The Ruck Rugby Podcast

The Ruck Rugby Podcast

By The Times

The Ruck Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times. Join Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and a selection of rugby personalities, including Stuart Barnes, Mark Evans and Alan Dymock, as they provide insight and reports throughout the season, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.

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Episodes

Courtney Lawes and John Barclay on their Calcutta Cup memories

Times columnists and former internationals Courtney Lawes and John Barclay join Will Kelleher to look ahead to Saturday's Calcutta Cup Clash, and to look back on their own memories of thumpings, scuffles in the tunnel and that Finn Russell pass... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/24·44m 48s

Calcutta Cup preview, how to speed up rugby & Cadan Murley

Will Kelleher is joined by Elgan Alderman, Mark Palmer and Bernard Jackman to preview next weekend's 6 Nations 3rd round. The team also get stuck into a discussion on how to speed up the game and reduce stoppages PLUS an interview with Harlequins and England A wing Cadan Murley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·1h 2m

Did Scotland score? England sneak past Wales and Ireland nil Italy

Weekend two of the 6 Nations is in the books and there's plenty to get stuck into... Will Kelleher is joined by Mark Palmer, Stuart Barnes and Owen Slot to discuss a controversial French win at Murrayfield, a familiar result for Wales at Twickenham, and Ireland putting Italy to the sword. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/24·59m 57s

Wales v Scotland an instant classic, England win in Rome and Ireland lay down a marker

The opening weekend of the 6 Nations lived up to its billing with plenty of drama on the pitch. Alfie Reynolds is joined by Owen Slot and Peter O'Reilly to look back on the action in Marseille as Ireland beat France, Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe send in a dispatch from Rome following England's opening weekend victory and Mark Palmer joins the pod to reflect on Scotland winning in Cardiff for the first time in over twenty years and what could have been a famous Welsh comeback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/24·51m 41s

Inside the Scotland camp

Will Kelleher heads north of the border and is joined by Mark Palmer to spend a day in the Scotland camp ahead of the start of the 2024 Six Nations. They chat to Kyle Rowe, Luke Crosbie, Arron Reed and Andy Christie as Scotland prepare to get their tournament underway against Wales in Cardiff, a venue they haven't won at for two decades. They hear from the players about their back stories and discuss how the squad can move on from the disappointment of the Rugby World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/01/24·45m 11s

6 Nations Preview 2024!

The Six Nations is here! With the 2024 championship kicking off on Friday night, Alfie Reynolds is joined by Will Kelleher, Mark Palmer, Peter O'Reilly and Elgan Alderman. They discuss each nation and the big questions and talking points they face heading into the tournament. Who are the favorites out of Ireland and France? What does success look like for Scotland? Can England reconnect with Twickenham? And, will it boil down to a wooden spoon decider between Wales and Italy? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/24·1h

Rugby's Netflix moment, Champions Cup last-16 draw and Louis Rees-Zammit to the NFL

Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Stuart Barnes reflect on the conclusion of the Champions Cup pool stages and question whether the format of the competition still needs tweaking. They discuss the massive news that Louis Rees-Zammit is putting his rugby career on hold to pursue a career in the NFL and that Joe Schmidt is the new head coach of the Wallabies. Plus, Alfie and Will sit down and chat to James Gay-Rees, the executive producer of the new Netflix series Six Nations: Full Contact which comes out this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/24·1h 4m

Champions Cup, British and Irish Lions and England 6 Nations squad preview

Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher join Alfie Reynolds to look back on another weekend in the Champions Cup, which once again provided some great matches and highlighted the current issues with the competitions structure. They also chat about Andy Farrell being named British and Irish lions head coach last week and debate whether a lions tour would be successful for the women. Plus, with Steve Borthwick naming his England Six Nations squad on Wednesday they discuss the big decisions that he faces. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/01/24·56m 14s

Premiership, England and players union discussion with Jamie George

England, Saracens and British and Irish Lions hooker Jamie George joins Will Kelleher and Alfie Reynolds for today's episode. He chats about the latest round of Premiership action, as the race for the play-offs hots up and Jamie's team mate Owen Farrell has been linked with a move to France. He also explains why England players have opted to start a new agency to look after their contractual and commercial deals with the RFU. Plus, he looks ahead to the 2024 6 Nations as England aim to build-up on their third placed finish at the World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/01/24·56m 50s

2023 review and men's World XV of the Year

Happy new year! What better way to start 2024 than with the first Ruck of the year. Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher name a men's World XV of 2023, which is dominated by South Africa and New Zealand who reached the World Cup final. Alfie chats with England under-20 and Northampton Saints back-row Henry Pollock to chat about his successful 2023 and look ahead to what the new year might bring. Plus, the boys name their end of year awards and reveal their hopes for 2024. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/24·1h 2m

Behind the scenes at Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks invited us up to Manchester to go behind the scenes at the club. Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher make the journey to the North-West to get a better understanding of what is making the Sharks tick and the overall development of the club. They chat to co-owner Michelle Orange, Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson, England internationals George Ford and Manu Tuilagi and youngsters Tom Roebuck and Joe Carpenter. They chat about the importance of rugby in the north, the women's team, the Premiership final defeat and how they are a Premiership club that is building something special. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/12/23·1h 1m

Another brilliant weekend of Champions Cup action

Alfie Reynolds and Will Kelleher round-up another weekend of the Champions Cup. Including good wins for Northampton, Saracens, Leicester, Exeter and Bath. But with a number of teams deciding to rotate their squads at the weekend they debate if that is a negative thing for the competition. They also chat to Stormers Head Coach John Dobson after they beat La Rochelle with a last-gasp conversation. Plus, they also name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/23·59m 46s

A great weekend for English clubs in Europe

Following English clubs winning 7 of their 8 matches across the opening round of the Champions Cup, Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stuart Barnes reflect on all the action, including the awkward problems which arise from South African clubs taking part. They also debate Henry Arundell deciding to miss out the 2024 6 Nations by staying in France with Racing 92 and what it means for the RFU. Plus they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/23·49m 0s

Are the media responsible for the Farrell situation? And 'what is the point of Newcastle?'

A busy pod this week! Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher ask if the media are responsible for Owen Farrell having to take time away from international rugby. They also question where Newcastle Falcons go next after an eighth straight defeat in the Gallagher Premiership, plus they round up all the other results including more heartache for Gloucester but big wins for Harlequins and Northampton. Bath second-row Charlie Ewels chats to Will and Alfie about the blue, black and white's strong start to the season and looking ahead to Europe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/23·57m 41s

England's back-row injuries, trouble for Bristol and Gloucester and 2003 two decades on!

Alfie Reynolds, Stephen Jones and Will Kelleher round up all the latest Premiership action. They discuss England's mounting injury list in the back-row, Gloucester and Bristol's struggles and Saracens and Sale still looking like the two best sides in the league. With last week marking the 20th anniversary of England's World Cup win in 2003, Steve laments on the RFU not capitalising on that success and they question if the URC can ever be a successful competition. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/23·55m 25s

Wayne Barnes interview plus Premiership and PWR round-up

Wayne Barnes joins Alfie Reynolds and Stephen Jones to reflect on his career as a referee after retiring following the World Cup final. He chats about how to stamp down on abuse in rugby, a 20 second shot clock for lineouts and the importance of officials working as a team. Alan Dymock also joins Alfie and Steve to reflect on derby weekend in the Premiership, the opening round of Premiership Women's Rugby, the URC and to name a God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/23·1h 4m

Finn Russell magic and Premiership Women's season preview

Following the 5th round of fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership, Alfie Reynolds, Stuart Barnes and Elgan Alderman look back on all the action. They discuss Finn Russell 'shushing' The Shed as Bath beat Gloucester, what a great weekend it was for fly-halves and Bristol's struggles. They also chat about the return of the England A side and how important those fixtures can be for developing talent. Plus, Jess Hayden joins the show to preview the start of the Premiership Women's season. And, the panel name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/23·1h 1m

A return to domestic action and a British & Irish Lions tour to France?

Alfie Reynolds, Elgan Alderman and Alan Dymock are back in the studio after months on the road at the Rugby World Cup. They turn their attention to domestic action in the Gallagher Premiership and also chat to Mark Palmer about the opening rounds of the URC. They debate the future of Wales' fly-half jersey, Exeter's rebuild and the impact of the World Cup on the start of the season. Plus, Alan asks if the British and Irish Lions should add France to the list of countries they tour and the boys name their God or Goddess of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/11/23·53m 43s

World Cup final review! South Africa go back-to-back

The Springboks retained the Word Cup as they beat New Zealand in a gripping and tense final. Alfie Reynolds, Stephen Jones, Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe reflect on the match and tournament as a whole. They have conflicting views on whether the final was a great spectacle and also talk about the big refereeing decisions which saw All Blacks captain Sam Cane get sent off. Plus, they chat about England winning a bronze medal, pay tribute to Ben Youngs who retires as England men's most capped international, mention Eddie Jones' departure from the Wallabies and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/23·48m 15s

Rugby World Cup Final Preview!

It's New Zealand versus South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones preview the match. They discuss the Springboks extraordinary team selection by going 7-1 on the bench and not having a back-up scrum-half. Plus, they reflect on the All Blacks' resurrection over the last year having gone from being branded as one of the worst New Zealand sides ever to a World Cup final. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/23·35m 3s

Semi-final review - England's hearts broken by the Boks!

Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones look back on the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup as the All Blacks and Springboks booked their spots in the final. They discuss England's heart breaking 15-16 defeat and how it is a platform for Steve Borthwick's side to build upon. Plus they discuss a much more one-sided semi-final as New Zealand hammered Argentina 44-6. Plus they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/23·44m 48s

Semi-final preview with Sam Warburton

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and New Zealand, as well as England versus South Africa, Alfie Reynolds is joined by Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Sam Warburton to preview all the action. They discuss how England might be able to produce an upset against the Springboks and all the big talking points ahead of the matches this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/23·49m 3s

Blockbuster quarter-final weekend delivers!

The Rugby World Cup quarter-finals lived up to the hype as four brilliant matches took place over the weekend with New Zealand, Argentina, England and South Africa progressing to the last four. Alfie Reynolds, Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and Chris Jones were in Paris for two of the best matches in world cup history, so they look back on the victories for the All Blacks and Springboks. Whilst, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher review the action they witnessed in Marseille where Argentina beat Wales and England held on to defeat Fiji. Plus, they all name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/23·58m 44s

How to win the World Cup - 2019 Francois Louw

Four years ago South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for the third time! Francois Louw was a part of that success as they beat England in the final and explains to Will Kelleher how the Springboks won, having been underperforming just 18 months before. He chats about getting revenge on the host nation, Japan, for the infamous defeat they suffered in 2015, the importance of Siya Kolisi as the captain and facing Eddie Jones' England team just after they had produced a stunning performance to beat the All Blacks in the semi-final. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/23·36m 11s

Quarter-Final Preview!

Alfie Reynolds is joined by Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe to look back on the pool stages at the Rugby World Cup and preview the quarter-final line-up. He also chats to Mark Palmer and Peter O'Reilly at the Stade de France following Ireland's victory over Scotland and Elgan Alderman reflects on Wales and Argentina's final pool fixtures as they meet in the quarter-finals this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/23·1h 4m

How to win the World Cup - 2011/2015 Conrad Smith

The 2011-2015 All Blacks are arguably the greatest international rugby team ever, having won back-to-back World Cups. But prior to that they were known as a side who always failed to deliver when the pressure was on. In this episode, Will Kelleher chats to New Zealand legend Conrad Smith about how they went from World Cup disappointment to domination. He explains how they changed their mindset, dealt with the absence of Dan Carter in 2011 and then waltzed to the title in 2015. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/23·35m 8s

The brilliance of the World Cup contrasted by Jersey's demise

Alfie Reynolds is joined by Alex Lowe, Mark Palmer and Elgan Alderman to look back on the latest action at the World Cup. Following rest weekends for England, Wales and Ireland they discuss whether the schedule at the tournament is working and how it can be improved in 2027. Mark looks back on Scotland's 84-0 victory over Romania and previews a massive game against Ireland this coming weekend. And, they ask what sort of game people want to watch, following New Zealand head coach Ian Foster's comments after their thumping win over Italy. Plus, Alex chats about Jersey Reds announcement last week that they have ceased trading and are no longer able to operate, becoming the latest English club to go bust. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/10/23·51m 30s

How to win the World Cup - 2007 Fourie du Preez

This time on 'How to win the World Cup', Will Kelleher chats to the former Springbok Fourie du Preez who was a part of the 2007 South African winning side. They look back on the Boks second world title as they defeated England in the final. Should Mark Cueto's 'try' have been given? And what was it like having Eddie Jones as part of the coaching staff? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/23·33m 7s

Ireland and South Africa an instant classic! Plus wins for England and Wales

Alfie Reynolds is joined by Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes, Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe, Elgan Alderman and Peter O'Reilly to look back on the third round of fixtures at the Rugby World Cup. Steve and Stuart discuss the weekend as a whole and what stood out for them, Will and Alex have an update after England's victory over Chile and Alfie chats to Peter following Ireland's excellent win over South Africa and Elgan after Wales' dominant display against the Wallabies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/23·47m 7s

How to win the World Cup - 2003 Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot

How did England win the World Cup in 2003? On this episode Will Kelleher chats to Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot about that glorious triumph 20 years ago. Lawrence explains what it was like watching that Wilkinson drop goal sail through the posts and how English rugby have never capitalised on the victory. Owen Slot was reporting on the tournament at the time and remembers what it was like to see the development of Clive Woodward's side in the years building up to 2003. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/09/23·35m 16s

Rugby World Cup week 2! Wins for England and Wales but it's Fiji who stole the show

Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones look back on the second weekend of action at the Rugby World Cup. They discuss unconvincing wins for England and Wales, as well as Fiji providing the highlight of the weekend with victory over Australia. Elgan Alderman joins the show to review Wales' win against Wales. Plus, the boys preview a massive weekend coming up and chat about a few minor negatives about the tournament so far. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/23·54m 55s

How to win the World Cup - 1995 Joel Stransky

This time on 'How to win the World Cup' Will Kelleher chats to the former Springbok Joel Stransky. One the most iconic rugby and sporting moments of all time happened at the 1995 World Cup, as Nelson Mandela handed over the William Web Ellis trophy on home to South Africa. Stransky kicked the winning drop goal in the final at Ellis Park as the Springboks silenced a rampaging Jonah Lomu. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/23·32m 32s

Rugby World Cup opening weekend review! Where did that England performance come from?!

Alfie Reynolds is joined by Will Kelleher, Owen Slot and Steve Jones to look back on the bulk of the opening weekend action at the Rugby World Cup. They discuss the atmosphere out in France, including a bouncing couple of days in Marseille, plus England's great win and the curtain raiser between France and New Zealand. Plus, Alfie catches up with Mark Palmer following Scotland's disappointing defeat to the Springboks and Elgan Alderman reflects on Wales scraping past Fiji. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/23·53m 12s

How to win the World Cup - 1991/1999 John Eales

This time on how to win the World Cup Will Kelleher chats to John Eales who was a member of the victorious Wallabies sides from 1991 and 1999. He explains what it was like to win Australia's maiden title in '91, at the start of his career, and the '99 tournament when he was the captain. He recounts both triumphs, which came pre and then post rugby turning professional. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/23·33m 57s

Rugby World Cup 2023 Preview Show!

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe, Owen Slot and producer-turned presenter Alfie preview the 2023 Rugby World Cup! Ahead of France and the All Blacks getting the tournament underway on Friday they look ahead to each pool. Including, the group of death involving Ireland, Scotland and the Springboks, an intriguing Pool C with Australia, Fiji and Wales, plus they talk about England and the massive concerns about their form on the eve of the tournament. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/09/23·1h 3m

How to win the World Cup - 1987 Sean Fitzpatrick

How do you win the Rugby World Cup? On this episode Will Kelleher chats to the 1987 winning All Black Sean Fitzpatrick, about how New Zealand won the inaugural tournament. He recounts stories from a time before professionalism and how their world cup triumph was very different to the scenes of today. This is the first in a special series speaking to a member of each winning world cup side. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/08/23·27m 15s

The shadow boxing is over! Final World Cup warm-ups review.

Stephen Jones, Alan Dymock and Elgan Alderman look back on the final weekend of Rugby World Cup warm-up matches. They chat about Fiji's historic first ever win over England at Twickenham, as well the Springboks scintillating victory over the All Blacks and Eddie Jones' Wallabies losing to France. Plus, now that all eyes are on the start of the tournament they ask who are the favourites to win it? And, they name their God or Goddess of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/08/23·41m 1s

Another lacklustre England performance, Wales name their World Cup squad and Scottish hope

Stephen Jones, Mark Evans and Mark Palmer look back on the weekend's matches as England put in another underwhelming performance, Wales were hammered by South Africa and Fiji faced France. Mark Evans brings us up to date on his work with the Fijian Drua in Super Rugby, the boys react to Wales 33 player squad for the World Cup and Mark Palmer discusses the hope building within Scotland. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/08/23·43m 49s

An ugly England win as France and Scotland serve up a beauty. Plus, Ntamack out of the World Cup and Owen Farrell latest.

Will Kelleher, Stuart Barnes and Peter O'Reilly reflect on the World Cup warm-up matches over the weekend. They chat about a dire match at Twickenham as England beat Wales in unconvincing fashion, as well as France and Scotland playing out a brilliant match in St Etienne. They also discuss France fly-half Romain Ntamack being ruled out of the tournament, Jack van Poortvliet's injury and Owen Farrell's red card and subsequent suspension. Plus Peter chats about Ireland ahead of them hosting England this coming weekend and the latest on the fly-half position. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/08/23·46m 3s

England name official 33 player World Cup squad!

