The Welsh Rugby Podcast

The Welsh Rugby Podcast

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Join the Wales Online team every week as they preview the big international games, plus action from the Guinness PRO14 with one eye on the rest of the sport around the world.With current and former players making an appearance too, it'll be the must listen podcast for the 15-man game.

Episodes

A new season, fly-half nightmare and some welcome returns

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to discuss the first weekend of the United Rugby Championship - including Cardiff's fly-half nightmare, the Scarlets' errors and the first Welsh derby of the season.
28/09/211h 3m

Changes for Lions, a decisive Test and a spiteful tour

Matthew Southcombe is joined by Mark Orders and Ben James out in Cape Town to preview the decisive third Test between the Lions and South Africa.
04/08/2131m 6s

First Test victory, changes made and Rassie fireworks

Matthew Southcombe is joined by Simon Thomas and our man in South Africa, Ben James, to discuss the first Test victory for the Lions, as well as all the fallout in the following days.It should be noted this was recorded before Rassie Erasmus' hour-long video.If you do enjoy the podcast, make sure to subscribe and leave a review.
29/07/2150m 10s

Gatland's first Test selection calls, AWJ returns and no Josh Adams

Matthew Southcombe is joined by Ben James and Simon Thomas to react to Warren Gatland's Lions team for the first Test against the Springboks.
22/07/2140m 17s

Josh Adams on fire, Lions debuts and Welsh young guns

Matthew Southcombe and Ben James sit down to discuss the Lions' thrashing of the Sigma Lions, their team to face the Cell C Sharks and Wales' comprehensive win over Canada.
05/07/2139m 56s

Tour-ending injuries, Lions chaos and Jaz Joyce's Olympic dreams

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Matthew Southcombe to discuss the hectic start to the Lions tour, including the tour-ending injuries of Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric and the stricter restrictions being imposed on South Africa. Also in the episode, Katie Sands speaks to Jasmine Joyce following her selection for the GB 7s team at this year's Olympics.
28/06/2152m 41s

The Lions tour begins, a Japanese challenge and trouble in Wales

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas to react to Warren Gatland's first Lions team to face Japan, as well as the Cory Hill situation.
23/06/2137m 7s

Welsh rugby crisis meetings, impressive youngsters and summer call-ups

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas to discuss the latest crisis talks in Welsh rugby, the first three rounds of the Rainbow Cup, the regions' business for next season and any potential new faces Wayne Pivac could look at for this summer's tour.
25/05/2139m 28s

Lions squad reaction: Shock inclusions, surprise omissions and justice for Scotland

Ben James is joined by Alex Spink and Megan Wellens of the Daily Mirror, Michael Scully of the Irish Mirror and Gordon Parks of the Daily Record to react to the announcement of Warren Gatland's 37-man British and Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer
06/05/2136m 41s

Inside Wales' Six Nations triumph; Hadleigh Parkes and Callum Sheedy on how Wales went from crisis to champions

Ben James is joined by Wales stars Hadleigh Parkes and Callum Sheedy for a special look at how Wales went from a terrible 2020 to 2021 Six Nations champions, with insight to what it was like in camp and how the new coaching staff have gone.
06/04/2133m 10s

The Hadleigh Parkes podcast: His new life in Japan, leaving Wales and being stoked for Pivac

Ben James is joined by former Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes to talk about his new life in Japan, the decision to leave Wales after six years and how he's been watching Wayne Pivac's progress from afar.If you enjoy the podcast, make sure to rate it and leave a review.
29/03/2129m 26s

Grand Slam heartbreak, bizarre accusations and a crazy night in Paris

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas in the aftermath of Wales' defeat to France that robbed them of a Grand Slam. There's talk of red cards, possible penalty tries, that dramatic finish and what needs to happen for Wales to win the Slam.
21/03/2151m 10s

Chasing a Grand Slam and credit, a French test and the biggest week of Pivac's reign

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to discuss Wales' team to face France in their Grand Slam decider, assess where the game could be won and lost and talk about why this Wales team isn't getting the credit it deserves.
18/03/2148m 42s

The Italian job done and a Grand Slam on the cards

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to look over Wales' comprehensive win over Italy that has set up a Grand Slam decider against France.
13/03/2134m 21s

A Welsh Triple Crown, more refereeing controversy and putting 40 points on England

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Mark Orders to review Wales' Triple Crown victory over England, the refereeing controversies around it and the credit that Wayne Pivac deserves.
01/03/2133m 8s

A Foxy and North midfield and how Wales can beat England

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas for the huge clash between Wales and England. With Wales on for a Triple Crown, there's plenty to discuss.
25/02/2144m 43s

Wales Six Nations tactical breakdown with Geraint Davies: Defensive improvements and what comes next

Ben James is joined by Geraint Davies, rugby coach and analyst, to dissect Wales' tactics so far in the Six Nations, highlight where they've improved, what challenges England will bring and what Wayne Pivac will be working on ahead of the Triple Crown clash.Geraint's brilliant analysis can be found on his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/GeraintDaviesGDD) or his Twitter (https://twitter.com/daviesGDD)
19/02/2154m 43s

Another red card, a dramatic win and the boy wonder

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas to discuss the win over Scotland, where Wales stand after two matches of the Six Nations and how they'll be preparing for England.
15/02/2145m 43s

More injuries, the hot-stepper and Jamie Lyall on Scotland

In a bumper podcast, Ben James is joined by Matt Southcombe and Simon Thomas to look over Wales' team to face Scotland, including even more injury woe and the potential debut of Willis Halaholo. Plus Rugbypass and XV writer and rugby commentator Jamie Lyall talks about how Scotland are approaching this after their Calcutta Cup win.
11/02/211h 12m

Wales 21-16 Ireland review: A winning start for Wayne's second Six Nations

Ben James is joined by Matt Southcombe and Simon Thomas to talk about Wales' Six Nations victory over Ireland as Wayne Pivac's side kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought win.
07/02/2142m 36s

Six Nations preview, Wales' issue with age and make or break for Pivac

Ben James is joined by XV editor Owain Jones to preview the Six Nations, discuss Wales' chances in the tournament and how they might fare against Ireland on the opening weekend.
03/02/2135m 58s

Gerwyn Price, swapping rugby for darts and Wales' Six Nations squad reaction

Ben James speaks to PDC Darts World Champion and world number one, Gerwyn Price on his success on the oche and his career in rugby. Also, Jon Doel, Matt Southcombe and Mark Orders react to Wayne Pivac's Six Nations squad.
21/01/2150m 23s

Pivac progress and the Sam Costelow hype train: Our 2021 wishlist with Squidge Rugby

Robbie Owen, the genius behind Squidge Rugby, joins us to look ahead to 2021 and what it might hold for Wales, the regions and the British and Irish Lions.
04/01/211h 34m

Adam Hughes, the 30-year-old former player just diagnosed with brain injuries

Ben James is joined by special guest Adam Hughes, who is the youngest player to join the legal action against World Rugby, the RFU and the WRU over alleged negligence. Hughes has been diagnosed with brain injuries and post-concussion symptoms at the age of just 30.
17/12/2039m 30s

Magnificent Faletau, more failings and the end of a tough 2020 for Wales

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas to look over Wales' win over Italy and reflect on a mixed autumn campaign.
06/12/2036m 23s

Wales v Italy, George North back in the centre and Wayne Pivac's views

Ben James and Simon Thomas discuss the Wales team to face Italy, including George North being back in midfield. Plus we hear from Wayne Pivac.
03/12/2031m 21s

Wales v England reaction: Another defeat but signs of progress?

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas to look over Wales' defeat to England. Were there signs of improvement in defeat or were expectations just very low?
29/11/2034m 54s

Big selection calls and how to beat England's defence

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas to react to the Wales v England team announcements, as well as answer listener questions.
26/11/2034m 47s

Warren Abrahams: Racism in rugby and getting most out of my players

Matthew Southcombe is joined by new Wales womens coach Warren Abrahams to talk about his new role, getting the best out of Wales' players and racism in rugby.
24/11/2041m 43s

The losing streak is over, a scrappy performance and who should face England?

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas to discuss Wales' 18-0 win over Georgia. The performance of the new faces is on the agenda as well as who should face England next week.If you've enjoyed the podcast, make sure you subscribe to never miss out. Why not drop us a review while you're there.
22/11/2034m 55s

The team to face Georgia, new faces and a 'watershed Wayne Pivac selection'

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to talk about the Wales team to face Georgia. The new debutants, the pressure on Pivac and a 'watershed selection' are all discussed.
19/11/2039m 4s

Dublin defeat, set-piece woes and the need to change the No. 10?

Matt Southcombe and Ben James pick over the bones following Wales' 32-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin - their sixth in a row. The set-piece problems, tactical issues and selection concerns are all laid bare.
14/11/2021m 35s

Ireland v Wales teams, Callum Sheedy debut and a chance for redemption

Matt Southcombe and Mark Orders went live on our Facebook and YouTube channels to discuss Wales' team to face Ireland. You can listen to the conversation here, including a debut for Callum Sheedy.
11/11/2024m 11s

Another defeat, Pivac under pressure and where do Wales go next?

