Rugby Union Weekly

Rugby Union Weekly

By BBC Radio 5 live

Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week


Exeter's double and the Six Nations returns!

The Premiership season is finally over! Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones look back at Exeter's victory at Twickenham which saw them complete the double for the first time in their history. They are joined on the pod by Eddie Jones to discuss the Barbarians game that never happened and his latest England squad ahead of the Six Nations final weekend. Will England claim the title in Rome? Or will Ireland clinch the championship with victory in Paris?
26/10/2051m 59s

Slade, Sheedy and will Wasps make it to Twickenham?

Exeter are the new kings of Europe so Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones are joined by Henry Slade after he helped the Chiefs beat Racing 92 in a dramatic final at Ashton Gate. They also chat to Wales fly-half Callum Sheedy about Bristol's Challenge Cup victory and the prospect of playing in the Premiership final with Wasps' place in doubt. There is also a look at Ireland's Six Nations game with Italy and Caleb Clarke's standout performance in the Bledisloe Cup.
19/10/2056m 54s

A Chief, Hogg v Russell and Piña Coladas

A bonus pod for you all about the Champions Cup final. Ugo Monye, Matt Dawson and Chris Jones join Sonja McLaughlan to discuss whether Exeter will be crowned the best side in Europe. They speak to Chiefs winger Tom O'Flaherty about his role in the side and how he feels about the forwards scoring all the tries. Ugo and Matt reveal what it's like facing a good friend in a final as Scotland team-mates Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell prepare to do battle in Bristol. And our French correspondent Johnnie Beattie stops by to run the rule over Exeter's opponents Racing 92.
15/10/2045m 29s

Jackal Willis and Simmonds the Viper

Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones look back at the Premiership semi-finals. Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth drops by to chat about Jack Willis, Lee Blackett and facing Exeter in the final. Exeter fly-half Joe Simmonds gets compared to 'The Viper' Randy Orton and the 'Ash Splash' takes on a whole new meaning in one of many wrestling references this week. There is plenty on the dramatic draw in the Bledisloe Cup plus a discussion on player welfare and managing pain.
12/10/2055m 29s

Sale, semi-finals and England's bubble

So Sale's season is officially over. Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones join Sonja McLaughlan to discuss the Sale saga and where the sport goes from here. Which Premiership semi-final is everyone excited about? Should the 2021 Six Nations be delayed? Plus, hear from Eddie Jones on the England bubble and why their autumn fixtures are so important.
08/10/2040m 13s

The Sale saga and Eddie's England experiment

Will Sale get to play their rescheduled match with Worcester? Will this season ever end? Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care reflect on a dramatic few days at Sale after 16 players tested positive for Covid-19. We pick our ones to watch in Eddie Jones' England squad for the autumn internationals. Plus, a listener stumbles across an unusual photo of Danny in an Oxfordshire pub.
05/10/2048m 2s

Russell, Steenson and a tweet to Boris Johnson

Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton look back at the Champions Cup semi-finals. They speak to Exeter's Gareth Steenson about his fairytale journey with the club and find out where to get the best Guinness in Devon. Finn Russell is also on the pod after he helped Racing 92 into the final. He talks about life in Paris, initiations and his Scotland future. Plus, find out why Ugo decided to tweet to the Prime Minister this week.
28/09/2054m 55s

The penultimate dance for Saracens?

Saracens' scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth joins Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to discuss their stunning victory over Leinster, what it meant to the players and his future. But where did it go wrong for Leinster and how long can they rely on Johnny Sexton? Manny Iyogun has debut to remember and it was a day to forget for Ulster as Cheslin Kolbe showcased his dazzling footwork.
21/09/2046m 26s

A big week in Europe and late night bus journeys

It's a massive week in the Champions Cup so Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones look ahead to the big match at the Aviva between Leinster and Saracens, plus the injury crisis facing Northampton ahead of their trip to Exeter. They also discuss late night coach journeys back from a match and Ashy reveals what it's like to face a disciplinary panel after Owen Farrell's five match ban.
15/09/2042m 1s

Farrell's ban, fans return and Jack Nowell's man cave

Owen Farrell's red card is the big talking point this week for Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones. Exeter's Jack Nowell joins the pod from his man cave to discuss the hunt for silverware, how Rob Baxter has changed and his England ambitions. Danny explains what it was like to play in front of fans again and there was heartbreak for Edinburgh in the Pro14 semi-final.
08/09/2047m 58s

Jack Willis, misunderstood players and is midweek rugby the future?

Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones are joined by the Premiership's in-form player, Wasps' flanker Jack Willis. They also try to predict who will finish in the top four, ask whether midweek games are the future and look at supporters returning to the Premiership. Flo Williams joins the pod after she sparked an online movement following the way the new Irish women's kit was launched. Plus, after being inspired by the new Nicolas Anelka film, we debate which rugby players are the most misunderstood.
02/09/201h 6m

Bonus Pod: 25 years of professionalism

With professional rugby now 25 years old, Chris Jones and Matt Dawson join Sonja McLaughlan to reflect on how the game has changed and the challenges that lie ahead. World Rugby boss Brett Gosper outlines his vision for the game, and RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney tells the pod he wants rugby to be competing with football in the next 25 years. Former England fly-half Rob Andrew and Matt reminisce about the amateur game and balancing a full-time job while playing. Plus, there is a look at player welfare with Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford after he was forced to retire at 27.
28/08/201h 2m

The Sheriff, JP Doyle and a tale of two mullets

Mullets are high on the agenda this week. Jack Goodhue may have said goodbye to his, but it's proving a popular hairstyle with players since the restart. Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones are joined by pod favourite Ken Owens to discuss the return of the Pro14 and what he could bring to the Lions tour next year if selected. Danny talks about his Harelquins team-mate Jack Clifford being forced to retire at 27 and we catch up with referee JP Doyle after he was made redundant by the RFU.
25/08/201h 5m

Rugby's return and Luke Cowan-Sickie

So rugby is back but with a difference. No crowds, more penalties and club bars being used as changing rooms. Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Chris Ashton give their take on the Premiership's return. They also discuss which rugby shirts are appropriate to wear in public and Luke Cowan-Dickie's unfortunate try celebration.
17/08/2048m 25s

The road to Twickenham starts here!

The pod is back with the return of the Premiership just around the corner. Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care look at what we can expect after five months away. There's been a lot of movement during lockdown, so which signings have caught the eye? And how will the players cope with the gruelling schedule planned over the next 12 months? There is also a look at how the sport will show support for the Black Lives Matter movement on the opening weekend.
11/08/2057m 25s

Another Bill and a mid-season break

Danny Care, Chris Ashton, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones chat to RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney in the final pod before a mid-season/end of season break. We discuss the global calendar, fans returning to rugby, Swing Low and diversity in English rugby. We also pick our favourite pods of the season, and who will take the spoils in our final quiz on rugby’s greatest player?
23/06/201h 4m

'Shameful week for domestic rugby’

Danny, Ugo and Chris Jones discuss the row over pay cuts between the players and the Premiership clubs with RPA chairman Mark Lambert. We also reflect on our rugby and race pod, Danny’s back in training and who knows the most about Warren Gatland in the quiz?
16/06/2058m 33s

Rugby and race

Ugo Monye and Chris Jones are joined by England and Saracens lock Maro Itoje to discuss race in rugby. We also chat to Anthony Watson, Christian Wade, Beno Obano, Nathan Earle and coach Collin Osborne to discuss diversifying the game, the portrayal of black rugby players in the media and their experiences of racism in both rugby and society.
09/06/201h 18m

