Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

By The Telegraph

Brian Moore is joined by some of the biggest names in the sport to dive into every big ruck, maul, and TMO decision — from the 6 Nations to the Premier 15s. No-nonsense rugby analysis at its best. Back soon.


Brian Moore: Playing behind closed doors is better than nothing

After the final round of the 2020 Six Nations was cancelled due to Coronavirus, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former England sevens captain Rob Vickerman to discuss the effects the pandemic is likely to have on the resumption of the tournament as well as the domestic and international calendar.The Gallagher Premiership look set to announce an initial four week suspension following the spread of the virus and the Telegraph's Chief Rugby Correspondent Gavin Mairs joins the show to discuss the plans in place to try and finish the domestic season and also the likely effects the pandemic is likely to have on the Premiership and the tiers beneath which are already struggling to cope financially.Crossing codes into Rugby League, and Super League defied the global health warnings by fulfilling a full round of fixtures over the weekend, it remains to be seen whether the league will continue to play through the pandemic and we get the views of rugby league hall of famer Garry Schofield about whether they should be playing at all and if the sport is capable of surviving a postponement.Away from the Coronavirus England prop Joe Marler learnt his fate for his 'grab' on Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones last weekend. He's been given a ten week ban for his actions, whilst centre Manu Tuilagi has been given a four week ban four his high tackle on George North. England's behaviour this year has been met with criticism from opposing nations and whilst both Brian and Rob find it hard to disagree with the criticism they wonder if the players and head coach Eddie Jones really care too much what others think about them.Plus we'll round up the Six Nations from where it's been left and answer all your questions as usual.Listen to Crossfire:
16/03/2044m 58s

Brian Moore: Idiotic Marler only has himself to blame for potential ban

There's just one round left in the 2020 Six Nations and as fears over Coronavirus spread across the continent we will be denied the traditional "Super Saturday" after both England and Ireland have their games postponed.On the pitch there was plenty to talk about in a thrilling encounter between England and Wales at Twickenham. Former England back row and World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi is alongside Brian this week to pick the bones out of yet another win for Eddie Jones.Despite a thrilling game on the pitch, it will forever be remembered for a bizarre incident between England prop Joe Marler and Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. Brian says Marler's behaviour is idiotic in the current climate and that he should accept whatever ban is thrown at him in the wake of the incident.As for Wales it's now three defeats on the spin for them for the first time since 2007. Former centre Mark Taylor joins the show and says there's no need t panic just yet after a valiant effort at Twickenham.Scotland turned in a fantastic performance against tournament favourites France at Murrayfield. Their win blows open the race for title (what's left of it) and we speak with former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson about whether Gregor Townsend can make it three wins from three in the final game of the tournament.Elsewhere we get Maggie's thoughts on another crushing victory for England's women and ask what more can be done to help the game grow and we get to you questions too.Listen to Crossfire:
09/03/2044m 57s

Brian Moore: Six Nations must ignore paywall for the good of the game

After a week off , the Six Nations is back for round four and there are three teams still in with a chance of lifting the trophy come two weeks time.Alongside Brian this week to look ahead to the weekends action, is former England hooker George Chuter.After navigating their way past Ireland, England's attention now turns to a home match against old rivals Wales who are hoping to avoid three successive defeats for the first time since 2007. James Hook knows what it's like to win and lose against England and he says it's too early to cast judgement on Wayne Pivac after his Wales squad was hit with even more injuries.There's only two games on this weekend after the Irish government ruled their match with Italy should not go ahead due to concerns over Coronavirus. The Irish Times Liam Toland explains what effect the postponement will have on the IRFU financially and moving forward with a re arranged fixture.Scotland's fixture with France has been given the green light and it's an opportunity for Gregor Townsend to win some fans over after an indifferent tournament. Ahead of the game there have been some green shoots of recovery in the relationship between Townsend and exiled fly half Finn Russell, and former Scotland international David Denton says it's best for everyone that they bury the hatchet.Off the pitch the big story surrounding the Six Nations is a potential deal to take the competition off free to air tv. Both Brian and George agree that the powers that be need to think long and hard about the damage that could be done by putting the tournament behind a paywall.And as ever we answer your questions including where Chris Ashton is likely to end up and how Premiership sides should manager the salary cap. Listen to Crossfire:
02/03/2047m 8s