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders to talk about another Welsh defeat - this time to Scotland in the Six Nations. Wales' breakdown problems, pressure on Wayne Pivac and what they need to do next are all on the agenda.
02/11/2049m 36s

Wales v Scotland teams, Shane Lewis-Hughes and what's next for George North

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to react to the Wales team to face Scotland, answer listener questions and assess what's next for George North after his exclusion from the matchday squad.
29/10/2041m 3s

A French defeat, defensive issues and not many positives

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders and Simon Thomas to look back over Wales' defeat to France in their opening autumn match. Defensive issues, gameplan worries and all manner of concerns are discussed on this episode.
26/10/2035m 23s

The team to face France, Alun Wyn's record and a Louis Rees-Zammit debut

Matthew Southcombe, Simon Thomas and Mark Orders sit down to discuss the Wales team to face France, the potential debut of Louis Rees-Zammit and Alun Wyn Jones equalling the world record for Test appearances.
22/10/2031m 21s

Behind the new Welsh kit: How the Welsh rugby jersey is designed

Ben James is joined by Macron’s Sr Sports Marketing Manager Ross Cook ahead of their first Wales jersey to learn out the design process and how the new kit came to be.Apologies for the sound quality - the interview was recorded on a zoom call and we did our best to edit the amount of echo on Ross' line.
14/10/2035m 43s

Wales' autumn squad, new faces and the 60-second phone call that answered a big question

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders to talk about Wales' autumn squad selection, including the call-ups of uncapped players such as Ioan Lloyd, Callum Sheedy, Johnny Williams and Sam Parry.We also hear from Wales coach Wayne Pivac about his selection.
06/10/2038m 17s

Wales' best PRO14 hope, Pivac' autumn squad and the surprise faces you might see

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to look ahead to the PRO14 season, discuss which region has the best chance of doing well and taking a glimpse at what Wayne Pivac might do with his Wales squad for the autumn. There's also the matter of which Welsh youngsters are ready to break through and Rob Howley's new job.
28/09/2055m 2s

Dragons' Radradra reality check, Scarlets' missed opportunity and why the PRO14 teams struggled in Europe

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Matthew Southcombe to talk about the Dragons and Scarlets' defeats in Europe on the weekend, as well as why the PRO14 teams struggled and the return of Willis Halaholo.If you enjoy the podcast, make sure to subscribe and leave a review.
21/09/2049m 0s

Wales on Amazon Prime and the Dragons and Scarlets in European action

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas to talk about the latest TV broadcast deal with Amazon Prime and the Dragons and Scarlets' Challenge Cup quarter-finals this weekend.
14/09/2034m 35s

James Hook's new job, Owen Farrell and Wales' 2023 XV

Ben James is joined by James Hook to talk about his work coaching at the Ospreys, the recent Owen Farrell controversy and to pick his Wales team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
11/09/2041m 9s

The Welsh derbies reviewed, each region assessed and the uncapped Welsh options

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders to talk about the two rounds of Welsh derbies, looking at where each region currently stands in terms of their strengths and weaknesses and the uncapped Welsh players who could earn call-ups very soon.If you enjoy the podcast, make sure to leave a review.
03/09/2051m 10s

Sean Holley, Welsh derbies and rugby is finally back!

Rugby is finally back after five months away and Sean Holley joins Ben James on the podcast to talk the return of the Guinness PRO14, Welsh derbies and who to watch as a new era for the regions begins...Sean Holley will be part of the Premier Sports team bringing rugby fans live PRO14 coverage of Ospreys v Dragons on Sunday 23rd August (Premier Sports 1 at 1.45pm) from the Liberty Stadium alongside Ross Harries, Wyn Gruffydd, Lauren Jenkins and Shane Williams. Premier Sports has teamed up with Cardiff Blues, Scarlets, Ospreys and Dragons to create a unique £80 (50p per game) annual offer for all new customers to watch the final 15 games this season and all 152 games in 2020/21. Each new rugby supporter signing up via this special offer on Sky and the Premier Player will earn £10 for their favourite team from Premier Sports as a contribution to clubs during difficult times. All supporters need to do is use their club’s promo code on subscription and fans are advised to contact their club for more information. Premier Sports, is the home of the Guinness PRO14 in the UK and shows all 152 games from the Guinness PRO14 season. Rugby fans can subscribe on Sky or the Premier Sports Player. Visit www.premiersports.com to sign up to see all the live action.
20/08/2028m 8s

Alecs Donovan on Wales women, her new business and giving George North yoga classes

Ben James is joined by Wales and Ospreys centre Alecs Donovan to talk about her rugby career and her yoga business. She also talks about doing yoga classes with the Bristol Bears, Sam Warburton and George North.
06/08/2033m 49s

The Mike Ruddock podcast: Steadying the Ospreys ship, a new role and sitting next to Alfie on a plane

Ben James is joined by former Wales coach and current Ospreys Development Director Mike Ruddock to talk about his new role at the region, what the future of the Ospreys looks like and just how difficult it has been getting them back on track.
30/07/2032m 1s

The Mike Ruddock podcast: Steadying the Ospreys ship, a new role and sitting next to Alfie on a plane

Ben James is joined by former Wales coach and current Ospreys Development Director Mike Ruddock to talk about his new role at the region, what the future of the Ospreys looks like and just how difficult it has been getting them back on track.
30/07/2032m 9s

Jamie Roberts, disgruntled regions and Rhys Carre

Ben James is joined by Mark Orders to talk about Jamie Roberts being in talks with the Dragons, as well as the Scarlets and Ospreys' latest business.Also, Andy Howell speaks to Rhys Carre about his return to the Cardiff Blues.If you've enjoyed the podcast, please do rate and review it on your podcast provider.
17/07/2040m 29s

The Phil Dollman podcast: Exeter, exile and that Welsh call-up

Ben James is joined by Exeter Chiefs full-back Phil Dollman to talk about rugby resuming post-Covid, his time at Exeter Chiefs and his Wales call-up in 2017.If you enjoyed the podcast, make sure you subscribe and leave a review.
10/07/2042m 48s

Nick Tompkins's future resolved, the Welsh prop situation and actual rugby fixtures

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Mark Orders to talk about Nick Tompkins signing for the Dragons, Rhys Carre coming back to the Cardiff Blues and what it means for the Welsh prop situation and the scheduled fixtures for when rugby in Wales is set to resume.
01/07/2047m 0s

The Xavier Rush podcast: Cardiff Blues, new business and broken glass

Ben James is joined by former New Zealand, Auckland Blues and Cardiff Blues no. 8 Xavier Rush to talk about his new business, his time in Wales, his thoughts on rugby and a few tales from his playing career.
24/06/2049m 51s

The Sean Fitzpatrick podcast: Super Rugby, global seasons and Wales

Ben James is joined by All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick for a special podcast, looking at the return of Super Rugby in New Zealand, the introduction of a global season and his thoughts on Wales and Wayne Pivac.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review - it really helps other people find the podcast.
16/06/2046m 21s

The Sean Fitzpatrick podcast: Super Rugby, global seasons and Wales

Ben James is joined by All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick for a special podcast, looking at the return of Super Rugby in New Zealand, the introduction of a global season and his thoughts on Wales and Wayne Pivac.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review - it really helps other people find the podcast.
16/06/2046m 23s

Pay cuts, frustration and big changes: What the future holds for Welsh rugby after the coronavirus pandemic

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss what the future holds for Welsh rugby after the coronavirus pandemic.With the WRPA making a strongly-worded statement and suggestions finances will be hit heavily, our writers join forces remotely to look at what could happen.Again, apologies for any sound issues from recording remotely.
03/06/2035m 35s

My favourite game: Sonny Bill's shoulder, victorious Lions and so much rain

Matthew Southcombe is joined by Ben James to discuss another of our writers' favourite matches from the past.This time, it's Ben's turn to reminisce and the 2017 Second Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions is on the agenda. From Sonny Bill Williams' red card to Taulupe Faletau's world class try, there's plenty to discuss.
28/05/2024m 23s

Five games that changed my life: James Hook

Ben James is joined by Wales and Ospreys legend James Hook to relive the five matches that changed his life. There's matches for Neath, Ospreys and Wales in there - plus some very special games against England!
20/05/2035m 31s

Isolation Rugby Care Package: Alan Dymock

Host Ben James is joined by Rugby World writer Alan Dymock to discuss the pieces of rugby content he's chosen for his isolation rugby care package. From players clapping their own tries from the stands, cross-code battles that could only happen in the 90s and Jonah Lomu saving the life of a fish in silver Adidas trainers, this podcast has it all.You can view all of Alan's videos in this YouTube playlist; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBuJ7DytIlw6NYgFD0nXDUuGzM94HGirW The only vidoe missing is the Felipe Contempomi clip which can be found here:https://twitter.com/DamianDerrick/status/1052230109413945346
13/05/2044m 15s

Five games that changed my life: Jonathan 'Jiffy' Davies

Ben James is joined by Wales dual code legend Jonathan Davies to relive five matches that changed his life. His Wales debut against England, the moment he broke through for Neath and that try against Australia for Great Britain at Wembley all feature.
08/05/2030m 29s

My Favourite Game: The lost generation, code-switching and Samoan revenge

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to relive another classic game. This time it's Wales v Western Samoa in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. Despite being a league match, a number of union stars featured in a classic match at the Vetch.
05/05/2030m 9s

