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.

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.

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.

Making thirteen changes turns the league into a farce

October 1, 2018

Listen in to Brian Moore and Maggie Alphonsi for this week's episode as we look back on a weekend of second string teams, a consortium takeover, and a shed load of points scored.

Bristol Bears Head Coach Pat Lam joins the show to tell us about life at Bristol and how it compares with his previous roles as well as how much harder the Premiership is in comparison to the Championship.

We get our PRO14 breakdown with the former Leinster and Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan after Munster's thrashing of Ulster and Leinster's dominance continued to be asserted across the conferences. 

Plus Maggie takes us through the intriguing landscape of the women's Premier 15s.

For the first time in a long time I can’t understand Eddie’s selections and that worries me

September 24, 2018

White noise, a bonkers Welford Road match, and Willie le Roux with more air miles than a jumbo jet all feature on this week’s podcast, and alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the Telegraph’s Ben Coles.

We speak with Schalk Brits about life back in the South Africa setup and how his "retirement" is going, as well as some of his former Saracens teammates.

Sean Lamont, former Scotland fullback, goes through some of the rather surprising PRO14 results including both Glasgow and Edinburgh's losses.

And England and Loughborough Lightning captain Sarah Hunter goes through the Premier 15s results.

Plus a look at England's training squad now that the World Cup is less than a year away.

I hate players saying the game’s gone soft. It’s harder than it ever was.

September 17, 2018

Red cards, comebacks, and proof that the All Blacks are human after all. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss the latest goings on in rugby is former Scotland international Hugo Southwell.

Listen as Brian gives his views on how the game is changing and players need to adapt to the new laws following Will Spencer's red card as we run through the Premiership fixtures. 

We speak with former Newcastle Falcons forward Ally Hogg about his old side's start to the season and how they need to improve.

Thinus Delport gives the run down on how South Africa were able to pull off the shock of the weekend and beat New Zealand.

Plus we speak with Harlequins' Shaunagh Brown about the RFU announcing they will be handing out women's contracts. 

Out of Ford, Farrell, and Cipriani, Danny is the one fly half who can make something happen out of nothing and Eddie Jones needs that

September 10, 2018

Round two of domestic action is complete leaving some sizable scores and another Danny Cipriani wonder pass.

Brian Moore returns this week with former Leicester, Saracens, and England hooker George Chuter in studio to discuss everything that happened. 

Listen in as George tells us his experience of being coached by Matt O'Connor and Geordan Murphy - saying that the former was quite old school in his style, and the latter will need to keep momentum high within the squad. 

After Exeter's humdinger of a win over Wasps, we speak with their fly half Gareth Steenson about how the Chiefs can keep getting better. 

Ospreys back James Hook joins to run over the PRO14 action paying close attention to the Welsh side's mixed results.

And the Premier 15s were back this weekend and Wasps coach Giselle Mather tells us who shone and who are the teams to watch this season.

Geordan Murphy is a Leicester Tiger inside out and knows the winning formula

September 4, 2018

Brian Moore is back for another season of no nonsense rugby discussion as he and a host of guests dissect the week's top stories on and off the pitch.

This week he is joined in studio by Telegraph Rugby News Correspondent, Gavin Mairs as they go through the opening weekend of domestic rugby.

Listen in to hear what they think of Leicester's sacking Matt O'Connor after one match, why Brian thinks Todd Blackadder "is about to explode", and how much ground England need to cover a year out from the World Cup.

We speak with Harlequins' forwards coach Alex Codling about life under Paul Gustard and their dominant win over Sale, and with James Downey for everything that happened in the PRO14.

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.