Tom May: Manu Tuilagi has evolved into the complete player

We're past the halfway point of this years Six Nations and France remain the only side with a 100% record following their win over Wales in Cardiff.Joining Brian in studio this week is former England centre Tom May. The pair dissect England's win over Ireland and whether it was a case of English brilliance or Irish sloppiness. Key to England's win was the performance of Manu Tuilagi who maintained his 100% win record over the Irish. Tom has first hand experience of playing against Tuilagi and he believes the centre has become much more than just a ball carrier.Ireland's defeat means France are the only side left with a 100% record after they saw off Wales in Cardiff. Both Brian and Tom think the French could have the bones of a future World Cup winning squad. As for Wales it's now back to back defeats for new boss Wayne Pivac, next up for him is a trip to Twickenham and former Ospreys coach Sean Holley joins the show to look ahead to that one.Plus we answer your questions surrounding the future of Italy after yet another defeat for the Azzuri, refereeing around the breakdown and the relationships between players and referee's.Donate to Tom's marathon to Crossfire:
24/02/2039m 14s

Paul O'Connell: Impressive Ireland to fall short at Twickenham

After a week off we're back for round three of the 2020 Six Nations.Alongside Brian this week for the first time is the former France flanker Serge Betsen who casts his eye over the resurgent French ahead of their trip to Cardiff this weekend.The standout tie of the round comes from Twickenham on Sunday as unbeaten Ireland take on England in Eddie Jones first home game of the tournament. Former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell knows a thing or two about winning in Twickenham but he's expecting his former side to fall just short of England after their momentum building win over Scotland in round two.As for Wales, they face the prospect of France in front of their home crowd on Saturday evening. Serge gives us the lo down on the impact Shaun Edwards has had on the French side since deferring from Wales after the World Cup, meanwhile former Wales scrum half Rupert Moon is on hand to explain how Wayne Pivac will manage his way around an injury crisis.Away from the Six Nations there's been some big domestic news. The RFU have announced they will be slashing the funding to the Greene King Championship by a staggering 50%. We'll get the thoughts of the Telegraph's chief rugby correspondent Gavin Mairs who explains what impact the news is likely to have on the future of the competition.Plus we'll be answering your questions as always and we'll ask Serge about his favourite Six Nations memories including a memorable game against England in 2002.Listen to Crossfire:
17/02/2058m 1s

Brian Moore: Finn Russell should be the Scotland captain!

Storm Ciara may have affected England's dour victory over Scotland but it has not prevented Brian Moore from returning for this weeks Full Contact!After making it back safely from Edinburgh, Brian is joined in studio by former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman to reflect on Saturdays match in Murrayfield as well as the other headlines from around the Six Nations.The pair discuss what (if anything) can Eddie Jones learn from Saturdays win, and former Scotland winger Tim Visser joins the show to offer his take on what needs to change in order for Gregor Townsend to keep his job, one solution offered up by Brian and Rob is to bring back exiled fly half Finn Russell and make him captain of the side!Elsewhere Andy Farrell won the battle of the new coaches as Ireland and Wales squared off in Dublin. Up next for Farrell is a return to Twickenham where he spent time as England assistant coach, where he will come up against a familiar face in his son Owen Farrell. Former Ireland second row Mike McCarthy was in Dublin on Saturday and explains what is different under the new coaching regime.Plus we get Robs take on what has turned France's fortunes around, the prospect of South Africa joining the Six Nations and what the most effective game plan is for wet weather rugby.
10/02/2043m 56s