A coffee with Dillon Lewis and Cory Hill

A bonus episode as Matt Southcombe sits down for a coffee with Wales stars Dillon Lewis and Cory Hill to talk lockdown, their friendship and their first days in professional rugby.They also discussed a challenge that they're undertaking, riding 220 miles - the length of Wales - on a static bike.The challenge is in aid of Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, you can donate to their cause using the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cory-hill
02/05/2022m 10s

The Isolation Rugby Care Package: Ross Harries

Ben James is joined by Premier Sports presenter Ross Harries to discuss his video selections for his isolation rugby care package and it's a cracker. It features forwards kicking drop goals, one of the great Llanelli victories, a passionate rugby fan and a lot of Radnorshire references!Forwards taking drop goalshttps://youtube.com/watch?v=WpI8qM6K8SoLlanelli v Australia '92https://youtube.com/watch?v=Gg3LLrvue_4Lydiate the Chopper (Radnor reference for you)https://youtube.com/watch?v=3i2G1akkz-EStuart Broad Ultimate Lions fanhttps://sportindustry.biz/tv/robert-walters-recruits-ultimate-lions-fan
01/05/2051m 11s

My Favourite Game: Shane, Sydney and scaring the All Blacks

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Mark Orders in the latest episode in the series of our writers regaling tales of their favourite matches. This time, it's the classic encounter between Wales and New Zealand at the 2003 World Cup.
28/04/2030m 51s

The Welsh Rugby Draft: Picking the best matchday squads from every player in Wales

Ben James, Matthew Southcombe, Mark Orders and special guest Owain Jones embrace the spirit of the NFL draft for their own Welsh Rugby Draft. With every player from the four regions available for selection, they have to pick a matchday squad in the traditional draft system - taking it in turns to choose a player from the board. Which team do you think is best?Apologies for some sound issues - there was a problem with a microphones midway through.
24/04/201h 32m

My Favourite Game: Verbal grenades, French implosions and a flying elbow

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe to discuss the first of his favourite matches. For this episode, Matt has chosen the 2019 World Cup quarter-final between Wales and France - a game that didn't exactly lack in drama, even if it was at times devoid of Welsh quality.Also, apologies for any drop in sound quality. This was recorded over Zoom due to the current circumstances. We hope you understand.We've also moved podcast provider recently and you can listen to our podcast first by downloading the Global Player on iOS or Google Stores. More details here:https://twitter.com/GlobalPlayerhttps://www.globalplayer.com/
21/04/2034m 22s

The Isolation Rugby Care Package: Squidge Rugby

Ben James is joined by YouTube sensation Squidge Rugby for the first episode in a new series that provides you with the ultimate rugby playlist on YouTube. With everyone confined to their houses at the moment, what better way to spend time than listening to Squidge talk about his essential rugby viewing - from Wales' 2015 World Cup win over England to a monkey puppet being kicked about by Rhys Patchell.You can find all the clips to watch on our Twitter: @WelshRugbyPodWe've also moved podcast provider recently and you can listen to our podcast first by downloading the Global Player on iOS or Google Stores. More details here:https://twitter.com/GlobalPlayerhttps://www.globalplayer.com/
17/04/201h 0m

My favourite game: Builders, broken thumbs and beating the Boks

In a new series where our rugby writers talk us through their favourite matches, Simon Thomas speaks about Wales' famous victory over South Africa in 1999 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/04/2029m 30s

Five games that changed my life: Lee Byrne

Lee Byrne joins Ben James to discuss the five matches that defined his rugby career, including that unforgettable victory over England in 2008 and the Ospreys' first league title in 2010. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/03/2031m 41s

What coronavirus will mean for Welsh rugby

Ben James and Matthew Southcombe go over what the current coronavirus crisis means for Welsh rugby and how it will affect the clubs, regions and national team. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/03/2024m 19s

Nigel Owens and James Hook live: A special night at Cilfynydd RFC

A special live episode of the Welsh Rugby Podcasts as we headed up to Cilfynydd RFC to record a bumper episode with Nigel Owens and James Hook to raise money for the WRU's flood relief fund.These are the best bits from that night. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/03/201h 12m

Wales v Scotland teams, coronavirus and no more PRO14

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell to look over the Wales team to face Scotland, assess what their chances are this weekend and weigh up whether the match should even be going ahead amid the growing coronavirus crisis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/03/2024m 15s

Analysing Wales: Attacking progress and why the defence is struggling

Ben James is joined by Sean Holley to take stock of Wales' performances in the Six Nations so far and analyse their game - including why the defence isn't functioning properly at the moment and how there are signs of progress in attack. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/03/2025m 27s

England defeat, a blatant red card and genital grabbing

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and Simon Thomas to pick the bones from Wales' 33-30 defeat to England at Twickenham. Red cards, angry coaches and Joe Marler's antics are all on the menu.Follow us on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/03/2022m 8s

Welcome back Sanjay, the miraculous recovery of Dan Biggar and Gav

Ben James, Simon Thomas and Matthew Southcombe sit down to look over the teams named for Wales' trip to Twickenham to face England this Saturday. The returns of Liam Williams and Josh Navidi are discussed, as is Dan Biggar's miraculous recovery. And we hear from Gavin Henson about *that* kick in 2005. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/03/2046m 46s

What does playing Wales mean to an Englishman?

Ben James looks into what it means to play Wales as an Englishman in a special podcast, with former England internationals Phil Vickery, Nick Easter and Mark Cueto all providing insight on what an Anglo-Welsh clash meant to them. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/03/2038m 23s

Welsh scrum complaints, teething problems and Twickenham selection decisions

Host Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and Westgate sports journalist Alex Bywater to talk Wales' scrum complaints, teething problems in the new attacking game and the selection decisions facing Wayne Pivac for the trip to Twickenham.You can follow the podcast on Twitter @welshrugbypod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/02/2048m 9s

Wales v France reaction: Title hopes over

WalesOnline rugby wrtiers Ben James, Andy Howell and Simon Thomas sift through the wreckage of Wales' 23-27 defeat to France on Saturday.All the big talking points are discussed from the Paul Willemse slap down to the pivotal scrum right at the end of the match. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/02/2029m 54s

The Wales team to face France analysed

WalesOnline rugby writers Matt Southcombe, Simon Thomas and Andy Howell discuss the Wales team to face France this Saturday.They talk through the big selection decisions, including whether or not it is safe for Dan Biggar to play after suffering three concussions in two months. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/02/2024m 11s

Elinor Snowsill talks women's rugby, Six Nations and homophobia

Wales and Barbarians fly-half Elinor Snowsill joins Ben James on the podcast to discuss the women's Six Nations, the future of the game, rugby's reaction to players coming out and her work with the charity School of Hard Knocks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/02/2040m 50s

Sausages, Finn Russell, booing kickers and Ben Coles

Host Ben James is joined by Telegraph rugby writer Ben Coles to discuss all the big talking points in the Six Nations, including Ellis Genge's post-Calcutta Cup interview, the Finn Russell saga with Scotland, the debate over booing kickers and his predictions for the rest of the tournament.You can follow the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/02/2035m 40s

Ireland v Wales reaction: An exposed defence but all is not lost

Rugby writers Matt Southcombe and Andy Howell are joined by Ben James from Dublin to react to Wales defeat to Ireland.The panel discuss the game's controversial moments, the set piece, Wales' exposed defence and the positives in defeat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/02/2030m 3s

Ireland v Wales, John Devereux and his rugby career

Host Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and former Wales international John Devereux to talk Ireland v Wales, the Six Nations and memories from Devereux's memories from both codes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/02/2031m 21s

A creaking scrum and an injury blow

WalesOnline rugby experts Matt Southcombe and Simon Thomas assess where Wales are at following the 42-0 win over Italy.They also give a verdict on the latest injury news in camp and look at how Wayne Pivac could solve the problem at the scrum. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/02/2027m 54s

Wales v Italy reaction: New era, Adams on fire and a selection battle

Ben James and Simon Thomas pick apart the bones from Wales' Six Nations opening victory over Italy. Wayne Pivac's men got the tournament off to the perfect start with a 42-0 bonus point win and that is on the agenda as well as Josh Adams' form, the selection dilemma for next week and the Ireland test coming up. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/02/2022m 1s

Wales v Italy team reaction, Mike Phillips and George North

Host Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Matthew Southcombe to discuss Wales' team selection for their opening Six Nations clash with Italy. Former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips gives his verdict on the tournament and Wales' chances. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/01/2029m 42s

Jonathan Davies, Stephen Jones and Josh Adams talk Six Nations

Host Ben James and Simon Thomas are joined by former Wales international Jonathan Davies to talk about the players he expects to shine in the Six Nations.We also hear from Wales attack coach Stephen Jones and winger Josh Adams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/01/2030m 45s

Charlie Morgan, tactical trends and England's selection surprises

Host Ben James is joined by Telegraph rugby writer Charlie Morgan to talk about the Six Nations, the tactical trends we might see in the weeks to come and the key discussion points from the upcoming tournament. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/01/2047m 35s

6 Nations Launch: Pivac, Jones, Farrell and Sexton

WalesOnline reporters Matt Southcombe and Simon Thomas bring you the latest episode from the official launch of the 2020 Six Nations.They discuss all the big news from the day as we hear from Wayne Pivac, Alun Wyn Jones, Eddie Jones, Owen Farrell, Andy Farrell and Johnny Sexton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/01/2034m 41s