From rugby player to stay-at-home Dad

Chris Jones, Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton are back together to chat to former Scotland captain John Barclay, who opens up about life after rugby and his own uncertain future. We also talk about a prospective new global calendar, discuss issues in the game with top administrator Mark Evans, and the quiz is back with a bang.
02/06/201h 1m

Rugby in the Dragon's Den

Chris Jones, Danny and Ugo chat to Bristol Bears owner Steve Lansdown about the salary cap, marquee players, resuming sport and what football and rugby can learn from each other. Danny also voices the players' worries about returning to full training, and for one week only, the quiz is furloughed.
25/05/2056m 23s

Lord Myners and Fireman Dan

Danny Care, Chris Ashton, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones discuss the salary cap recommendations set out in Lord Myners’ report, including greater accountability for players and the impact of marquee players on the Premiership. We also chat Danny’s heroics, Ugo’s Barbies and it goes down to the wire in this week’s fly-halves quiz.
18/05/2054m 22s

Super Rugby, a controversial Bronco and a Hall of Famer

Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones chat to England centre Joe Marchant about life at the Auckland Blues ahead of rugby restarting in New Zealand. We also discuss how the Lions tour could be affected by coronavirus, Chris Ashton gets some surprising news in this week’s quiz and who is rugby’s Dennis Rodman?
11/05/2058m 56s

Big Bill, 50K and a Rolls-Royce

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones discuss another eventful week in rugby as we argue over whether the current domestic season should be canned or not, we discuss 'Big Bill' and his promise of a new world rugby calendar and chat the good, the bad and the ugly of rugby agents. We also speak to England fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean about her recent move to Sale Sharks, and there's a surprise winner in this week's quiz.
04/05/201h 8m

Rugby on the frontline: Leigh Hewison

In the final episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Firwood Waterloo Ladies prop Leigh Hewison who is also a prison officer at HMP Forest Bank.
30/04/2019m 38s

Fat club and Genge's revolution

England and Leicester prop Ellis Genge joins a full house on the podcast as he explains his groundbreaking plans to set up a new players' union. Chris Ashton is back to chat 5km times, favourite pre-season memories and how you end up in fat club with Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones. And can Jamie George make it four-in-a-row in the quiz?
28/04/201h 3m

Rugby on the frontline: Simi Pam and Clea Fawcett

In the fourth episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Bristol Bears Women team-mates Simi Pam and Clea Fawcett, who are both working as NHS doctors on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.
23/04/2026m 4s

Agustin Pichot: 'I am not an anarchist'

In this bonus episode, Chris Jones speaks to Argentinian great Agustin Pichot, who is looking to oust Sir Bill Beaumont as World Rugby chairman. Pichot shares how he intends to shake up World Rugby, and with the voting opening in a few days, Ugo and Chris discuss how this race for the top job could end up being good for rugby union - whoever ends up winning.
22/04/2039m 10s

Two Lions and two pop stars

Ugo, Chris Jones and Danny are joined by Saracens and England hooker Jamie George for the third week in a row as he goes for a hat-trick in the quiz. We also discuss what makes being a British and Irish Lion so special, that 2009 tour to South Africa and former Scotland winger-turned-pop-star Thom Evans pops on the pod to teach us his TikTok.
20/04/2057m 39s

Rugby on the frontline: Claire Molloy

In the third episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Wasps and Ireland flanker Claire Molloy, who is also an A&E doctor working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.
16/04/2023m 1s

Birthday suits and a master chef

Danny Care and Chris Jones put on their best suits in honour of Ugo Monye's birthday as we chat to Masterchef semi-finalist and former Northampton lock Christian Day about steaks and seasoning. We also chat transfer conundrums after Jonny May's move to Gloucester, player pay cuts and reigning champion Jamie George is back to take on this week's quiz.
14/04/2059m 9s

Rugby on the frontline: Karen Findlay

In the second episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Harlequins Ladies co-head coach Karen Findlay, who is also a Chief Superintendent in the Met Police and working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.
09/04/2025m 22s

Rugby on the frontline: Karen Findlay

In the second episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Harlequins Ladies co-head coach Karen Findlay, who is also a Chief Superintendent in the Met Police and working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.
09/04/2025m 22s

Ones to watch and a close shave

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones are joined by Saracens and England hooker Jamie George as we discuss the big news of the week in Eddie Jones' contract extension and debate which young players could emerge for 2023. Jamie also takes on the team in our Lions quiz, and how much money would we have to raise for Danny to shave his hair off?
06/04/201h 0m

Rugby on the frontline: Jade Knight

In the first of a new series, Sara Orchard chats to Saracens and Wales scrum-half Jade Knight, who is also a midwife working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.
02/04/2021m 58s

Quarantash and furloughed players

Chris Ashton is back on the pod with Danny, Ugo and Chris Jones as we compare workout routines, check in with friend of the pod Tito Tebaldi in Italy and we put finance expert Sean Farrington to the test as we ask: what exactly is a furloughed employee and could rugby players be next?
30/03/2049m 20s

Alex Corbisiero: 'I didn't think it would happen to me'

In this special episode, England and Lions prop Alex Corbisiero opens up about his battle with testicular cancer at the age of 31. He talks through his diagnosis and surgery, and the mental and physical toll of the process. Now in remission, he also gives some important advice to men in his age bracket.
26/03/2028m 52s

Cuts, Flood and Isolation

Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones pod from their own sofas as we discuss the latest cuts to player wages in the Premiership and ask where clubs have spent their CVC money. Newcastle Falcons fly-half Toby Flood also joins the pod to chat training regimes, occupying kids and if Newcastle will be promoted to the Premiership. Finally, we put everyone's knowledge to the test with a quiz on scrum-halves.
24/03/2047m 0s

Coronavirus: what next for rugby?

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones continue to pod as we discuss the suspension of rugby because of coronavirus. We debate what happens next, if rugby can finish the season, and will England's tour to Japan go ahead? We also ask which rugby player would you choose to self-isolate with and which classic match would you watch back?
16/03/2032m 33s

Women's Six Nations: To be continued...

Sara and Phil are joined by commentator Nick Heath for the final Women's Wednesdays of the Six Nations. With fixtures postponed due to Coronavirus, we give each team a 'mid-term report', chat to former Irish international Lynne Cantwell about Ireland's future, and where does the women's Six Nations go from here?
11/03/2044m 33s

An unwanted house guest

Danny Care pods from his sofa with his new house guest Chris Ashton as we finally discuss Ashy's move from Sale to Harlequins. We also chat Joe Marler's incident with Alun Wyn Jones, how Scotland shocked France and how much does George Kruis love line-outs?
09/03/2036m 52s

Bonus Pod: Red mist and red cards

Chris and Ugo have a late trip to the studio to record a bonus pod. They analyse Manu Tuilagi's red card, Joe Marler's off the ball incident with Alun Wyn-Jones and where Wales are at under Wayne Pivac. The second red card of the weekend came at Murrayfield as Scotland ended France's Grand Slam hopes. They discuss Mohamed Haouas seeing red and praise the Scottish defence which has only conceded four tries all tournament.
09/03/2030m 39s