Brian Moore: If you want to be brutal, pick the right players

The first week of the 2020 Six Nations is in the history books and it was not one to remember for England and their head coach Eddie Jones.This week, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Scotland fly half Craig Chalmers to reflect on the opening weekend, including that loss for England in Paris.Former England centre Mike Tindall joins the show and expresses his concerns for England's ageing squad after they were outplayed by a young and daring French side. There's also concerns over England's options at scrum half and number eight after Tom Curry failed to have the desired impact on the game after being moved there from openside flanker.Next up for England is a trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland who were one major Stuart Hogg error away from picking up a result away to Ireland. Finn Russell will once again miss out on the game as his spat with head coach Gregor Townsend continues, but Craig is confident that the Scots can upset the odds against their old rivals without Russell in the team.It was a case of new coach, same result for Ireland who had 34 year old captain Johnny Sexton to thank for all 19 of their points against Scotland. Despite a pragmatic performance from the Irish, former Munster and Leinster back row Liam Toland is satisfied from what he saw in Andy Farrell's first game in charge. He joins the show to look ahead to Ireland's clash with Wales.And finally Wales picked up a routine bonus point win at home to Italy, the former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley gives us his verdict on the game and what we can expect to see from Wayne Pivac's side in Dublin on Saturday.Listen to The Briefing on Apple Podcasts:, Spotify or ask your smart speaker for “The Telegraph Briefing”
03/02/2052m 53s

Brian Moore: Saracens scandal won't cause a rift in the England camp

Brian Moore is back for another series of Full Contact ahead of the 2020 Six Nations Championship.This week former England centre Tom May is alongside Brian to look ahead to the opening round of fixtures in this years tournament. The pair discuss the effect the Saracens salary cap scandal is likely to have on Eddie Jones squad and also who should line up in the back row in the absence of Billy Vunipola who has been ruled out for the entire competition.Scotland face a scandal of their own after star fly half Finn Russell was sent home for breaching team protocol. Former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson joins the show to weigh in on the debate surrounding Russell and explains what the public perception is of head coach Gregor Townsend who retained his role despite a difficult 2019.Ireland have picked a team with a nice blend of youth and experience for their curtain raiser against Scotland. It's the first Six Nations in charge for new head coach Andy Farrell and we get the opinion of former Ireland back row Alan Quinlan about how the Irish are shaping up under a new regime.Wales are also starting this campaign under new management. Wayne Pivac has replaced Warren Gatland in charge and has promised an exciting brand of rugby. The defending champions are third favourites with the bookies heading into the competition and former Wales and Lions number 8 Scott Quinnell explains why the Welsh should not be taken lightly.We're joined also by England Women's captain Sarah Hunter as her side begin the defence of their Grand Slam away to France, and we answer your questions surrounding the likes of Kyle Sinckler, Israel Folau and the new substitution rules.
28/01/2056m 22s

Kyran Bracken: England got carried away with NZ win

After 7 weeks of action in Japan the Rugby World Cup 2019 is now in the history books and it was not meant to be for England who fell short at the final hurdle against a powerful and combative South Africa side.Alongside Brian in studio is 203 World Cup winner and former England scrum half Kyran Bracken. Eddie Jones says he cannot put his finger on what went wrong for England but luckily Brian and Kyran have a few theories of their own which they believe contributed to England’s defeat.As for South Africa they became the first side to lose a game in the World Cup and go on to win the tournament, former Springbok skipper and World Cup winner Bob Skinstad joins the show to describe why the victory means so much more than just a sporting triumph back in a country which is still divided on so many levels.Referee Jerome Garces was the brunt of a lot English fans criticism on Saturday morning but former international referee Jonathan Kaplan explains why he actually had quite a good final, and that the standard of refereeing overall in the tournament increased as it went on.And we debate whether or not Eddie Jones is the right man to lead England into the next World Cup in four years time, he refused to answer questions regarding his future but has agreed a contract with the RFU up until 2021.Get 30 days' access to The Telegraph completely free at Listen to the Audio Football Club:
04/11/1950m 26s