Saracens scandal and the inside scoop on Nick Tompkins

Host Ben James is joined by Andy Howell to talk about Saracens being relegated from the Premiership and what it could mean for rugby. There's also Six Nations discussion a fortnight out from the tournament and former Saracens and Wales lock Dominic Day joins us to give the lowdown on new Wales call-up Nick Tompkins. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/01/2044m 50s

Louis Rees-Zammit and the men who know him best

Ben James speaks to Hartpury College U18s coach Wayne Thompson and Gloucester Live rugby writer Rob Iles to gain some insight into Wales' newest squad member, Louis Rees-Zammit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/01/2034m 33s

Shock Six Nations call-ups, Nick Tomkins, Will Rowlands and Wayne Pivac

Ben James and Andy Howell sit down to look over Wales' 38-man squad for the Six Nations - which contains a few shocks.We also hear from Wales coaches Wayne Pivac and Byron Hayward, For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/01/2037m 53s

The James Hook podcast: Why I'm retiring and what the future holds

Ben James speaks to James Hook to discuss his retirement from rugby, what the future holds, his upcoming book series and his rugby career.Follow the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/01/2025m 56s

The George North podcast: Injuries, Ospreys crisis and his Wales place

Wales wing George North talks to Matthew Southcombe about injuries, the situation at the Ospreys and his place in the Wales team ahead of the Six Nations. Matt, Ben James and Andy Howell also sit down to discuss North and the competition for back-three places in Wayne Pivac's upcoming Six Nations squad.You can follow the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/01/2042m 55s

Wales battles, rudderless Ospreys and our 2020 wishlist

Ben James, Simon Thomas and Andy Howell sit down for the first podcast of 2020. On the agenda is the two regional derbies coming up this weekend, the key Welsh battles in them and the problems that continue to affect the Ospreys. The guys also take a look back on their favourite moments from the last decade and what they hope to see in 2020.You can follow the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/01/2044m 11s

Festive fireworks, Cory Hill's year from hell and Justin Tipuric's future

Ben James, Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas sit down to look ahead to the first round of festive derbies, with John Mulvihill's fiery comments top of the agenda. Cory Hill also speaks about his year from hell and Justin Tipuric speaks about his future and Rob Howley's suspension from rugby. Plus there's predictions for the weekend and the latest on Brad Mooar being linked with a job with the All Blacks.You can follow all the latest news from the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/12/1935m 42s

The Howley scandal and a book

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Matt Southcombe on this week's podcast as they discuss all the fallout from the Rob Howley scandal.Matt was in Japan covering Wales at the World Cup when the saga all began and has written a book - 'No Regrets: Welsh Rugby's Plan to Conquer The World' - about his experiences.On the latest episode of the pod, Matt provides some extracts from his book and reveals what it was like behind the scenes when all the drama was unfolding. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/12/1948m 0s

The 50 best rugby players in the world in 2019: A special selection episode

Ben James, Andy Howell and Simon Thomas sit down to discuss the best 50 players in the world in 2019. With the list virtually decided, there's still time for a few contentious issues to be ironed out and some big decisions to be explained. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/12/1937m 34s

The All Blacks job, Wales' returning stars and a Six Nations injury crisis

Ben James and Andy Howell sit down to discuss the biggest talking points in Welsh rugby. Ian Foster's appointment as New Zealand coach and what that could mean for Warren Gatland and Brad Mooar is on the agenda, as is the latest Wales fitness news and the round-up from another weekend of European action.Follow the podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/12/1958m 23s

Agonising decisions, Ospreys fallout and Lions schedules

Ben James and Matthew Southcombe look over the contract situations of Thomas Young and Owen Williams and the big decisions they have facing them, while Mark Orders goes over the latest at the Ospreys after a busy week. Also on the agenda are British and Irish Lions schedules and another weekend of European rugby.Follow the Welsh Rugby Podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/12/1952m 44s

PRO14 launch special: Brad Mooar, James Hook, Rhys Patchell and more

Ben James was at the Guinness PRO14 launch in Cardiff, speaking to representatives from the four regions. Dragons' Dean Ryan and Rhodri Williams, Cardiff Blues' John Mulvihill and James Botham, Scarlets Brad Mooar and Rhys Patchell and Ospreys Richie Pugh and James Hook all appear.Follow the Welsh Rugby Podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/12/1939m 38s

The Pivac era begins, McNicholl v North and Barbarians win

Ben James, Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas look back over Wales' win over Barbarians, the start of the Wayne Pivac era, Johnny McNicholl's debut and what that could mean for George North plus all the other talking points.Follow the Welsh Rugby Podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/11/1935m 58s

Johnny McNicholl, Warren Gatland's farewell and Wales' new style

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to look over the Wales team picked by Wayne Pivac to face the Barbarians this weekend. Johnny McNicholl, Jarrod Evans, Warren Gatland's farewell and the Ospreys are all on the agenda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/11/1944m 37s

The Wayne Pivac podcast: The new Wales coach by those who know him best

Ben James speaks to the people who know Wayne Pivac best to build a better picture of the new Wales coach. Wayne's sons Bradley and Matt offer insight, as does Wayne's rugby 'son', Hadleigh Parkes.Follow the Welsh Rugby Podcast on Twitter @WelshRugbyPod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/11/1945m 43s

Allen Clarke leaves the Ospreys: Radio silence, what's gone wrong and who is next?

Ben James and Simon Thomas sit down for an impromptu short podcast to react to the news that Allen Clarke has left the Ospreys. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/11/1918m 6s

The residency rule and Gatland's grand plan for Welsh rugby

WalesOnline's Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell discuss Gavin Henson's criticism of Willis Halaholo and Johnny McNicholl's Wales call-ups.Cardiff Blues boss John Mulvihill gives his take on it all and we discuss whether or not Warren Gatland's radical blueprint for Welsh rugby could ever come to fruition. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/11/1934m 3s

Meeting the new boss: Wayne Pivac's first press conference

WalesOnline rugby writer Matt Southcombe returns from Japan to host the show alongside Andy Howell.The pair were up at Wales HQ today to talk to new Wales boss Wayne Pivac and his new coaching staff.You can here from Pivac, Jonathan Humphries and Stephen Jones on this week's podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/11/1936m 12s

Injury double blow, Wales and Scarlets' solutions and Europe preview

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell to look at the injury double blow that has seen Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies ruled out with long-term injuries, how it will affect Wales and the Scarlets, plus they look ahead to the first weekend of European action.You can now follow the Welsh Rugby Podcast on Twitter with the handle @Welshrugbypod For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/11/1948m 46s

What's going wrong at the Ospreys, gritty Scarlets and Wales hopefuls

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to go over the weekend's rugby action. The Ospreys' early-season crisis, the Scarlets' impressive form, the Dragons' promising signs and the Cardiff Blues' much-needed confidence boost are all on the agenda - plus the players who have put their hand up for selection for Wales' match with the Barbarians later this month. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/11/1945m 17s

Saracens no-show, Chris Robshaw, Adam Jones, Dan Lydiate and Ellis Jenkins

The World Cup may be over but it's still been a busy week in the rugby world. Saracens have been found guilty of breaking salary cap rules, being docked 35 points and fined £5m. The club didn't turn up at the Champions Cup launch, but Ben James did. He caught up with a host of rugby stars including Chris Robshaw, Adam Jones, Chris Boyd, Dan Lydiate and Ellis Jenkins. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/11/1947m 9s

Warren Gatland and Wales: A podumentary

With Warren Gatland's time with Wales at an end, Ben James speaks to past players, coaches and friends of the coach to build a picture of what made him so special in a special documentary podcast episode of the Welsh Rugby Podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/11/1949m 13s

Fourth place, missing defence and the end of the Gatland era

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look over Wales' 40-17 defeat against New Zealand in Japan and reflect on the end of the Warren Gatland era. Wales' defensive issues and the World Cup final are also on the agenda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1939m 53s

Wales v New Zealand teams, haka fines and what the future holds

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look at Warren Gatland's last ever Wales team as the Kiwi named his 23 for Friday's match with New Zealand. There's plenty else on the agenda, with the World Cup final, England's haka fine and what the future holds all discussed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/10/1936m 51s

Semi-final heartbreak, missed opportunities and Warren Gatland

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to pick apart Wales' agonising 19-16 defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. We also hear the post-match thoughts of Wales coach Warren Gatland and captain Alun Wyn Jones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/10/1939m 25s

Ellis Jenkins Live podcast: A night at the Arms Park with the Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker

Ben James, Simon Thomas, Andy Howell and Jon Doel are joined by Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins for a very special live edition of the podcast at the Cardiff Arms Park.In front of a live audience, they look ahead to Wales v South Africa.Some of the audience questions were not fully picked up by the microphones. We've tried our best to salvage it but we apologise for the quality in places. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/10/191h 7m

Injuries, semi-finals and how to beat South Africa

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to bring you the latest on the Rugby World Cup, Premier Sports Sean Holley talks about his time in Japan, what he has seen from the tournament and the PRO14.Sean Holley is part of the Premier Sports team which includes Ross Harries, Eddie Butler, Lauren Jenkins and Hugo Southwell for its live coverage of Dragons v Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday 26th October. You can tune in from 2.45pm on Premier Sports 2 for the very best coverage, analysis and all the inside track on a big rugby Saturday. Premier Sports is home of the Guinness PRO14 in the UK with all 152 games from the Guinness PRO14 this season. Rugby fans can subscribe on Sky or the Premier Sports Player.  Visit www.premiersports.com to find out more. Premier Sports customers now enjoy an even bigger package of great live sports coverage including La Liga, Serie A football, Scottish Cup football, Eredivisie, MLS, NASCAR and NHL.     For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/10/1950m 34s