Will Kelleher, Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe are at Twickenham to react to Steve Borthwick's England squad for the Rugby World Cup. After breaking the news of what the official squad would be over the weekend they discuss some of the big talking points, including Henry Slade missing out. Plus, they look back on all the World Cup warm-up results including big wins for Scotland and Wales. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/08/23·37m 21s

England World Cup squad selection!

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones return to begin the build-up to the Rugby World Cup. With Steve Borthwick naming his England squad in a week's time, they select their 33 man England team who they would take to France. Plus, they reflect on the Rugby Championship and how New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina are looking. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/07/23·55m 39s

Premiership and URC Finals Review!

Saracens beat Sale to win the Premiership and Munster's famous victory over the Stormers in Cape Town as they were crowned URC champions. Plus, they cover the fate of London Irish as the deadline for their takeover to be completed draws near, they chat about the Barbarians, Premier 15s and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/23·41m 37s

One of the great Champions Cup finals! And, Premiership final preview

Will Kelleher, Stuart Barnes and Stephen Jones look back on the final of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. They ask whether Leinster v La Rochelle was the greatest final in the competitions history? Plus, they preview the Premiership final this weekend and chat to former Sale winger Mark Cueto, who was a part of the 2006 side who last won the Prem for Sale. And, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/05/23·52m 32s

Premiership and URC semi-finals and Dan Biggar previews the Challenge Cup final

Will Kelleher, Elgan Alderman and Mark Palmer bring you the latest episode of The Ruck. They look back on the Premiership and URC semi-finals following some big results, including Leinster's surprise defeat to Munster. Dan Biggar joins the pod as his Toulon side prepare to face Glasgow in the Challenge Cup final. Plus, the panel preview the Champions Cup final as well! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/23·49m 54s

Premiership semi-final preview and Jersey's Harvey Biljon

Alex Lowe, Alan Dymock and Stuart Barnes look back on the final round of the Premiership season and preview the semi-finals this coming weekend. Stuart voices his frustration about the dominance of driving mauls, plus Steve Jones interviews Jersey Reds director of rugby Harvey Biljon after the club won the Championship. Alex, Alan and Stuart talk about grief in rugby, Gregor Townsend's new contract with Scotland and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/23·59m 6s

Red Roses history! And, Déjà vu in the Champions Cup.

Alex Lowe and Steve Jones look back on the semi-finals of the Champions and Challenge Cups. They discuss Leinster and La Rochelle setting up a repeat of last year's final after they beat Toulouse and Exeter respectively in their semi-finals. Producer Alfie caught up with former Red Rose, Rachael Burford, after England won yet another Grand Slam in front of a record crowd at Twickenham. Plus, Alex and Steve talk about the latest regarding London Irish and further concerns about their finances, plus they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/23·46m 20s

European semi-finals preview with Henry Slade & Dom McKay

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe round up all the latest across the Premiership, Women's 6 Nations and the European semi-finals. They are joined by the Chairman of European Club Rugby, Dom McKay, to discuss the challenges facing the Champions Cup from the administrative point of view. Plus, they are also joined by Exeter centre Henry Slade to look ahead to their match against La Rochelle. Jess Hayden talks all things Women's 6 Nations as England setup a Grand Slam decider this weekend at Twickenham against France. And, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/23·59m 38s

Record breaking Ashton and Les Kiss from London Irish

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe look back on the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership as the race for the top 4 hots up. They reflect on Chris Ashton scoring his 100th Premiership try and the controversial red card for Olly Woodburn. London Irish Head Coach Les Kiss joins the show as they prepare for their final two matches of the season, which could see them reach the play-offs for the first time since 2010. And, Jess Hayden talks all things women's Six Nations as England and France continued their winning ways. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/04/23·55m 24s

Who are the Real Madrid of Rugby?

Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes look back on the quarter-finals in the Champions and Challenge Cups. Jess Hayden joins the show to preview the third round of the women's 6 Nations. Plus, Steve and Stuart name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/23·38m 54s

One of the great Champions Cup weekends!

Steve Jones, Adam Hathaway and Stuart Barnes look back on the last-16 of the Champions Cup and ask whether it was one of the greatest rounds in the competitions history? They also look ahead to the quarter-finals this coming weekend, Jess Hayden joins the show to look back on round two of the Women's 6 Nations and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/23·48m 3s

Champions Cup Preview, Christian Day from the RPA and Rachael Burford on the Women's 6 Nations

Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones look back on the latest round of Premiership fixtures and also preview the last-16 in the Champions Cup. They chat with RPA General Secretary Christian Day on the 'State of the Game' and what the players would like to gain from the next Professional Game Agreement. Plus, they also look back on the opening round of the Women's 6 Nations with former Red Rose, Rachael Burford. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/23·52m 24s

Ireland win the 6 Nations Grand Slam!

Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock look back on the conclusion of the men's 6 Nations along with Pete O'Reilly. They assess Ireland's famous Grand Slam as well as covering all the big talking points from victory over England, including Freddie Steward's red card. They are also joined by Jess Hayden to preview the start of the women's 6 Nations this weekend. And, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/03/23·50m 7s

England's heaviest Twickenham defeat! Plus Ireland with Bernard Jackman

Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones look back on the latest round of the 6 Nations. They dissect what went wrong for England as they suffered their heaviest Twickenham defeat to France and Wales returning to winning ways with victory away to Italy. Plus, they speak with former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman as Ireland beat Scotland and are set to win the Grand Slam if they can win against England this Saturday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/03/23·53m 49s

Sam Warburton previews the 6 Nations and Alex Sanderson on Sale's Premiership Push

Stephen Jones, Will Kelleher and former Wales captain Sam Warburton look ahead to the penultimate round of the 6 Nations as Wales travel to face Italy, England host France and Ireland meet Scotland. They also speak to Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson on the club's impressive Premiership form. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/23·47m 44s

6 Nations Round 3 Review

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock look back on the third round of the 6 Nations. They discuss Italy's improvements as they pushed Ireland close in Rome, England's victory over Wales in Cardiff and a missed opportunity for Scotland as they lost to France. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/23·47m 37s

Will Wales v England go ahead?

Will Kelleher, Stephen Jones and Steve James look ahead to the third round of the 6 Nations. They are joined by former Wales international Tom Shanklin to ask whether Wales v England will go ahead with potential strike action taking place by Welsh players. They also preview Italy v Ireland and Scotland's trip to face France and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/23·47m 7s

Ireland beat France in a 6 Nations classic! Plus, wins for Scotland and England.

Will Kelleher, Stuart Barnes and Alan Dymock look back on the second round of the 6 Nations. Including Ireland against France which is being called one of the greatest 6 Nations games ever, Scotland's impressive win over Wales and England beating Italy. Plus, Will chats to the former Scotland international Scott Hastings, who was a part of the last Scotland side to win their opening two matches of a Championship. And, the panel name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/23·51m 39s

New-era England defeated by Scotland again!

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones pick the bones out of the opening weekend of the 6 Nations. Including Scotland winning the Calcutta Cup again, Ireland's dominant win over Wales and Italy's narrow defeat to France. They also speak with Gloucester and Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney to look ahead to Italy's trip to Twickenham this weekend and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/02/23·48m 44s

6 Nations 2023 Preview!

Steve Jones, Will Kelleher and Mark Palmer look ahead to the opening round of the 6 Nations. England host Scotland at Twickenham, Wales meet Ireland and Italy play France. They chat to the former Scotland captain John Barclay to preview the Calcutta Cup, as well as looking ahead to the rest of the matches. Will provides an update on the RFU's controversial plan to lower the tackle height and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/01/23·43m 31s

6 Nations launch with Ben Morel and Gregor Townsend

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe are at the 6 Nations launch with the 2023 tournament a little under two weeks away. Will chats to the Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend to look ahead to their opening match against England at Twickenham, he also speaks to 6 Nations Chief Executive Ben Morel about the upcoming Netflix documentary and the state of the Championship. Plus, Will and Alex discuss the RFU´s tackle height changes for the community game, the latest from the Champions Cup and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/01/23·48m 59s

Borthwick's England squad and Eddie Jones returns!

Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones are on location at Twickenham to react to Steve Borthwick naming his England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations. They also discuss Eddie Jones' return to international rugby after he was named as the new Australia Head Coach, look back on the weekend in the Champions Cup and name their God or Goddess of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/23·48m 38s

Injuries and suspensions galore for England!

Will Kelleher is joined by Alan Dymock of Rugby World and the Chief Exec of Fijian Drua, Mark Evans!We look back on the recent round of Premiership action including a huge win for Newcastle over Leicester, another defeat for Bristol and a last gasp Owen Farrell drop goal which saw Saracens edge out GloucesterIt was a costly weekend for new England head coach Steve Borthwick, Owen Farrell could be banned for England's Six Nations opener after being cited for a dangerous tackle, meanwhile Luke Cowan Dickie and Tom Curry look set for a spell on the side lines after picking up knocks.There is some positive news coming from the England camp, Nick Evans has been added to their backroom staff, Mark Evans talks about his role in bringing him from New Zealand to the UK and what impact he could have as part of Steve Borthwick's teamAnd as always we have our God and Goddess of the week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/01/23·59m 20s

Hopes & dreams for 2023, Nick Tompkins talks Sarries, Wales & Owen Farrell

Will Kelleher, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes are here for the first show of 2023!We look back on the recent round of Premiership action including Saracens sublime win over Exeter and also the fallout from Joe Marler's incident with Jake Heenan which saw him subsequently banned for six weeks.Saracens Nick Tompkins joins the show to discuss this weekends game with Gloucester, the departure of Wayne Pivac from Wales and the return of Warren Gatland ahead of the Six NationsPlus there's a bit of England chat as Steve Borthwick made further changes to his backroom staff as well as our God and Goddess of the week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/01/23·59m 39s

World Team of the Year and Zoe Harrison on her 2022!

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Ruck! Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock look back on 2022 by naming their men's XV team of the year, plus a number of other end of year awards! Will chats with England and Saracen's Zoe Harrison to look back on her year, which included another 6 Nations Grand Slam and a world cup final defeat. And, the panel say what they would like to see happen for rugby in 2023. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/12/22·54m 52s

Steve Borthwick is the new England coach!

Steve Jones, Stuart Barnes and Elgan Alderman react to Steve Borthwick being unveiled as England's new coach. He replaces Eddie Jones and leaves Leicester Tigers along with defence coach Kevin Sinfield. They also look back on the latest round of results in the Champions Cup and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/12/22·41m 31s

The Confusing European Cup and Northampton's Lewis Ludlam

Will Kelleher is joined by Stuart Barnes and Elgan Alderman to look back on the Champions Cup. They talk about the format of the competition and whether it needs changing and review the opening round of results. Plus, they discuss Eddie Jones' departure as England head coach and the latest on Steve Borthwick being lined up as a replacement. Finally, Will chats with Northampton Saints captain Lewis Ludlam following their European defeat to defending champions La Rochelle and his views on Eddie Jones, who gave him his England debut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/22·49m 28s

Gatland Returns and South Africa enter the Champions Cup

Will Kelleher, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes react to Warren Gatland returning to Wales. They also look back on the Premiership and discuss the negative impact of not having relegation. Plus, they chat to Stormers Head Coach John Dobson ahead of South African sides joining the Champions Cup this weekend! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/22·44m 36s

Awful Autumns for Wales and England, plus Nick Easter

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones look back on the final two games of the Autumn as Wales and England fell to awful defeats. They debate the futures of Wayne Pivac and Eddie Jones, as well as hearing from former England number 8 Nick Easter on England's current struggles. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week and pay tribute to Doddie Weir. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/22·44m 11s

England take the draw and history for Georgia!

Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock look back on the latest round of the Autumn Nations Series including a 25-all draw between England and New Zealand, as well as a famous victory for Georgia over Wales. Plus, they speak with Portugal captain Tomas Appleton after they qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, discuss Rassie Erasmus latest ban and the winners of World Rugby's end of season awards. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/11/22·55m 49s

World Cup agony and Rassie's latest rant!

Steve Jones, Will Kelleher and Stuart Barnes bring you the latest - and very busy - episode of The Ruck. They chat to Jess Hayden to look back on a dramatic Women's World Cup final as the Red Roses lost 34-31 to the Black Ferns. Plus, Elgan Alderman and former World Cup winner Rachael Burford reflect on the final from out in New Zealand. Steve, Will and Stuart also review the action from the Autumn Nations series this weekend, including Rassie Erasmus' latest criticism of match officials and they talk about World Rugby end of season award nominations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/11/22·58m 55s

Women's World Cup - Final Preview!

England face hosts New Zealand in the World Cup final this weekend. Jess Hayden and Elgan Alderman look ahead to the match and discuss all the key talking points ahead of the final. Jess also catches up with England's Tatyana Heard, who is on the bench for the game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/22·32m 49s

Argentina silence Twickenham and Dan Biggar joins the pod!

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe look back on the weekend's fixtures in the Autumn Nations Series. They discuss Argentina's victory over England, the lack of atmosphere at Twickenham and all the other results from the weekend including wins for France, New Zealand and Ireland. Wales fly-half Dan Biggar joins the show following his move from Northampton Saints to Toulon. Plus, the boys look ahead to the Women's World Cup final between England and New Zealand and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/22·54m 28s

Women's World Cup - Semi-final Preview plus Sarah Hunter

Jess Hayden, Rachael Burford and Stephen Jones look ahead to the semi-finals at the Women's World Cup as England face Canada and New Zealand play France. Jess also catches up with England's most capped international player, Sarah Hunter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/22·46m 0s

Autumn Nations Preview!

Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher look ahead to the Autumn Nations series which gets underway in full this weekend. They chat about England's training camp in Jersey, plus hear from Jess Hayden as the Red Roses make it into the semi-final of the World Cup and they look back on the latest round of fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/22·49m 31s

Women's World Cup - Quarter-final preview plus Maud Muir

Jess Hayden and 2014 Rugby World Cup winner Rachael Burford preview the quarter-final stages of the World Cup. They are also joined by England prop Maud Muir who talks about personality traits, beach cricket and England's formidable driving maul. Plus, they discuss the fixture clash which sees New Zealand's men and women's sides playing at the same time this weekend! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/22·32m 20s

Central contracts, World Cup and the Premiership with Sale's Sam James

Will Kelleher and Steve Jones bring you a very busy episode! They speak with Sale centre Sam James following Sale's defeat to Harlequins, Jess Hayden joins the show to look ahead to the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup, they round up all the rest of the action in the Gallagher Premiership and ask whether central contracts could come into English rugby? Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/10/22·54m 6s

Women's World Cup - Final pool stage matches and the quarter-finals take shape!

Jess Hayden and Rachael Burford look ahead to the final round of pool stage matches this weekend and explain what the quarter-finals might look like. They look back on last weekend's fixtures, including a scare for England against France! Plus, they ask why this World Cup is more competitive than previous tournaments and speak to Squidge Rugby about Wales' defeat to New Zealand. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/22·42m 47s

England's Autumn squad, Wasps latest and the Women's World Cup

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe are on-location at Twickenham stadium as Eddie Jones announces his England squad for the up-coming internationals. They explain the situation with Wasps, who have entered administration and hear from ITV commentator Nick Heath following another weekend at the Women's World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/10/22·52m 49s

Women's World Cup with Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm and England's Sadia Kabeya

Jess Hayden and Rachael Burford look back on the opening weekend of the Women's World Cup, including wins for England and Wales. They speak with the Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm and England's Sadia Kabeya. Plus, they preview this weekend's fixtures, including a huge clash between France and England. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/22·37m 37s

The high scoring Premiership, Women's World Cup and what next for rugby?

Alex Lowe hosts the latest episode of The Ruck and is joined by former England performance analyst Ross Hamilton to look at some of the tactical trends in the opening five rounds of the Premiership. He speaks with Simon Halliday, the former Chairman of European Club Rugby, about the state of the domestic game and his ideas to help it progress. And, Jess Hayden looks back on the opening weekend of the Women's Rugby World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/22·44m 8s

Women's World Cup Preview with Sarah Beckett and Keira Bevan

Jess Hayden hosts a new weekly Thursday episode of The Ruck ahead of the Women's Rugby World Cup. Throughout the tournament she'll preview the weekends fixtures. Ahead of the opening round she speaks with World Cup winner Rachael Burford to look ahead to the tournament getting underway, current England player Sarah Beckett on the disappointment of missing out on selection and Wales scrum-half Keira Bevan on their match against Scotland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/22·44m 22s

Premiership try fests and Christian Day from the RPA

Alan Dymock and Stuart Barnes look back on another highly entertaining weekend in the Gallagher Premiership, including big wins for Saracens, Newcastle, Sale and Harlequins. They also chat about the concerning attendances so far this season and speak to Christian Day, Head of Player Affairs at the RPA, about the situation with Worcester, after the club entered administration. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/10/22·40m 35s

The Premiership delivers again, an England squad and a South African perspective on administration

Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock are on-location in Twickenham. They look back on a brilliant weekend of Premiership rugby and provide an update on the latest for Worcester and Wasps who continue to face financial difficulties. Alan interviews Stormers Head Coach John Dobson whose side won the URC last season despite being put into administration. Eddie Jones has named an England training squad ahead of the Autumn and the Rugby Championship concluded over the weekend. So the boys give their thoughts on both of those plus name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/09/22·1h 4m

The Red Roses World Cup squad, controversial calls and promotion guidelines

A very busy show this week! Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stuart Barnes look back on the latest round of fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership. Jess Hayden joins the show to react to the England World Cup squad. Plus the panel discuss the future of the Premiership with continued uncertainty about Worcester Warriors, debate the controversial ending to the Wallabies versus All Blacks game and pay tribute to the late Eddie Butler. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/22·59m 50s

The Premiership Returns! Despite chaos off the pitch.

Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher are joined in the studio by Mark Evans to look back on the opening weekend of Gallagher Premiership rugby. Before chatting about the action on the pitch, they explain the chaotic decision making regarding whether to play games following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and ask if it is time for the Premiership to have an independent Commissioner? They reflect on opening weekend victories for London Irish, Bristol, Gloucester, Sale, Harlequins and Exeter. And, discuss the on-going uncertainty about Worcester Warriors future. Finally, they name their God or Goddess of the week and speak to Mark about becoming the CEO of Fijian Drua in Super Rugby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/09/22·57m 48s

Premiership Season Preview

Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher are back to preview the new Gallagher Premiership Season! This week the pod comes from Twickenham and the official season launch. They speak to Sale Sharks fly-half George Ford and the Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson. As well as Wasps Director of Rugby Lee Blackett, Saracens and England hooker Jamie George and the newly capped England winger, Tommy Freeman from Northampton Saints. Plus, they also speak with Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Steve Diamond following a summer of financial uncertainty at the club. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/09/22·48m 49s

The Counter Ruck with Kyle Sinckler

In this special Counter Ruck podcast, Will Kelleher sits down and chats with Bristol and England prop Kyle Sinckler. They talk about his recovery from injury, ambitions outside of rugby and his holistic approach to life. A full write up of the interview is available in The Times and online. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/08/22·35m 20s

Ireland Make History! Plus Bernard Jackman

Will Kelleher and Stuart Barnes bring you the final Ruck of the season! They discuss the conclusion of the summer tours with Ireland and England returning victorious but Wales and Scotland on the end of defeats. Former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman joins them to assess Ireland's historic series victory over the All Blacks and they name a God or Goddess of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/07/22·49m 4s

The North Rising!

Alan Dymock is joined by Stuart Barnes to look back on an historic weekend of rugby as Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland all defeated Southern Hemisphere opposition to set up series deciding matches. Mark Palmer also joins the podcast to reflect on why Scotland were able to win the 2nd test against Argentina and Will Kelleher gives his thoughts on England's victory in Brisbane. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/07/22·56m 44s

Australia vs England - 2nd test squad announcement

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe preview the 2nd test between Australia and England after Eddie Jones announced his squad. They debate the 4 changes for England and discuss the surprising selections, including two debutants! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/22·19m 4s

4-0 to the Southern Hemisphere

Alan Dymock looks back on the opening weekend of fixtures across the summer tours where Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland all fell to defeat. He hears from Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher Down Under, Liam Napier from the New Zealand Herald, Brendan Nel in South Africa and The Sunday Times in Scotland's Mark Palmer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/07/22·54m 5s

Australia vs England - preview and squad announcement

Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher bring you a bonus edition of the podcast from Down Under. Australia and England have announced their sides for the three test series which begins on Saturday. Alex and Will un-pick the interesting story lines and headlines from both camps and also give an insight into their first few days in Perth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/22·22m 30s

Summer Tours Preview

With Alex Lowe in Australia and Will Kelleher travelling Down Under, Alan Dymock looks ahead to the upcoming summer tours for Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He is joined by Mark Palmer from The Times in Scotland to preview Scotland's series in Argentina, former Ireland hooker Sean Cronin chats about a mouth-watering tour for Ireland in New Zealand and broadcaster Lauren Jenkins is in South Africa ahead of Wales' tour against the World Champions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/22·38m 5s

Tigers' Title and Eddie's England Squad

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe are in Richmond for this week's episode as Eddie Jones names his England squad for the tour to Australia. They also reflect on the Premiership final which saw Leicester beat Saracens thanks to a last minute drop goal. They also round-up the URC final and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/22·52m 33s

A Great Weekend for Knockout Rugby

Alex Lowe is joined by Alan Dymock and Mark Evans to look back on a very busy weekend of rugby. They pay tribute to rugby legend Phil Bennett after he sadly passed away. They also preview the Premiership final as Saracens and Leicester are set to meet at Twickenham on the weekend. The URC semi-finals also threw up some thrilling games so the panel asks what an all South African final means for the competition? Alan questions how rugby would respond to Saudi investment after the big debate currently happening in golf. Plus, John Inverdale explains the changes to the grassroots rugby calendar and the panel pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/06/22·49m 44s

Simon Massie-Taylor and Marlie Packer

Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes host the latest episode of The Ruck. They're joined by Saracens captain, Marlie Packer, who won Player of the Match in the Premier 15s Final as Saracens secured another title. Plus, Simon Massie-Taylor Premiership Rugby's CEO, who talks about some of the big issues facing the game. And, Steve and Stuart preview the semi-final line-up in Premiership and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/06/22·54m 39s

La Rochelle's European Triumph

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes look back on the final of the Champions Cup as La Rochelle upset Leinster. Jess Hayden looks ahead to the final of the Premier 15s, the panel preview the last weekend of the Gallagher Premiership and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/22·42m 8s

Crunch Time for the Premiership, Europe and Premier 15s

Alew Lowe, Will Kelleher and Steve Jones are back to review the penultimate weekend in the Gallagher Premiership. They also look ahead to the Champions and Challenge Cup finals and hear from Jess Hayden who rounds up the semi-finals of the Premier 15s. Plus, Eddie Jones' latest England squad and God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/22·52m 21s

The State of the Union: USA Special

Alan Dymock hosts a bonus edition of The Ruck focusing on rugby in the United States of America. The USA have been awarded the 2031 men's world cup and the 2033 women's competition, so he has a deep dive into 'The State of the Union'. At a national, college and domestic level how is rugby developing in the country? What benefits will hosting two world cups have? And, how will a World Cup across such a huge country work? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/22·59m 10s

Can anyone stop Leinster? And the future of International Rugby

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stuart Barnes look back on the semi-final weekend in the European Champions and Challenge cups. They hear from Stephen Jones who reports on his eventful weekend trip to France and ask the question if any side is capable of stopping Leinster this season? Plus, they discuss the latest proposals from World Rugby for an international nations championship, Jess Hayden rounds up the women's game and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/22·59m 54s

Sensational Europe and South Africa Waiting In The Wings

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock look back on the quarter-final weekend of the Champions and Challenge Cups. They debate if a penalty shootout is a good way of deciding a rugby match and applaud Teddy Thomas' moment of magic for Racing 92. Plus, they hear from Bulls captains Marcell Coetzee and discuss South African sides joining the competition from next season, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and they pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/22·42m 33s

England Grand Slam and Quarter-Final Preview with Alex Sanderson

Will Kelleher, Sarah Mockford and Stephen Jones discuss England winning another Women's 6 Nations title after they beat France at the weekend. They also review the latest round of fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership, Jess Hayden has her round-up of the latest in the women's game and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Plus, Will speaks with Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, Alex Sanderson, ahead of Sale's trip to Paris to face Racing 92 in the quarter-final of the Champions Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/22·1h 1m

A Grand Slam Decider and Who Will Make The Top 4?

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Adam Hathaway look back on the latest round of action in the Gallagher Premiership and debate who will get the final spot in the play-offs. They are joined by England flanker Marlie Packer ahead of England's Grand Slam decider against France, Jess Hayden rounds up the other results from the Women's 6 Nations and they select their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/22·53m 20s

Europe sees red's as the quarter-final line-up is confirmed

Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and Stephen Jones look back on the second legs of the last-16 in the Champions Cup. They ask why we are seeing so many red cards in matches and preview the quarter-final line-up for the Champions and Challenge cups. Plus they look ahead to round 4 of the Women's 6 Nations and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/04/22·54m 36s

Double Leg Last-16 in Europe and the Women's 6 Nations

Stephen Jones hosts the latest episode of The Ruck and is joined by Stuart Barnes and Alan Dymock. They discuss the first legs of the last-16 in the Champions Cup and ask if the competition still has the same appeal. Plus, they run through the latest results in the women's 6 Nations as England beat Wales in front of a record crowd and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/04/22·49m 52s

Will Ealing get promoted? Women's 6 Nations and Premiership latest

Will Kelleher hosts the latest episode of The Ruck and is joined by Mark Evans and Alan Dymock. They chat with Director of Rugby at Ealing, Ben Ward, after the club won the Championship for the first time this weekend but still don't know if they will win an appeal to get promoted to the Premiership. They round-up the latest in the Premiership and Women's 6 Nations and preview the last-16 of the Champions Cup this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/22·57m 45s

Is the Premiership final inevitable? And Women's 6 Nations.

Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Alan Dymock look back on the latest round of fixtures in the Premiership. They ask if a Leicester v Saracens final is inevitable and discuss how technology and statistics can improve the game on television. Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and the panel talk about the opening round of the women's 6 Nations. Plus they pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/22·42m 50s

Women's 6 Nations Preview with Sarah McKenna

Stephen Jones and Jess Hayden are joined by England full-back Sarah McKenna to look ahead to the start of the Women's 6 Nations. They preview what promises to be the biggest and most high profile edition of the tournament to date and Jess even tries to explain to Steve what TikTok is, who is the new title sponsor. They also hear from Wales captain Siwan Lillicrap, World Player of the Year Zoe Aldcroft and discuss all the big talking points ahead of the opening weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/03/22·51m 28s

A French Grand Slam with Sam Warburton

Stephen Jones, Alan Dymock and former British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton look back on the final weekend of the 6 Nations. They reflect on France winning their first Grand Slam in 12 years and speak to Thibault Giroud, France's Head of Performance, to understand how the French transformed into the best side in the northern hemisphere. Plus, they look at disappointing campaigns for England, Wales and Scotland and celebrate Italy's victory in Cardiff. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/03/22·43m 57s

6 Nations Round 4 and the French Grand Slam is alive!

Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Alan Dymock look back on the latest round of the 6 Nations and Spain's big victory over Portugal to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. They assess England's valiant defeat to Ireland and are joined by the former England back-row Joe Worsley to look ahead to France vs England, with France aiming for a first 6 Nations title and Grand Slam in 12 years. Plus Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and they pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/22·49m 29s

Six Nations Round Four Preview with Sam Warburton

Will Kelleher and Stephen Jones are joined by the former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton as they look ahead to round four of the 2022 Six Nations which includes a huge game on the road for France in Wales. Plus, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game, Will, Steve and Sam look back on this weekend's action in the Gallagher Premiership and they name their God or Goddess of the week.You can read more from the likes of Will, Stephen and Sam in the Times and Sunday Times: www.thetimes.co.uk/topic/rugby-unionProducer: Ben Mitchell Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/22·48m 47s

England vs Wales with Jamie Roberts and building for the World Cup

Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher look back on the third round of the 6 Nations. Wales and British and Irish Lion centre, Jamie Roberts, joins them from Australia where he now plays club rugby for the New South Wales Waratahs. They look back on England's victory over Wales and discuss Eddie Jones saying England will be ready for the World Cup. Plus, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and the boys have their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/02/22·53m 50s

6 Nations Round 3 Preview with Dylan Hartley

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Will Kelleher are joined by the former England captain Dylan Hartley on the latest episode of the week. They look ahead to round 3 of the 2022 6 Nations, including a massive game at Twickenham between England and Wales. Plus, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game, Alex, Steve and Will look back on this weekends action in the Gallagher Premiership and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/22·49m 4s

6 Nations Round 2 and a rugby half-time show?

Stephen Jones, Alan Dymock and Mark Evans are back for the latest episode of The Ruck. They look back on the second round of the 6 Nations including wins for Wales, France and England. Plus, they ask could rugby have a Super Bowl style half-time show? And they pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/02/22·47m 58s

6 Nations 2022 Round 1 and Shaun Edwards

Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones look back on the opening weekend of the 2022 6 Nations, including Scotland's victory over England as well as wins for Ireland and France. Shaun Edwards, the French defence coach, joins the pod to preview their massive match with Ireland this weekend. Plus, the boys run through the latest results in the Gallagher Premiership, Jess Hayden has the latest in the women's game and they select their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/02/22·55m 52s

Calcutta Cup with Greig Laidlaw

Alan Dymock and Mark Evans host the latest episode of The Ruck podcast. They look back on a weekend full of upsets in the Gallagher Premiership and look ahead to the start of the 6 Nations. Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw joins them to look ahead to Scotland hosting England at Murrayfield. Jess Hayden has her women's rugby round-up and Alan and Mark pick their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/01/22·52m 53s

6 Nations Special!

Alan Dymock hosts a 6 Nations special ahead of the 2022 tournament. He tackles some of the big questions facing the Championship. Such as, should there be promotion and relegation? Are Georgia or South Africa ready to join the competition? And how special is it for both players and officials? He speaks with the Director General of Georgian Rugby Lasha Khurtisdze, Italian Performance Director Franco Smith, France back-rower Gregory Aldritt and international referee Wayne Barnes. Plus many more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/22·43m 0s

Europe Round 4 and a terrestrial Premiership TV deal

Stephen Jones, Will Kelleher and Alan Dymock review the final round of group stage matches in the Champions Cup. They are also joined by Premiership Rugby CEO Simon Massie-Taylor to discuss the latest television deal which will see games aired on terrestrial television. Jess Hayden rounds up the latest results in the women's game, the panel chat about the England 6 Nations squad and they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/01/22·51m 57s

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Europe Round 3

Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones welcome Will Kelleher, the new Deputy Rugby Correspondent for The Times, onto the pod for the first time! They look back on the third round of European matches and preview the big selection decisions facing Eddie Jones when he names his 6 Nations squad this week. They are also joined by Wasps Skills Coach, Ed Robinson, to chat about the clubs famous victory over Toulouse. Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and the panel selects their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/22·54m 44s

Midseason Premiership Trends

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock look back on the latest round of Gallagher Premiership rugby. It marks the halfway point of the season and so they are joined by the former Saracens and England performance analyst Ross Hamilton to discuss what trends he can identify for the 2021-2022 season. Jess Hayden has the latest in the women's game and the panel also select their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/01/22·45m 46s

Why are Leicester being investigated?

Steven Jones, Mark Evans and Alan Dymock are back for the first episode of 2022! Alex Lowe also joins to explain why Leicester Tigers are being investigated for a potential salary cap breach. Plus, they look at the latest round of results in the Gallagher Premiership, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game and they select their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/01/22·47m 38s

Christmas and New Year Special with Abby Dow

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone involved with The Ruck! On this festive episode, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones look back on 2021 and cast their gaze forward into 2022. Their special guest is the England and Wasps winger Abby Dow who looks back on her excellent year as well as looking ahead to next years World Cup in New Zealand. Plus, Abi is our end of year quiz master! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/12/21·39m 11s

Rugby Recruitment and Europe Round 2

Stephen Jones, Mark Evans and Alan Dymock review the latest round of European matches and discuss the future of this season's Champions Cup following a raft of postponed matches. Former Head of Recruitment at Leicester Tigers, Jan McGinty also joins the show to discuss the current recruitment landscape with the salary cap being reduced next season. Plus Jess Hayden has a round-up of the results in the Premier 15s. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/21·52m 19s

Europe round 1 and the new Women's Rugby Association

Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe are joined by Jonny Fordham, former Rugby Union Correspondent for The Sun, to look back on the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup. They also chat to Polly Barnes from the newly formed Women's Rugby Association, to find out what the union is aiming to achieve. Jess Hayden rounds up the latest results in the women's game and the panel selects their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/21·43m 1s

Top 10 Players in the World!

Alex Lowe, Alan Dymock and Mark Evans are back in studio as they discuss who are the 10 best rugby players in the world! Plus, they look back on another weekend of Premiership rugby, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest results in the women's game and the boys give their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/12/21·52m 48s

International eligibility and the return of the Premiership

Alex Lowe is joined by Alan Dymock and Mark Evans to chat about the latest in the world of rugby. They're joined by the CEO of Pacific Rugby Welfare, Dan Leo, to discuss the changes to international eligibility laws and what it means for the sport. Plus, they go through the most recent round of Premiership fixtures and select their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/11/21·49m 51s

The Autumn finishes with a bang!

Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock look back on the final weekend of the Autumn Nations Series including wins for England's men and women. The Times' John Westerby joins the pod after he was in the Stade de France as New Zealand lost for the second week in a row. Plus, they discuss Scotland, Ireland and Wales' Autumn and Jess Hayden rounds up the results in the women's game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/11/21·48m 4s

Ireland's 'famous' win, but what about Australia?

Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones are back in the studio with Stuart Barnes also joining the show. Following a big weekend of autumn rugby, former Ireland back-row Alan Quinlan looks back on Ireland beating the All Blacks (again!) whilst two time world cup winner Phil Kearns chats about the Wallabies losing at Twickenham and the 2027 World Cup bid. Plus, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/11/21·54m 35s

Rugby's next superstar and the latest from the Autumn

Stephen Jones and Owen Slot are joined by broadcasting giant John Inverdale to review all the weekends rugby. They dissect the latest in the Autumn Nations Series, including Eddie Jones' comments on Marcus Smith. Plus, former Scotland captain John Barclay chats about Scotland's victory over Australia. And, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest in the women's game, following another thumping England win over New Zealand. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/11/21·47m 2s

Autumn Rugby and Simon Middleton

Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe, Jess Hayden and Mark Evans look back on a busy weekend of rugby. Including autumn internationals for Wales and Scotland and the latest in the Premiership. Plus there was a big victory for the Red Roses against New Zealand, so the England head coach Simon Middleton joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/11/21·50m 31s

Autumn Internationals Preview

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock preview the Autumn Internationals which get underway this weekend. Jess Hayden also looks ahead to the women's fixtures and rounds up what is happening in the domestic game over the coming weeks. Plus, Alex chats with the former New Zealand centre Conrad Smith as Wales prepare to face the All-Blacks on Saturday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/21·49m 42s

Eddie names his Autumn England squad

Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and Alan Dymock react to Eddie Jones' England squad for the autumn internationals, including some surprise selections! They also review another entertaining weekend of Premiership action, Jess Hayden rounds up the latest from the women's game and Christian Day from the RPA talks leggings and synthetic pitches. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/21·54m 24s

Premier 15's, Agents vs Clubs and what is happening in Wales?

Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and pod regular Mark Evans are back for another busy episode. As well as going through the weekend's Premiership results, they chat with The Times' Jess Hayden to catch up on the opening 5 rounds of the Premier 15s. Plus, why is Welsh domestic rugby struggling? What is going on between clubs and agents in England? And, as always the panel pick their god or goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/21·53m 25s

Premiership Round 3 and James Horwill on the Rugby Championship

Alex Lowe, Alan Dymock and Stuart Barnes look back on the closest round of Premiership fixtures since the 2016/17 season. Plus they are joined by former Australia captain James Horwill to reflect on the conclusion of the Rugby Championship. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/10/21·49m 48s

Law Trials with Christophe Ridley

Alex Lowe, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones return to look back on the second week of the 2021-2022 Premiership Rugby season. They are joined by Alan Dymock, the features writer for Rugby World magazine. As well as assessing what is going wrong for Exeter and Bristol the panel are joined by Premiership referee Christophe Ridley to discuss the new law trials this season. Plus, Steve questions Eddie Jones' latest England squad selection and they ask if the Ultimate Rugby Championship can be a success? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/09/21·46m 5s

New Season, New Pod!

Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot are back following the first weekend of the new Gallagher Premiership season. They have pod regular Mark Evans alongside them to dissect the opening weekend, including big wins for Saracens and Leicester. Plus, Stephen and Owen give their final thoughts on the Lions Tour now the dust has settled on the lacklustre series. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/21·43m 27s

Thank you and Goodnight...

Stephen Jones and Owen Slot end their South African odyssey with the help of Stuart Barnes as they review the final Test defeat for the Lions and take a look back at the longest and most challenging of seasons. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/08/21·38m 26s

Final Test Preview

Owen Slot and Stephen Jones are joined by former Springbok coach Gary Gold to preview the decisive final Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/08/21·41m 20s

Boks Bite Back

Stuart Barnes is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot to pick through the bones of defeat to South Africa for the British & Irish Lions in the second Test in Cape Town. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/08/21·52m 23s

Who is Jaco Johan?

Owen Slot and Stephen Jones are joined from their Cape Town base by Jonny Fordham of The Sun to preview the second Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions. Plus, the identity of the mysterious Jaco Johan is finally revealed... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/07/21·29m 57s

1-0 to the Lions

Stephen Jones and Owen Slot celebrate the British & Irish Lions winning the first Test against South Africa with the help of Stuart Barnes and former Lions captain Sam Warburton. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/07/21·50m 50s

Scoop of the Century

The Ruck's courageous Cape Town cohort, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones, are joined by Alex Lowe - the man who knew the Lions team for the first Test against the Springboks before anyone else and broke the news exclusively in The Times. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/07/21·37m 24s

The Selection Committee

Stuart Barnes is joined by the South African Ruck contingent in Cape Town, Stephen Jones and Owen Slot, to pick their definitive starting XV for the first Test between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/07/21·40m 4s

A Side? You call THAT an A side?

The only rugby podcast actually on tour in South Africa continues its intrepid trek as Owen Slot and Stephen Jones review the Lions loss against South Africa A whilst local journalist Brenden Nel casts his eye over the Springboks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/07/21·44m 18s

Cape Town Calling

The Ruck's tour of South Africa moves from the high veldt to the coast as the Lions prepare for their toughest match of the trip to date against South Africa A. Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and our intrepid tourists Owen Slot and Stephen Jones discuss the victory against the Sharks (again), a call-up for Marcus Smith and Covid chaos in the Springbok camp. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/07/21·34m 32s

No Bull, only Sharks

The Ruck has arrived on tour as Stephen Jones leads from the front in Johannesburg, where he's joined by rugby photographer Dave Rogers and Jonny Fordham of The Sun. They discuss a chaotic start to the trip, Covid outbreaks in the camp and who's caught the selectors' eye so far on tour. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/07/21·27m 57s

Lions vs Lions

Alex Lowe is joined by Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and rugby broadcaster Ali Eykyn to discuss the British & Irish Lions' first tour match in South Africa as well as England's victory at Twickenham against the USA. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/07/21·45m 0s

From Bristanbul to Champions of England

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Alex Lowe and Owen Slot as well as former Harlequins CEO Mark Evans and Michael Lynagh, who watched his son Louis score twice in the Gallagher Premiership Final. Plus, the latest on the Lions, who landed in South Africa to news of a Tier 4 lockdown. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/21·45m 44s

Simply the Best

Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot and Adam Hathaway to discuss Harlequins' great escape at Ashton Gate, the latest crop of players called up by Eddie Jones, what the Lions might look like against Japan as well as preview the Premiership Final. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/06/21·32m 55s

Nate Ebner Special

Alan Dymock speaks to Nate Ebner, a three-time NFL Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, who began his career as a promising rugby player and has returned to the sport to compete at the Tokyo Olympics for the USA sevens team. Ebner is also a co-owner of a Major League Rugby franchise and discusses the pathway between rugby and American Football plus the similarities (or otherwise) between the sports. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/06/21·38m 49s

Cricket Season

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stuart Barnes, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones to review the final weekend of the Gallagher Premiership regular season, Saracens putting a cricket score on Ealing and Eddie Jones surprising everyone by picking players on form...To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/06/21·40m 56s

The One With Jack Willis

Alex Lowe, Lawrence Dallaglio and Stephen Jones are joined by Wasps and England star Jack Willis to discuss miracle comebacks in Brentford, touchline spats at Welford Road and who should make the England squad for the summer Tests. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/06/21·48m 59s

Game Changers

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and Adam Hathaway celebrate a first Premier 15s title for Harlequins Women, get the lowdown on the latest Covid issues in South Africa ahead of the Lions tour and polish their crystal balls now we know who has qualified for the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/05/21·29m 15s

Vive La France!

Owen Slot and Chris Jones are joined by former France international and TV pundit Benjamin Kayser to discuss double European success for the French clubs at Twickenham, the state of the game on the other side of the Channel and whether a hybrid form of amateurism could be rugby's future. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/05/21·46m 25s

1971 Lions Tour 50th Anniversary Special

Stephen Jones and Lawrence Dallaglio are joined by Lions legends John Taylor and David Duckham to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 tour victory in New Zealand. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/05/21·48m 15s

Brilliance, Brown and Basketball

Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and former BBC rugby presenter and current RFU committee member John Inverdale to discuss an astonishing weekend in the Premiership, England's potential future at half-back and that stamp from Mike Brown. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/05/21·43m 10s

Lions Squad Special

After Warren Gatland announced his 37-player squad for the Lions Tour of South Africa, The Times team of Stephen Jones, Owen Slot, Alex Lowe and Stuart Barnes give their verdict. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/21·29m 49s

You've Picked Who?! The Ruck Selects The Lions Squad

Owen Slot is chairman of selectors as Lawrence Dallaglio, Alex Lowe and Peter O'Reilly pick their definitive Lions squad ahead of Warren Gatland's official announcement on Thursday. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/21·46m 43s

The Man Who Never Was

Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe to discuss England's victory in the Women's Six Nations Final, the RFU's Eddie Jones review, the disappearance of Darren Childs at Premiership Rugby plus all the latest action as a potential Lions squad starts to take shape. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/04/21·44m 2s

It's Touring, Jim, But Not As We Know It...

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Adam Hathaway and England scrum half Leanne Riley to discuss the latest on the Lions Tour, preview the final weekend of the Women's Six Nations and assess how the play-off positions will shake down in the Gallagher Premiership. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/21·41m 31s

What's the French for, "You're on Mute!"

Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Chris Jones and TV commentator and French rugby expert Martin Gillingham to review the Champions Cup quarter-finals, Saracens' progress in the Championship, the latest on the Lions coaching staff as well as the Women's Six Nations. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/21·43m 7s

Vive La France!

Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Rugby World Editor, Sarah Mockford, to discuss France's dominance of the European Champions Cup last sixteen and the start of the Women's Six Nations. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/04/21·39m 10s

Be Careful What You Wish For...

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Alex Lowe and Mark Evans for the final word on this year's Six Nations Championship as well as England's review into Eddie Jones, what new World Rugby funding means for the Pacific Islands plus a preview of the knockout rounds in Europe and the Women's Six Nations. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/03/21·49m 33s

And Now, The End is Near (Friday to be Precise)

Owen Slot is joined by Sam Warburton, Lawrence Dallaglio and Stephen Jones as the Six Nations comes to a close (well, nearly). Will England axe Eddie Jones, how did Wales get so close to a Grand Slam and who makes the team's Lions XV on the basis of this year's Championship? To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/21·49m 40s

Maro, Momentum and Mute Buttons

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot to discuss England's return to form against France, Wales' march towards the Grand Slam, the latest on the Lions' rogue schedule and a year of recording podcasts via Zoom... To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/21·43m 5s

Rachael Burford Special

Stephen Jones is joined by Rachael Burford, England and Harlequins star as well as the new Head of Women's Rugby for the IRP, to discuss all the issues surrounding the women's game - including the postponement of the Rugby World Cup, the growth of the Premier 15s and the scourge of social media. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/21·31m 44s

Sulphur Pour Hommes

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and AFP rugby correspondent Illtud Dafydd to discuss Eddie Jones' strange stance on (not) picking players on form, how France have gotten away with their bio bubble breaches and the latest on the Lions as the government dithers on its offer of insurance. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/21·43m 43s

Just Don't Mention The Ref...

Alex Lowe is joined by Sam Warburton, Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot for the post-mortem on England's display against Wales in Cardiff. Plus, should France forfeit their fixture against Scotland given fresh revelations over Covid breaches? To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/21·40m 50s

BONUS: Past Imperfect - Nigel Owens

In this special bonus edition we are bringing you an episode from another Times podcast - Past Imperfect.Nigel Owens MBE became the first referee to take charge of 100 Rugby Union international games before his retirement last autumn. He joined Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson from his farm in Wales, where he opened up about coming to terms with his sexuality, the devastating impact it had on his mental health, and how rugby saved him after he tried to take his own life.Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/pastimperfectStonewall: www.stonewall.org.ukSamaritans: www.samaritans.orgWelsh Rugby Charitable Trust: www.wrct.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/21·49m 59s

The Red Mist Descends

Lawrence Dallaglio digests all the latest news from the Six Nations as well as a record raft of red cards in the Gallagher Premiership. Plus, Stephen Jones is joined by Susie Appleby and Rosie Galligan as we get to the business end of the women's domestic season. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/21·41m 26s

Time to Stop the Crocodile Crock

Owen Slot is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe after the latest round of Six Nations matches. Is it time to outlaw the crocodile roll following Jack Willis' horror injury? Plus, the panel ask if Premiership Rugby is right to rule out relegation for the foreseeable future. Enjoy more rugby insight and analysis throughout the season with The Times and The Sunday Times. Get a subscription today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/21·44m 16s

Bonus Episode; Stories of our times - Brain trauma: The issue rugby can no longer ignore

A bonus episode this week - The Times daily podcast Stories of our times spoke to Owen Slot as the annual Six Nations tournament got underway last weekend. Recent high profile lawsuits filed against rugby union’s governing bodies from ex-professionals have cast a shadow over the game. Is the sport facing a crisis that could see parents stop their children from playing it? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Owen Slot, The Times' chief rugby correspondent. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/21·29m 34s

Oh, Power of Scotland...

Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot, Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and Sunday Times Scottish rugby correspondent Mark Palmer to discuss a famous victory for Gregor Townsend's team at Twickenham as well as the rest of the opening weekend of the Six Nations. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/21·36m 34s

Big Sam's Big Six Nations Preview

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Alex Lowe, Owen Slot and former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton to preview the Six Nations. Find out why the greatest living Welshman is tipping England to win and whether it's time to say arrivederci to Italy. Enjoy more rugby insight and analysis throughout the season with The Times and The Sunday Times. Get a subscription today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/21·50m 54s

Eddie's New Tricks

Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot, Lawrence Dallaglio, Sarah Hunter and Elinor Snowsill to discuss some surprises in Eddie Jones' England squad, the latest on the Lions, what it means to move the Women's Six Nations to later in the year and the #Icare campaign. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/21·45m 44s

Championship? You're Having a Laugh...

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot as ringfencing returns to the top of Premiership Rugby's agenda. What next for clubs in the Championship, how will the rest of the European season play out and when can we expect a decision on the Lions tour? To enjoy more of our award-winning sports' journalism, get a digital subsctiption to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/21·35m 12s

Like a French Chris Whitty...

Alex Lowe is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock to discuss the latest threats to the European season, whether Harry Randall should opt for Wales or England and what rugby can learn from spandex-wearing world of professional wrestling. To enjoy more of our award-winning sports journalism, get a digital subsctiption to The Times and The Sunday Times today and get one month free. Go to thetimes.co.uk/theruck for more details. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/21·44m 51s

You Can't Hide Those Lion Eyes...

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Adam Hathaway for the first Ruck of the New Year. The panel call for a delay to the Lions tour to 2022 and a switch to a summer Six Nations. Enjoy more rugby insight and analysis throughout the season with The Times and The Sunday Times. Get a subscription today and get one month free - thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/21·40m 30s

The Ruck Christmas Quiz

Owen Slot asks the questions as Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe battle it out in The Ruck's review of the rugby year. Plus, the panel reveal their bolters for the Lions squad, their Rugby God of 2020 and what they got for Christmas. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/20·37m 49s

Control Alt Delete - Rugby's European Reset

Stephen Jones is joined by Stuart Barnes, Chris Jones and Lawrence Dallaglio to discuss the brilliance of Bristol, marvellous Munster and a rampant Racing 92 on another intriguing weekend of action in the Heineken Champions Cup Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/20·33m 37s

Concussion Crisis Special

Owen Slot is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stephen Jones and Sam Peters to discuss the plight of former players, including Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson, following their diagnosis with early-onset dementia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/12/20·41m 9s

Goodbye Autumn Nations Cup and Thanks for all the Fish

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe to examine the aftermath of England's less-than-convincing victory over France in the Autumn Nations Cup final and ask if Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg may soon be added to the list of European away days Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/12/20·41m 8s

Dangerously Boring

Alex Lowe is joined by Ben Ryan and Lawrence Dallaglio to work out how rugby can save itself as the Autumn Nations Cup reaches its anti-climax. Plus, Illtud Dafydd from the AFP in Paris explains why a French 3rd XV will be playing at Twickenham on Sunday Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/20·39m 38s

Where there's a Willis, there's a way

Owen Slot is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Steve James to review the weekend's Autumn Nations Cup action as well as the start of the new Premiership season. Plus, the team look ahead to Saturday's clash between Wales and England Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/20·40m 39s

Autumn Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones and Peter O'Reilly to discuss the opening weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup as well as Argentina's historic win against the All Black. Plus, Jonesie chats to former Wasps and Samoa star Dan Leo about his new film, Oceans Apart. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/20·45m 24s

Make Rugby Great Again!

Stephen Jones is joined by Alex Lowe, Adam Hathaway and Lawrence Dallaglio, who surprised the panel by admitting his new-found love for the French. Plus, the RFU's Terry Burwell explains the latest on the community game's plans post-lockdown. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/20·43m 26s

And Now, The End is Near...

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stuart Barnes and Owen Slot as England's men and women win the Six Nations at the end of the longest season ever endured. But was the style and selection of Eddie Jones' side enough to inspire the panel? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/11/20·36m 21s

Downpours, Dirty Deeds and Devon Doubles

Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Chris Jones and Alex Lowe to celebrate Exeter's double, preview the end of the Six Nations and ask how Eddie Jones can ignore the Simmonds brothers. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/20·39m 21s

The Final Countdown

Having watched Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears conquer Europe, Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock to look ahead to the Gallagher Premiership final. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/10/20·41m 19s

And Then There Were Two...

Owen Slot is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe to discuss the Premiership play-offs, preview the Champions Cup final and pick The Ruck Premiership Team of the Season. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/theruck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/20·55m 43s

Swimming in Shark Infected Waters

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones as well as Fleet Street's finest Chris Jones and Adam Hathaway. The panel try to piece together a shambolic end to the Premiership season and rate Eddie Jones' first squad of the autumn Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/20·39m 35s

A Future Without Fans?

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones and Owen Slot as they discuss the prospect of a future without fans and what that means for the professional game, fine wins for Exeter and Bristol in Europe and a fond farewell for Chris Robshaw at the Stoop Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/20·32m 45s

The (Ben) Moon's an Arrant Thief!

Stephen Jones is joined by Stuart Barnes, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot to discuss the likely winners of the European semi-finals, Timon of Athens' dodgy hamstring and Stuart launches a campaign to let Saracens defend their title if they win the Champions Cup Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/09/20·43m 20s

Who is the Cocoa Butter King..?