Brian Moore: NZ win was Eddie Jones finest hour, now go win the World Cup

After six weeks of upsets, hammerings and cancellations we are down to just two teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, England and South Africa.Alongside Brian Moore this week is the former England sevens captain and broadcaster Rob Vickerman to reflect on the two semi finals and to look ahead to Saturday's showdown.England produced the finest display of the Eddie Jones era to dismiss pre tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday morning and both Brian and Rob think it’s hard to look past them for the William Webb Ellis Trophy.As for New Zealand, it's not the three in a row that departing head coach Steve Hansen had his sights set on, former All Black Scott Hamilton joins the show to speak about how the Kiwi’s have reacted to the defeat and who’s likely to replace Hansen after the tournament.Wales campaign ended on Sunday morning with a narrow defeat to a very physical South African side. Former Osprey’s head coach Sean Holley tells us the right side won on the day but Wales can hold their heads up high, in particular Warren Gatland and Alun Wyn Jones, who Sean thinks has plenty of years left in the tank.And looking ahead to Saturday’s final we speak with former Springbok Thinus Delport about where the game could be won and lost and if the South African’s are going to rely on their brute power to win the trophy.Listen to the Audio Football Club:
28/10/1959m 38s

Brian Moore: England look very good, but must be flawless to defeat the All Blacks

We're down to just four in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after this weekend's quarter finals in Japan. And joining Brian in studio to react to the all four games is former England hooker George Chuter.England were first to impress with a comfortable win over Australia on Saturday morning. Next up it was the All Black's who handed out a ruthless thrashing to Ireland later that very same day.The pre tournament favourites look like they could be peaking at just the right time but was it a case of Kiwi brilliance or did Ireland just simply fail to turn up? The Irish now go into a transitional phase as head coach Joe Schmidt departs his role after six years in charge. Former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne offers us his thoughts on whether the last year in charge for Schmidt has tainted his otherwise excellent legacy as head coach.Wales became the third team into the semi's on Sunday morning. They defeated France by a solitary point and not without any controversy. Referee Jaco Peyper made headlines on and off the pitch following his decision to rightfully red card Sebastien Vahaamahina in the first half.Lastly hosts Japan were knocked out by an efficient display from South Africa. The Springboks now face Wales in the semi final and for a chance to potentially meet New Zealand in the final and right the wrong of their defeat in the opening weekend of the competition.And the Gallagher Premiership is back, we discuss how likely the World Cup is to affect the destination of the trophy come the end of the season.
21/10/1949m 19s

Brian Moore: It's time to include Japan among Rugby's elite

After a surreal week for the sport of Rugby Union, Brian Moore is joined in studio by World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi to reflect on the highs and lows both on and off the pitch.The pair begin by paying tribute to everyone involved with helping Japan's final Pool A game with Scotland go ahead amidst the chaos of Typhoon Hagibis. As for the match itself, it was another scintillating performance from the hosts who topped their pool with a 100% record and now go on the play old rivals South Africa in the quarter finals.The defeat means Scotland are on their way back home early having failed to make it out of the Pool stage and pressure is mounting on head coach Gregor Townsend. Former Scotland international Craig Chalmers says it's not time to panic just yet, and he's backing Townsend to turn things around in the new year during the Six Nations.Ireland qualified at Scotlands expense, despite spending more than half the game with 14 men they eased past Samoa and now have the prospect of facing tournament favourites New Zealand in the quarter finals. Mike McCarthy played against the All Blacks during his time as a player for Ireland and he joins the show to make a case for his former side.Wales finished their Pool phase in unconvincing fashion with a win over Uruguay. They now take on France in the quarter finals and former Ospreys coach Sean Holley believes they have got themselves a favourable draw as they target 240 minuets to win the tournament.As for England, they had the benefit of a week off thanks to Typhoon Hagibis, next up for them is a clash with Australia which both Brian and Maggie believe will cause fireworks due to the short tempered nature of both coaches, Eddie Jones and Micheal Cheika.And as the three year funding deal for the Tyrell's Premier 5's begins its final year Maggie explains how the Women's game is only going to continue to get bigger and bigger.
14/10/191h 0m

Brian Moore: If you think rugby's gone soft, go watch MMA!