World Cup semi-finals, red cards and plenty of nerves

Ben James and Simon Thomas sit down to catch their breath and take stock as Wales secured their place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals with a dramatic win over France in Oita. There's plenty to talk about as we reflect on a second quarter-final win in Warren Gatland's reign. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/10/1930m 19s

Serge Betsen, injury relief and unpredictable France

Ben James and Andy Howell are joined by former France back-rower Serge Betsen and French journalist Clement Brossard, who works for RMC, to talk Wales v France as the two nations prepare to meet in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.There's predictions and analysis plus a quick look at the other three knockout matches ahead this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/10/1936m 41s

Japan Special: Matt Southcombe brings the latest from Japan

WalesOnline's man in Japan Matt Southcombe is joined by columnist and Welsh Rugby legend Mike Phillips on this episode of the podcast.Westgate Sports Agency reporter Alex Bywater, whose work can be found in various national newspapers, is also on the pod to discuss what life is really like on tour in Japan.Matt and Alex discuss how Wales have gone so far in the tournament, the reasons to be cheerful and a reason to be wary.They also talk through how they've found the last few weeks in Japan as we gear up for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.There's also a bit of insight into what the players and management are like away from the press conferences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/10/1932m 7s

Wales v Uruguay reaction, Japan v Scotland and a French quarter-final

Ben James and Andy Howell look back over Wales' final pool match against Uruguay, pick out who impressed and cast their eye over the upcoming quarter-final against France. Japan's victory over Scotland is also on the agenda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/10/1926m 37s

Super Typhoons, 13 changes and unfamiliar positions

Ben James is joined by Daily Mirror rugby correspondent Alex Spink to talk Super Typhoon Hagibis and the impact it's having on the World Cup, while Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell give their thoughts on the Wales team to face Uruguay. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/10/1950m 8s

Squidge special: YouTube, Sam Warburton and the Rugby World Cup

Ben James is joined by Robbie Owen, the brains behind rugby YouTube channel, Squidge Rugby. On an extra-long episode, they talk about getting Sam Warburton's approval, comedy inspirations, where they hone their rugby analysis and answering fan questions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/10/191h 14m

Wales v Fiji reaction: Quarter-final spot, Super Typhoon and injury worries

Ben James is joined by RugbyPass writer Owain Jones, as well as podcast regulars Simon Thomas and Andy Howell, to look back on Wales' 29-17 win over Fiji that secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. With yellow cards, disallowed tries, copious injuries and Super Typhoon Hagibis all on the agenda, it promises to be a jam-packed episode. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/10/1941m 33s

Xavier Rush, Mike Phillips and the Wales team to face Fiji

Ben James and Simon Thomas chat to Cardiff Blues and New Zealand legend Xavier Rush, while Matthew Southcombe talks to Mike Phillips after Wales named their team to face Fiji. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/10/1944m 1s

World Cup trends, Welsh back-row and Fiji's threats

Ben James and Simon Thomas are joined by Cardiff Blues coach John Mulvihill and Telegraph rugby writer Charlie Morgan to talk World Cup tactical trends, the Welsh back-row and the threat that Fiji could pose For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/10/1946m 54s

Tom Shanklin special: High tackles, podcasts, David Brent and the PRO14

Ben James is joined by Tom Shanklin to talk Wales' World Cup campaign, the PRO14, his comedy tastes and how he's become a podcasting star. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/10/1942m 42s

Wales v Australia reaction: Nerveless Patchell, Gareth Davies and James Hook's verdict

Ben James is joined by Wales and Ospreys star James Hook to look back on Wales' 29-25 victory over Australia in the World Cup. Simon Thomas and Andy Howell also offer their thoughts and analysis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/09/1941m 14s

Unchanged Wales, more high tackle controversy and why the Wallabies are circling the wagons

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe, Simon Thomas and Sydney Morning Herald Georgina Robinson to look at Wales and Australia's teams ahead of their Rugby World Cup clash. There's also more on the continued headlines being given to high tackles which continue to dominate the tournament in Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/09/1951m 9s

Mike Phillips on Georgia, Gareth Davies and why Wales will beat Australia

Matthew Southcombe is joined by WalesOnline columnist and former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips in a bonus podcast to look back over the win over Georgia, who impressed and what Wales need to do to beat Australia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/09/1910m 56s

Wales v Georgia reaction: Bonus point start, Howley backlash and Cory Hill bombshell

Host Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look back over Wales' 43-14 win over Georgia in their opening Rugby World Cup match. Cory Hill's injury latest is also discussed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/09/1936m 39s

Dropping Moriarty, AWJ's record and learning from Australia v Fiji

Host Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas in the studio and Matthew Southcombe in Japan to look over Wales' team to face Georgia. Australia's win over Fiji is also looked at and what Warren Gatland will have learned from the clash between their pool rivals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/09/1938m 1s

Rob Howley bombshell: How it happened, what's going on next and what it all means

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe in Japan for an emergency podcast as Rob Howley is sent home from the World Cup for an alleged betting breach. The whole timeline of the scandal is discussed, as well as what happens next and what it means for Wales' World Cup chances. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/09/1918m 39s

The World Cup preview: Every pool assessed, key players and predictions

Host Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to preview the World Cup. Every pool is analysed, key players marked out and predictions made. Matthew Southcombe also gives us an update from Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/09/1955m 41s

Where Wales stand after the Rugby World Cup warm-ups

Host Ben James is joined by WalesOnline rugby writer Mark Orders and former Ospreys coach and TV pundit Sean Holley to analyse where Wales are after the four summer warm-up matches. There's plenty of in-depth analysis on Wales' attack, defence and set-piece from Sean, plus Mark runs through his predictions for the tournament in Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/09/1944m 13s

Sam Warburton special: World Cup memories, Lions revelations and more

Sam Warburton joins podcast regulars Ben James and Simon Thomas for a very special episode of the Welsh Rugby Podcast. On the agenda in this bumper 80-minute special is his new book Open Side, his memories of the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, his experiences with the British and Irish Lions and his greatest Welsh XV that he played with. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/09/191h 23m

James Hook special: Hooky’s World Cup memories

Host Ben James is joined by Wales and Ospreys star James Hook to look back on his World Cup experiences, from the disastrous defeat to Fiji in 2007, the semi-final heartbreak in 2011 and his late injury call-up in 2015.He also answers your questions and gives his verdict on the current crop. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/09/1959m 32s

Alun Wyn Jones, Liam Williams, Hadleigh Parkes and more: World Cup squad special

Ben James is joined by a host of Wales rugby stars for a special podcast following the World Cup squad announcement. Alun Wyn Jones, Liam Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Shingler, Nicky Smith, Aled Davies and Jake Ball all feature to talk Japan, room-mates and World Cup dreams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/09/1934m 24s

The Rob Evans bombshell, carrying Cory and the World Cup squad verdict

Host Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to react to the Wales 31-man squad named by Warren Gatland for the World Cup. The absence of Rob Evans and Samson Lee, Cory Hill's fitness and all the other tough decisions are all covered - plus who should play in Dublin next week and this squad's chances of lifting the World Cup. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/09/1934m 5s

World Cup squad prediction: The 31 we think will go to Japan

Host Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to do exactly what Warren Gatland and his coaches will do on their Saturday night: pick the 31-man squad to go to the World Cup in Japan.Make sure you subscribe to the Welsh Rugby Podcast to get notifications when the latest episode drops! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/08/1930m 12s

World Cup shootouts, 14 changes and where is Cory Hill?

Host Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell to look over the Wales team Warren Gatland has named to face Ireland in Cardiff. The boys pick apart the 14 changes, debate which tight calls will be made by Gatland when he names his 31-man squad on Sunday - plus they answer your questions.Make sure you subscribe to the Welsh Rugby Podcast to get notifications when the latest episode drops! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/08/1944m 31s

What's wrong with Ireland, Captain Navidi and last chance saloon

Host Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe to look ahead to Wales' third warm-up against Ireland. Irish Mirror journalist Michael Scully also joins us to talk about Ireland's sobering 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham, while WalesOnline Mark Orders assesses which of the fringe players set to play this weekend could still force their way into Warren Gatland's 31-man squad for Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/08/1954m 45s

A view from Australia and a Wales selection meeting

Sydney Morning Herald sports writer Tom Decent joins the podcast to discuss Australia's Rugby World Cup squad and give his views on Wales.Host Matt Southcombe is also joined by WalesOnline rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell, who discuss an intriguing team selection ahead of the game against Ireland next Saturday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/08/1951m 55s

Your questions answered: Back-row, Wales' attack and could we beat the All Blacks?

Ben James, Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas sit down to answer your questions in a special episode of the podcast. The Welsh back-row, the demise of drop goals and beating the All Blacks are all on the agenda - plus much, much more! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/08/1957m 46s

Biggar hits back, scrum problems and top of the world

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look back at Wales' 13-6 victory over England in Cardiff. Dan Biggar's response to criticism, another concerning display in the scrum and Wales going top of the world rankings are all on the agenda - plus much, much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/08/1940m 5s

The return of Cubby, Anscombe's injury and where's Halfpenny?