Women's Six Nations: Inside the England camp

Sara and Phil head to England team hotel for a bonus episode of Women's Wednesdays. We chat to World Player of the Year Emily Scarratt about her whistle-stop tour to Tokyo and her 'rivalry' with Katy Daly-Mclean. And two of England's jokers - Poppy Cleall and Hannah Botterman - take on our Tweet challenge.
07/03/2029m 57s

Pod on tour: Inside the Wales camp

Ugo and Chris get the train to Cardiff to go inside the Wales camp as we join Hadleigh Parkes and his friends and family to chat new centre partnerships and new babies. We ask Josh Navidi what his DJ name would be and who will actually play 10 for Wales on Saturday?
05/03/2037m 31s

Women's Six Nations: Inside the England camp

Sara and Phil head to England team hotel for a bonus episode of Women's Wednesdays. We chat to World Player of the Year Emily Scarratt about her whistle-stop tour to Tokyo and her 'rivalry' with Katy Daly-Mclean. And two of England's jokers - Poppy Cleall and Hannah Botterman - take on our tweet challenge.
04/03/2029m 57s

A weird week in rugby

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones bring you all biggest news stories of the week including pod presenter Chris Ashton’s departure from Sale, Harlequins’ controversial penalty try at Exeter, and how will coronavirus affect the Six Nations? We also chat Wales’ injury crisis at 10, could France slip-up against Scotland and will the Six Nations disappear off free-to-air TV?
02/03/2056m 43s

The tale of two fanatical advocates of rugby league

Sandy Shipley, is a Toronto Wolfpack superfan and she reveals some myth-busting facts about Toronto, plus Julia Lee, a pioneer for the women’s game back in the 1980’s when she became the first woman to officiate a men's rugby league game in the UK. Julia took up refereeing aged 17 after seeing an advert in a matchday programme while watching her beloved Hull KR.
02/03/2033m 33s

Women’s Six Nations: Coronavirus, Squat Toilets and a Half Century

Phil and Sara discuss Scotland’s postponed match against Italy due to an outbreak of Coronavirus, Phil is encouraged by Wales’ performance despite their 50-0 thrashing by France, and we speak to former England captain Catherine Spencer about conditions in women’s rugby and ask, have they improved?
26/02/2035m 0s

France on fire, absent Ireland and how is social media affecting mental health?

Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Ugo Monye discuss the game of the weekend in Cardiff, whether Johnny Sexton should still be playing 10 for Ireland and are Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont the best half-backs in the world? And after Danny Cipriani’s Instagram post, we discuss social media and the impact on mental health for rugby players and pundits. If you have been affected by any of the topics involved in this podcast, please visit for details of organisations that may be able to help.
24/02/2058m 40s

Bonus Pod: England silence the 'sausages'

England looked back to their best as they ended Ireland's Grand Slam hopes in emphatic fashion. Chris Jones is joined by Matt Dawson and Jamie Heaslip to bring you a bonus pod from Twickenham. We chat about England silencing their critics, Owen getting the bragging rights in the Farrell household and whether France delivered their best performance in a decade this weekend.
23/02/2027m 7s

Bonus Pod: Two Farrells, One Ford and a Social Sec

Ugo and Chris Jones go inside the England camp ahead of the big match against Ireland at Twickenham. George Ford opens up on tactics, pressure and facing your father, we chat to Eddie Jones about the Farrell family tree, and Elliot Daly reveals the struggles of being England's social secretary.
21/02/2035m 41s

A father, a son and a sober sheriff

Chris, Danny and Ugo are back together to look ahead to a pivotal round three of the Six Nations. We check in at the Wales camp with pod favourite Ken Owens who reveals why he’s called The Sheriff, recollects his last pod appearance, and discusses Shaun Edwards’ return to Cardiff. Danny explains why Owen and Andy Farrell are two peas in a pod as England prepare to host Ireland on Sunday and we ask what the future holds for Championship clubs after their funding was slashed.
17/02/201h 2m

Women’s Six Nations: Small balls and thongs

Phil and Sara chat Storm Ciara, cold showers and horrible conditions as we celebrate England’s Emily Scarratt on her record-breaking weekend. We also speak to referees Sara Cox and JP Doyle about being called ‘Sir’ and should women play with smaller rugby balls?
12/02/2034m 44s

Sausages and Finnterviews

Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones look back at England's win at Murrayfield and they chat about that sausage interview. They discuss Finn Russell's comments on his fallout with Gregor Townsend and ask whether Stuart Hogg is the right man to captain Scotland. There's some love for France scrum-half Antoine Dupon and Jamie Heaslip discusses Ireland's win in Dublin over Wales.
10/02/2056m 33s

Calcutta Cup: 'The biggest game you'll play'

Chris Jones heads to Edinburgh to speak to Gregor Townsend ahead of Scotland v England at Murrayfield. We get the latest on Finn Russell, chat 'niggly' Scotland and Magnus Bradbury and Rory Hutchinson compete in our Calcutta Cup quiz.
06/02/2036m 13s

Women’s Six Nations: Scarratt or Jones?

Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett are back for #WomensWednesdays as we speak to Wales centre Hannah Jones and interrupt her P.E teaching. We also chat poor Scottish handling, the try of the weekend and have a little moan about the fixtures.
05/02/2031m 36s

Spills, spirals and Centre Parcs

Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones unpick the opening weekend of the Six Nations as we discuss Eddie Jones’ selection policy and whether Owen Farrell needs more voices around him on the field. We also ask did Andy Farrell play it too safe, should Nick Tompkins start for Wales in Dublin and just how good was Antoine Dupont?
04/02/2056m 22s

Bonus Pod: Confusing England and the Edwards effect

Chris Jones, Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson bring you a bonus podcast from inside the Stade de France after England's defeat by France. We discuss Eddie's wind-up tactics, the instant impact of Shaun Edwards and all our highlights of the opening weekend.
02/02/2022m 20s

The Big (Women’s) Six Nations Preview

Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett head to the Six Nations launch alongside Ugo Monye and Chris Jones. We chat to the women’s captains and coaches, and we also launch our new women’s Six Nations podcast
29/01/2039m 47s

Ashton’s house and a two-pint limit

Chris Ashton sits down with Danny Care to give his side of the story on buying a house with Nigel Wray. We also speak to Chris Jones inside the England camp in Portugal, discuss Kyle Sinckler’s move to Bristol, and after Finn Russell’s misdemeanours in the Scotland camp, we ask is two pints too many?
27/01/2056m 35s

The Big (Men's) Six Nations Preview Pod

It's that time of year again. Chris and Ugo are back at the Six Nations launch to chat to Johnny Sexton, Stuart Hogg, Owen Farrell, Alun Wyn Jones and all of their coaches. The Six Nations is back!
23/01/201h 6m

Don’t f*** with caps

Danny and Chris Ashton are back with Ugo as they give their thoughts on the Saracens salary cap scandal. We also react to England’s Six Nations’ squad as Chris Jones speaks to Eddie Jones from inside the camp, we chat Champions Cup quarter-finals and could we see Owen Farrell in the Championship next season?
20/01/2055m 9s

Saracens Special

Ugo and Chris are at Allianz Park for a special podcast to discuss the biggest story in club rugby history. With Saracens’ relegation from the Premiership confirmed, we’re joined by former Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter and BBC reporter Laura Scott, who first broke the salary cap scandal, to chat what Saracens did, what's happening now and where they go next.
20/01/2058m 49s