With the Pool stages of the 2019 Rugby World Cup drawing to a close, and the quarter finals starting to take shape, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Springbok captain and World Cup winner Bob Skinstad to analyse which teams are likely to top their pool and ensure a safer route to the latter stages of the tournament.England came through their first tier one test with relative ease but we're aided massively by a red card to Argentinas' Tomas Lavanini. The decision has divided rugby fans across the World but both Brian and Bob agree with the punishment and think it will lead to more sensible tackles moving forward.Despite the win, Brian is still not convinced we've seen the best of Eddie Jones side just yet. Former World Cup winner Mike Tindall joins the show and gives us his take on how England should line up for their final pool match with France.As for France, they laboured to a narrow win over Tonga and have guaranteed their place in the quarter finals. Ahead of their pool decider with England there have been rumours of a rift between captain Guilhem Guirado and the senior coaching staff. One man who knows what it's like to coach France at a World Cup is Philippe Saint-André, he joins the show and explains why the French are more of a 4x4 than a Formula One car at present.Three teams could still make it out of Pool A. Hosts Japan are the only side heading into their final game with a 100% record, they take on Scotland on Sunday morning and former full back Hugo Southwell looks ahead to that game as well as the number of permutations surrounding the pool.And we get Bob's thoughts on South Africa's campaign so far, with issues off the pitch making more headlines the performances on the pitch.
07/10/1946m 17s

Brian Moore: Referees care more about making friends than making right decisions

Week two of the Rugby World Cup is done and dusted and it was hosts Japan who dominated both the front and back pages for their win over Ireland.Fiji’s Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Ben Ryan is back in the studio alongside Brian to reflect on a big win for the host nation and what it means for the development of the game in Asia.Oliver Trenchard was covering the game in Tokyo and he joins the show to discuss how the Japanese public have fallen in love with their rugby team after the win on Saturday morning.Wales saw off a second half fightback from Australia to win what was arguably the best game of the competition so far. A jubilant former Wales and Lions Number Eight Scott Quinell joins the show to reflect on a big win for Warren Gatland’s side.One man who was not happy with Wales victory was the Austrailia head coach Micheal Cheika, he accused the referees of being ‘spooked’ by rugby’s hierarchy. He’s not the first person to criticize the level of officiating at this year's tournament, World Rugby themselves says that there have been a number of mistakes made already. Former International referee Jonathan Kaplan is on hand to offer his insight into what’s gone right and wrong in the tournament so far and how it can be refereed better.We also look ahead to England’s first match with Tier One opposition, they take on Argentina on Saturday morning. Plus Ben tells us all about Rugby X, an exciting new format of the game making its debut in London in October For more information and tickets for Rugby X head to
30/09/1956m 4s

Lee Byrne: Ruthless New Zealand are still a cut above the rest

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is officially underway in Japan and what a weekend it was.Fresh off Wales's bonus point win over Georgia, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Wales and Lions full back Lee Byrne to discuss the major talking points from round one.England needed 'Fergie time' to ensure their bonus point against Tonga, and friend of the show and World Cup finalist George Chuter is on hand to reflect on their uninspiring performance and to look ahead to their next pool match against the USA.Ireland showed glimpses of their former self by thrashing Six Nations rivals Scotland in a rain-soaked Yokohama. Irish Times journalist Liam Toland makes a welcome return to the show to discuss whether the game was a display of Irish brilliance or Scottish incompetence.The standout tie of the opening weekend came on Saturday morning as tournament favourites New Zealand edged out second favourites South Africa. A relieved former All Black, Zinzan Brook, joins the show and says he expects both sides to get better despite impressing in game one.And we look back on Wales 2011 World Cup campaign with Lee and get his take on the infamous red card shown to former captain Sam Warburton which many argue cost them a place in the World Cup Final.
23/09/1945m 13s

Danny Care: Rugby's residency rules are a bitter pill to swallow

The World Cup is just four days away and alongside Brian today is World Cup winner and Hall of Famer Maggie Alphonsi.The pair look ahead to all three games involving the home nations this weekend and assess who is best placed to make a challenge for the Web Ellis Cup.Harlequins scrum half Danny Care joins the show and admits his disappointment at missing out on selection for Eddie Jones England squad. He's questioned World Rugby's residency rules which have allowed the likes of Willie Heinz to get selected ahead of himself. England's first obstacle is a Tonga side who were soundly beaten by New Zealand in their final warm up game, Pacific Island Welfare CEO and former Samoa international Dan Leo, explains what England's opponents, along with the other Pacific Island sides can offer to this years tournament, and what World Rugby needs to do to make sure they remain within reach of the World's tier one rugby nationsThe pick of the opening weekend fixtures sees holders New Zealand take on South Africa, former Springbok Thinus Delport joins the show to talk about Springbok coach and his former teammate Rassie Erasmus who has turned the South African's from outsiders into one of the favourites for the competition.And Maggie reflects on her own Rugby World Cup up's and downs as well as offering her insight on transgender women playing in the women's game.
16/09/1953m 9s