Alex Lowe is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones as they discuss the latest in the race for the play-off places, pay cuts for England players, the European quarter-finals and who should replace Matt Dawson on Question of Sport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/20·40m 6s

Fans, Fixtures and Farrell

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe as they work out how long Owen Farrell will be banned for, ask what supporters made of the new normal at The Stoop and reveal some exclusive news about England's autumn internationals Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/20·31m 35s

Dylan Hartley Special

Owen Slot speaks to former England captain Dylan Hartley about his new book, The Hurt, how rugby's 'big boys don't cry' mentality is killing the game and why training ground injuries are the biggest threat to player welfare the sport is facing Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/09/20·40m 40s

You're Only as Good as Your 2nd XV (or 3rd. Maybe 4th...)

Stephen Jones, Lawrence Dallaglio and Chris Jones discuss squad rotation, Wasps winning at Bath, Exeter winning everywhere, fans returning to the Stoop and the prospect of South Africa's Super Rugby sides joining the Pro 14 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/20·36m 9s

Midweek Mayhem

Lawrence Dallaglio, Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway take a break in between the weekend and midweek fixtures to assess who's come flying out of the blocks and who's fallen at the first hurdle as Operation Restart continues in the Premiership and Pro 14 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/20·40m 4s

The Good, The Bad and The Rugby

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and Stuart Barnes look back at the first live action for five months following rugby's return. Whilst a lot of teams were off the pace, the panel were impressed by some outstanding young English talent on display Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/20·32m 53s

"'Twas the Night Before Rugby..."

On the eve of rugby's return, Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Alex Lowe to look ahead to the first round of Premiership matches for five months. Who will thrive playing summer rugby and which teams have had a good lockdown? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/08/20·39m 47s

Operation Restart: Coaches Special

In the week of rugby's long-awaited return, Owen Slot sits down (virtually) with three of the Directors of Rugby taking on Exeter for the Gallagher Premiership title - Pat Lam of Bristol Bears, Sale's Steve Diamond and Chris Boyd of Northampton Saints Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/08/20·30m 26s

It's Rugby, Jim, But Not As We Know It...

The Ruck reacts to the latest news on the changes being made by the RFU to the community game. Plus, Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes, Alex Lowe and Lawrence Dallaglio give their views on the Eight Nation "Cosmetic Cup" and Exeter axing the Big Chief Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/08/20·39m 15s

Operation Restart Player Special

In a special edition of The Ruck, Alex Lowe speaks to Wasps' rising star Jacob Umaga, Owen Slot finds out how the West Country's treating Ben Earl and Max Malins while Lawrence Dallaglio discovers if there's life after Leicester for Guy Thompson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/20·59m 58s

All The Rugby, All of The Time!

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Ruck regulars Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe as they discuss the fallout from a 52-week season, Eddie Jones' pleas for less "finishers" and the continued crisis in Fijian rugby Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/07/20·35m 39s

Welfare, Warfare and Welford Road

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot. Find out what the panel make of midweek rugby and why they think Manu Tuilagi leaving Leicester is fantastic business... for Leicester Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/20·42m 12s

Where Are We And What Happens Next?

Owen Slot is joined by Rugby Player Association chairman Mark Lambert, Wasps chief executive Stephen Vaughan and leading rugby administrator Mark Evans to discuss the impact of coronavirus and explore what happens next to the sport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/07/20·43m 46s

Virtual Rugby Show Special

A special edition of the pod recorded live as part of the Virtual Rugby Show. Stuart Barnes hosts alongside Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Alex Lowe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/20·36m 42s

Contracts, Chaos and Canada!

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock as they discuss the latest developments around Project Restart, ponder whether singing 'Swing Low' should be banned and celebrate a big birthday Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/20·40m 10s

Players, Plans and Penalty Counts

It's back! Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe after rugby returned in New Zealand at the weekend. Plus, the Premiership's civil war with the players and plans for a new global calendar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/20·38m 53s

Rugby Returns!

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe to celebrate rugby's return to training in the Premiership and actual playing in New Zealand. They also discuss the salary cap and Sam Burgess' beef with the Ford family Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/20·39m 21s

Joe Cokanasiga Special

Alex Lowe catches up with the England and Bath winger, Joe Cokanasiga, who discusses recovering from the knee injury which dogged his World Cup, coping with family trauma during lockdown and an unusual start to his sporting career Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/20·37m 4s

When Will It Ever End..?

Stephen Jones is joined by Stuart Barnes, Owen Slot and Lawrence Dallaglio. The panel wonder when the rugby season will restart (if at all) following the latest Government guidelines on training Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/20·34m 18s

Caps, Cuts and Coaches

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe as they discuss the fallout from Lord Myners' salary cap review, more pay cuts for players as part of Operation Restart and why Gloucester are on the hunt for a new head coach Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/20·38m 26s

England Coaches Special

The Ruck heads to the heart of the England coaching set-up (virtually speaking) with Lawrence Dallaglio chatting to defence coach, John Mitchell, while Owen Slot catches up with Matt Proudfoot, Eddie Jones' new forwards coach Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/20·42m 24s

The Strange Case of the Missing Rugby Writers

Owen Slot is joined by Mark Evans, Stephen Jones and Lawrence Dallaglio to discuss the repercussions of Bill Beaumont's re-election as Chairman of World Rugby. Plus, the panel debate The Times & Sunday Times list of Top 10 Players in the World Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/20·33m 5s

Introducing Stories of our times - Hold your horses: should Cheltenham Festival have gone ahead?

Introducing our new free daily news podcast, Stories of our times. It takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day, it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch.Cheltenham Festival was the last major sporting event to take place prior to the national lockdown in the UK. But should it ever have happened? The four-day fixture took place in March and has since become a lightning rod for criticism around perceived government inaction on the coronavirus crisis. We talk to people who were there. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/05/20·30m 23s

Premiership Problems

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stuart Barnes, Alex Lowe and Stephen Jones as they discuss the latest problems for the Premiership, defend European rugby and give their lockdown lowdown on the best books and films to keep you entertained Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/20·38m 59s

Jason Leonard Did What?!

Owen Slot turns quiz-master as he tests Ruck regulars Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and Lawrence Dallaglio on their rugby knowledge as well as discussing the timetable for a possible finish to the Premiership season Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/20·34m 16s

Ben Youngs Special

Lawrence Dallaglio finds out what lockdown life is like for Leicester legend Ben Youngs. The England scrum half discusses Eddie Jones' new contract, being stuck on 99 caps and the challenges of keeping in shape whilst home schooling two toddlers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/20·14m 49s

Damian Hopley Special

Stephen Jones is in conversation with Damian Hopley, the chief executive of the Rugby Players' Association. They discuss the difficulties caused by the current lockdown and the pressure on players when they eventually do return. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/20·34m 46s

Lockdowns, Locals and Laporte

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined remotely by Stephen Jones and Owen Slot as they discuss a new contract for Eddie Jones, World Rugby's plans for a Club World Cup and how much Slotty's missing the pub Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/20·35m 54s

Not Now, Cato!

Stephen Jones is joined by Mark Evans, Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot to discuss when we're likely to see rugby return and what shape the sport might be in when it does. Plus, find out which member of The Ruck team has a Pink Panther ringtone... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/20·38m 39s

Looking for Lions in a Lockdown

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones dial in from different parts of the country as they discuss eggs, what 16-year-olds get up to in self-isolation and pick their Lions squad for next year's tour of South Africa Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/20·38m 15s

What Happens Now?

With the sport suspended during the worsening coronavirus situation, Owen Slot is joined at a safe distance by Stephen Jones and Lawrence Dallaglio to discuss what rugby should do to combat the crisis Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/20·36m 59s

Tries, Tantrums and Tackle Tickles

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Alex Lowe get down and dirty on Joe Marler, the future of Eddie Jones, propping pugilists and coronavirus cancellations following the fourth round of this year's Six Nations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/03/20·45m 19s

And Here Are Your Headlines...

Alex Lowe takes us through the big, breaking rugby news of the weekend with the help of Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes and Nigel Botherway. TV rights, the coronavirus, law changes and mid-season transfers all feature, as well as some actual rugby Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/20·44m 10s

How To Win A Grand Slam: John Rutherford

In the finals episode of our special Six Nations series, Owen Slot meets John Rutherford, the fly-half who guided Scotland to the Grand Slam in 1984 - only their second-ever clean sweep and the first in 59 years Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/20·36m 35s

Ohhhh Maro Itoje!

Stephen Jones is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Alex Lowe and Stuart Barnes to discuss wins for England, France and Scotland in the Six Nations. Plus, find out why the panel think Maro Itoje should be leading the Lions as well as his country Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/02/20·34m 6s

How To Win A Grand Slam: Adam Jones

In the latest installment of our new Six Nations series, Owen Slot meets Adam Jones, the legendary Welsh prop who helped his country win three Grand Slams. But what inspired a young All Blacks supporter to become one of Wales' all-time greats? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/20·49m 30s

The Knives Are Out...

Lawrence Dallaglio and Stephen Jones offer sympathy to Owen Slot after his ski holiday was rudely interrupted by news of funding cuts in the Championship and coaching cuts at Wasps. The team also look ahead to an intriguing weekend in the Six Nations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/20·43m 44s

How To Win A Grand Slam: Will Carling

In the second part of our special Six Nations series, Owen Slot speaks to Will Carling - a man who captained his country to three Grand Slams during England's golden era of the early 1990s Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/20·38m 53s

(No) Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Lawrence Dallaglio is on his lonesome with the rest of The Ruck team scattered around the country trying to get from Edinburgh. But that doesn't stop Owen Slot and Stephen Jones helping him to discuss Storm Ciara, beer bottles, sausages and even some Six Nations rugby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/02/20·39m 52s

How to Win a Grand Slam: Brian O'Driscoll

In the first of a special Six Nations series, Brian O'Driscoll talks to Owen Slot about Ireland's 2009 Grand Slam success. The former captain is open and honest about what held him and the team back for a decade before finally completing the clean sweep Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/02/20·42m 40s

Brutal? Non. Beaten? Mais Oui...

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes reflect on defeat for England in Paris in the Six Nations and discuss how the RFU let Shaun Edwards get away. Plus, Alasdair Reid on a stuttering start for the Scots against Ireland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/02/20·44m 11s

Women's Six Nations Special

Stephen Jones is joined by England star Marlie Packer, former England captain Catherine Spencer and Wasps Ladies Director of Rugby Giselle Mather to preview this year's Women's Six Nations and discuss wider issues within the sport. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/20·44m 23s

Forget Sarries, It's The Six Nations!

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Times experts Owen Slot, Alex Lowe, Peter O'Reilly and Alasdair Reid to look ahead to the Six Nations. Plus, Kyle Sinckler's move to Bristol Bears and do Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt deserve an England call-up? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/01/20·45m 53s

Saracens: Champions Cup to Championship

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe at the England Six Nations squad announcement as well as rugby commentators Alastair Eykyn and Martin Gillingham to discuss relegation for Saracens and Eddie Jones' new "No No.8" policy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/01/20·46m 38s

A Back Row at Scrum Half? It Might Just Work...

Owen Slot, Lawrence Dallaglio, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe review the latest action in Europe, discuss the likely quarter-final line-up and look ahead to Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad. Could England really play a flanker at No.9? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/01/20·45m 59s

Good Evans! What Next for English Rugby?

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and former Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark Evans, to discuss the latest comings and goings down Hendon Way. Will there be departures from the playing squad? And what do Premiership Rugby need to do next? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/01/20·43m 5s

That Was The Decade That Was...

In a special festive edition, Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe to pick a Team of the Decade, nominate their Rugby God of 2019 and make some New Year predictions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/12/19·42m 16s

The Ruck Christmas Party

Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones, Adam Hathaway and Mike Aylwin join forces for the 2019 Ruck Christmas Party. They discuss the battle at the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership and ask if everyone is too good to go down this year, after World Rugby announced it will be reviewing salary cap rules we ask which sport can rugby borrow a leaf from, and we look ahead to what we would like to see from the game in the new year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/12/19·37m 55s

The Battle of Brent Cross

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and Alex Lowe discuss the set-to between Saracens and Munster, wonder why some English clubs have been slacking in Europe and ask where next for Rob Howley following his betting ban. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/12/19·40m 52s

The Good, The Bath and The Ugly...

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Stuart Barnes discuss the weekend's European action, decide who have been the players of the tournament so far and ask if the Lions have got it right with their schedule for South Africa Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/12/19·46m 35s

In The Bleak East Midlands...

Owen Slot, Lawrence Dallaglio and Alex Lowe discuss Eddie Jones, Northampton's success and what Leicester need to do to avoid relegation. Plus, Ollie Thorley on his favourite Christmas carol and how Tina Turner launched Lawrence's singing career Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/12/19·45m 52s

Don't Mention The "S" Word...

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones are back from Japan and it's fair to say they don't see eye-to-eye on the Saracens scandal. Plus, all the news and views from the second round of European action Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/11/19·44m 35s

Lost in Translation

It's the final show from Tokyo as Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe reflect on England's defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final and the last seven weeks in Japan Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/19·32m 2s

It's The Final Countdown

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe to look ahead to the Rugby World Cup final. Find out why everyone's confident of an England victory and which member of the Dallaglio family Owen Farrell used to babysit Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/19·44m 9s

The Greatest Ever

Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot, David Walsh, Alex Lowe and Gavin Rich to discuss the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. And find out why Lawrence Dallaglio believes the victory against the All Blacks was England's greatest-ever performance. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/10/19·38m 6s

Let It Go... It's The Semi-Finals!

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones, Alasdair Reid and Alex Lowe ahead of England and Wales in Rugby World Cup semi-final action. Jones lays into Jones and find out which England star loves Disney films... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/10/19·36m 53s

And Then There Were Four...

Lawrence Dallaglio is reunited with Times colleagues Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alex "Arthur" Lowe in Tokyo as they review the quarter-finals. Find out why Lawrence has been linked with the Wallabies job and if Arthur wins the ultimate World Cup quiz Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/10/19·51m 31s

What a Weekend!

Lawrence Dallaglio's arrived in Japan, where he's joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Peter O'Reilly to look ahead to a mouth-watering weekend of Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/10/19·40m 10s

The Miracle of Yokohama

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones, Peter O'Reilly and Alex Lowe after Japan beat both Scotland and Typhoon Hagibis to reach the quarter-finals. Plus, the boys find out what it's like to be in the middle a major meteorological event Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/19·41m 5s

Tackling Typhoon Hagibis

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Stephen Jones, who are sitting out Typhoon Hagibis from the 28th floor of their Tokyo hotel. What are the implications of World Rugby's decision to cancel two matches and should Scotland v Japan go ahead? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/19·35m 8s

David Walsh Doping Special

In a bonus edition of The Ruck, Stephen Jones is in conversation with David Walsh, chief sports writer for The Sunday Times. They discuss doping in rugby, the fall of Alberto Salazar and Lance Armstrong as well as the success of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/19·31m 59s

"Don't Upset Mrs Farrell..."

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Steve James. Find out who upset Owen Farrell's mum, who thinks England will be tempted to take it easy against the French and why Wales will love being under the radar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/10/19·31m 25s

A blitz from the All Blacks, France leaving it late, and England v Argentina

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Stephen Jones to review this week's World Cup games, and of course preview England v Argentina. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/10/19·28m 22s

Seismic Shocks, Welsh Wonders and a Pod in a Pod

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Peter O'Reilly to review Japan's historic victory over Ireland and a win for Wales against the Wallabies. Plus, Jonesie sees how the other half live with a tour around a Tokyo pod hotel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/19·40m 7s

Rare Beef, Red Cards and Running Rugby

Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alasdair Reid of The Times as well as Sir Clive Woodward to assess England's first two fixtures, more refereeing ricks and if we can expect an upset this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/09/19·40m 23s

Soft Scots, Ropy Referees and Slotty's Expenses

Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Owen Slot and Stephen Jones to look back at the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup. They discuss ropy refereeing, Fergie-time for England and the intricacies of Japanese toilets. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/19·45m 0s

The Big Rugby World Cup Kick-Off

Lawrence Dallaglio, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones ask whether Wales will miss Rob Howley, how a death metal singer is helping the hosts and you too can learn Japanese with Jonesie. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/09/19·51m 16s

Rugby World Cup 2019 Preview Part 2

Lawrence Dallaglio and fellow Times and Sunday Times rugby writers Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Owen Slot complete their Rugby World Cup preview. They discuss favourites South Africa and New Zealand, the hopes of hosts Japan and ask if Australia have been written off too soon. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/09/19·39m 8s

Rugby World Cup 2019 Preview Part 1

Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio is joined by Ruck regulars Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes to ask if England, Wales, Ireland or any of the other Northern Hemisphere sides are in with a chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy. For more award-winning journalism visit thetimes.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/19·50m 20s

LifeTimes with Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is one of the finest, sharpest and most inventive coaches in rugby union and this year he will lead England to a World Cup.In this episode of the new in-depth Times Sport podcast, LifeTimes, he describes how he has always been an outsider, why his drive to create conflict once led him to kiss an opponent and how he has had to evolve as a coach and a person.In an hour with Matt Dickinson he also speaks of his grandparents’ experience in an American internment camp, the mistakes he made with Australia and the books he believes have made him a better coach.Make sure you go and subscribe to LifeTimes so that you never miss an episode, including the opening show with Paul Pogba and the second episode with England forward Fran Kirby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/19·58m 47s

Shambles of the season...