Stuart Lancaster: The Leinster Redemption

Chris Jones heads to Dublin to sit down with Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster to look back at his last decade in coaching. With Leinster dominating both domestically and in Europe, Lancaster shares some of the secrets of their success, reflects on his time as the England head coach and we look at the coaching changes ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.
15/01/2050m 32s

Wiggy, Louis and Monye Mania

Ugo and Chris round-up another hectic weekend in Europe as we chat to Saracens’ scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth as they head towards a possible Champions Cup quarter-final with Exeter. We also talk Louis Rees-Zammit ahead of Wales’ Six Nations squad announcement, what Scotland need next and Ugo explains ‘Monye Mania’ and changing in a puddle.
13/01/2058m 53s

The pod derby fall-out and fat testing

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones review the first ever pod derby as Danny talks us through his birthday in Sale and Chris Ashton pops in for a quick gloat. We also chat big transfer news, high tackles and Danny explains an unconventional way of cheating a fat test.
07/01/2053m 44s

Too much turkey and the Burger King incident

Danny, Ugo and Chris Ashton discuss the weekend’s grudge match between Exeter and Saracens and Rob Baxter’s comments after. We also chat training after too much turkey, our predictions for the next decade and we invite special guest Shire onto the pod to talk us through a famous night in Burger King with Chris Ashton.
30/12/1950m 47s

Rugby Union Weekly's team of the decade

In Rugby Union Weekly's Christmas special, Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care choose their global team of the decade. How many Home Nations' players can edge out an All Black? Who makes it from Australia and South Africa and crucially, who coaches the side? Also, there's a chance for you to have your say as we ask you to select the captain.
23/12/191h 12m

High balls, insults and throwing in the towel

Chris Ashton, Ugo Monye and Danny Care are back together to discuss the worst things they’ve ever heard, or said on a rugby pitch. We also ask if English teams are throwing in the towel in the Champions Cup, should John Cooney be Ireland’s scrum-half in the Six Nations and what’s the hardest skill in rugby?
17/12/1943m 35s

Faf de Klerk pods in his pants

Chris Ashton and Danny Care sit down Faf de Klerk in those famous South African pants to discuss winning the World Cup, boozy celebrations, the secret to beating England and life back in beautiful Manchester.
12/12/1932m 23s

A couple of mavericks and the art of box-kicking

Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones chat to Scottish maverick Finn Russell about life in Paris and putting Scotland’s World Cup behind him. We also discuss how Leinster beat up Premiership front-runners Northampton in the Champions Cup, Danny selects his Lions XV and just how difficult is it to execute the perfect box-kick?
09/12/1949m 10s

Mary, Jesus and a chirpy Northerner

Ugo, Chris and Danny are back together in time for Christmas as we discuss Semi Radradra, Leicester’s woes and the secret behind Northampton’s success. We also chat Wales, Eddie Jones’ book and ask; are Premiership teams better off without England players?
02/12/1953m 35s

A Finntastic try and the greatest rugby book of all time

Ugo Monye, Chris Ashton and Danny Care discuss Finn Russell's amazing try and the rest of the weekend's Champions Cup action. Ashy is forced to talk about his book Splashdown, but still refuses to reveal how many copies it actually sold. They also chat about drug testing in the sport and providing samples after a game. Natasha Hunt joins the pod after making her 50th cap for the Red Roses and it's the end of the road for Try Star.
25/11/1949m 28s

Tom Smith: My fight and my family

“The uncertainty is something which provokes fear. I’d like to bring as much certainty as I can to the future of my family." Scottish and Lions legend Tom Smith sits down with Elly Oldroyd to discuss dealing with cancer. In August 2019 Tom was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer which has spread to his liver and brain. He talks openly about the devastating news, the support he's received and reflects on his illustrious career.
21/11/1929m 55s

The real Dylan Hartley (and more Saracens)

It’s only taken two months but finally we’ve managed to get Danny, Ugo and Chris all on the same pod. They’re joined by Dylan Hartley who chats about his decision to retire, captaining England and what’s next for him. There’s more on Saracens who aren’t appealing their points deduction and fine for breaking the salary cap. Plus, there’s a look at the opening weekend of the Champions Cup, which didn’t go to plan for Danny and Chris.
18/11/1952m 59s

A big Gatland interview, Saracens and Hartley's retirement

Ugo Monye and Chris Ashton chat to Warren Gatland about the World Cup, his time at Wales and about his relationship with Eddie Jones. They also get him to pick his Lions captain for the tour of South Africa and Gatland reveals how he nearly ended up getting the France job. There's still plenty to discuss around Saracens and we look at Dylan Hartley's career after he announced his retirement.
11/11/1952m 10s

What’s going on at Saracens?

It’s the biggest club rugby story since ‘Bloodgate’. Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined £5.3m for breaching salary cap rules. What impact will it have on Saracens? Are the sanctions fair or should they have been harsher? How have other clubs and players reacted to the news? We’ve interrupted Chris Jones’ holiday to bring you a special pod with Danny Care and commentator Alastair Eykyn to explain it all.
06/11/1941m 47s

Ugo's big return... sort of!

Ugo is finally back on the pod but he's been stood up by Chris and Danny. They have more pressing issues at hand so our normal podding service will resume next week! But Ugo prides himself on being the consummate professional so he's turned up with some interesting stats on the World Cup, and is keen to discuss them with Paddy the engineer, who is forced to make a special guest appearance.
04/11/196m 21s

Bonus Pod: England stunned by South Africa in World Cup final

Chris Jones and Matt Dawson are back in the minibus to record another pod as they leave the Yokohama stadium, but the mood is very different a week after England's dominant victory over the All Blacks. Eddie Jones' side were outplayed by South Africa in the World Cup final so Chris and Matt try and pinpoint where it went wrong. They also discuss the significance of this victory for South Africa and their captain Siya Kolisi, and reflect on the last seven weeks in Japan.
02/11/1931m 23s

Your World Cup final team talk

It’s the night before the World Cup final, the next 24 hours are crucial. So Chris Jones has got two World Cup winners – Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson – to give you, the Rugby Union Weekly listeners, some advice on how to prepare for the big match.
01/11/195m 5s

Inside the England camp: The World Cup Final Preview

Chris Jones and Tom Fordyce visit the England team for the final time ahead of their World Cup final against South Africa. They speak to Eddie Jones about the emotion of the day. Captain Owen Farrell defends his culinary skills and why he feels the time is right for this team to lift the trophy. Jamie George reveals how the team worked on their togetherness ahead of the World Cup. Plus, Mako Vunipola tell us about helping Billy deal with all the ticket requests for the final.
31/10/1930m 57s

The 2003 Reunion Pod: How to win a World Cup

Ahead of England's World Cup final this weekend, we managed to get five winners from the 2003 squad together for a special pod. Martin Johnson, Mike Tindall, Matt Dawson, Paul Grayson and Jason Leonard sit down to relive their famous World Cup triumph 16 years ago and remember what the week leading up to the final was like. They give advice to the 2019 hopefuls and how they should approach such a huge occasion.
30/10/1947m 12s

South Africa: What would it mean to win the World Cup?