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell to pick apart Wales' team selection to face England in Cardiff, weigh up where Gareth Anscombe's tournament ending injury leaves Warren Gatland and answer your questions as Wales look to get over last weekend's Twickenham defeat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/08/1952m 50s

Humble pie, red cards and plenty of rust

WalesOnline rugby writers Matt Southcombe and Ben James discuss what they witnessed at Twickenham as a full strength Wales side lost to England 33-19.It was an uncharacteristic performance from Warren Gatland's men as they lost their unbeaten run and missed out on the chance to officially become World No.1.The boys were also joined by Mark Orders, who also gave his opinion before answering your questions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/08/1951m 7s

Wales team assessed, England experiment and fan questions

Ben James, Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell react to the teams for the Rugby World Cup warm-up between England v Wales at Twickenham - with Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones having named very different 23-men matchday squads. Plus we answer your questions about Wales' first warm-up fixture.If you have a question you want answering on the Welsh Rugby Podcast, tweet us @WelshRugby For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/08/1947m 2s

World Cup warm-ups, Taulupe Faletau and our plans for Japan

The Welsh Rugby Podcast is back with a brand new look and a brand new sound! Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe to discuss the revamped podcast's exciting plans for the World Cup and the trip out to Japan, while WalesOnline rugby writer Mark Orders is on hand to discuss Wales' selection issues for their opening warm-up game against England.Get your questions in for Friday's episode through our Twitter @WalesRugby. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/08/1942m 33s

Richie Rees, combining coaching and punditry and some very big play-off matches

Ben James is joined by Premier Sports pundit Richie Rees and regulars Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss the Champions Cup play-off between the Ospreys and Scarlets plus Rees' coaching and punditry career. Also on the agenda is the appointment of Dean Ryan by the Dragons, the latest Shaun Edwards development and the Principality Premiership relegation play-off between Pontypool and Llanelli. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/05/191h 2m

Shaun Edwards, Dean Ryan and the confusing European play-off farce

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and Simon Thomas to discuss Shaun Edwards leaving Wales, the rumours linking Dean Ryan, Sam Davies and Aaron Cruden to the Dragons, the futures of Ross Moriarty and Alun Wyn Jones plus the confusion that is the Champions Cup play-off fully explained. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/05/1947m 31s

Wales' World Cup squad, Shaun Edwards and Rhys Carre

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell to discuss Wales' 42-man World Cup training squad, Shaun Edwards' future and all the reaction to Judgement Day. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/05/1946m 16s

Judgement Day special: Dillon Lewis, Elliot Dee and the European showdown

A Judgement Day special of the podcast with Wales internationals Dillon Lewis and Elliot Dee special guests ahead of the end-of-season derbies in Cardiff. Ben James, Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell also sit down to preview the weekend's double-header in the Principality Stadium and predict who will come out on top. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/04/1949m 26s

Gareth Anscombe, Shaun Edwards and which region is going to qualify for Europe

On this week's podcast, Ben James, Andy Howell and Simon Thomas talk about the Gareth Anscombe saga being put to bed by the fly-half swapping the Cardiff Blues for the Ospreys, Shaun Edwards staying with Wales, the next Dragons coach and which region will qualify for the Champions Cup. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/04/1943m 27s

Residency rules, PRO14 play-offs and the Gareth Anscombe saga

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and Simon Thomas to look at the latest headlines in Welsh rugby - including whether Wales are "exploiting" the residency rules, the region's recruitment and PRO14 play-off hopes and the latest in the Gareth Anscombe saga. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/04/1952m 56s

Warren Gatland's future, Gareth Anscombe's value and the regions' European struggles

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell to discuss the Welsh rugby headlines for another week. On the agenda this time are Warren Gatland's future after he finishes as Wales coach, Gareth Anscombe and whether he was right to speak out about his contract problems, whether Willis Halaholo and Johnny McNicholl are good enough to play for Wales and why the regions have struggled in Europe again. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/03/1945m 8s

Grand Slam special: Deadly Anscombe, awesome Alun Wyn and why Gatland is like David Bowie

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look back on Wales' Grand Slam after their 25-7 win over Ireland, with Alun Wyn Jones, Gareth Anscombe and comparisons between Warren Gatland and David Bowie on the agenda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/03/1933m 12s

Wales v Ireland preview: The final leg of the Grand Slam, a familiar face and another roof row

Ben James is joined by Simon Thomas, Delme Parfitt and Michael Scully of the Irish Mirror to look ahead Wales' Grand Slam decider with Ireland in Cardiff. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/03/1952m 25s

Scotland 11-18 Wales: Grand Slams, great defence and the final verdict on an chaotic week in Welsh rugby

Ben James and Andy Howell discuss Wales' 18-11 win over Scotland in Murrayfield that sets up a Grand Slam decider against Ireland as well as all the events from a chaotic week in Welsh rugby that saw Project Reset take a dramatic turn For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/03/1936m 9s

Wales 21-13 England: 'Warren Gatland out-coached Eddie Jones'

WalesOnline rugby writers Matt Southcombe, Andy Howell and Ben James discuss Wales' 21-13 victory over England. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/02/1926m 19s

Wales v England preview: You don't think Gatland can come up with a plan?

With just days until Wales v England, WalesOnline rugby writers Matt Southcombe and Ben James sat down to look ahead to the mouthwatering clash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/02/1940m 26s

Italy 15-26 Wales: More fly-half debate, how the mass changes fared and are Wales genuine title contender?

Ben James and Matthew Southcombe pick the bones out of Wales' second win of the Six Nations championship over Italy in Rome - with plenty to discuss. The latest instalment of the fly-half debate, how Warren Gatland's 10 changes fared and whether Wales are serious contenders for the title are just some of the topics on the agenda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/02/1934m 4s

Italy v Wales preview: 10 changes, Captain Foxy and Matt's trip to Nice

Ben James and Andy Howell analyse the Wales team named to face Italy this weekend, including the 10 changes and Six Nations debuts for Thomas Young and Jonah Holmes, while Matthew Southcombe provides a view from Nice where Wales have spent the week training. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/02/1935m 9s

France 19-24 Wales: An incredible comeback, what to do with the half-backs and being in the right place all the time

Ben James and Delme Parfitt react to Wales' dramatic Six Nations opening night win over France in Paris - touching on the half-backs, a brilliant comeback and George North's finishing prowess. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/02/1917m 36s

France v Wales Six Nations preview

Ben James sits down with WalesOnline rugby writers Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell to look ahead to this weekend's Six Nations opener. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/01/1944m 31s

Why have the Scarlets gone backwards in Europe and is Bernard Jackman's time up at the Dragons?

Ben James and Andy Howell discuss the latest round of European rugby and how each of the four regions fared, as well as the new paybands to be introduced to Welsh rugby and the potential next Wales forwards coach. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/12/1850m 35s

Clean sweeps, the talismanic Alun Wyn Jones and the contrasting fortune of Ellis Jenkins

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Andy Howell to look back over Wales' 20-11 win over South Africa, pick apart the autumn campaign and choose their players, finds and moments of the autumn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/11/1838m 49s

Second-row conundrums, Grand Slam comparisons and Liam back at full-back

Matthew Southcombe and Ben James set down to discuss the Wales team to face South Africa, compare the current side to the 2008 and 2012 Grand Slam teams and Matt even has a crack at listing his Welsh rugby power rankings in 90 seconds or less! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/11/1842m 59s

Wales 74-24 Tonga: Cleans sweeps, fly-half battles and 50-point swings

Ben James is joined by Delme Parfitt to break down Wales' 74-24 win over Tonga in Cardiff and look towards a potential autumn clean sweep against South Africa next week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/11/1840m 19s

Wales v Tonga team analysis: Warren Gatland's much-changed team picked apart

Ben James and Matthew Southcombe pick apart the Wales team Warren Gatland has named to face Tonga - with 14 changes including uncapped Leicester Tigers full-back Jonah Holmes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/11/1846m 19s

Wales 9-6 Australia: The real man of the match and the monkey finally off the back

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell and Delme Parfitt to break down Wales' win over Australia at the Principality Stadium - their first against the Wallabies in a decade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/11/1838m 28s

Gatland, AWJ and the boys on Wales' win over Scotland

WalesOnline Rugby writers Ben James, Andy Howell and Matt Southcombe give their verdict on Wales' win over Scotland. We also hear from Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Alun Wyn Jones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/11/1845m 4s

Open training sessions and one autumn wish

WalesOnline rugby writers Matt Southcombe and Andy Howell discuss the unions' u-turn on a donation to Doddie Weir's foundation, Wales' open training session and give their one wish for the autumn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/10/1833m 51s

Kit clashes, Wales call-ups and guilt-free chocolate

Ben James and Matthew Southcombe take a look at the big talking points in Welsh rugby - including Cardiff Blues' kit clash against Glasgow Warriors, the latest Wales injury news and WalesOnline's interview with former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/10/1840m 23s

Wales autumn squad assessed: Warren Gatland's shock decisions explained

WalesOnline's Matt Southcombe is joined by rugby writers Andy Howell and Ben James to discuss Wales' autumn squad. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/10/1851m 22s

Welsh derbies review: Nigel Owens' decisions, Ross Moriarty's anger and Owen Lane's Wales chances

Rugby writers Ben James and Matthew Southcombe look back on an eventful weekend of Welsh derbies, discuss the Wales fly-half picture and decide whether Ross Moriarty's aggression could cost him his Test future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/10/181h 6m

Why can't the Cardiff Blues hold on and has rugby 'gone soft'?