Shambles of the season...In the final Ruck podcast of the series Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot and Alex Lowe to pay tribute to Exeter and praise Saracens after a breathtaking Premiership final.Plus the panel select their articles of the year, stories they missed, the best interviews and a favourite venue before highlighting what England need to add to compete in Japan.  Finally Owen and Alex pick their top five Stephen Jones rants of the 2018/2019 campaign.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/19·43m 4s

Why are Saracens so good?

Coaching, culture, recruitment, the salary cap, all of the above?Owen Slot heads to the pub with former players Alistair Hargreaves, Chris Wyles and Will Fraser to try and find the definitive answer ahead of the Premiership final. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/19·46m 14s

Every Premiership team ranked

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Alex Lowe and Adam Hathaway to assess every Premiership clubs season. The panel then predict and preview the Premiership semi finals and Pro 14 final. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/19·44m 37s

Rugby faces a tipping point

Owen Slot, Mark Evans and Michael Aylwin reflect on Saracens triumph, and who who can stop them in future. Then Mark and Micheal talk about their new book, arguing rugby is now at a crossroads where a number of issues will either be resolved or cause the sport to decline. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/05/19·51m 45s

Dallaglio on Europe, Wasps and the class of 2003

Stephen Jones sits down with Lawrence Dallaglio to remember his career in Europe and preview the Champions Cup final.  Dallaglio also delivers his assessment of Wasps season and explains why the world cup winning team of 2003 need a pathway to influential positions in the game.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/05/19·49m 23s

This season's best signing?

This week Owen Slot is joined by Ben Ryan, Chris Jones and Alex Lowe.The questions to the panel are: Is this really the most exciting Premiership ever? Who is the best signing of the year? We also speculate on who the next England coach might be and Ben Ryan gives us the details on Rugby X - what's being called the T20 of Rugby and why it's necessary for rugby's future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/19·49m 22s

Special: Premier 15s final preview

Stephen Jones travels to Franklin's Gardens ahead of the decisive Premier 15's final between Saracens and Harlequins on Saturday. Captains Lotte Clapp and Rachael Burford explain what victory would mean for their respective sides before expanding on the recent revolution in the women's game.Coaches Gary Street and Alex Austerberry reflect on preparing players who can be balancing jobs with training and the influx of new young talent into women's rugby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/19·23m 22s

Saracens, football behaviour and half games

Saracens, football behaviour and half games Stephen Jones presents from Franklin's Gardens with Owen Slot, Nick Cain and Adam Hathaway. Is football behaviour creeping into rugby, who shone in the Champions Cup, why isn't every nation in for the Saracens coaching team, can the cuts to grass roots rugby be explained and will the relegation battle continue to the end of the season? Finally do you back Slot or Jones on the new half game proposals? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/04/19·33m 0s

Wayne Barnes referees Slot vs Jones

Owen Slot and Stephen Jones sit down with referee Wayne Barnes to review the week in rugby. The panel discuss great rugby comebacks in honour of Tiger Woods, the fall out from Israel Folau and Billy Vunipola's social media comments and the Champions Cup semi-finals.  PLUS Wayne Barnes on how he'd make the game safer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/04/19·55m 19s

Bloodgate: 10 Years On (Part Two)

This is the second part of a special programme brought to you by our colleagues at talkSPORT, marking ten years since Bloodgate, an incident that shook the sport of rugby. We bring you a talkSPORT studio panel hosted by Russ Williams, alongside journalist Mark Souster and former Harlequins player George Robson, to look back on the events of that day and discuss if we can expect more repercussions to come for the sport. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/19·39m 52s

Bloodgate: 10 Years On (Part One)

talkSPORT presents Bloodgate: 10 Years On The scandal stained the reputation of Harlequins and the image of Rugby. We return to April 12 2009 and speak to some of the key individuals involved in the match, the subsequent cover-up and fall-out. This includes Tom Williams - the player at the centre of Bloodgate. In addition, we interview some of the biggest names in the sport including Sir Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Michael Cheika, Lawrence Dallaglio and Nigel Owens. We also uncover new evidence and allegations that point towards widespread cheating practices that go to the very top of Rugby. Presented by former Times Rugby correspondent Mark Souster.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/04/19·48m 48s

Restart Rugby's role dealing with physical and mental heath

Stephen Jones welcomes Rochelle Clark, Christian Day and Owen Slot for a packed review of the weekends action and detailed focus on RPA charity Restart Rugby. First the panel review the Premiership games after another amazing weekend which leaves Newcastle v Leicester as the potential match of the season. Then RPA player liaison officer, Christian Day outlines the Restart Rugby project which helps players both current and former with coping with a range of issues. All the Premiership clubs are raising awareness and funds this weekend.Finally Rochelle previews the Premier 15's semi-final weekend.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/04/19·50m 38s

Who were the Remainers and Leavers in Europe this Weekend?

Alex Lowe, Mark Evans and Adam Hathaway have the final word on the European quarter-finals, discuss where next for World Rugby and back Alex Goode for a late run into Eddie Jones' squad for Japan Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/04/19·45m 21s

The headache of coaching in France

Owen Slot, welcomes Alan Dymock, Sam Peters and Rory Teague.They cover Leicester's relegation threat and the laws of the game being reviewed in Paris.  Also Rory Teague unpacks his time coaching at Bordeaux and debates the cultural differences between French and English rugby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/19·50m 26s

Wales Worthy Winners but What Next for Warren's Wonders?

Owen Slot is joined by fellow Times and Sunday Times writers Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway to review the Six Nations and ask what next for the Northern Hemisphere hopefuls with the Rugby World Cup not far away Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/19·40m 40s

Are England Flat-Track Bullies?

Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Lawrence Dallaglio and England women's captain, Sarah Hunter to discuss the penultimate week of this year's Six Nations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/19·40m 37s

Saracens, the world league and fighting Georgians

Owen Slot is joined by Stuart Barnes and Ben Kay to discuss fighting in training, Saracens and the salary cap, new plans for the 'World League' and predictions for the weekends Six Nations matches.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/19·51m 51s

Wales expose England's lack of plan b

Was Wales win a one off? Can Wales win the World Cup? Did England have a plan B? Owen Slot welcomes Sarah Hunter, Stephen Jones and Ben Ryan to unpick the latest round of the six nations in both the men's and women's games. PLUS The panel debate whether up to 600 tackles in a match is too much, and if the spectacle is getting worse. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/02/19·47m 14s

Sam Warburton Special

Recorded in Cardiff, Sam Warburton tells Stephen Jones why Wales must pick a team which plays to their strengths not England's weaknesses, why he's more excited as a fan than he was as a player and why he fears England will edge the match. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/19·38m 40s

6 Nations Week 3 Preview

6 NATIONS Week 3 Preview Stephen Jones is joined by Mark Evans, Alex Lowe and Steve James to preview a huge Six Nations match between England and Wales this weekend, look forward to the weekend's other games and pick their God or Goddess of the week Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/19·43m 0s

Putting England victories into context

Owen Slot welcomes World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio, Michael Lynagh and Sarah Hunter to contextualize England’s crushing defeat of France. They discuss why England’s coaching team deserve praise and ask if the kicking game seen in recent weeks is a tactical innovation or a reintroduced old trick. PLUS why the current French management defies logic and do Italy need to justify their place in the tournament?  Finally Sarah Hunter rounds up the womens Six Nations so far. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/19·45m 52s

The performance England have waited for

Owen Slot welcomes Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones, Peter O'Reilly and Sarah Hunter to discuss a fantastic opening weekend in the Six Nations.They cover where the victory sits in great English performances, there is disagreement about the implications for the World Cup and do Ireland now face a repeat of England's meltdown campaign from last year? PLUS England captain Sarah Hunter guides us through the main talking points in the women's six nations and humble pie is on the menu as the panel pick their 'God of the Week'. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/19·42m 46s

The best week in rugby

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Nick Cain and red top king Adam Hathaway to preview the greatest tournament in rugby.Peter O'Reilly explains the mood in the Irish camp and why this is the best Ireland team he's ever seen ahead of the the Six Nations.Also is this still the fan tournament? We review the vast cost of attending the matches before finishing with God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/19·51m 1s

Is everyone playing the same way?

Stephen Jones welcomes Nick Easter, Simon Halliday and Nigel Botherway to cover a wide range of topics.Nick Easter outlines the lure of coaching in South Africa. Plus the rule change which means teams can't relax in Europe, the key man for Saracens this year and why was Munster vs Exeter so engrossing?Looking ahead to the Six Nations what grade would the Eddie Jones era get, and is it a problem everyone now plays the same way? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/19·43m 31s

Barnes vs Jones

To coincide with Stuart Barnes' new book, Stephen Jones grills his old friend on his life in rugby. Including: why the book doesn't have a chronological structure, why a stag do fight with Jeremy Guscott's helped his career? How a fear of failure stifled chances with England and how he regrets the lack of sports phycology when he played the game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/19·35m 48s

How to progress in Europe

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Mark Palmer and Martin Gillingham to focus on Scottish and French teams in Europe.There's also a preview of this weekend's Champions Cup action and a early look ahead to the Six Nations.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/19·37m 17s

Breakaways and ring-fencing

Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe, Al Dymock, and Mark Evans to discuss big issues off the field.Is the club breakaway threat credible and could relegation still be scrapped this season?On the field the Premiership continues to thrill but how high is the standard, has the quality of the English clubs been exposed in Europe? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/01/19·43m 57s

Sam Peters, gobgate and bold predictions

Owen Slot hosts Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway to digest a remarkable week of rugby. First, Sam Peters joins the podcast to discuss his altercation with Sale Director of Rugby Steve Diamond and explains why he won't be making a formal complaint, and the panel consider the role of journalists in rugby. PLUS Has Alex Dombrandt's starring role usurped Chris Robshaw, was the alleged spitting incident resolved correctly, and who has the boldest prediction for 2019?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/12/18·38m 54s

Christmas Special

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Steve James and Mark Evans for a festive special.Can the panel cope with Owen's quiz of the year, which are the best grounds on the planet and who from the rugby world would be invited to Christmas dinner? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/12/18·27m 35s

Best team ever

Stephen Jones welcomes former England international Danielle Waterman, Sunday Times writer Sam Peters and Adam Hathaway.  The panel review the fourth pool round of the Champions Cup, reveal their Christmas wishes, name their best ever teams and debate the next steps for safety of the game after the tragic death of Nicolas Chauvin. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/12/18·37m 27s

Club culture sinking Leicester and Wasps

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Steve James and Mark Evans to review another entertaining weekend of rugby in Europe.The panel debate: is the money so big in the Premiership and Top 14 big sides are focusing more domestically than on the Champions Cup, can the demise of Wasps and Leicester be explained by club culture, and how do the Welsh sides fight back?There's also a bizarre selection for the "God of the week". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/18·34m 35s

The end of relegation

Owen Slot is joined by Alex Lowe, Ben Ryan and Nick Easter. Ring-fencing looms. With so many teams in the relegation fight, will the Premiership scrap relegation, perhaps as early as this season or should they maintain the current structure? (starts at 24.23) PLUS Ben Ryan outlines problems with the RFU's coaching pathways comparing with other approaches around the world as Nick Easter details his experience in South Africa as a young coach and the panel debate the best way to develop backroom talent.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/12/18·44m 10s

Autumn's Real Winners and Losers

Stephen Jones is joined by Al Dymock, Nigel Botherway and Owen Slot in the studio to take a look at the state of rugby worldwide. We assess the current state of England, Wales, Canada, Scotland and send a love letter to Fijian rugby. We talk about the complexities arising from the forthcoming rugby world cup and Olympics and ask is the Six Nations going to be one of the best in recent memory?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/11/18·38m 58s

Ireland and England were playing different sports

Owen Slot welcomes Michael Lynagh, Adam Hathaway and Stephen Jones to discuss another thrilling weekend of internationals.  The panel exalt Ireland's superb performance and unpack where the All Blacks go from here with Adam contrasting certainty with the Irish starting line up against the question marks against almost every English position. Owen and Stephen disagree whether England have made any progress since they "fell off a cliff" earlier in the year.Also Michael assesses Australia's horror season and why a good performance against England is key before the panel pick their 'God of the week'.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/11/18·37m 15s

What goes around comes around for England

Was it a try or not, why didn't England take the points in the second half, what does a win over Australia win mean for Wales, and can Ireland beat the All Blacks?Alex Lowe welcomes Stuart Barnes, Paul Grayson and Dan Lyle to discuss all this and catch up with England Women's captain Sarah Hunter.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/18·46m 30s

England's Elliot Daly Problem

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and Sarah Mockford to pour over the weekends Autumn Internationals.Including full analysis of South Africa's dreadful decision making, England's hopeless first half, and which side our panel would rather take to the World Cup.The other internationals are scrutinised before there are suggestions for changes against New Zealand. Finally England women's captain Sarah Hunter joins the studio to assess the forthcoming tests which are being hosted around the country.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/18·35m 54s

Sam Warburton Interview Special Part Two

Stephen Jones continues his conversation with former Wales captain and new Times columnist Sam Warburton in part two of this special episode.Sam candidly reveals his thoughts on the game including, why rugby will never be fully safe, why players should be limited to 25 starts a season and why mentally it's so tough to play all the way into July.  He also reveals how a Man Utd game helped him deal with social media pressure and why he's now relishing his role as pundit.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/11/18·32m 8s

Sam Warburton Interview Special Part One

Stephen Jones sits down with former Wales captain Sam Warburton to discuss his life in rugby and how he’s coping without the routine and structure of the game.They also cover why England shouldn't panic, the guilt he felt whilst playing and how he rates the major nations ahead of the Autumn Internationals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/18·30m 51s

Why Christian Wade is "peeing in the wind"

PLUS plaudits for Newcastle and why the All Blacks are "sandbagging".Owen Slot welcomes Adam Hathaway, Al Dymock of Rugby World and Liam Napier from the New Zealand Herald.There's a review of the weekends European action, a full analysis of New Zealand from Liam, including the suggestion the All Blacks, are not implementing their full game plan for fear of showing their hand early. They also discuss Christian Wade's long odds of learning the "playbook mentality" as he departs for the NFL and there are predictions for England's back row for the internationals ahead. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/18·37m 1s

Rugby League of Nations makes little sense

Stephen Jones welcomes Mark Evans, Sam Peters, Alex Lowe to discuss Freddie Burns' shocking error, the tackling laws of the game and to review the Heineken Champions Cup first round.Then a look at the proposals for Rugby's League of Nations before debate around Eddie Jones' latest England squad and another selection of The Ruck's "God of the week". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/10/18·35m 48s

Who would admit cheating to the ref?

Owen Slot welcomes Stuart Barnes, Chris Jones and Al Dymock. The panel look at the battle at the bottom of the Premiership with the top two seemingly in a class of their own. They also question the weaknesses with New Zealand after South Africa's performance and as the Heineken Champions Cup approaches, can anyone see beyond Leinster or Saracens?Finally after Billy Vunipola's sportsmanship at the weekend who else in rugby would own up to the referee? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/10/18·37m 19s

Rob Horne interview: dealing with paralysis and early retirement

This weekend Northampton face Leicester at Twickenham in aid of Rob Horne.In this special episode, Owen Slot meets Rob to discuss his life changing injury. The former Australian international speaks about choosing to adopt a positive outlook after his paralysis, how it was helpful he was never given false hope and despite chronic pain, how he's grateful to rugby rather than resentful.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/10/18·26m 11s

Bath tell Premiership they're not good enough

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Alex Lowe and former World Cup winning player, Danielle Waterman.They cover the fallout from Bath resting players, whether defensive coaches need to do more to earn their money and is the Premiership too predictable at this stage of the season? There's a full review of the Premiership weekend before Dannielle expands on what professional contracts will mean for England's Women.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/10/18·32m 45s

The reason Eddie Jones can't be honest about Cipriani

Alex Lowe welcomes Paul Grayson, Alan Dymock and Stephen Jones to debate the exclusion of Danny Cipriani, whether new defence coach John Mitchell is Eddie Jones' successor and was Leicester vs Worcester the game of the season?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/18·34m 59s

Why New Zealand defeat gives the rest of the world hope

PLUSWas Will Spencer correctly sent off, is this the best ever start to a Premiership season, will Argentina be as formidable in 2019 as they were in 2015 and is there cause to ban "jackling" and bring back rucking? Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Steven James and Alex Lowe for a lively half hour of debate.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/09/18·36m 1s

Special: is Rugby safe to play?

