The Big Jim Show

The Big Jim Show

By Jim Hamilton

Scotland rugby legend Jim Hamilton is branching out, chatting to the biggest names and delving deep into the personalities and hot topics at the heart of rugby, sport and the entertainment business.

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Brodie Retallick: A Modern Great. A Lock that Changed the Game.

In another episode in the 'Walk the Talk' series, Big Jim catches up with All Blacks Legend, Brodie Retallick in Japan. They discuss the intense rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks and the competition between himself and Eben Etzebeth to be the best lock in World Rugby for over 10 years and much more...Watch the Full Episode over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/07/2436m 52s

South Africa v Ireland & New Zealand v England: Test Match Preview

Big Jim jumps back into the studio to do a match preview on the exciting weekend of summer test rugby ahead of us. Can England beat the All Blacks in New Zealand, and can Ireland challenge the World Champions as they're hosted in South Africa? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/07/2430m 51s

Eddie Jones: Breaking the Silence

Join Big Jim in this exclusive episode of the Walk the Talk series with the iconic Eddie Jones. In this dynamic conversation, Eddie delves into his role as the Australia national rugby team manager, sharing intimate details about the challenges of trying to lead his team to victory. As they stroll through his home city of Tokyo, Eddie reflects on his headline-making press conferences, revealing the strategy and emotion behind his most memorable moments in front of the media. You won't want to miss this one!Watch the full episode over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/06/2438m 41s

Premiership Final Instant Reaction with Freddie Burns & Cadan Murley

The Big Jim Show is pitchside at Twickenham for an instant review of Northampton's victory over Bath in the Premiership Final. We're joined by the legendary Freddie Burns and Cadan Murley to unpack an action-packed end to the Premiership season.Watch the full episode over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/06/2436m 0s

Damian de Allende: The Most Underrated Wild Dog

The latest episode of the 'Walk the Talk' series brings us great conversation with Rugby World Cup winner Damian de Allende during Big Jim's recent trip to Japan. They talk through the Springboks World Cup winning campaign and life in Japan playing for the Saitama Wild Knights. Watch the full episode over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/06/2444m 33s

Chris Billam-Smith: The Gentleman That Walks Thru Fire

World Boxing Organisation Cruiserweight Champion Chris Billam-Smith joins Big Jim in the studio to discuss how his greatest dream came true in his ideal boxing match at AFC Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium. They discuss winning Usyk's belt, YouTube boxing, and how important it is to build a brand as a boxer.Get your tickets to Chris next boxing match at Selhurst Park, London on the 15th June 2024: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/06/241h 25m

Ardie Savea: Being Scared, Player of the Year and the Greatest Game in Rugby World Cup History

2023 Player of the Year and All Blacks legend, Ardie Savea, joins Big Jim as they discuss navigating life in Japan, being an All Blacks star, and was that quarter final game against Ireland the best game in Rugby World Cup History? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/05/2434m 10s

Pieter-Steph du Toit: The World Cup Final, a Modern Day Warrior... a Springbok Legend

On this episode of the Big Jim Show, Jim joins Pieter-Steph du Toit in Japan for a stroll as they delve into South Africa's World Cup journey and what life is really like as a Springbok legend. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/05/2441m 0s

Dutch Van Someren: Bike Shed, Celebrity Riders & Riding Through America

Dutch Van Someren, founder of Bike Shed, joins Jim in the studio as they talk all things motorcycles, riding through the United States of America and do Bikers give motorcycling a bad name? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/05/241h 31m

NFL Insider reveals can Louis Rees-Zammit realistically make it for Kansas City Chiefs?

Head of the NFL International Player Pathway Programme, James Cook, gives the big Jim show a behind the scenes insight into Louis Rees-Zammit's venture into the NFL. Will he realistically make it, and what does it really take to make it in American football? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/04/241h 5m

Micheal Hooper: Dropped from Wallabies, Difficult Conversations & Aussie Sevens

Aussie legend, Michael Hooper joins The Big Jim Show from Hong Kong to discuss his venture in Wallaby Sevens, being dropped from the World Cup squad, and does rugby need it's own Super Bowl?Theme tune written by the great Freddy Clode Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/04/2451m 24s

Sam Warburton: Early retirement, Olympic rowing times & the current state of Wales rugby

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton checks in with The Big Jim Show to talk about his decision to retire at the age of 29, the violence and physicality needed to play at the top level and, of course, the state of rugby in Wales at the moment. Watch the full video episode over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/03/241h 21m

Freddie Burns: Loosening the Straps, Japanese Vending Machines, and England's Narrow Loss

Freddie Burns returns to The Big Jim Show to update us on the weird and wonderful lifestyle out in Japan. We loosen the straps with our new format, as we play F***ING LEGEND, talk about recent ongoings inside and outside the world of rugby, as well as discussing super Saturday in the final weekend of the Six Nations. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/03/2452m 3s

Justin Marshall: Jersey swapping, the true meaning of the Haka, and is the All Blacks brand fading?