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa, Chris Jones is joined by the man who lifted the trophy for the Springboks in 2007, former captain John Smit and their ex front-rower Hanyani Shimange to discuss how big an impact winning the trophy in Tokyo would have on the country. We find out why John and Hanyani feel it’d even top winning on home soil in 1995, the story behind current skipper Siya Kolisi, and how John narrowly avoided missing the semi-final.
29/10/1931m 59s

Eddie's hotel, Curry's new cats and dodgy tattoos

Danny Care and Chris Ashton are joined by Ben Curry before he jets off to Japan to see his brother Tom ahead of England's World Cup final. He talks about living in a basement, arm wrestles with Tom and his new cats. Danny and Chris enjoy Ross Kemp's Twitter videos and reveal Eddie Jones is still living in a hotel. They compare dodgy tattoos, discuss the art of box-kicking, plus Wales legend Adam Jones joins the pod to chat about Alun Wyn Jones.
28/10/1950m 1s

Bonus Pod: Heartbreak for Wales. Heaven for England.

Wales fall just short of a first World Cup final and a mouth-watering encounter with England. Handre Pollard’s late penalty sealed victory for the Springboks in Yokohama. Matt Dawson and Chris Jones reflect on that heartbreaking defeat and discuss where Warren Gatland’s side fell short. Matt and Chris also look back on England’s superb win over the All Blacks on Saturday and how Eddie Jones has masterminded their run to the final.
27/10/1932m 16s

The England semi-final pod: Disneyland, Itoje and Watson

Chris and Tom are in Disneyland of all places to check in the with England team before their World Cup semi-final. They sit down with Maro Itoje to pick a Disney XV and Anthony Watson tells us about the time he and Kyle Sinckler got stranded at sea. And ahead of England's showdown with the All BlacksChris speaks to World Cup winner Israel Dagg.
24/10/1951m 1s

The Wales semi-final pod: Moriarty, Beard and a martial arts expert

Chris visits the Wales camp ahead of their World Cup semi-final against South Africa. Adam Beard talks about almost getting into a fight with Alun Wyn-Jones and Ross Moriarty relives his eventful game against France. Nicky Robinson, Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson look at what Wales need to improve on to reach a first World Cup final. Plus, Chris speaks to the martial arts expert who's been helping Wales during their stay in Japan.
23/10/1947m 46s

The final four, Peyper's photo and Sinckler's prank calls

Chris and Danny go big on Kyle Sinckler and reveal his love for a prank call. There's some love for Tom Curry (sort of) and they both pick a combined England and All Black XV. Jaco Peyper's photo with the Wales fans is a big talking point and so is Sebastien Vahaamahina's red card. There's also a look at the other semi-final between Wales and South Africa.
21/10/1943m 17s

Bonus Pod: Oita utopia for Wales and England

Chris Jones has taken control of a bonus pod and brought Matt Dawson and Jamie Heaslip along to dissect quarter-final weekend. England and Wales march on but can anyone stop the All Blacks? And where did it go so wrong for Ireland?
20/10/1937m 30s

Ford loses keys to No 10, Welsh optimism and hedgehog cafes

Chris Jones and Tom Fordyce visit the England and Wales camps ahead of the quarter-finals. George Ford being dropped is the big talking point at the England hotel. Billy Vunipola joins the pod to discuss World Cup legacies and Tom has been to see Joe Marler to chat hedgehog cafes and the Aussies. George North talks about Hadleigh Parkes’ budgie smugglers and why the Wales camp is so relaxed. Plus, Stirling Mortlock gives us some insight into Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones.
17/10/1952m 32s

The All Blacks: A Podumentary

What does it take to be an All Black? Chris Jones takes an in-depth look into the New Zealand rugby team – but to give us a proper insight into the All Blacks we needed to recruit some big names, so we called on Tana Umaga, Keven Mealamu and Andrew Mehrtens. They tell us about the lure of the silver fern, the pressure that comes with it, what it takes to be captain and the cultural significance of the Haka.
16/10/1955m 8s

Quarter-finals, Try Star and Wolverine blood

Danny Care and Chris Ashton look ahead to the quarter-finals. They tell us what Eddie Jones is like before a big game and what it's like to be eliminated from a World Cup. Ireland legend Jamie Heaslip helps us figure out how to beat the All Blacks. They discuss where Wales could come unstuck against France and can Japan's fairytale run at their home tournament continue? And there's a big shout out for Ben Foden and his band Try Star.
14/10/1946m 15s

Bonus Pod: Japanese joy and Scotland are out of the World Cup

Scotland’s World Cup is over for another four years. Chris Ashton and Chris Jones reflect on their defeat to Japan and get the thoughts of a disappointed Rory Lawson. But there’s plenty of love for the hosts and their style of play. There’s also a quick look at Ireland’s win over Samoa which sets up a quarter-final with holders New Zealand.
13/10/1921m 59s

The Hobgoblin and Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis is the big talking point as pod fans descend on the Hobgoblin in Tokyo. Chris and Tom Fordyce speak to some rather concerned Scotland fans and some rather more philosophical England fans. There's also some singing, bowing deer and talk of robot restaurants. Chris Ashton speaks to scrum-half Ali Price about the injury that ended his World Cup, Scotland’s big showdown with Japan and Wales reaching the quarter-finals.
10/10/1946m 13s

Typhoon Ashton and Owen Farrell's wedding

Danny Care and Chris Ashton give some fascinating insight on Owen Farrell and a great story from his wedding. They discuss why captain's always get the best hotel rooms on tour and the dark arts behind a crooked feed. BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker talk typhoons and Chris Jones has been to see winger Jonny May in the England camp.
07/10/1949m 11s

Bonus Pod: An England debrief, a giant rat and a sex shop

Chris Jones has finally left his hotel to experience some Japanese culture. He and Chris Ashton analyse England's victory over 14-man Argentina to reach the quarter-finals. They discuss the injury to Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Tomas Lavanini's red card. Plus, they look at France after their win over Tonga and Andrea Lovotti's dangerous tackle on Duane Vermeulen.
06/10/1925m 4s

England’s first big test, Sonny shines and Samurai or Sumo?

Danny is back on the pod to chat about England’s team selection ahead of Saturday’s match against Argentina. He’s roped in former All Black Nick Evans and Springbok legend Bob Skinstad for some help. They also discuss another uninspiring Ireland performance. Tom Fordyce is back in the England camp, this time to see Maro Itoje and chat about everything apart from rugby. Chris Jones finds out why expectations are so low for the French team back home and speaks to former All Black captain Tana Umaga about Sonny Bill Williams.
03/10/1952m 6s

An epic Welsh win, Japanese joy and a World Cup quiz

Chris Ashton and Chris Jones look back at a brilliant weekend of World Cup rugby. They discuss Wales’ thrilling win over Australia and Jamie Heaslip is back on the pod to discuss where it went wrong for Ireland against Japan. England’s Kyle Sinckler takes our World Cup quiz, Scotland get off the mark and there’s a big debate on bonus points.
30/09/1951m 3s

Dominant England, the baby rhino and love hotels

England score seven tries as they thrash the USA, Matt Dawson joins Danny to discuss Ellis Genge, back three options and whether George Ford should stay at fly-half. You will hear from Eddie Jones, Danny and Chris discuss the first red card of the World Cup and Uruguay’s stunning victory over Fiji. Plus, Chris has been to meet a couple of pod fans to chat about Japan and learn about their unusual hotel.
26/09/1943m 56s

