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The ITV Rugby World Cup Podcast

The ITV Rugby World Cup Podcast

By ITV Sport

David Flatman is joined by a stellar array of guests from the ITV punditry team to guide you through the 2023 World Cup in France in a series of special podcasts throughout the tournament.


Green Giants

As Ireland demonstrate their credentials as the world's number one side, we speak to former captain Rory Best about the victory over South Africa. Aussie legend Stirling Mortlock also joins David and Tom to discuss the sorry demise of Australia.
25/09/23·1h 2m

Declarations Of Warburton ...

Flats is joined by Sam Warbutrton to preview the two biggest games of the weekend, in the shape of Australia v Wales and Ireland v South Africa. Top ref JP Doyle and stats guru Ross Hamilton also lend their thoughts.

Fijians Star In Day Of The Jackal

As everyone's favourite second team revive their World Cup hopes with victory against Australia, Flats & Shanks speak to Fiji's most capped player and record points scorer, Nicky Little. We also hear from Ugo Monye and Shane Williams, and Dave and Tom pick their Team Of The Round.
18/09/23·51m 35s

A Rugby World Cup BODCAST!

The great Brian O'Driscoll joins Flats on presenting detail (as Shanks takes a well-earned rest) to reflect on the first weekend of action and look ahead to round two. Benjamin Keyser discusses his beloved France, Philiippa Tuttiett provides our customary Welsh angle, and we head inside Camp Italia to speak to Big Dave Sisi.
14/09/23·50m 25s

It’s a game of cards as England come up trumps, Wales follow suit and brave Scotland fold

David is joined by his old chum Shanks to digest the first round of matches at France 2023, which were not short of thrills, skills and controversy. Our regular stats guru Ross Hamilton serves up some corking intel on the home nations, and we get the thoughts of Maggie Alphonsi and Bryan Habana on the action. The fellas also select their now legendary team of the round.
11/09/23·1h 2m

Allez, Allez, Allez, Oi, Oi, Oi!

It's all systems go for the Rugby World Cup 2023, as Flats is joined by his old mate Shanks to preview the action in France. Joining the fellas for our first show of the tournament are stats guru Ross Hamilton, Gordon D'Arcy & Greig Laidlaw, both of whom are part of ITV's team for our live and exclusive coverage of every single match. We cannot wait!

Flats That For 2021, Shanks For The Memories

In a bonus pod to tie up the loose end that was France v Scotland, the lads reflect upon the magnificent last-ditch win for Gregor Townsend's men. It was a game that put a big smile on Tommy's face - even if he is decidedly unamused by Finn Russell's red card. They pick their Team Of The Championship, and cast an eye ahead to the Lions' tour of South Africa.
29/03/21·27m 35s

Blue's Night In Paris As Greens Light Up Dublin

It's heartbreak for Shanks, as France seize Wales's Grand Slam from their clutches deep into injury time in Paris. No matter, Tom has an early morning hamburger to cheer him up as he and Flats review an extraordinary evening in the French capital. David, meanwhile, has some strong words for Eddie Jones. And former Scottish skipper Greig Laidlaw joins the boys from Japan, to discuss whisky (without an 'e'), earthquakes, and his favourite ride at Disneyland. They also talk a bit of rugby too, including his Scottish picks for Lions selection.
22/03/21·1h 3m

And Then There Was One ...

It's been another tremendous round of action in the Guinness Six Nations, with England beating France in a classic at Twickenham, Ireland pipping the Scots, and Wales keeping their Grand Slam ambitions alive in Rome. To celebrate, Flats cracks open the whisky to share in the company of Nick Abendanon and Ryan Wilson, much to Shanks's disapproval.
15/03/21·47m 55s

No Rest For The Wicked

It may be fallow week in the Guinness Six Nations, but resident scoundrels Flats & Shanks are here nonetheless, bridging the gap between matchdays. The lads are joined by man-of-the-moment Callum Sheedy, mostly to talk about Semi Radradra, but also a tiny bit about Wales. Big Ben Kay makes an appearance too, as a crestfallen England face the daunting prospect of hosting a rampant France at Twickenham on Saturday.
08/03/21·50m 40s

Don't Gaüzère: Reffing Pain For England As Wales Claim Triple Crown

Following an eventful afternoon at the Principality Stadium, Exeter Chiefs winger Alex Cuthbert joins David and Tom to discuss the more controversial moments in the game. And with Ireland thumping the Italians in Rome, Rory Best offers his views on the performance, and reflects more generally about his incredible career. The boys also pick their Team Of The Round and share a couple more of your jokes.
01/03/21·57m 40s

Reffin' Well With Nigel Owens ...