All Blacks legend Justin Marshall joins The Big Jim Show to discuss the current All Blacks team, the true meaning and origin of the Haka and the one time he had reservations about swapping his iconic black jersey. Watch the full video podcast over on RugbyPassTV! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/03/241h 42m

Cadan Murley: Club vs Country, Life at Quins and England's Bright Future

Harlequins' Cadan Murley joins The Big Jim Show to talk about the differences in playing club and international rugby, what life is currently like at Quins and is the future looking bright for the young and upcoming England players? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/03/2459m 36s

Handre Pollard: Chasing dreams, Clutch Kicks and a Team like no other.

Handre Pollard is a double World Cup winner. He talks through that moment in the World Cup semi final that had the rugby world on the edge of its seat, and the mindset of the unstoppable springbok team. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/02/2429m 37s

Bernard Jackman & Stuart Hogg: Early retirement, middle men drama and the try that never was

On this episode. Big Jim, Stuart Hogg and Bernard Jackman give a deep dive on the first 2 week of the 6 Nations. They discuss the Try that never was, some insight on France’s demise and England’s need to revert to type to beat Scotland. They also question Stuart’s Hogg early retirement.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/02/241h 54m

Hamish Watson: Fight for the gain line, red vs blue and uncomfortable conversation’s

Fellow Scotland international, Hamish Watson joins The Big Jim Show. We touch on Hamish's impressive career, the iconic mullet, discuss the modern day effects of trial by social media, and what is Finn Russell like as captain? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/02/241h 46m

Ben Youngs and George Kruis: Wales’ free swing, business and podcasts and loose Dickie Birds

Ben Youngs & George Kruis are two, England Rugby legends. They join the Big Jim Show as we discuss what life after rugby can bring, with Ben's appetite to grow the game through the media with his new podcast, for the love of rugby. George's passion for business with his supplement company, Four Five and who will be crowned six nations champions? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/02/241h 41m

Siya Kolisi: Winning the World Cup in 2023 was bigger than 2019

Siya Kolisi is a double World Cup winning Springbok captain. We discuss being given his first chance by Rassie Erasmus, developing on and off the field, his impact on rugby and wider society in South Africa, whether he gets involved in the political landscape, his recent move to Paris, the prospect of Owen Farrell joining him in the French capital and how his second World Cup triumph as skipper was bigger than the first...EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/01/2453m 43s

Return of the Mack: Christmas Cheer, World Cup heartache & Wallaby woes

Connacht & Ireland winger Mack Hansen is back on the show to discuss the differences between an Irish and Australian Christmas, his plans for the festive period, Ireland's World Cup heartache, how they pick themselves up and go again, RG Snyman's controversial move to Leinster, whether he'd play at the Olympics, the mess Australian rugby is in, who might be their next head coach and much more...EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/12/231h 5m

Dricus du Plessis: The Springbok of the UFC, world title tilt & Conor McGregor's return

Dricus du Plessis is a South African MMA fighter competing for the UFC middleweight title next month. We discuss being the Springbok of the UFC, what sets him apart, being willing to die, the South African passion for sport, the big difference between the UFC and boxing, the potential return of Conor McGregor, owning his gym and encouraging others to reach the top. Oh and he may or may not fill me in...EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/12/2328m 42s

Ben Earl: Celebrating the small wins, stepping up & speaking out

Ben Earl was England's standout player at the 2023 World Cup. We discuss his rise from England outcast and perennial bench man to playing a starring role, the impact of Steve Borthwick, enjoying the England environment, his love of Saracens, why he celebrates in the manner he does, the importance of players putting themselves out there if rugby is to grow as a sport and much more...EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/12/231h 20m

Tom & Luke Stoltman: Looking after the mind, building a brand & becoming the strongest brothers in history