Inside the England camp: Eddie the tour guide, speedy rats and bum bags

Chris and producer Louise join Tom Fordyce in the England hotel for a special bonus pod. They compare breakfast options and discuss the importance of bum bags on tour. Eddie Jones gives us the lowdown on Kobe and chats about England’s game against the USA. We ask George Ford to compare his team-mates to animals and welcome World Cup winner Paul Grayson to the pod and quiz him on England.
25/09/1935m 22s

Kobe beef, Eddie cam and don’t mess with Manu

Chris has made it to Kobe and is very excited to try the local beef. Danny asks Chris Ashton about his beef with the Tuilagis and what it was like to get punched by Manu. Ireland's pack and Connor Murray get some love from Jamie Heaslip, we discuss that tackle on Billy Vunipola and debate some of the controversial calls from the opening weekend.
23/09/1950m 40s

Bonus Pod: Super Saturday and Satisfactory Sunday

It's the first bonus pod of the World Cup as Danny and Chris review the opening weekend. They pick their favourite game, look at where it went wrong for Scotland and where it went right for Ireland. We hear about Ugo's hairdresser, Chris' search for the perfect bar and reflect on a scrappy England performance in their win over Tonga.
22/09/1922m 35s

Wales in turmoil, King Kolisi and a guide to Japanese toilets

Danny invites a whole host of guests to keep him company in London as Chris gets to grips with Tokyo with a Japanese expert. Billy Vunipola talks about watching his father play for Tonga as he prepares to face the southern Pacific nation. Plus Bobby Skinstadt tells us why Siya Kolisi’s tale is inspiring the nation of South Africa.
19/09/1952m 22s

The World Cup starts here! With Ashton, Heaslip and Tana Umaga

Chris joins Danny on the sofa for one last time before he jets off to Japan. Ugo’s gone on loan for the Rugby World Cup but taking his place for the next seven weeks is Chris Ashton! All Blacks legend Tana Umaga joins us to talk New Zealand, our Ireland correspondent Jamie Heaslip is back on the pod and we find out what Tom Fordyce of That Peter Crouch Podcast fame has been up to in the England camp. Plus, Chris and Danny pick their top three wingers and scrum-halves to watch out for in Japan.
16/09/1952m 35s

Project players, typhoons and clean socks

Ugo, Chris and Danny are together for one last time before the World Cup begins as Ugo takes up a short-term loan with TV. We discuss whether England's power game can win them the World Cup, if Wales could be undone by Fiji in their group and the issues of the residency rule after Ireland's squad selection. We also ask if Scotland's game is perfectly suited to the hot and fast conditions and what are Ugo's top tips for Japan?
09/09/1959m 21s

AWJ: Alun from Wales

With Chris stuck in Italy and Danny in surgery, Ugo heads to Cardiff to recruit a new co-host in Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, as we try to get to the bottom of his name and play a round of top trumps. Chris also dials in from an Italian piazza to discuss Warren Gatland’s squad announcement and Scotland’s victory over Georgia.
02/09/1945m 40s

Who is rugby's Ben Stokes?

Danny, Ugo and Chris are back after the bank holiday to discuss why Eddie Jones loves Ben Youngs, if Owen Farrell and George Ford have to start at 10 and 12 for England in the World Cup, and Ben Te'o's England career after he signed for Toulon. We also debate where Ireland go from here, if Scot Hamish Watson is the best flanker in Europe, and after his Ashes heroics, who is rugby's Ben Stokes?
28/08/1956m 39s

Wales on top as Biggar bites back

Danny is back on the sofa with Chris and Ugo as we celebrate Wales becoming the world number one side, discuss three contentious moments in their victory over England, and has Dan Biggar answered his critics? We also look at where it all went wrong for Scotland, and ask could France be World Cup contenders?
19/08/1946m 50s

Fantasy rugby, Olympic tattoos and samurai spirit

Ugo and Chris are back with a bang after the summer break as we head to Bristol for England’s World Cup squad announcement. We chat to three players who weren’t expected to make the 31-man group, Eddie Jones explains his decision to go for players with ‘samurai spirit’, and we discuss some heartbreaking news for Wales and Gareth Anscombe.
13/08/1954m 28s

An epic final and our end of season awards

Ugo and Chris are at Twickenham for the final podcast of the season as we look back on an enthralling Premiership final, and analyse just how Saracens managed that comeback. Joe Marler joins us after a wild week with the Barbarians and a surprise new friendship with Richard Hibbard, and Danny phones in from Greece as we sign off by handing out our RUW end of season awards.
03/06/1956m 25s

The inevitable final and Danny the Hitman

Danny, Ugo and Chris react to Saturday's Premiership semi-finals as we debate whether Saracens and Exeter's dominance is good for English rugby. We discuss Leinster's triumph in the Pro14 final, look ahead to a stellar Barbarians line-up and ask if any of the England squad named to face them could make it to the World Cup. Meanwhile, Ugo's time-keeping forces a Vicar to panic, and who went home early from the Quins end-of-season party?
27/05/1958m 12s

School's out, ferocious pushing and a hangover

Ugo, Chris and Danny discuss the final round of the Premiership season as Harlequins miss out on the play-offs by just two metres and we dish out our 60-second season reports against the buzzer. We also discuss the Premiership semi-finals, a mouth-watering Pro14 final, how Munster missed out on Ronan O’Gara and why are rugby players always early?
20/05/1959m 35s

How to party like a triple champion

Ugo, Chris and Danny are joined by triple Champions Cup winner Jamie George as Saracens' celebrations enter a third day. After an unforgettable week in the sporting world we discuss if rugby can ever appeal to the emotions as much as football, discover why Alex Goode is still wearing full kit and ask will Mark McCall will ever become England head coach?
13/05/1957m 10s

Saracens and Strettle's shower

Ugo and Chris chat to David Strettle ahead of Saracens' Champions Cup final against Leinster on Saturday as we discuss tactics, retirement, how a chance meeting in a shower kicked off his professional career and how he ended up in just boxers at his own wedding. We also look at where it went wrong for Newcastle after they were relegated from the Premiership, ask if Ulster could win the Pro14 and where is Shaun Edwards off to next?
06/05/1952m 41s

Heated toilets and dancing duos

Ugo is back from his travels as he joins Danny and Chris on the sofa to discuss Japanese toilets and holidaying with Eddie Jones. Pat Lam comes on the phone to chat Bristol's Champions Cup ambitions, Saracens prop Hannah Botterman tells us about Drake, dancing and winning the Premier 15s final and after this weekend's Pro14 we ask whether rugby should adopt a transfer window, and is Adam Hastings really better than Finn Russell?
30/04/1956m 32s

H is for Horwill

With Ugo in Japan, Danny brings his friends to work as James Horwill’s arms catch Chris’s eye, Tim Visser turns up looking for a lift and we find out how much alcohol the Super Rugby trophy can hold. With the Champions Cup final line-up decided, we also ask if Saracens and Leinster are the perfect match, how European rugby compares to Southern hemisphere, and should Billy Vunipola have been booed?
24/04/1958m 56s

Folau fallout and Tiger triumphs

Danny and Chris sit down with rugby commentator Nick Heath after an eventful week in rugby to discuss the fallout from Folau's Instagram post. We look back at an epic week for Tigers as Ben Youngs returns to the pod, Danny picks his top three rugby destinations and we debate multipack crisps after an interesting player of the match trophy in the Tyrell's Premier 15s semi-finals.
15/04/191h 0m