In an episode recorded just before the weekend, Flats & Shanks enjoy the first Championship rest week in the company of legendary referee Nigel Owens and Italian back-rower, Sebastian Negri. As well as giving his verdict on some of the key decisions in the Guinness Six Nations thus far, Nigel reflects upon the highlights of his career, including the World Cup Final at Twickenham in 2015. Seb, meanwhile, joins us from his team bubble, and offers a frank appraisal of where Italy need to improve to silence the doubters. Dave and Tom also deal with your feedback from their last team of the round, and serve up a few more of your jokes.
22/02/21·1h 1m

Red The Script For Wales As France Enhance Their Title Chance

Dan Lydiate joins David and Tom off the back of his terrible season-ending knee injury to reflect upon Wales's dramatic victory over Scotland - and life on the farm with his new bull, McCaw. The lads are also joined by top golfer and lifelong Bath fan, Laurie Canter, who takes Flats on in a devious quiz about his beloved club. They spend a disproportionate amount of time discussing their favourite rugby league players too, and reveal their latest Team Of The Round.
15/02/21·58m 57s

Oh Power Of Scotland

Kenny Logan joins the lads to reflect upon Scotland's first win at Twickenham since 1983 - in what was a truly awesome performance by Gregor Townsend's men. Tom is very happy about Wales victory over Ireland, despite the fact the oppo only had 14 men for most of the match. And it's thumbs up for France's Grand Slam credentials and a thumbs down for Wayne Barnes's hair. This episode also sees the return of the boys' legendary Team Of The Round.
08/02/21·50m 25s

The Boys Are Back In Town ...

Dave and Tom return to ITV for the entirety of the Guinness Six Nations, bringing their inimitable combination of wit, storytelling and expert analysis with them. In this preview show, they speak to John Barclay and Dwayne Peel, assess the chances of all six teams and give their predictions as to who will light up the Championship. They also reflect upon the pitfalls of home schooling, and Shanks has some advice for Flats as to how to improve his appearance during his next photo shoot.
01/02/21·1h 6m

It's Off Games For Flats & Shanks

With no matches being played as a result of the coronavirus, Dave and Tom take the opportunity to reflect upon the performances of all the teams as things stand in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. They also discuss your feedback on Joe Marler's ban and select their Team Of The Tournament (so far).
16/03/20·41m 44s

White Win For Twickers Faithful & Red Win For Hot Scots

In an episode recorded before the cancellation of the France / Ireland game, Dave and Tom reflect on two of the big talking points in the England v Wales game involving Manu Tuilagi and - ahem - Joe Marler and Alun-Wyn Jones. They also assess a fantastic performance by Scotland to overturn a 14-man France, which throws the tournament wide open. Then, of course, there is their much-debated selections for Team of the Round.
09/03/20·52m 21s

Tom Ticked And Happy

Cheered by news that his account has finally been verified by Twitter, Tom is in good spirits as he and David assess the state of play in the Six Nations during the second rest week of the tournament. Wales's injury concerns are a major talking point, as is the coronavirus. They also get stuck in to your feedback from their last Team Of The Round.
02/03/20·35m 11s

France Advance, England Grand

The 2020 Guinness Six Nations is shaping up nicely - with England seeing off Ireland and France eyeing up a Grand Slam following a thrilling victory in Wales. There was also redemption in Rome for Stuart Hogg. Flats & Shanks review all the action, pick their Team Of The Round and tell a few more of your gags.
24/02/20·48m 32s

A Gareth Anscombe Special

In an episode filmed in a box at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the Wales fly-half joins David and Tom to discuss his ongoing rehabilitation from the horrific knee injury that cruelly ruled him out of the World Cup in Japan. They also get his thoughts on new national coach Wayne Pivac, Shaun Edwards, the Finn Russell affair and the likely winners and losers in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. What a thoroughly top fella he is!
17/02/20·48m 31s

Come Rain England Shine

As Storm Ciara batters our shores, England and Ireland come out on top in two very contrasting matches. David and Tom speak to ex-Ireland international Stephen Ferris and get a punchy post-match perspective from Ellis Genge. They also pick their Team Of The Round and share a few more of your jokes.
10/02/20·55m 16s

A Bad Case Of Les Bleus

Following England's defeat in Paris, French legend Thomas Castaignède joins David and Tom to do a little gloating. Rory Lawson chats to the lads about what might have been for Scotland, and they also pick their now legendary Team of The Round.
03/02/20·53m 26s