Tom & Luke Stoltman are strongmen from Scotland who have taken the world by storm. We discuss their rise to the title of World's Strongest Man and Europe's Strongest Man, the importance of the mental side of competition, longevity in the sport, the benefit of brotherly love, Tom's autism diagnosis as a child, growing up in Invergordon, dealing with grief, a documentary in the offing, what the future holds and much more...EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/11/231h 11m

Danny Cipriani: The problem with English rugby, finding peace & the way forward

Danny Cipriani is one of the most talented and most written about rugby players ever to play the game. We discuss his upbringing, relationship with his mum and dad, journey from a wonderkid to a perceived troublemaker, why people had that perception of him, the role the media has played in his life, the front page stories about nights out and the incident with a police officer, his run-in with Mike Catt, Eddie Jones asking him about his sex life, why he can't get on board with the Australian's way, how he hasn't given up on playing the game, how to fix the ills of English rugby at the moment and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/09/231h 32m

Nile Wilson: From golden boy to early retirement & YouTube success

Nile Wilson is an Olympic medal winning gymnast and a Commonwealth and European champion, who has gone on to be a YouTube sensation. We discuss injuries, transitioning into life after competing, where next after success at an early age, drugs in sport, how to make gymnastics and rugby more commercially viable, how to be successful on YouTube, inspiring the next generation and much more… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/08/231h 26m

John Barclay: Life after rugby, having your contract torn up & Scotland's World Cup chances

John Barclay is a former Scotland captain, friend and neighbour (apparently!). We discuss how tough it is transitioning into a different career after playing rugby, life on the road, how it all ended for him at Edinburgh, loyalty in sport or the lack of it, differing views on coaches such as Scott Johnson, Vern Cotter and Gregor Townsend, Scotland's golden generation, who will win the 2023 World Cup and, of course, stories from the glory days of Scottish rugby... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/08/231h 13m

Richie Bartle: Special Forces selection, death in training & touring Afghanistan

Richie Bartle is a former member of the UK Special Forces (SBS) and now co-founder of East Chase Distillers in Kenilworth. We discuss the ruthless selection process to get into the Special Forces in the first place, seeing a man die in training, night raids in the mountain strongholds of Afghanistan, whether it was all worth it after the political decision taken to pull out of the country, why he left the military, how he's ended up getting into the gin business and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/08/231h 29m

Freddie Burns: From journeyman label to THAT drop goal, the Borthwick effect & how to solve a problem like rugby

Freddie Burns is a Premiership-winning England international fly half and good friend. We discuss THAT drop goal in the Premiership final, his travels since then, the upcoming return to Japan, what sets Steve Borthwick apart as a coach, whether England have a chance at the World Cup, everything rugby has given him and how you go about solving the current issues in the game... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/07/231h 44m

Aden Durde: From London to the NFL, managing elite athletes & dealing with documentary cameras

Aden Durde is the defensive line coach of the Dallas Cowboys and the first British coach to work full-time in the NFL. We discuss his approach to coaching, managing superstars, the athletes in American football compared to rugby, his journey from London to the States, the importance of documentaries like Hard Knocks in sport nowadays, what it's like to feature in one and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/07/231h 31m

Adam Hills & Scott Hallsworth: The Freak Scene, comedy cancel culture & bumping into Eddie Jones

Adam Hills is a comedian and TV presenter and Scott Hallsworth is a rock 'n' roll chef. We discuss what you can and can't say and the chances of being cancelled as a comedian, Adam's passion for disability rugby league, the rock stars of the culinary world that influenced Scott, the challenge of opening a restaurant in the current economic climate, the future of food, running into Eddie Jones in a toilet and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/07/231h 28m

Lee McKenzie: Life in the travelling circus, tales inside F1 & the art of interviewing

Lee McKenzie is one of the best presenters and reporters in the business across a number of sports. We discuss the future of rugby and how it isn't all doom and gloom, what the likes of Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are really like behind the scenes, what it was like visiting Michael Schumacher's ranch, the challenges of life working in the travelling circus, tales from inside F1, her book on exactly that and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/06/231h 30m

Ryan Caldwell: Rugby, rock bottom & salvation in the Colombian jungle

Ryan Caldwell is a former Ulster, Bath, Exeter & Ireland second row with a hell of a story from life after rugby. We discuss the use of pain killers in rugby, transitioning into another life, his battles with addiction, troubles with the law, finding salvation in the Colombian jungle and his desire to help others turn their lives around too... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/06/231h 47m

Adam Linforth: Building a brand, being voted most hated swimwear item & selling to royal family