Bloodgate – 10 years on

In this special episode of Rugby Union Weekly, Ugo and Danny sit down with their former Harlequins team-mate Tom Williams to look back on one of rugby’s biggest ever scandals. 10 years on from the infamous ‘bloodgate’, we uncover new facts about that fateful quarter-final against Leinster, discuss the divided dressing room and learn about the lasting impact on Tom, the players and the club.
11/04/1943m 23s

Tito and Take That

Ugo, Danny and Chris round up another crucial weekend of Premiership and Pro14 fixtures as the Leicester Tigers slip further into the relegation fight and the race for the play-offs intensifies. We welcome Benetton and Italy scrum-half Tito Tebaldi to the pod for the first time to defend his reputation against his former team-mates, we try and fix rugby's problems at the ruck, and Danny reminisces about temporarily joining Take That.
09/04/1944m 14s

Drops, dives and Farrell jnr jnr

Ugo, Danny and Chris discuss a brilliant weekend in Europe as small margins decide three of the four Champions Cup quarter-finals. Danny and Ugo have differing opinions on whether diving is acceptable in rugby, we eulogise the French game just weeks after slating it, and when will Farrell III make his England debut?
01/04/1959m 38s

Tigers teetering and Danny's Rolls Royce

Ugo, Chris and Danny are back to ask whether the mighty Leicester Tigers are actually going to get relegated, while Danny discusses his eventful return to action at the London Stadium. Ugo argues the case for starting on his opposite number in order to prevent a try, Chris has takeaway issues, and Danny reminisces about how a clerical error changed his career. Meanwhile hammer thrower-turned-firefighter-turned-rugby superstar Shaunagh Brown is a guest on the pod.
25/03/1959m 37s

Ken Owens' cab and Calcutta Cup chaos

Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Ken Owens, who’s not slept since the final whistle in Cardiff, to reflect on Wales' Grand Slam success. Much to Danny’s delight, Ryan Wilson returns to talk Scotland’s ridiculous comeback at Twickenham. We ask if Ireland should be pressing the panic button as they limp towards the World Cup, pick our team of the tournament and find out if Ugo would be a suit or tracksuit football manager.
18/03/191h 0m

Big Joe, Ireland's mo and the scuffle in the tunnel

Ugo, Danny and Chris build-up to a huge final weekend in the Six Nations as Wales look to secure the Grand Slam in Cardiff. We ask whether Ireland have got their mojo back and could wreck the Welsh party, we get insight into two up-and-coming wingers in Josh Adams and Joe Cokanasiga and ahead of this year's Calcutta Cup, we invite special guest Ryan Wilson to the pod to find out what really happened in the scuffle in the tunnel.
11/03/191h 0m

Ugo's loyalties, a full moon party and catfishing

Ugo, Danny and Chris are back on the sofa to build-up to another big weekend in the Six Nations. Danny gets his head around the controversial World League plans, we discuss Premiership salary caps and where is Shaun Edwards heading next? We also find out who Ugo values more out of Conor O'Shea or Danny, where Danny met his wife and are France Jennifer Lawrence or Barry from Eastenders?
04/03/1959m 16s

Try – yes or no?

Ugo Monye and Chris Jones go to Heathrow Terminal 4 to meet international referee Wayne Barnes and his TMO sidekick Rowan Kitt to lift the lid on the art of the television match official. We discuss the influence of TV directors, the ‘wild west’ clearouts at the ruck and ask should there be more interventions from the TMO?
28/02/1949m 31s

Gatland's glint, England's errors and Sam's sauce

Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Welsh great Sam Warburton to analyse Wales' victory over England in Cardiff. We discuss another Wales legend in Alun Wyn Jones, find out why Warburton got the nickname 'HP' and ask why Eddie Jones didn't use his bench. We also discuss if Scotland have lost their self-belief, why the Irish half-backs are off the boil and who are our shock picks at 9 and 10 in the team of the week?
26/02/1957m 53s

Headbutting buses and a baby rhino

The Six Nations is back as Ugo, Danny and Chris look ahead to the Wales v England showdown in Cardiff this weekend. Danny and Wales centre Jamie Roberts exchange differing stories about the team bus to the stadium, Ellis Genge opens up about filling Mako Vunipola's shoes and we discuss whether Scotland can beat France without Finn Russell. Also... is your rugby club the best in the country?
18/02/1951m 57s

50 shades of May

Chris, Danny and Ugo are back again to reflect on the second weekend of the Six Nations. As well as lamenting one of the darkest days in French rugby, they discuss how Jonny May has gone from being possessed by a chicken to world-class winger, and we ask whether Finn Russell is being let down by his Scotland team-mates. Meanwhile, Ugo lets us in on the secret behind his shiny beard, and Danny is disappointed to learn he isn't as good-looking as Mike Phillips. But is he a Test match warrior?
11/02/191h 0m

Mako, Manu and Ugo the interceptor

With Ugo having survived Dublin as a 'fan', he joins Danny and Chris to discuss Mako, Manu and the art of the interception after England's opening victory against Ireland. We chat to Wales wing George North in sunny Nice after his man of the match performance in Paris and we play a game of 'Test match animals' ahead of Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield. We also hear from England prop Sarah Bern on her favourite game in an international jersey and who made our team of the weekend?
04/02/1959m 32s

Bonus pod – the Six Nations is here!

With 24 hours to go before the start of the Six Nations, Chris joins Ugo from the England camp in Portugal for a bonus episode of the pod. We chat to Jack Nowell after he was named on the England wing rather than in the forwards and our Ireland correspondent Jamie Heaslip explains why Joe Schmidt picked Robbie Henshaw over Jordan Larmour at full-back. We also discuss whether Wales should be concerned by the French team named for Friday’s opener in Paris and will Gary Graham finally make his Scotland debut off the bench?
31/01/1943m 40s

The Six Nations Preview Special - with Schmidt, Jones, Gatland and Townsend!

Ugo and Chris are back at the launch of the Six Nations where they set the head coaches a mischievous transfer challenge. Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt reflect on the end of an era, Ireland captain Ciara Griffin talks us through juggling teaching, beef farming and leading her country and a fully-clothed Alun Wyn Jones returns to the pod.
27/01/1959m 26s

Sexton or Farrell, Russell on fire, and State of England

Ugo, Danny and Chris are reunited on the sofa to discuss the latest Six Nations squad announcements as Danny reflects on his England omission. We debate what Ireland and England would do without Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, if Jack Nowell will ever really play on the flank and Ugo waxes lyrical about Scotland's Finn Russell. With the Champions Cup quarter-final line-up complete, we ask what Edinburgh's success means for the Scottish game, and who would win England's version of State of Origin?
21/01/1950m 11s

Bear Crawls, scrunchies and a low skin fade

Ugo and Chris are reunited at Bisham Abbey where they're joined by Red Roses backs Emily Scarratt and Natasha Hunt. We discuss their sevens sing-a-longs, Mo's divisive scrunchie and play the game 'what not to say to female rugby players'. Rising star Hannah Botterman also pops in to explain why she chose rugby over ballet and Scotland flanker Hamish Watson joins us to explain the secrets behind Edinburgh's charge for the quarter-finals.
14/01/1956m 30s

Ash, Ken and bad Kompany

It’s the first Rugby Union Weekly of 2019 and Danny Care is back! With Chris on holiday, Danny and Ugo discuss a crazy weekend in both the Premiership and Pro14 with a couple of special guests. After seeing off Saracens, Sale's Chris Ashton joins us to write his rugby wishlist for 2019, we learn where the 'Ash Splash came from' and we grill Scarlets and Wales hooker Ken Owens on his first ever appearance at number eight.
08/01/1955m 53s

Rugby Union Weekly's team of 2018

Farrell, Sexton or Barrett? Ioane or Stockdale on the wing? Ugo and Chris pick their team of 2018 in the final episode of the year. There's a lengthy discussion over the number 12 jersey resulting in a surprise inclusion, and which two home nations failed to get a single player on the team sheet? You can get involved too and pick your own team on the BBC Sport website
24/12/1848m 29s

How to fix a problem like Leicester?