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to look at the big issues of Welsh rugby, including why the Cardiff Blues keep losing late on, the Ospreys' team selection and whether rugby really is going 'soft'. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/09/1846m 2s

The return of George North and the Welsh fly-half battle

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to discuss all the action from the opening weekend of the Guinness PRO14 - including the two-try return to Welsh rugby for George North and who put their hands up for the Wales No. 10 jersey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/09/1854m 10s

Guinness PRO14 special: The region's head coaches discuss the upcoming season

WalesOnline's Ben James sat down with all four head coaches - John Mulvihill, Bernard Jackman, Allen Clarke and Wayne Pivac - for a special podcast ahead of the new season. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/08/1838m 37s

Wales' summer success, the back-row conundrum and the regions' European pool draws

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to look back on Wales summer tour of America, picking out the players who laid down a big maker a year out from the Rugby World Cup as well as react to the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool draws. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/06/1857m 10s

Wales v South Africa preview: George North in the centre, 'bitter and twisted' critics and why the Springboks aren't what they used to be

Ben James is joined by Andy Howell to discuss the Wales team named to face South Africa, disect Warren Gatland's quotes and preview this weekend's Washington clash against the Springboks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/05/1833m 6s

Shaun Edwards' future, a 'needless' match against South Africa and the PRO14 final

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Delme Parfitt to discuss the rumours surrounding Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, look ahead to the tour of Argentina and preview the Scarlets' PRO14 final against Leinster. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/05/1834m 58s

Cardiff Blues Challenge Cup Final special: Richie Rees and Ceri Sweeney look back at 2010 triumph

Ben James is joined by former Wales stars Richie Rees and Ceri Sweeney ahead of the Cardiff Blues' Challenge Cup Final against Gloucester to look back at the Blues' triumph against Toulon in 2010 - the only time a Welsh region has won a European competition. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/05/1830m 23s

Ellis Jenkins special: Up close and personal with the talk of Welsh rugby

In a special podcast, Cardiff Blues and Wales star Ellis Jenkins joins our regulars to discuss European success, his Wales chances, the ins and outs of the Blues dressing room and much, much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/05/1847m 57s

European semi-finals preview: 'The winner of the Champions Cup will come from the Leinster-Scarlets match'

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to look ahead to a massive weekend of Welsh rugby, as they preview the Scarlets' Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster in Dublin and the Cardiff Blues' Challenge Cup semi-final against Pau at the Arms Park. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/04/1837m 37s

Up close and personal with Welsh rugby's biggest joker and the coach everyone's talking about

In a special podcast, Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones - the hottest property in Welsh coaching right now - explains his philosophy. We're also joined by Ospreys and Wales star Bradley Davies who talks about his reputation as Welsh rugby's joker and the bet his dad keeps making on him. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/04/1821m 32s

European quarter-final preview: 'Looking at those sides, you have to be confident the Scarlets can reach the semi-finals'

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to look ahead to the European quarter-finals, with the Scarlets and Cardiff Blues in action as we hear from Ken Owens and Nick Williams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/03/1822m 59s

Wales 14-13 France: 'There is depth at fly-half now, but we don't know if there's strength in that depth yet'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Matthew Southcombe to look back upon Wales' 14-13 win over France, as well as discuss their Six Nations campaign and look ahead to their tour of Argentina in the summer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/03/1836m 53s

Wales 38-14 Italy: 'It would be no surprise if Justin Tipuric started against France at openside'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss Wales' Six Nations win over Italy and look ahead to next week's clash with France. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/03/1836m 34s

‘The score flattered Wales... expect 5 or 6 changes for Italy’

Matt Southcombe and Rob Lloyd sat down in Dublin Airport to discuss Wales’ 37-27 defeat to Ireland. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/02/1821m 31s

Ireland v Wales preview: 'This game could be a war of attrition and Dan Biggar is the man for that'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Andy Howell and Matthew Southcombe to analyse the Wales team to face Ireland, as well as look ahead to the crunch Six Nations clash in Dublin and the latest on the Cardiff Blues and Ospreys coaching situation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/02/1839m 48s

England 12-6 Wales: 'They're going down this new attacking path... and they're sticking to it'

Our pundits look back on Wales' 12-6 defeat to England from the press room at Twickenham. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/02/1830m 35s

Wales v England preview: 'Maybe last week's structured chaos is the best way to beat England at Twickenham'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look ahead to Wales' trip to Twickenham to face England in the Six Nations this weekend, as well as the situation at the Arms Park with the Cardiff Blues. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/02/1834m 31s

Wales 34-7 Scotland: 'That was like a throwback to the 70s - it was 15 man rugby at times'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss Wales' stunning 34-7 win over Scotland in their Six Nations opener. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/02/1829m 27s

Wales v Scotland preview: 'The good thing for Rhys Patchell is he's playing in an all-Scarlets backline'

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Simon Thomas to pick apart Warren Gatland's team selection and preview Wales' opening Six Nations clash with Scotland. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/02/1823m 34s

Six Nations launch special: Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones, Gregor Townsend and more

Matthew Southcombe is joined by rugby writer Simon Thomas at the launch of the 2018 Six Nations to preview the competition, with snippets from Warren Gatland, Alun Wyn Jones, Joe Schmidt, Gregor Townsend, John Barclay and Eddie Jones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/01/1843m 19s

'I would have no qualms with Rhys Patchell starting at full-back against Scotland'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss the Wales squad announcement ahead of the Six Nations, look back at round five of Europe and take a look at what each region needs to do to qualify this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/01/1843m 54s

'It's a massive weekend for so many players - there are about six or seven Wales spots up for grabs'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers to look back at the final round of festive derbies, previews the crunch European matches this weekend and discuss who Warren Gatland might pick in his Six Nations squad next week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/01/1843m 25s

'Josh Adams is surely the form Welsh winger ahead of the Six Nations - he has been spectacular'

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Simon Thomas to preview to the final round of Welsh derbies, as well as take a look at the injury crisis facing Wales coach Warren Gatland ahead of the Six Nations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/01/1827m 26s

A review of the festive Welsh derbies

Matt Southcombe is joined by Andy Howell to discuss the big news in Welsh rugby this week.They also review the Christmas derbies and look ahead to New Year's Eve. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/12/1748m 4s

'Scarlets may have first refusal but you can honestly see George North going to the Dragons'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss all the talking points from the Welsh Rugby Union's briefing with Marytn Phillips and Gareth Davies, as well as looking forward to the Boxing Day derbies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/12/1735m 27s

'Wales need Moriarty to get fit or they have a huge problem at No.8'

All your rugby news from our rugby correspondents from Wales Online For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/12/1742m 2s

'Cardiff Blues should be Wales' equivalent of Leinster or Leicester Tigers'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss the regions' prospect ahead of the European double headers, as well as the latest news and updates on player and coaching recruitment for next season. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/12/1730m 23s

'Two wins and new faces was the bare minimum this autumn but lack of tries a worry'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look back on Wales final autumn international against South Africa and see where Warren Gatland's men stand after the campaign. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/12/1734m 4s

"Even though we dominated the first-half, you never truly believed we would win that match"

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to pick the bones out of yet another Wales defeat to the All Blacks and look ahead to the final match of the autumn against South Africa. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/11/1734m 28s

'It's turning into a classic autumn for Wales - heroic defeats and uninspiring wins'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss Wales' uninspiring 13-6 win over Georgia, the controversial late scrum drama and look ahead to the All Blacks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/11/1734m 15s

A Welsh rugby debate special with Shane Williams, Lee Byrne and a live audience

Here's what happened at our latest live Welsh rugby debate with Shane Williams and Lee Byrne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/11/171h 19m

'There are things to be positive about but many old problems remain'

Matt Southcombe is joined by rugby writers Andy Howell and Simon Thomas to pick the bones out of Wales' 29-21 defeat to Australia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/11/1741m 39s

'Wales can't just throw it about because they will get smashed but progress is needed'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to look ahead to Wales' autumn series opener against Australia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/11/1731m 30s

'Maybe Warren Gatland has stayed on too long, but will we miss him when he's gone?'