Six Icons

Who will be the stars of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations? David Flatman & Tom Shanklin return to ITV with a preview of this year's tournament. Subjects on the agenda include Stuart Hogg's hair, Jon Davies's body and Andy Farrell's guitar. They also pick their Six Nations Team Of The Tens.
27/01/20·1h 9m

The Return Of Flats & Shanks

They're back! David Flatman and Tom Shanklin will be podcasting throughout the Guinness Six Nations, with their characteristic blend of razor-sharp analysis and downright daftness. Ahead of Monday's preview show, here's a reminder of what they sound like!
24/01/20·1m 32s


After an exceedingly long flight, Flats joins Shanks straight off the plane from Japan to reflect upon South Africa's stunning victory over England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. And in many ways, David is the right man to dissect where the match was won and lost, given the importance of the scrum in determining the outcome ...
04/11/19·1h 5m

The Final Countdown

The big game is nearly upon us, and David and Tom are a little bit excited. As well as offering their perspective on the final, they also have extended interviews with World Cup winners Ben Kay and Bryan Habana. They also bid a fond farewell to Warren Gatland, which leads them onto a surreal conversation about who from the world of rugby would make the best father-in-law.
31/10/19·53m 29s

Whites Hot, Reds Raw

With Shanks literally on the first flight out of Japan following Wales's agonising defeat to South Africa, he and Flats are in sombre mood - despite England's extraordinary victory over the Kiwis in the other semi-final. But they still manage to scrutinise both matches with characteristic verve, insight and humour before he is booted out of his hotel.
27/10/19·37m 24s


Amid tales of ping-pong with Andrew Cotter, mind-games with Dave Alred and high-fives with Tiger Woods, Flats & Shanks preview the semi-finals between England and New Zealand and Wales and South Africa.
24/10/19·54m 10s

Lovely Oita, Semis Made ...

The boys are exceedingly happy with the quarter-final results in Oita from a patriotic perspective. They also lament the departure of Ireland from the tournament, and marvel at the brilliance of both the All Blacks and the Boks.
21/10/19·54m 23s

Quarter Masters

Flats & Shanks bring you the definitive preview of the last eight round of matches, including contributions from Joe Marler, Warren Gatland, Ruth Gorman and Alan Quinlan.
17/10/19·58m 22s

Japanguish For Scotland

Reunited at last, Flats & Shanks reflect upon a glorious evening for the Brave Blossoms - and a less pleasing one for the Scots. They also select their (now infamous) Team Of The Round.
14/10/19·51m 3s

And ... We're Off!

With typhoon Hagibis approaching Tokyo, Flats puts up an impassioned defence of the decision to cancel England's game against France. Shanks, meanwhile, reflects upon his first live action at the tournament - Wales's thrilling victory over the mighty Fijians.
10/10/19·38m 29s

Enter, The Dragon

With Shanks finally arriving in Japan in time for Wales v Fiji, the lads ponder Italian idiocy and French inconsistency in the wake of the weekend action.
07/10/19·57m 12s

A Watery Dave ...

In what's becoming an obsession, Flats bemoans the humidity in Japan and the negative effect it's having on the rugby. He and Shanks also express their love of Aussie coach, Michael Cheika, and hear from Billy Vunipola and Eddie Jones.
03/10/19·42m 43s

Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Blows

More foul play for Flats & Shanks to reflect on, as they assess the mixed fortunes of the home nations with Sam Warburton, Shane Williams, Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell & Scott Hastings.
30/09/19·51m 42s

The Kobe Ramblers

The boys are joined by Lawrence Dallaglio, Sir Clive Woodward, Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Gregor Townsend. Flats also goes into intimate detail about his diet since arriving in Kobe.
26/09/19·53m 42s

Round One - Done!

Following the opening weekend of matches, the boys bring you reaction from Eddie Jones, Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Roberts and Bryan Habana. Gethin Jenkins also makes a surprise appearance!
23/09/19·48m 58s

Time To Rise (At, Er, 1:30 AM) ...

With a groggy Flats now in Japan, he and Shanks look forward to the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup with Ugo Monye and Mark Pougatch.
19/09/19·40m 52s

Beefing Up ...

Golfer Andrew 'The Beef' Johnston joins the fellas for a chat. They also hear from Wales coach Warren Gatland and ITV commentator, Nick Mullins.
16/09/19·43m 20s

The World According To Eddie Jones

Flats & Shanks bring you highlights from Gabriel Clarke's illuminating conversations with the England coach over his four year tenure. It's a brilliant insight into the mind of the enigmatic Aussie.
12/09/19·30m 57s

We Know What You Did This Summer ...