Brian Moore: "England are best equipped of the Home Nations to win the Rugby World Cup"- Full Home Nations 2019 Rugby World Cup preview show

The squads have been selected, the warm up games are done, and the teams are on their way to Japan. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Scotland and Lions flyhalf Craig Chalmers for an in depth look at the Home Nations heading into the competition. England wrapped up their warm up matches with a comfortable win over Italy at St James Park, former winger Mark Cueto joins the show to give his verdict on Eddie Jones side heading into their opening weekend game with Tonga. Ireland have managed to go from a humiliation at Twickenham two weeks ago to now being ranked the World's number one side heading into the World Cup. Former Ulster centre Darren Cave says optimism has been restored after an up and down year for Joe Schmidt.  As for Wales, they go into the World Cup having lost three out of four warm up games, Bath centre Jamie Roberts tells us it's not time to panic. Scotland's win over Georgia made it three wins in four for Gregor Townsend's side pre tournament, former captain Alastair Kellock gives us his verdict on their 31 man squad and talks us through his career and transition from pitch to boardroom.
09/09/191h 5m

Bob Skinstad: Eddie Jones man management is England's secret weapon for this World Cup

The World Cup is now less than three weeks away and joining Brian in studio for the very first time is former Springbok captain and World Cup winner Bob Skinstad Bob believes that in the past eighteen months a number of teams (especially South Africa) have proved they can not just go far, but win the World Cup. Bob shares his experiences of working with current England head coach Eddie Jones who he believes is the best man manager is the game at the moment, and that he is England's secret weapon heading into the tournament. Wales and Ireland played out a forgettable warm up match in Cardiff and both sides have now confirmed their 31 man squads for the tournament, former Leinster and Ireland second row Mike McCarthy discusses Joe Schmidt's decision to omit Devin Toner, and former Osprey's coach Sean Holley dissects Warren Gatland's squad, one which Gatland says is good enough to win him the trophy. In the Southern Hemisphere, defending back to back champions New Zealand have named their squad. Former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick runs the rule over Steve Hansen's selection and defends his side's tactics at the breakdown amid more allegations of cheating.
02/09/1950m 43s

Brian Moore: Ireland look lost and confused heading into the World Cup

Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Leicester and England hooker George Chuter after Eddie Jones side laid down a serious marker at Twickenham by thrashing Ireland. The pair discuss where the result leaves in England heading into next month's tournament and whether George Ford and Owen Farrell will both start games together throughout the competition. As for Ireland, they look like a shadow of the team that dominated 2018, Joe Schmidt now has to prepare a side to take on Wales in Cardiff and Liam Toland of the Irish Times offers his opinion on where it's going wrong for them. World Rugby made a major statement this week by announcing they will become the first global sporting organisation to adopt gender neutral naming rights ahead of the Women's World Cup in 2021, we get the thoughts of England World Cup winner Sarah Hunter on what it means for the game as well as sports marketing expert Tim Crow on how it can help the game grow commercially. Plus George gives us his story of 2007 where England went from a 36-0 defeat in the pool stages to World Cup finalists a month later.
27/08/1953m 49s

Ben Ryan: England won't win the World Cup with George Ford at outhalf

The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching and we have a new side at the top of the World rankings. Congratulations to Wales for overtaking New Zealand and for their win against England in Cardiff which propelled them to the top of the list amongst rugby's elite. Former Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones joins the show to talk about the new found pressure on Warren Gatland's side heading into the World Cup this autumn. Former England and Fiji sevens coach is alongside Brian in studio, he runs his eye over Eddie Jones 31 man squad and says Owen Farrell should be wrapped up in cotton wool until the tournament starts, because England have no chance of winning it if he is not playing outhalf. France have a habit of peaking before the World Cup and their former coach Phillipe Saint André joins the show to reflect on their impressive win over Scotland and also about the story behind his new academy New Zealand silenced a few doubters with a convincing win over Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup, former All Black winger Scott Hamilton gives us his verdict on Sevu Reece and George Bridge after both players impressed in the win. And we discuss the fate of the Pacific Island nations heading into the World Cup and whether more can be done to help develop the sides after it emerged that 18% of the global professional rugby population come from Pacific Island descent.
19/08/1949m 38s

