a World XV at 13

November 26, 2018

The Autumn Internationals have ended with stellar campaigns for Ireland and Wales, England unearthed some raw talent, and Scotland will have their heads high too. With Brian Moore to discuss the final weekend of action is Telegraph writer Mick Cleary.

Brian and Mick discuss the potential of a Joe Cockanasiga, Ben Te'o and Manu Tuilagi backline for England, the emergence of Kyle Sinckler, and Mark Wilson's sensational campaign.

Joining them to discuss England is Ben Ryan, twice World Champion and Olympic Gold medal winning coach, who says Elliot Daly needs to be playing at outside centre and is the best in the world there. Ben also tells us more about Cockanasiga, they discuss who England should be playing at wing, and we also tip our caps to Fiji's stunning victory over France.

With the announcement that Joe Schmidt is leaving Ireland after the World Cup, Joe and Brian discuss whether we are going to see an Andy Farrell and Stuart Lancaster coaching set up in the future, and they discuss whether Ireland can cope without Johnny Sexton in their ranks.

Hear from Scott Hastings, former Scotland and Lions centre, whose nephew Adam Hastings faced Argentina at the weekend as part of a trialled axis with Finn Russell at 12 as Scotland ground out a victory over Los Pumas.

Another former Lion joins the show in the shape of Wales' number 8 Michael Owen to discuss his former side's fantastic form and which new players we should be looking out for in the future.

Plus, Maggie Alphonsi updates on the Red Roses' final match against Ireland and Gavin Mairs dials in from Monaco to tells us about the World Rugby Awards.

 

Show Notes

To hear more about the work Jamie Armstrong and The Clan are doing head here: http://www.trustrugby.org/ 

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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.

 

Show notes

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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.

 

Notes

To read Lance Corporal Semesa Rokoduguni's story go here 

And to vote on your Gallagher Premiership Play of the Month this is the place to go 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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