Ben James is joined by rugby writer Andy Howell to dissect Warren Gatland's comments on coaching Wales as well as look ahead to the regions' Guinness PRO14 fixtures this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1736m 10s

Wales' autumn squad reaction - 'There's so many big stories in this selection'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to dissect the announcement of the Wales squad for the upcoming autumn internationals, as well as look ahead to some more regional derbies this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/10/1740m 35s

Lee Byrne Special - 'The turbulent end of my Wales career and why I turned down a recall'

Special guest Lee Byrne joins the WalesOnline rugby experts to discuss his new book 'The Byrne Identity' - talking about the end of his Wales career, how he turned down a recall to the national side and much, much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/10/1752m 27s

'It's the right policy but it's not been done in the right way'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss the new Welsh Rugby Union selection policy and what it means for Rhys Webb as well as looking ahead to the region's European fixtures this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/10/1735m 58s

European rugby preview - 'Scarlets remain Wales' best hope on all fronts'

Matt Southcombe is joined by rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell to discuss the Welsh derbies last weekend.The team also look forward to the upcoming European rugby action whilst discussing all the other big news in Welsh rugby. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/10/1749m 45s

'It's too late for Gatland's Law to bite - the horse has already bolted'

Ben James is joined by rugby writers Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to discuss Rhys Webb's departure from Welsh rugby as well as look ahead to the regional derbies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/10/1741m 25s

'Cardiff Blues will only attract a certain calibre of coach to replace Wilson'

Ben James is joined by Matthew Southcombe and Simon Thomas to discuss the Cardiff Blues' big announcement plus all the latest news from the other regions For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/09/1743m 20s

Sean O'Brien special - 'Gatland and Howley will be hurt'

Our rugby experts sit down to discuss Lions back-rower Sean O'Brien's comments about Warren Gatland and Rob Howley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/09/1717m 51s

'If you tune up an F1 car too much, it breaks down'

Rugby writers Andy Howell and Simon Thomas discuss the big news in Welsh rugby, including Sam Warburton's latest injury. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/09/1739m 46s

Danny Wilson, Bernard Jackman, Dan Lydiate, Ken Owens and Martin Anayi

WalesOnline's Matt Southcombe was at the Guinness PRO14 launch in Dublin earlier this week.He caught up with representatives of every region and league CEO Martin Anayi. Here's what was said. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/08/1746m 16s

'Super Rugby's cull should serve as a stark warning to Pro14 chiefs'

Rugby writers Rob Lloyd, Mark Orders, Delme Parfitt and Andy Howell take a look at home the regions are shaping up after kicking of pre-season and discuss the week's big rugby news. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/08/1742m 0s

An analysis of the expanded Guinness Pro14 and how it will work

Rugby writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell discussed the big news this week that the Guinness Pro12 will expand to 14 teams.We also chat about the summer's big transfer news. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/08/1738m 34s

'The key now is to ensure these youngsters aren't simply discarded'

WalesOnline's Andy Howell and Delme Parfitt look back at Wales' summer tour as the young squad pulled off two victories. We also discuss the Dragons takeover news and look ahead to the Lions' first Test. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/06/1731m 38s

'The Lions had enough ball to win but lacked the X factor to do so'

WalesOnline's rugby experts Andy Howell and Mark Orders assess the Lions' defeat ti the Blues and what it means going forward. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/06/1742m 27s

A Lions special with legends Adam Jones and Graham Price

We sat down with these Lions and Wales legends for a live rugby debate and here's what happened. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/06/171h 1m

An analysis of Wales' summer squad and the latest regional takeover news

Matt Southcombe sits down with rugby expert Simon Thomas to analyse Wales' summer tour squad, discuss the latest regional takeover news and briefly look ahead to Rugby World Cup 2019. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/05/1734m 19s

British and Irish Lions Special - Squad announcement

Matt Southcombe is joined by The Mirror's Alex Spink, WalesOnline's Simon Thomas, the Irish Mirror's Michael Scully and the Daily Record's Gordon Parks at the Lions squad announcement. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/04/1737m 44s

Special guest Nigel Owens joins us as we look ahead to Judgement Day

The WalesOnline rugby experts were joined by the world's best referee Nigel Owens ahead of the Welshman's 150th Guinness Pro12 appearance this week.We have a wide-ranging interview with the referee before looking ahead to Saturday's matches. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/04/171h 0m

An inquest into where it all went wrong for the Welsh teams in Europe

Our rugby experts take a look at where it all went wrong in Europe last weekend.Were the Ospreys robbed by poor decisions and how did the Cardiff Blues simply fade away? All that is discussed and more on this week's podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/04/1737m 9s

'Warburton will almost certainly be Lions captain but I can't see Hibbard being involved'

Our rugby experts sat down to discuss this week's big Welsh rugby news.We look ahead to this weekend's big European action, discuss the Lions captaincy and the pitch row at Sardis Road. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/03/1732m 40s

'Rugby deserved better than what we witnessed in Paris'

Matt Southcombe and Mark Orders discuss the astonishing events that unfolded in front of their eyes at the Stade de France on Saturday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/03/1724m 59s

'It was a titanic Test match and Wales delivered in the key moments'

Our rugby experts discuss Wales' engrossing victory over Ireland. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/03/1721m 52s

We try to understand Rob Howley's rationale for sticking to his guns

Rob Howley caused outrage among Welsh rugby fans by once again sticking to his tried and trusted for Friday night's match against Ireland. We analyse the selection dilemmas and try and understand why he's made the choices he has. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/03/1735m 7s

The inquest into Wales' worrying second half collapse at Murrayfield

Matt Southcombe and Simon Thomas reflect on a dark day at Murrayfield. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/1722m 46s

'This is the best Scotland team Wales have faced since they last lost to them'

Our rugby writers Andy Howell, Simon Thomas and Matt Southcombe sat down to discuss this weekends clash at Murrayfield. There are also sound bites from Alun Wyn Jones and Rob Howley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/02/1728m 43s

19: Ep 19. 'I felt sorry for Neil Jenkins, Rob Howley should have fronted up to the press'

Our writers Simon Thomas and Matt Southcombe sat down to discuss the fallout from Wales' defeat to England and looked ahead to this weekend's regional action. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/02/1735m 52s

'It was Wales' best performance for some time, they just didn't produce in the key moments'

Our rugby writers sat down to discuss Wales' 21-16 defeat to England at the Principality Stadium. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/02/1735m 6s

'Beating England is no longer Wales' everything but it'd be a huge scalp'

Our rugby experts sat down to discuss the upcoming class between Wales and England in the Six Nations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/02/1746m 2s

'It was great to see George North score but he should have been taken off'

Our writers Matt Southcombe and Andy Howell give their verdicts on Wales' win over Italy from the Stadio Olimipico in Rome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/02/1719m 30s

A live Six Nations debate with Lee Byrne and Graham Price

Lee Byrne and Graham Price, along with our writers Simon Thomas and Andy Howell, fielded questions from a live audience ahead of the Six Nations. Here's the full recap of what went on. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/02/171h 9m

'The Wales captaincy already has a very different feel to it'

Our reporter Matt Southcombe was at the 6 Nations launch this week as we look back on Alun Wyn Jones' first real dealings with the media as Wales captain. We'll also discuss all the big rugby news from the past week For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/01/1744m 14s

'Losing the captaincy could liberate Warburton... just look at Robshaw'

Our experts give their verdict on Wales' Six Nations squad after Rob Howley revealed that Alun Wyn Jones will take over as captain from Sam Warburton. We also discuss what the regions have been up to in Europe recently. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/01/1749m 15s

Wales must be seen to pick on form'

Our rugby writers look ahead to next week's Six Nations squad announcement whilst also weighing in on all the transfer news in Welsh Rugby. There is also the small matter of European rugby to discuss. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/01/1756m 59s

The festive derbies MVP debate

Our writers come together for the first podcast of the new year as we debate who was the most impressive regional star over the festive period. We look closely at how the regions performed over the last week and weigh in on how we predict things will pan out this weekend in the Pro12. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/01/1732m 41s

Refs didn't help Xmas derbies but Ospreys/Scarlets didn't lack intensity

Our experts give their takes on the Christmas derbies and discuss all the major talking points.The futures of Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Priestland are also in focus and we throw it forward to New Year's Day. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/12/1632m 29s

West really is best and the disciplinary process is a shambles

Our expert take a look back at how the regions got on in Europe and address the George North, Andrew Coombs and George Earle issues in this week's podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/12/1648m 20s

Giles could be the spark Wales need, Hartley should have had a longer ban

Our rugby experts discuss the last week in Welsh rugby and further afield.We look at the James Davies, Dylan Hartley and George North controversy as well as analysing the regions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/12/1634m 41s

The Lions coaching situation is so familiar yet so different for Wales

Our rugby writers give their verdicts on the Lions backroom staff and assess what it means for Wales.We also take a look at the George North incident and review how the regions got on in the Pro12. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/12/1634m 10s

'The 6 Nations will tells us what the autumn series meant'

We review Wales' autumn campaign in full and assess where they are ahead of the Six Nations. We also take a look at the regions and give the lowdown on what they've been up to over the last month. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/11/1639m 42s

Wales' win over South Africa won't paper over the cracks

Our rugby writers give their opinions on what they saw as Wales extended their winning run to three matches. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/11/1623m 59s

Are Wales' coaching staff on borrowed time?

Wales beat Japan at the Principality Stadium but, in all truth, mugged the visitors, who were the better side.Which begs the questions are the current coaching team the right men to take the country forward? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/11/1629m 53s

Wales finally end losing streak

WalesOnline's rugby writers discus Wales' win over Argentina. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/11/1622m 29s

The inquest into Wales' dismal defeat to Australia

Wales were well beaten by an Australia side who were on a different planet at the Principality Stadium yesterday.Rugby writers Andy Howell and Simon Thomas take a look at where it all went wrong. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/11/1622m 30s

A look ahead to Wales v Australia

Our rugby writers look ahead to this weekend's clash at the Principality Stadium as Wales take on Australia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/11/1618m 31s
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