Tom May: This England squad is good to enough to win the most open World Cup in years

We're back for another season of Brian Moore's Full Contact and it's all eyes on the World Cup which is just 39 days away. Former England centre Tom May is alongside Brian to dissect Eddie Jones final 31 man squad for the tournament in Japan. The pair also analyse England's warm up win over Wales and what the benefits are of playing matches of high intensity so close to a major competition. As for Wales, they were the number one ranked side in the World for only a few hours before their defeat against England, we ask former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley if they're preparation is right heading into Japan. South Africa are hitting form at just the right time, their former skipper Bob Skinstad tells us how Rassie Erasmus has turned them into one of the tournament favourites in just over a year in charge, and we discuss some radical rule changes and player welfare following the decision to show New Zealand's Scott Barrett a red card during their defeat to Australia.
12/08/1947m 37s

Brian Moore: Exeter need to follow in Liverpool's footsteps and buy a couple of star players

It was the most thrilling final Saturday's sporting line up had to offer, and Saracens retained their title with a 37-34 win over Exeter in the Twickenham sunshine. Alongside Brian Moore for the season finale, it's George Chuter. Listen in as they chew the fat over Saracens victory, how the scrum halfs were integral to the game, and how it was Saracens' star quality which just made the difference in the end. Former Saracen Michael Owen joins to discuss his former side, to shed light on his former pupil Nick Isiekwe, and to discuss what is going wrong for the Welsh regions. We speak with referee Nigel Owens on the BaaBaas v England match and whether he changes his style for the occasion, we speak about the TMO involvement in matches, and we discuss the fitness test of a referee. Plus former Saracens Director of Rugby Mark Evans joins to debate whether rugby is at a tipping point, and we answer your questions on substitutions, scrum halfs, and rugby's laws.
03/06/1950m 49s

Brian Moore: Rugby's Premiership is starting to resemble Football's Premier League

We have a repeat of last years Premiership final as the top two sides in the country, Saracens and Exeter, both won their home semi finals with ease to set up a thrilling final in Twickenham on Saturday. Brian Moore is joined in studio by Harlequins second row James Horwill to reflect on the dominance of the Premiership's top two sides and discuss whether anyone can catch them next season. Exeter Chairman and Cheif Executive Tony Rowe joins the show to celebrate his side's fourth consecutive Premiership final and also discuss his tenure at the club which began back in 1993. He outlines how he got the Chiefs out of the Championship and into the top tier of English rugby and also how he manages to turn a profit at the club when so many other clubs throughout Europe struggle to do so. In the Pro 14, Leinster retained their title in front of a record final crowd at Celtic Park, former hooker Shane Byrne explains why his old side were more relieved than anything else to have beaten Glasgow to retain their title. Bristol coach Pat Lam explains how he plans to beat England with the Barbarians this weekend and gives an insight into how you coach a team of World class talent on just a week's notce. We also get James' thoughts on his Harlequins teammates Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler potentially lining up opposite each other this weekend, the future of young Quins fly half Marcus Smith and what James plans to do next after announcing he will retire at the end of the season
27/05/1940m 11s

Johan Ackermann: Cipriani tells me when there are things we can improve on

It was a fantastic finale to the Premiership regular season as the action unfolded on Saturday with Saints getting into the play offs and Bath sneaking into the Champions Cup places. Alongside Brian to discuss that and the other results of the weekend is the former England and Bath full back, Matt Perry. Brian and Matt mull over the action including the upcoming rematch between Exeter and Saints, they discuss how Quins can improve, and the impressive season Worcester have had following their shock win over Saracens.  Matt takes us through his thoughts on Bath rugby club and where their future lies. With Gloucester up against Saracens in their Premiership play-off, we speak with Head Coach Johan Ackermann about what they need to do to beat the reigning Champions, why they can't get carried away, and he discusses his relationship with Danny Cipriani. It's not all about England as the PRO14 semi finals took place at the weekend with Glasgow and Leinster coming out on top against Ulster and Munster respectively. Rory Lawson joins to tell us about the impact Dave Rennie has had at the club, the reasons Stuart Hogg is moving to Exeter, and how much of a home advantage Glasgow will have in the final. Plus we speak with Rob Vickerman about the upcoming London 7s and its added importance in an Olympic year.
21/05/1941m 37s