Adam Linforth is Chief Smuggler and owner of swimwear company Budgy Smuggler. We discuss living in Australia, the UK and now France, building a brand gradually, overcoming financial adversity, mental health struggles, the badge of honour that is being voted the most hated swimwear item, how even the royal family now wear smugglers and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/06/231h 21m

Michael Jamieson: Fine margins, pushing beyond the limits & never getting in an indoor pool again

Michael Jamieson is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games silver medal winning swimmer. We discuss the fine margins in swimming at elite level, the loneliness of such a solo sport, pushing yourself to the limits and beyond, mental health concerns in sport, life in the Olympic Village, how he never gets in an indoor pool any more and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/06/231h 25m

Mack Hansen: Andy Farrell's hairdryer, tattoos, refereeing controversies & World Cup quest

Mack Hansen is a Six Nations Grand Slam winning Ireland winger. We discuss his journey from Canberra to Galway, Connacht not getting the respect they deserve, his rapid rise to international rugby, being on the end of the Andy Farrell hairdryer treatment, where he's going to get a tattoo of his head coach's face, how the breakdown is refereed, the controversy with Johnny Sexton and Jaco Peyper at the Champions Cup final, Ireland's prospects of winning the World Cup, the pub crawl he'd go on if they did lift the trophy and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/05/231h 14m

James Smith: From National 2 rugby to social media stardom

James Smith is a personal trainer, author, comedian and social media sensation. We discuss his journey from playing rugby in National 2, the drug-related incident that inspired him to move to Australia, people's relationship with food in the modern world, the need to have a desperation to succeed, the pandemic, his rise to notoriety, the evolution into live shows and comedy, social media algorithms and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/05/231h 46m

Martin Anayi: The battle for fans, a global calendar & less fragmented media landscape

Martin Anayi is the CEO of the United Rugby Championship. We discuss the many iterations of the URC, the impact of the South African sides and their involvement in the Champions Cup, how to appeal to a broader and younger audience, whether a global calendar is achievable, if it's possible for a single broadcaster or platform to be the home of all rugby and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/05/231h 22m

Frank Murphy: From poacher to gamekeeper, changing laws & World Cup disappointment

Frank Murphy is a former Leicester, Munster & Connacht scrum half and now international rugby referee. We discuss his journey into refereeing, literally learning to blow the whistle, being fast-tracked, what a week looks like for a referee, the assessment process, what laws need to change, his disappointment at missing out on refereeing at the 2023 World Cup and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/04/231h 19m

Craig Doyle: Hated in Britain headlines, what now for rugby & the magic of the Irish jersey

Craig Doyle is a broadcaster extraordinaire, host of BT Sport's rugby coverage and window salesman! We discuss his route from Ireland to the BBC, the emotional highs and lows of presenting Grandstand and working on an Olympics, the difficult position rugby currently finds itself in, what it was like to be in Ireland camp discussing the Shoulder To Shoulder documentary, how significant it would be for Ireland to win a World Cup and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/04/231h 42m

Jasper Wiese: My dad hates rugby, my run in with Franco Smith & love of getting smashed

Jasper Wiese is a Leicester and South Africa number eight and one of the hardest to be playing the game at the moment. We discuss his father's hatred of rugby, steroids in the sport, the number of South Africans playing in the Premiership, travel for the SA franchises in European rugby, fulfilling a dream of playing for the Boks, Rassie Erasmus' special gift, how a night out cost him dear with Franco Smith, why he loves the physical confrontation and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/04/231h 23m

Bernard Jackman: Spend more when it's going badly, Sexton the greatest & Ireland to win the World Cup

Bernard Jackman is one of the best thinkers and prominent voices in rugby. The former Ireland international discusses the perils of coaching, life in France, his own journey from buying cattle to playing rugby for a living, the financial situation in the sport, the phenomenal schools system in Ireland, why Johnny Sexton is the greatest and why this time it'll be different and Ireland will win the World Cup... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/04/231h 11m

Ellie Kildunne: Growing the game, getting paid peanuts & Lions women's tour

Ellie Kildunne is still only 23 and is a World Cup finalist. The England full back discusses the final defeat, the effect the game had on women's rugby, how best to grow the sport, the sort of money being earned by players, whether now is the right time for a Lions women's tour and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/03/231h 10m

Gordon Smart: Partying with Noel Gallagher, the Harry & Meghan paradox & having to escape tabloid journalism

