Episode 61: Peter Winterbottom, Brad Barritt, Nigel Owens, Malcolm O’Kelly, and Maggie Alphonsi

May 28, 2018

We've reached the season finale with Leinster securing an historic double, and Saracens clinching both the men's and women's domestic competitions too.

Former England forwards Brian Moore and Peter Winterbottom are on hand to analyse all the weekend's action including what Brian calls an "embarrassing" loss from England against the Barbarians.

Premiership winning captain Brad Barritt joins to tell us about how they found their soul this season, how losing to Leinster galvanised the squad, and how coffee is the new way for rugby players to socialise.

We get an Ireland update from Malcolm O'Kelly as his former side Leinster end the season on a high and we ask how the Irish national side can carry on the effort against Australia in June.

Nigel Owens briefs us on rugby's new laws, and his Summer tour plans to Japan. Plus we round up the season, including an in depth discussion on development of the women's game with Maggie Alphonsi.


Episode 60: Ben Ryan, Reggie Corrigan, Nigel Owens and Damian Hopley

May 21, 2018

We now know the four teams in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14 finals, Saracens, Exeter, Scarlets and Leinster. 

Joining Brian Moore to discuss the latest news and action from rugby is former Fiji coach Ben Ryan. We discuss the appointment of Paul Gustard to Harlequins, as Ben reveals he was down to the final two for the role.
Former Leinster prop Reggie Corrigan joins to debate the upcoming PRO14 final, and whether rugby is becoming boring.
Nigel Owens is back from referee camp in Australia to tell us all about the discussions had down under.
We speak with CEO and founder of the RPA, Damian Hopley, about mental health, how the RPA helps players and coaches alike to have open conversations on this subject, and we reflect on the RPA Awards ceremony.
Plus, Brian and Ben have a candid conversation about how Ben's childhood experiences have affected the way he coaches and friendships.

Episode 59: Stuart Hogg, Jack Conan, and Ben Coles

May 14, 2018

It's been a busy week with touring squads announced, players switching clubs, and silverware heading back to Ireland.

Ben Coles, Telegraph rugby reporter, is alongside Brian Moore in the studio to discuss the Eddie Jones' latest selection, Danny Cipriani's move to Gloucester, and the upcoming Premiership semi finals.

Stuart Hogg joins the podcast ahead of Glasgow Warriors' meeting against Scarlets in the PRO14 semi finals to tell us how he's found the season, what impact the South African clubs have made, and which of the Scottish young players we should be watching in the Summer.

Champions Cup winner, Jack Conan, makes his podcast debut and says it's business as usual following Leinster's victory over Racing 92 at the weekend as they get ready to face arch rivals Munster for a place in the PRO14 final.

Plus Brian and Ben discuss the news that there could be a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team on the way soon.


Episode 58: Nick Kennedy, Aly Hogg, Rob Vickerman, and Jamie Wall

May 7, 2018

We've reached the very sharp end of the season as the Premiership played out its final weekend. We now know it's Exeter versus Newcastle and Saracens against Wasps in the semi finals.

Nick Kennedy, former London Irish Director of Rugby, joins Brian Moore in the studio to discuss the season's quality, the varying demands of a DoR, and looks ahead to the Champions Cup final.

We speak with Ally Hogg, Newcastle Falcons back row, about reaching the play offs and how Dean Richards has brought success to the club.

In the southern hemisphere, Western Force were back playing rugby and with some new laws to test. Rugby writer Jamie Wall debates the pros and cons of these laws, and how well they were received.

Plus former England 7s captain Rob Vickerman, tells us about the upcoming rugby World Cup in San Francisco, and bemoans the lack of structure around the 7s setup in England.


Episode 57: Mick Cleary, George Chuter, Hugo Southwell, Nigel Owens and Lotte Clapp

April 30, 2018

Newcastle Falcons qualify for the play offs, Edinburgh win the 1872 Cup, and Big Billy is back on the pitch. It was a cracking weekend of rugby across the country and Mick Cleary is alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all.

With Leicester Tigers not in the play offs for the first time in fourteen years, former Tigers hooker George Chuter joins to work out where it has all gone wrong in the Midlands. 

The final weekend of the PRO14 saw Edinburgh clinch a quarter final spot away to Munster, with Scarlets hosting Cheetahs in the other. Former Edinburgh and Scotland fullback Hugo Southwell tells us how Richard Cockerill has turned the club around.

We speak with Saracens Women's captain, Lotte Clapp about becoming the inaugural winners of the Premier 15s after their 24-20 win over Harlequins. Plus Nigel Owens is back to run through the law on high tackles.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.