In a Ruck Podcast special Owen Slot debates the big questions around safety in the game: is rugby is too dangerous, should my kids be playing rugby, what is tolerable risk, what could be done to make rugby safer, and if you tinker with the game, could you destroy it?He's joined on the panel by Alistair Hargreaves, former Saracens player who retired early after a string of concussions, Sam Peters, Sunday Times journalist, who has continually highlighted the dangers of concussion in rugby and Ross Tucker, sports scientist and consultant to World Rugby & RFU on this subject. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/18·45m 47s

Welcome back Bristol

Owen Slot welcomes Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Adam Hathaway to review the opening week of the domestic season. They reflect on the superb occasion at Ashton Gate, suggest different teams as the stand out side from week one, before comprehensively reviewing every fixture, including troubling times for Bath.  Later the panel bemoan the lack of competition in the Pro 14 before analysing the amount youngsters are playing as teenagers before finishing with a brand new "God of the week".This podcast was recorded before Matt O’Connor left Leicester Tigers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/09/18·43m 52s

The Premiership Preview

The Ruck returns as Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Alex Lowe and Alan Dymock.The panel comprehensively preview the new Premiership season and form agreement on the winners and who will be relegated. There's also a look ahead to the Pro 14, and whether France are stealing a march on England by playing their young players sooner in the Top 14. Finally there's disagreement about the biggest issue facing the game, a summer holiday round up and the vital selection of The Ruck's first "God of the week"  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/08/18·33m 17s

Special: alcoholism and addiction in rugby

Rugby World’s Alan Dymock hosts a podcast on a delicate subject: some rugby players’ struggles with alcohol misuse and addiction.Joined by Owen Slot and Alex Lowe, and aided by a host of telling interviews including Jason Robinson, the team pick through the issue and consider what help is and isn’t out there for athletes with these or similar mental health issues.Listen to one medic explain how some players struggling with addiction issues have been listed as having had a chronic injury instead and moved on to unsuspecting clubs. With medical examinations focused on the body and not the mind, should there be an embargo on moving on players who are struggling with drink or drugs? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/07/18·40m 34s

The Ruck on Tour: third test recovery

Recorded in Camps Bay, South Africa, Stephen Jones and Owen Slot conclude season two of The Ruck by reflecting on England's final test victory, their favourite moments of the tour and find out whether Stephen managed to keep both of his shoes this time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/18·15m 2s

The Ruck on tour: Eddie Jones must admit flaws and change

Recorded in South Africa, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones dissect another chastening test for English rugby, assessing where the key problems lie. They point to Eddie Jones over complicating things in the England setup, the need to bring experienced players back to all positions and both have their say on the misconception the press is loving the English downturn. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/18·33m 55s

The Ruck on tour: England's nightmare continues

Recorded in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot, Nick Cain and Stuart Barnes.The panel review an astonishing first test and ask why England still can't handle an increase of pace, how South Africa's pragmatic selection helped them enormously and what changes England have to make? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/18·30m 10s

Ben Ryan Interview Special

Stephen Jones speaks to Ben Ryan, coach of the Fiji 7's team who Olympic gold in Rio 2016.They cover the challenges of working in a different culture, how the RFU machine led Ben to become a "poor version of himself", why other teams were overtrained and too serious, how rugby is making mistakes other sports did 30 years ago and why he'd love to improve rugby in state schools. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/05/18·40m 25s

Gustard's vote of no confidence in England

Stephen Jones welcomes Alex Lowe of The Times, Adam Hathaway from various tabloids and Duncan Bech from PA.The panel bring you incisive royal wedding analysis, before focusing on the strange timing of Paul Gustard's move to Harlequins, with England 15 months out from a World Cup what does it say about morale, does it reveal a vote of no confidence, and who should replace him?There's also a full review of the Premiership/Pro 14 and preview of the finals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/18·32m 8s

A golden age for Irish rugby

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Alan Dymock and Peter O'Reilly. The panel review the Champions Cup final, discuss Danny Cipriani's move to Gloucester, preview of the semi-finals of the Pro 14 and Premiership before trying to make sense of Eddie Jones' England squad.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/18·31m 55s

The Ruck Awards

Owen Slot welcomes Adam Hathaway and Alex Lowe.Who will Eddie Jones pick as the tour attack coach, who makes Alex Lowe's Premiership team of the season and who will take home a coveted Ruck award? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/05/18·34m 48s

Women's Rugby Special

Stephen Jones welcomes three titans from Women's rugby for a special extended episode: England's leading cap holder Rochelle Clark, Wasps Ladies coach, Giselle Mather and former England international, Catherine Spencer.They pay tribute to the retiring Danielle Waterman and assess her record for England. Then the impact of the Tyrrell's Premier 15's is debated as well as a full review of the final, also why it's time not money the game needs to progress to the next level and why referees need to be picked on merit alone. The panel finish the podcast by selecting the highs and lows of their careers.    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/05/18·48m 21s

A dip in European quality and the end for Hartley

Owen Slot welcomes Sunday Times writer Chris Jones and former Harlequins, Saracens and Melbourne Storm boss, Mark Evans to discuss the week in rugby. They debate: Has the quality of the European club game decreased this season, are we seeing a French resurgence, is time finally up for Dylan Hartley and who should England take to South Africa? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/18·41m 1s

Harlequins boiling frog problem

Owen Slot welcomes The Observer's Michael Aylwin and Rugby World's Alan Dymock.  The panel discuss: the top fifty young players to watch, the rules suiting rugby's image over safety. The 'boiling frog' problem with struggling Northampton and Harlequins and are English coaches struggling to take the step up to Director of Rugby?There's also a comprehensive preview for the European semi-finals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/18·34m 26s

Struggling Giants.

This week Owen Slot ls joined in the studio by Chris Jones (Evening Standard), Tom Hamilton (ESPN) and Stephen Jones (Sunday Times). We hear about some of the problems facing England’s top teams, talk about selection and wannabe new players. And Love is in the air.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/18·37m 39s

Rugby Economics and Fly-Half Targeting?

Stephen Jones is Joined by Al DImmock (Rugby World), Nick Cain (The Rugby Paper) and Adam Hathaway (The People, everywhere).We hear about Saracens, Fly-half targeting, the European Challenge Cup, the economics of the premiership, and ring fencing - are teams trying to pull the drawbridge up behind them? Should cities that are awarded major sporting events be prohibited from profiteering?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/18·36m 52s

European preview and injury crisis analysis

Stephen Jones is joined by Adam Hathaway, Sam Peters and Alex Lowe to discuss which players England should take to South Africa and who will progress from the European quarter finals.In the final section (26:11) the panel discuss the latest injury findings and whether rugby is shying away from a crisis.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/03/18·44m 33s

More nations analysed and the story behind a Spanish shambles

Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and Al Dymock to answer who made the greatest step forward in the six nations, why Ireland will improve further and why Wales should be delighted by second place. Finally Al Dymock tries to explain the shambolic scenes at Belgium vs Spain as World Cup qualifying descended into farce. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/03/18·20m 2s

The Autopsy

Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and Al Dymock for an in-depth look into England's disastrous campaign and the major questions they now face.Including: has England's world cup chance already gone, why did performance levels drop so quickly and should Eddie Jones' position now be questioned? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/18·31m 11s

The changes England must make

Stephen Jones welcomes Times rugby writer Steve James, editor of Rugby World, Sarah Mockford and world cup winner, Michael Lynagh. The panel discuss, who England need to change in the back row, whether all the problems lie there and if this England side has plateaued? There's also debate whether Eddie Jones should make sweeping changes with 5th place looming, if Owen Farrell needs to move to 10 and can they rescue their campaign and stop the Irish grand slam?Also analysed: where England go wrong at the breakdown, why Wales are quietly having an excellent tournament, why the Irish depth is their real strength and the finale of the Women's Six Nations tournament.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/18·45m 55s

Special: lessons from the professional era

In this special episode Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot and ex-Harlequins CEO and Saracens boss, Mark Evans to cast an eye over Rugby's professional era.They discuss if the unions have too much power, the mass media effect, whether the Premiership is marketed correctly, should lessons should be learned from Australia and America, and if relegation needs abolishing in order to grow?Mark then presents his blueprint to improve the games standing and details his involvement with the stadium for Cornwall project. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/18·44m 2s

Weekend Four Previewed

Stephen Jones welcomes, SJA rugby writer of the year, Owen Slot and ex-Harlequins CEO and Saracens boss, Mark Evans to preview a crucial weekend.Can England strike back if the team is unchanged, are France a national joke, can Scotland improve even further, will Ireland's depth see them to a grand slam and would relegation and promotion for the tournament help or hinder a team like Georgia? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/18·34m 22s

Was this England's watershed moment?

Stephen Jones welcomes the Rugby Paper's, Nick Caine, The Sunday Times, Nigel Botherway and red top favourite, Adam Hathaway.   They discuss the passion and precision of Scotland and where "flummoxed, static and poor" England go next, after being dominated. The panel also detail the changes they would make for England. Do Hartley, Brown and Robshaw survive? Or does the entire game plan need an overhaul? The rest of the weekend is reviewed and players of the weekend picked.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/18·33m 19s

A visit to Pennyhill Park

Recorded from England's training camp, Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe from The Times and Alex Spink from The Mirror. They discuss why the Calcutta Cup has been such a bore for decades, why Ireland suddenly look beatable and after post match turmoil, why France have gone backwards.There's also an exclusive interview with Dean Benton, Head of Sports Science for England Rugby, who describes the difference in culture when it comes to working with players. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/18·37m 5s

The future of rugby

Owen Slot welcomes Rugby World's, Al Dymock and The Observer's, Michael Aylwin to a special episode focusing on the future of the game.Will rugby turn into thirteen man game, can Georgia turn into a tier one side, will we need bigger pitches, can England win three out of the next world cups and will all performance enhancing drugs soon be legal?The panel also debate Stephen Jones' 6 Nations team of the week.Next week is a mailbag special email your questions to theruck@thetimes.co.uk. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/18·17m 26s

Was it a try?

Owen Slot welcomes Rugby World's, Al Dymock, The Observer's, Michael Aylwin and Times columnist, Ben Kay.The panel discuss, the Sam Underhill tackle, Finn Russell appearing to regress, and opposing coaches putting players under pressure in the media. We also hear who is ahead between grand slam contenders England and Ireland. And the big question question is answered: was it a try?Tomorrow's episode features disagreement over Stephen Jones' team of the week and there is discussion on what the game will look like in 2030. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/18·30m 17s

First weekend reviewed: Simmonds, drop goals and church bells

Recorded in Rome, Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe from The Times and Jonny Fordham from The Sun for a review of the 6 Nations first weekend.Up for discussion: why Alex only rated Sam Simmonds 8/10 for his performance against Italy, what shone from England's play, did Scotland believe their only media hype and what will Stephen Jones' mandatory talking points say about Ireland being firm favourites?In the final section, the panel predict the next round of fixtures, pick a team of the week and Owen sets you all homework.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/18·35m 23s

6 Nations live special: Barnes, Jones, Slot, Roberts and Hogan

Stuart Barnes hosts a special episode, welcoming former Ireland international and Sunday Times columnist Shane Horgan, Wales international and Harlequin, Jamie Roberts, with regulars Stephen Jones and Owen Slot completing the panel. Up for discussion: the volume of player injuries, if the 6 nations is tainted without big stars, why Ireland are the journalists pick to win, where and why England have stagnated, how rugby has evolved in the last four years and the panel predict the player of the tournament. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/18·34m 11s

6 Nations Opening Weekend Preview

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Al Dymock, Peter O'Reilly and Paul Eddison for a full preview of the 6 nations opening weekend.Every team's strengths and weaknesses are assessed with a comprehensive analysis of the key match ups.Can Ireland overcome the history books and see off France, will England ever get the credit Eddie Jones thinks they deserve, and will the loser of Scotland vs Wales be instantly in the "mental mush"?Also find out what the panel hate about the tournament in a section they'll probably wish had been cut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/18·38m 24s

Interview Special: Wayne Barnes

In this special edition of The Ruck, Stephen Jones talks to Wayne Barnes about life as a referee, the tactics officials will be keeping an eye on in the Six Nations and what Nigel Owens sang at his wedding.They also discuss the legality of Saracens’ rush defence, what to do when a player calls for a rival to be sin-binned and whether Richie McCaw truly knew the rule book better than anyone else... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/18·43m 49s

Secrets of the Saracens turnaround

This week Owen Slot welcomes Alex Lowe and former Saracens player, Will Fraser. They discuss the final round of the European group stages, the reasons behind English rugby having just one representative in the quarters, with player fatigue, declining quality and the cyclical nature of sport considered.Then the panel explore how Saracens recovered off the back of multiple defeats earlier this campaign with unique insight from Fraser's access at the club.Finally England's seven position is debated.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/18·37m 17s

Why Irish sides are dominating whilst English sides stall

Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones and Alex Lowe to discuss another thrilling weekend of European rugby. Peter O'Reilly joins the debate from Dublin and offers his thoughts on the current strong form of the Irish teams and defends the Pro 14 from the opinion they have it much easier than the Premiership sides.The writers also reflect on their favourite European club performance down the years before suggesting what to do with the England team ahead of the squad announcement this week.And as Exeter shock the rugby press by limiting food for journalists to one pasty each, Owen Slot defends himself from multiple allegations he is the reason for the drastic measures.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/01/18·34m 7s

The problem with Jones and Hartley

The Ruck returns with Stephen Jones, Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and Jonny Fordham.The panel discuss why Dylan Hartley's club form will not change Eddie Jones' thinking on starting him for England. Owen explains the book which led Jones to think this way and Jonny reveals the day to day relationship between captain and coach.Stephen and Stuart then disagree on the England coach's criteria and selection policy. There's also a full preview of all the big european action and Stuart explains why he thinks Jordan Larmour could be worth the hype. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/01/18·37m 30s

Boxing Day Special

Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones, Al Dymock and Steve James for a festive round up of 2017. The panel pick their rugby heroes and villains of the year before Owen attempts to conduct a quiz.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/12/17·31m 56s

Could there be no English quarter finalists?

Stephen Jones welcomes Steve James, Owen Slot and Al Dymock for the penultimate Ruck of the year.The panel cover: Dan Cole's struggles, Beno Obano's triumphs and Danny Cipriani's impossible task.There's a full review of the European action, including fears for a lack of English quarter finalists. Also find out who on the panel is dodging the christmas games and Al speaks about his investigation into the dark side of player welfare within the game.There's also an Ashes verdict from Steve and find out why Owen may incur the wrath of Mrs Slot on New Years Eve.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/17·32m 15s

No other nation would disregard lethal Ashton

Owen Slot, Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock analyse a terrible weekend in Europe results-wise for English clubs. But podcast favourite Peter O'Reilly calls in to explain why it's a different story for the Irish teams. And find out why Toulon are like a bumblebee and why everyone loves La Rochelle. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/17·35m 38s

Too many tests dangerous for player welfare

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and Sam Peters are feeling weary after the autumn internationals, with the debate raging on as to the physical damage that could be done with needless rugby matches being played.The panel also discuss the Saracens slump, whether Eddie Jones is a strong selector and if Danny Cipriani can be a good squad player. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/17·38m 34s

Eddie Jones wins Eddie of the year

Owen Slot welcomes Jonny Fordham of The Sun, Tom Hamilton from ESPN and Al Dymock from Rugby World to reflect on the weekends action.They offer answers to the following: if they were to re-plan their weekends which matches would they have attended, did the world rugby awards pick the right winners and which nation is letting their hemisphere down badly?There's also marks out of ten for each nation's autumn performance, a predicted England side for the six nations and a public service announcement from Al Dymock on the perils of nudity at Japanese spa's. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/17·37m 53s

Great Scots, player dissent and the weekend reviewed

Stephen Jones is joined by The Times Owen Slot, Rugby World's Al Dymock, and the finest freelancer around, Adam Hathaway.They review England's win over Australia, assess where Scotland missed out against the All Blacks, as well as recapping the other matches before previewing the next series of clashes at the weekend. There's also a debate about the best Scot to ever play the game, the panels thoughts on Samoa and a consideration of player dissent rising in the game.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/17·36m 10s

Are England really "headache inducing"?

Stephen Jones is joined by Steve James and Stuart Barnes for a comprehensive round up of the autumn internationals.The panel cover: the difficulty of making a dire game sound exciting as a commentator, whether there are too many test matches, and why do Wales keep coming up short against Australia?England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are all thoroughly analysed before changes are suggested and predictions made. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/17·38m 29s

Have the autumn internationals lost their appeal?

Stephen Jones returns and welcomes Alex Lowe from The Times, Sarah Mockford from Rugby World, former World Cup winner and man who works upstairs now, Michael Lynagh.In a bumper episode the panel consider: the future of the Barbarians and the best use of the brand? Whether it's a cause for concern most of the England team is still unknown, if this autumn is a great chance to build the second tier for Eddie Jones?Should Wales expect to beat Australia or have the latter turned a corner after their recent victory against the All Blacks?Also has the quality of the French domestic rugby killed their international side, are we on the cusp of another Scottish revival and what would happen to The Sunday Times if Stephen wasn't there? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/17·40m 46s

Three Men and a Baby

In a podcast first and almost certain last, Owen Slot welcomes, Ben Ryan, Fiji Seven's gold medal winning coach, Sam Peters from The Sunday Times, and his 6 month old daughter Ella. Ben reflects on winning Olympic gold and the players who progressed to have an impact in the main game. He also reveals how close the Pacific Islands came to having a Super Rugby franchise, a vital component, he believes in advancing Fijian rugby. The panel also consider rugby trailing in terms of sports science, whether a recall of Fiji's best would make them a world cup winning side, and why some players are making a loss playing for their country. There's debate on England ahead of the winter internationals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/17·37m 27s

One of the great European weekends

Stephen Jones returns from holiday and welcomes Alex Lowe from The Times, Rugby's finest greyhound expert Adam Hathaway and Rugby World's Alan Dymock.The panel comprehensively review the weekend in addition to picking personal highlights including La Rochelle and Benetton. There's also debate about when to introduce young players and the two sided effect it can have. There's a word for Joy Neville who will run the line for three forthcoming internationals. Then our guests provide a full preview of the autumn internationals (20:34) with Eddie Jones changing his mind again, the "never ending" Scottish rebirth and a massive winter for Wales.There's also music recommendations, wedding planning and legoland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/17·37m 40s

Saracens, Leone Nakarawa and no easy games in Krasny Yar

Stuart Barnes takes charge for the first time and welcomes Alex Lowe from The Times, resident greyhound expert Adam Hathaway and Rugby World's Sarah Mockford.The panel review the weekends European action, reflect on the amazing result from Russian side Krasny Yar, consider Stephen Jones' article on Rob Andrew, and recall their favourite games of the weekend. Hear why Leone Nakarawa is selected as the player of round one, and why no one would bet one against Saracens even at this early stage. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/17·38m 2s

The state of the nations...