Flats & Shanks kick off the ITV Rugby World Cup Podcast with a review of the warm-up internationals. Alan Quinlan, Nolli Waterman and Scott Hastings provide the expertise.
09/09/19·57m 34s

The ITV Rugby World Cup Podcast With Flats & Shanks Is Coming!

The boys are back and on their way to Japan to bring you their unique take on all the action (sporting and otherwise) from the Land Of The Rising Sun. To whet your appetite, here's a little taste of things to come ...
04/09/19·4m 1s

The Big Review Show

What a Six Nations that was! Flats and Shanks run the rule over a belter of a final weekend plus Wales legend Mike Phillips calls in for a chat. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit
18/03/19·1h 6m

The most rugby-ish podcast yet

Flats and Shanks sink their teeth into a fascinating weekend of 6 Nations rugby with some help from Lawrence Dallaglio For information regarding your data privacy, visit
11/03/19·1h 9m

All the way from Japan

Flats and Shanks are in Japan ahead of the Rugby World Cup and want to tell you all about it For information regarding your data privacy, visit
04/03/19·42m 6s

Mulling over a pivotal Round 3

Flats and Shanks pick through the key moments from a huge Third Round of Six Nations action, after a massive showdown in Cardiff between Wales and England. Sam Warburton also joins the guys to tell us about his first time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
24/02/19·57m 28s

No matches? No problem... Stuart Hogg and Nolli Waterman join the guys

There's no rest for Flats and Shanks this weekend as Stuart Hogg and Nolli Waterman join the guys to look back at this year's tournament so far whilst looking ahead to what's coming up over the next month For information regarding your data privacy, visit
18/02/19·1h 18m

Round Two with Lewis Moody

World Cup winner Lewis Moody joins the guys to look back at another fascinating weekend of Rugby in the Six Nations as England, Ireland and Wales all recorded wins For information regarding your data privacy, visit
11/02/19·57m 12s

Reviewing a rip-roaring Round One

The guys review a thrilling opening weekend of the 2019 6 Nations with the help of Brian O'Driscoll plus we hear from Scott Hastings on Scotland, Dwayne Peel on Wales and Wayne Barnes tells us all about his first time... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
03/02/19·1h 5m

Previewing the 2019 6 Nations with Jamie Roberts

Flats and Shanks are joined by Welsh rugby legend Jamie Roberts to dissect the up and coming 2019 6 Nations starting with Ireland v England live on ITV. We also hear from Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones and Greig Laidlaw. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
27/01/19·1h 7m

Episode 6: Adam Jones

Wales legend Adam Jones joins Flats and Shanks to give his thoughts on the final weekend of the 6 Nations as Ireland sealed the Grand Slam at Twickenham For information regarding your data privacy, visit
20/03/18·54m 35s

Episode 5: Gareth Thomas

Wales legend Gareth Thomas joins Flats and Shanks to chat about his career, give his thoughts on the performances over the weekend and lookahead to the final matches of the championship. You can watch Italy v Scotland and England v Ireland on 17th March on ITV/STV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
13/03/18·1h 14m

Episode 4: A horse and a donkey walk into a bar

After a weekend off, Flats and Shanks return to give their take on the weekend's Natwest 6 Nations action - and what a weekend it was. They're joined by Shane Williams to give his verdict on the Ireland v Wales game and now we're past the halfway stage, they all take a punt as to who might win the tournament. Will anyone be proved right? Oh, and Shanks tells a joke. You can watch Ireland v Scotland on 10th March on ITV/STV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
27/02/18·1h 4m

Episode 3: Lost dogs and Round 2 review

Flats lost and found his dog and he and Shanks look back at a fascinating Round 2 of the 6 Natwest 6 Nations with input from Ben Kay and Gordon D’Arcy. You can watch Ireland v Wales on 24th Feb on ITV/STV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
13/02/18·1h 16m

Episode 2: We have rugby to talk about

Flats and Shanks look back at an action-packed opening 6 Nations weekend with input from Dan Biggar and Lawrence Dallaglio. You can watch Ireland v Italy and England v Wales this Saturday from 1.30pm on ITV/STV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
06/02/18·1h 11m

Episode 1: The big preview show

Flats and Shanks are joined by player of the 2017 Lions series Jonathan Davies to offer a unique look ahead to the upcoming Natwest 6 Nations. You can watch England's first match of the tournament, against Italy from 3pm on ITV/STV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
31/01/18·1h 9m

Six Nations promo

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29/01/18·2m 4s
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