Chris and Ugo try to work out what’s going wrong with Leicester Tigers after their latest European defeat - could a spot of paint balling sort out the issues at Welford Road? Scotland and Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown joins us to discuss Scottish teams flying high in the Champions Cup and Ugo has some apologising to do for a ‘mystery appointment’.
17/12/1849m 30s

Flag-gate, European dark horses and Mako’s back

Ugo and Chris welcome fit-again Mako Vunipola to the pod after his impressive return for Saracens at the weekend. We discuss his max leg press, his broken nose and why he can’t watch games with his brother Billy. We also round up another weekend of Champions Cup action including Leinster’s ‘disallowed flags’ at Bath, debate our outside contenders for the European title and who outdid Ugo in the fashion stakes at Exeter?
10/12/1847m 3s

Johnny Sexton on Roy Keane, Joe Schmidt and a message from U2

The world's best player Johnny Sexton fulfils his promise and joins Chris and Ugo on the pod after losing his voice at the World Rugby Awards. The Irishman opens up on the first time he met Joe Schmidt, explains why Roy Keane is his hero and we find out which stars texted him to say congratulations. We also return to relegation predictions as we round-up the latest games in the Premiership and Pro14, and is a Wasps' exodus on the cards?
03/12/1851m 48s

The one from the World Rugby Awards

Ugo and Chris smarten up and head to the World Rugby Awards in Monaco where they round up the 2018 international calendar with some of the best players on the planet including New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett - who is determined to turn around his form on the golf course - and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi. Ireland’s Rob Kearney and Rory Best deputise for the World Rugby player of the year Johnny Sexton who’s lost his voice and Scotland's Sean Maitland explains his team try of the year nomination after a bit of ‘seagulling’ on the wing.
26/11/1851m 44s

How Nugget, Rat and Church beat the All Blacks

Ugo and Chris react to Ireland's incredible victory over the All Blacks with our Ireland correspondent Jamie Heaslip, who explains why Cian Healy got the nickname 'Church' and how he's become Johnny Sexton's campaign manager. We discuss the latest players to be axed from Eddie Jones' squad, whether Scotland can lose their title of nearly-men before the World Cup and who should Wales pick at fly-half to face South Africa?
19/11/1849m 15s

Bad luck, Biggar and Bowe

For the second week running, Ugo and Chris debate a controversial late decision as England lose a thriller to New Zealand. After his kick banished a decade of hurt, Wales fly-half Dan Biggar returns to the pod in a more formal capacity, while Tommy Bowe turns guest presenter when previewing Ireland against the All Blacks. And who is Katy Daly-McLean’s worst roommate?
12/11/1859m 40s

Inside the Wales Camp – access all areas

Ken Owens, George North and Jonathan Davies take Ugo and Chris on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wales training camp. They bump into a mischievous Dan Biggar in the corridor, a cold Alun Wyn Jones in the cryochamber and Chris has a massive lunch.
07/11/1844m 0s

Farrell's arms and Eddie the underdog

Ugo and Chris debate THAT Owen Farrell tackle and discuss how England can beat the All Blacks, while Chris Ashton pops onto the pod after his international return. We hype up Ireland against New Zealand, again, and ask if Jordan Larmour is Ireland's most exciting full-back ever?
05/11/1830m 26s

Inside the England Camp

Ugo and Chris go to Portugal to catch up with the England team ahead of their first autumn Test against South Africa on Saturday. Head coach Eddie Jones explains why Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashton aren’t rooming together, Harry Williams contemplates buying a snake and is Ugo the answer to England’s injury problems at number eight?
30/10/1833m 39s

The Christian Wade Special

Christian Wade joins Ugo and Chris for an exclusive interview on his decision to retire from rugby and pursue a career in the NFL. We discuss how his size affected his opportunities to play for his country, the moment England stopped calling and the uphill battle he faces to make it in America.
29/10/1833m 9s

All in the spirit of rugby

Ugo, Chris and Danny discuss another remarkable victory for Newcastle in the Champions Cup, we learn about the time Danny and Ugo took on Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing and we dissect Christian Wade's decision to turn his back on rugby for the lights of the NFL.
23/10/1855m 12s

Flying Falcons, Euro shocks and another Billy blow

Ugo, Chris and Danny react to an eventful opening weekend in the Champions Cup as they agree to disagree on Jerome Kaino's yellow card against Bath and Freddie Burns' catastrophic error over the try-line. And after the news Billy Vunipola has been ruled out of the autumn internationals with another injury setback, we try to find a solution for England's injury crisis in the back row.
16/10/1850m 29s

Habana's fancy dress and Heaslip's quiz

Rugby Union Weekly's South Africa correspondent Bryan Habana returns to the podcast to discuss the rise of the Springboks and why this side are in a better place than his 2007 World Cup winners, another pod legend Jamie Heaslip explains why Leinster will go back-to-back in the Champions Cup and Danny Care joins Ugo and Chris as the team are forced to make some European predictions.
08/10/1851m 28s

The Rob Horne Special

Ugo and Chris go to Twickenham to meet former Northampton Saints and Australia centre Rob Horne, who was forced to retire in May after being left with paralysis of his right arm. Rob opens up about the day his life changed forever, how he is coping without rugby, and explains why you don't have to hit rock bottom in order to bounce back.
03/10/1846m 48s

Warren’s Wales, Eddie’s England and the Premiership dogfight

With a year to go until the Rugby World Cup, Warren Gatland joins us on the pod as we ask whether a settled Wales side will go further than a chaotic England in Japan. There is loads to talk about in the Premiership, but at the bottom not the top, and in the Pro 14 we hail the improvements of the Italians and South Africans. Ugo spends the day with the Royals, but who dressed to impress on the netball court?
25/09/1851m 50s

Slade, Barclay and Frank the Tank

With Chris away, Ugo and Danny invite a couple of pals onto the pod this week. The Scotland captain John Barclay shares his views on the red card shown to Leicester’s Will Spencer that proved to be the talking point of the weekend. Henry Slade tells us all about Exeter's perfect start to the season, what’s behind his great form and introduces us to his dog Frank. We round up all the action from both the Premiership and the Pro 14 as well as discussing the All Blacks’ shock defeat by South Africa.
17/09/1855m 21s

Cipriani, Manu and what is smart casual

Despite an absorbing weekend’s action in the Premiership, Chris, Danny and Ugo once again find themselves waxing lyrical about Danny Cipriani after the Gloucester man pulled off another extraordinary pass. They also chat Leicester’s big win under new coach Geordan Murphy, why Exeter’s Henry Slade is one of the Premiership’s hottest properties and we get the latest on Danny’s Bronco challenge. Ugo and Danny claim they are friends with The Rock…sort of, and Chris asks what actually is smart casual.
11/09/1851m 8s
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