Owen Slot welcomes Times writers Alex Lowe and John Westerby, and commentator Alastair Eykyn. The panel give their insights on the state of the world's international teams going forwards.At the end of the first six week's of the premiership, our guests tell us who's impressing and try to make some very early final four picks. The panel offer their choices for the Premiership 15 to date, some *almost* based on how freely a player will offer a lift to the airport. We hear their picks for potential European Cup Champions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/17·41m 56s

Are new rules causing the mass injury pile up?

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot from The Times, Tom Hamilton from ESPN and Alex Spink from The Mirror. The panel pick their highlights of the week, including world cup bids and American football at Wembley.In a lacklustre week of rugby the overall quality of the Premiership is debated, notably Wasps vs Bath and Leicester vs Exeter.There's praise for Northampton's new chief executive and George North in addition to Newcastle's academy fuelling their revival. Also under consideration whether the mass injuries of recent weeks have been caused by the law change and should the next English national coach be English is discussed as well. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/10/17·34m 57s

Special Part 2: Will Fraser reflects on life beyond the game

Owen Slot speaks to Will Fraser for the second part of this special.The former Saracens player recalls telling his team mates of his retirement before having to watch them train immediately afterwards.Will also speaks about his new job with the club and offers his opinion on the attritional aspect of the modern game, perhaps surprisingly arguing for the sport to remain as physical as possible and going as far to warn about over sanitising rugby.Finally he offers unique dressing room insight into Saracens success. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/09/17·22m 22s

Special: Will Fraser reflects on forced retirement

Owen Slot welcomes Will Fraser for the first part of this special episode.The former Saracens player reflects on having to retire due to serious injury, the nature of his new routine, including being unsure if he could enter his old dressing room at the weekend.He relives the frustration of injuries and how he coped with the disappointment of missing two summer tours for England. Will also speaks of the inspiration he drew from his brother and offers a rare insight into dealing with a career cut short.Part two is available tomorrow. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/17·23m 30s

The American damp squib and "rugby royalty"

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and Alex Lowe are joined by rugby royalty in the form of Rachael Burford. They talk about exporting rugby to the USA and developing grassroots players.Also we hear Rachael's perspective on the World Cup Final and she reveals who she believes to be the greatest player. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/17·33m 29s

Crises everywhere you look

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot and Alex Lowe from The Times and deputy editor of Rugby World Magazine, Sarah Mockford.The panel discuss their highlights of the rugby weekend (02.00) what Semesa Rokoduguni needs to add to his game to contend for an England place (04.00) and suggestions Leicester are already in crisis are quickly swatted away (07.00). There's a review of all the other Premiership action (09.00) and the Pro 14's new teams sluggish start to life in the division (16:00).There's also an explainer and preview to the Women's Premier 15's season (19:00)Finally the panel reveal what they make of the match up in the USA (28:00) and Stephen doesn't really like Argentina's approach in the rugby championship. (30.00) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/17·34m 43s

Contracts, new laws and a complete Premiership season preview

The Ruck returns for a brand new season as Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones, from The Sunday Times, Alex Lowe from The Times and Adam Hathaway, "Rugby's premier greyhound owner".In this weeks show the panel discuss England's "ridiculous" tour to Argentina. (02:00) There are reflections on the opening weekend (8:00) including debate as to whether Leicester have redesigned the way they play (9:00) Stephen asks do the new rules send premiership rugby closer to super rugby? (10:00) Alex Lowe summarises the new rules (12:00) then basks in his recent cricket performance against the RFU (15.00)Then from (17:00) the whole season is mapped out and predicted with the panel debating what the final table will look like. The Ruck will return on Monday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/09/17·33m 17s

The Ruck on tour: The biggest Lions series reviewed

Stephen Jones presents the season finale of The Ruck banishing all others to offer his final thoughts on an incredible series which he describes as "the biggest ever". In the shorter episode he pays tribute to Lions who "return in triumph" after their performances. He selects those who stood out, and praises the courage and confidence of the team unit as well as detailing the reasons they ultimately fell short.Finally Stephen reflects on making the podcast with a colourful cast of characters. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/07/17·11m 6s

The Ruck on tour: One of the biggest games in history

Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones, Peter O’Reilly and Stuart Barnes to preview the deciding test.The panel bill the game as "one of the biggest games in the history of the sport" due to the initial tour negativity and speculation surrounding the Lions future, all twinned with New Zealand's status as world champions.Also debated in the podcast: Should Mako Vunipola have been dropped, what other changes would the panel make, what influence will the referee have on proceedings, where do the all backs weaknesses lie for the and what should the Lion's tactics be?To close Owen responds to his new nickname and everyone reveals their non-rugby moment of the tour. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/07/17·35m 18s

The Ruck on tour: resolute Lions will only be happy with series win

From Auckland, Stephen Jones, Peter O’Reilly and Nick Cain review a stunning second test. Later Owen Slot and Jonny Fordham report from Queenstown.Covered in the podcast: Memories of an incredible weekend, what changed for the Lions, does Warren Gatland need to make changes, plus how will Steve Hansen respond with selection?And do you agree with the kiwi description of Owen Slot? Finally theres a journey to the world famous Stephen Jones urinal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/07/17·30m 13s

The Ruck on tour: second test team selection baffles

The panel are totally confused by Warren Gatland's second test team selection.Stephen Jones, Peter O’Reilly, Owen Slot and Alex Lowe attempt to make some sense of the XV with only Peter offering any positives for the Lions amongst their detailed analysis. There's also review of the recent draw, and a debate on the 'geography 6' debacle. Finally, Wellington is reviewed in the travel section which closes the pod. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/17·28m 4s

The Ruck on tour: reasons to believe

Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Peter O'Reilly and long time sports photographer David Rogers from Getty Images. David has been to nearly every Lions match since 1980 and he recalls the great matches, players and journalists he's seen down the years with a host of anecdotes. Later the panel give us reasons to believe the Lions can turn it around, also what changes Gatland will make? And how good are this New Zealand side compared to the greats? There are mouse-gate and shoe-gate updates as well as thrilling news of Owen's haircut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/06/17·26m 2s

The Ruck on tour: Warren Gatland won't die wondering...

Ahead of the first test, Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot analyse Gatland's thinking, decide who's unlucky, and debate whether the logic stacks up for the selection. They also cover: the Lions ambassadors, chaos in the gym, Alex Lowe's dreadful footwear.Stephen Jones then stars in shoe-gate as he attempts to be reunited with his size 15's also there's no glee at all from the panel at Telegraph writers encountering mice in their accommodation. The next episode airs Monday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/17·27m 30s

The Ruck on tour: has the shirt been devalued?

Recorded From Hamilton, New ZealandStephen Jones is joined by Stuart Barnes, Owen Slot and Peter O'Reilly. Discussed by the panel: can Henshaw, Williams or Stander force their way into contention during the midweek game? Also who will captain in the first test and who makes everyones first test side? Finally, in the first ever Ruck Book Club you can hear the panels reading material on tour from the pretentious to the corporate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/17·27m 9s

The Ruck on tour: a journey to the Vegas of New Zealand

Stephen Jones is joined by Stuart Barnes, Owen Slot and Peter O'Reilly for a review of NZ pape​rs and a key examination of 'Gatland's Law' in the selection for the Maoris. Also hear why Stuart Barnes is now one fifth Maori and everyones personal highlight of the tour so far.The next episode is on Monday Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/17·29m 20s

The Ruck on tour: Lions personalities shining through

Owen Slot and Stephen Jones go head to head on a range of Lions issues and come out with about 30 seconds worth of agreement. The weekend victory is reviewed, forthcoming test sides picked and despite the lack of a jingle, there's even a new feature in 'Lion of the Week'. Also featured, a review of England's victories in both mens and women's game.The next episode airs on Thursday Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/06/17·35m 2s

The Ruck on tour: how many defeats can the Lions take?

Recorded in Christchurch, The Times' Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones from The Sunday Times, Nick Cain from The Rugby Paper and Tom Hamilton from ESPN, to discuss the latest from the tour. There's a preview of the crucial match against crusaders. The panel also debate the merits of their location and each select Lions who have adapted well to New Zealand so far.Next episode on Monday Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/17·20m 58s

The Ruck on tour: are the Lions doomed?

In this second episode on the road in New Zealand. Stephen Jones is joined by Nick Cain from The Rugby Paper alongside regulars Stuart Barnes and Owen Slot. Up for debate: are the Lions doomed after one match?There's also a full preview of the Lions v Auckland and Stephen reviews the NZ papers, comparing the quality writing to Enid Blyton... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/06/17·20m 52s

The Ruck on tour: Jetlag, roadworks and the first match preview

Recorded in New Zealand The Times' Owen Slot welcomes a bleary eyed Stephen Jones from The Sunday Times, and a jet lagged Jonny Fordham from The Sun for the first Ruck on tour. The panel bring you a flavour of the early days of the tour, hear about team bonding, impressions of the city, a detailed look ahead to the first match, and a comment from Jonny about the Kiwi press seeming a bit 'Aussie lite' which should make him very popular. The Ruck will run bi-weekly from New Zealand, with episodes every Monday and Thursday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/17·29m 17s

The Lions Live Preview Special: Part Two

In this second special edition of the podcast Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes, Lawrence Dallaglio, and a live studio audience to preview the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. The second part sees the panel field a range of challenge questions from the audience. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/17·37m 44s

The Lions Live Preview Special: Part One

In this special edition, Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes, Lawrence Dallaglio, and a live studio audience to preview the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. The panel talk about pre-tour excitement, the challenges of touring a nation completely obsessed with the game and analyse both sides. Also find out why Steven has a special connection to Donald Trump in a Queenstown bar, why in 2005 Lawrence found himself in an deserted hospital after breaking his leg, and how Stuart Barnes found out even the hotel cleaners can be fierce critics. The episode contains some strong language and was recorded live at London Bridge on 22nd May. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/05/17·47m 5s

17. Premiership final preview and Lions build up

In the final northern hemisphere podcast of the season Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and Stephen Jones preview the Premiership final, the Pro 12 final and build up to the lions, talking major injuries and starting combinations. Next week the podcast comes from New Zealand as the Lions Tour finally begins. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/17·37m 23s

16. Are Saracens the greatest club side ever?

This week Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot, Alex Lowe and Adam Hathaway. The panel discuss their highlights of the week, if the Rugby Sevens is actually about rugby and whether Saracens are the greatest English club side of all time. They'll also preview the Premiership and Pro 12 semi-finals before trying to make sense of yet another confusing Eddie Jones selection. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/17·33m 8s

15. Should the residency rules be changed?

Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes to debate all things rugby from the last 7 days.On the agenda: a review of the final weekend of the Premiership and pro 12 seasons. A comprehensive preview for both of the weekends European finals.Theres a fierce debate over residency rules and whether Mike Brown's recent treatment was fair. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/17·35m 2s

14. The huge importance of the grass roots game

Stephen Jones is joined by Owen Slot and Nigel Botherway for a review of the weekend's rugby and a special feature on the state of grass roots rugby. Also covered: the Premiership, Pro 12, who helped their Lions starting prospects and just how do you catch a fish double the size of Billy Vunipola? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/17·34m 51s

13. European Club Rugby matches the International standard

Stephen Jones welcomes Alex Lowe, Alan Dymock, and Adam Hathaway to discuss the week in rugby.On the agenda: A review of the European Semi-Finals and Saracens' seemingly unstoppable march to another European crown, the return of the drop goal and why the England squad still makes no sense 5 days on. There's also a review of Lions players performances and the Pro 12 weekend.Finally Stephen Jones praises the current state of refereeing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/17·35m 10s

12. Slot vs Jones on the Lions, England and Europe

With so much to talk about Owen Slot and Stephen Jones go head to head on the Lions, a 'bizarre' England squad, and the European ties at the weekendCovered in the Podcast: - Concern over the Lions preparation time- Will the squad split in two when the first team is picked?- How do you keep 41 players happy?- The surprises - both exclusions and inclusions- The Scotland issue, why tokenism, is worse than underrepresentation- Weakness at 12, the options are assessed- Astonishment over Eddie Jones' picks for Argentina and why he's got it wrong. - Predictions for a huge European weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/17·33m 34s

11. Rugby's Sergio Garcia moments

Stephen Jones welcomes Stuart Barnes, Owen Slot and Adam Hathaway to discuss the week in rugby and for the first two minutes, The Masters. In a packed podcast, the panel review the Premiership weekend, the Pro 12, and theres an appraisal of the proposed changes for Super Rugby. And with just 1 week until the Lions squad announcement, we hear who's played themselves into contention and who is faltering out of contention at the last. To close the panel choose their 'Sergio Garcia' Rugby moments as they focus on long waits and fairytale moments. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/17·33m 40s

10. Saracens analysed, Sartre on George Ford and the Welsh club mess dissected.

In a packed podcast, Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes and ESPN's Tom Hamilton to cover the week in rugby.On the agenda, Saracens' march to the double, double is unpicked as well as who might stop them, there's also debate over the state of the Welsh clubs and why Ireland haven't suffered the same lack of competitiveness. The Lions squad announcement is only two weeks away and once again the panel's picks have changed.And what would John Paul Sartre make of George Ford's final season at Bath? Stuart Barnes has the answer, in addition to everyone previewing a big weekend of premiership rugby, with the focus on Bath vs Leicester. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/17·36m 2s

9. European quarters, the Lions picture and Newport

Stephen Jones is joined by Nick Cain from the Rugby Paper,Al Dymock from Rugby World, and Adam Hathaway from 'various tabloids' as Stephen puts it. On the agenda this week: european quarter finals, the ever changing Lions picture, and the battle for rugby's heart at Newport. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/17·41m 34s

8. Did anyone have a good Six Nations?

The big questions get answered this week:Did any side have a good tournament?Can anyone make a case for Hartley starting beyond loyalty?What would you give the tournament out of ten?Does Rob Howley deserve the abuse he gets?And who makes team of the tournament?This week Owen Slot is joined by Stephen Jones of The Sunday Times, Jonny Fordham of The Sun, and Steve James from The Times to answer all of the above before welcoming back club rugby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/03/17·34m 5s

England justify the hype and the perils of Welsh press box

This week Stephen Jones welcomes The Times' Owen Slot, World Cup Winner Michael Lynagh and The Sunday Times' Peter O'Reilly.They discuss, England's purple patch and how it's been achieved, the problems with Super 18 rugby, why gloom as descended on Irish rugby so soon after the all blacks triumph and cover all the weekends action.All this plus the usual team of the week sparing and weekend highlights including jager bombs and awkward hugs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/17·35m 7s

6. Alternative rugby destinations and Scotland's mistake with Cotter

This week Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones, Mark Souster and Mark Palmer to discuss England vs Scotland at a crucial stage of the 6 nations. They also pick their perfect alternative rugby destinations and debate the starting line up for the Lions tour. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/17·30m 44s

5. Cynical tactics from...England and European rugby in focus

This week SJA rugby journalist of the year Stephen Jones welcomes The Times' Owen Slot, Rugby World's Deputy Editor, Sarah Mockford and Simon Halliday, Chairman of EPCR. The panel refute the criticism of Italy's lack of rucking, instead pointing the finger at Eddie Jones's diversionary tactics. There's direct questioning of European rugby's current formats to the man in charge. The panel also consider: current TV coverage, their team of the week, and the state of play in women's 6 nations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/02/17·43m 41s

4. Mental health, the Solomona problem and Farrell's progression

This week Owen Slot welcomes The Sunday Times's Stephen Jones, columnist Stuart Barnes, and founder of the Rugby Players' Association Damian Hopley. The panel discuss mental health in the game, showcasing the new 'lift the weight' initiative, as well as covering depression during and after a professional career. On the pitch there's a review of the Premiership action, plenty of forthright opinions on players sticking to their country in the light of Denny Solomona's form, they finish with 6 nations predictions. And there's a tribute to Dan Vickerman, who died this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/17·43m 0s

3. Back to the 5 nations?

The Sunday Times' Stephen Jones welcomes Owen Slot and Steve James from The Times and Jonny Fordham from The SunThis week:The writers pick the highlights of their week, there's full analysis on all six teams, including worrying times for Italy's tournament future.Owen Slot picks his team of the week and the other panelists helpfully pull it apart. All this and how the Lions picture changed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/02/17·45m 11s

2. Conclusions from the opening weekend

After a dramatic start to the 6 nations, Owen Slot welcomes Stephen Jones from The Sunday Times and Alex Lowe from The Times, for a packed programme. The panel take you through their week in rugby, select the team of week one, debate George Ford's move to Leicester and predict the next round of matches. There's also a tribute to Joost van der Westhuizen Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/02/17·43m 2s

1. Six Nations Special

Owen Slot welcomes Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Adam Jones for 45 minutes of lively, light hearted debate on the eve of the 6 nations tournament. In front of a packed audience the panel discuss the teams strengths, weaknesses and players to look out for, all interspersed with telling anecdotes and cutting insight. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/17·45m 40s

The Ruck Trailer

The new Rugby Podcast from The Times. Owen Slot is joined by Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones, and Adam Jones for a lively debate recorded in front of live audience. Episode One features a comprehensive preview to the Six Nations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/17·1m 3s
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