Gordon Smart is a former deputy editor of the Sun and now broadcast journalist. From Noel Gallagher to Vinnie Jones and Bono to Amy Winehouse, he has stories for days from the heady world of showbiz but also candid reflections on the fine line that's trodden between those in the public eye and the media and a fascinating personal back story to boot... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/03/231h 53m

Paul Gustard: Life under Eddie, central contracts & the Quins/Saracens hatred

Paul Gustard is a former England assistant coach who has also coached at Saracens, Harlequins, Benetton and now Stade Francais. He discusses life under Eddie Jones, the potential for central contracts to solve some of English rugby's problems, cultural differences coaching abroad, the genuine hatred between Saracens and Harlequins and how that affected his time at the latter and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/03/231h 8m

Wayne Pivac: It took a long time to get a decent night's sleep after that one

Wayne Pivac is a Six Nations and PRO12 winning coach but most recently he was replaced as Wales boss after home defeats to Italy and Georgia. He discusses when he knew his time was up, the move made to bring Warren Gatland in, the ongoing contract situation in Welsh rugby, his view on what should happen with the regions, how Scott Robertson's actions are ruffling feathers in New Zealand and what the future holds for him... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/03/231h 19m

George Groves: From being willing to die for the cause to putting someone in a coma

George Groves is a British boxing world champion. His bouts against Carl Froch, in particular, were huge deals and he sheds light on how they were made and fought, including how he promoted himself at times. Plus, he discusses how he went from being willing to die for the cause to putting someone in a coma and then knowing that his time was up but not before becoming a world champion... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/03/231h 37m

Lewis Ludlam: From almost giving up to starring for England

Lewis Ludlam is Northampton captain and has played a key role in the England back row in Steve Borthwick's opening couple of games in charge. It hasn't always been plain sailing, though, and we discuss how close he came to giving up the game not so long ago, as well as how much of a voice players should have in the modern game, the involvement of Netflix in England camp at the moment, what Borthwick's regime is like and comparisons with Ardie Savea. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/02/2331m 14s

Dean Richards: From training ground police visits to bloodgate cover up & bouncing back

Dean Richards is a Leicester and England legend, the man who gave me my first contract and arguably saved my life. From working in the police to having them visit the Tigers training ground regularly and being approached about the England job to bouncing back from the bloodgate cover up, his career has had plenty of ups and downs and there might be a chapter or two left to be written... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/02/231h 7m

Seb Negri: From fleeing the farm to fighting for Italian respect

Seb Negri is an Italian international with a fascinating back story. We discuss fleeing his home in Zimbabwe, coming through the Hartpury production line, earning back respect for Italian rugby, the leadership of Michele Lamaro, the stardust of Ange Capuozzo, Kieran Crowley's regime and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/02/2331m 36s

Lawrence Dallaglio: From tragedy to triumph & leading from the front

Lawrence Dallaglio is a World Cup winner and leader of men. From tragedy in early life to triumph in 2003 and beyond, his is a story of passion, dedication and never losing perspective. We discuss the highs and lows, how to make the transition after the end of your playing career, why he didn't go into coaching, the media and much more. Plus, he tells us what went wrong for Eddie Jones, what England fans can expect from Steve Borthwick, why Owen Farrell shouldn't be captain and there's a controversial selection at fly half in his all-time England XV... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/02/231h 30m

Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw is one of Scotland's greatest ever captains and knows a thing or two about Calcutta Cup clashes. We look ahead to the encounter between England and Scotland at Twickenham this weekend, as well as discussing project players, captaincy, the relationship between Finn Russell and Gregor Townsend, who the next Scotland coach might be, life in Japan, how much he has left in the tank and what the future holds for Mr Greig... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/02/2342m 17s

Andy Powell

Andy Powell is known as one of the biggest characters rugby has ever seen but there's more to him than meets the eye. He has stories for days and shares some special ones from Lions tours, playing in France and his time with Wales under Warren Gatland, driving a golf buggy down the M4 is just the starting point, but there's also reflection on alcohol, gambling issues and much more... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/01/231h 18m

Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola has been one of the most high profile rugby players in the world for the past decade and isn't short of an opinion or two. We discuss England disappointments, Eddie Jones, Steve Borthwick, the Saracens salary cap scandal, injury woes and personal struggles, criticism from former players, the state of the game and whether a lucrative move could be on the cards for him, while reminiscing a bit about the good old days too... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/01/231h 12m

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