Kyran Bracken: Alex Goode deserves another chance with England, but he won't get it

Another season of European rugby is in the history books and it's congratulations to Saracens and Clermont who won the Champions and Challenge Cup respectively. Former Spirngbok Thinus Delport is alongside Brian Moore to reflect on two entertaining matches in St James Park. Saracens had to came from 10 points down to beat defending champions Leinster and in turn pick up their third Champions Cup trophy. Former Sarries and England scrum half Kyran Bracken took a break from celebrating to give his thoughts on their win and also why newly crowned Eurpean rugby player of the year Alex Goode cannot get a look in with Eddie Jones for England. A record crowd of 28,438 turned out for the all French Challenge Cup final between Clermont and La Rochelle in Newcastle's St James Park on Friday night, ECPR chairman Simon Halliday tells Brian and Thinus that they've learned from previous mistakes organising finals and how they plan to grow both competitions. Warren Gatland is set to lead the Lions (again) in South Africa 2021, former Wales hooker and 2013 tourist Richard Hibbard explains how the Wales coach operates differently in both roles. And with the final play off spot up for grabs in the Gallagher Premiership, Northampton Director of Rugby Chris Boyd joins the show to chat about transitioning from Super 15's to Gallagher Premiership, his Northampton side travel to table toppers Exeter hoping to secure the fourth and final play off spot. And Thinus gives us the latest on the South Afrcan preparations ahead of this years World Cup.
13/05/1945m 11s

Tom May: It's time to have a play off between the Premiership and Championship

This week saw Newcastle relegated from the Premiership, the race for fourth continue to tighten, and the PRO14 quarter final play-offs. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss this and more is the Telegraph's rugby reporter Charlie Morgan. With Falcons' relegation confirmed we speak with former Newcastle back Tom May about why it went wrong for them this season, whether they can bounce straight back up again, and if ring-fencing should seriously be considered by the Premiership. Charlie and Brian also go through the other Premiership results including Saracens inflicting a heavy defeat on Exeter. With the PRO 14 semi finals decided, Brian and Charlie discuss the impact of Dan McFarland at Ulster and Kieran Crowley at Benetton with the latter just minutes from beating Munster at Thomond Park. Plus we look ahead to the Champions Cup final, speaking with former Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman about his former side's chances against Saracens, and we get into those all important head-to-heads across the field.
06/05/1937m 10s

Lotte Clapp-Growth of Women's rugby is hugely encouraging

Former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson joins Brian Moore in studio this week to discuss the fallout from the Gallagher Premiership and Pro 14 as both competitions are approacing an end.   Rory casts his eye over his former side Newcastle who looked destined for relegation after their loss at home to Northampton, as for the Saints, both Brian and Rory are impressed by the job Chris Boyd is doing with them as they close in on the final play off spot.   In the Pro 14 Benneton Treviso became the first Italian side to qualify for the play offs and Sean Holley joins the show to discuss "Judgement Day" and whether it was the boost that Welsh regional rugby needed.   Saracens women retained their Tyrell's 15 crown with a comfortable win over Harlequins, their skipper Lotte Clapp joins the show to reflect on another brilliant season for Saracens and the overall growth of the Tyrells 15's.   And former England and Fiji coach Ben Ryan discusses Rugby X, a brand new format of the game set to launch in the autumn.
29/04/1944m 4s

Brian Moore: Club matches between hemispheres look great on paper but they have to stay there

After the Champions Cup semi finals it's Saracens and Leinster who are left to fight it out for Europe's top honour next month. With Brian Moore to discuss it all is former Scotland full back Hugo Southwell.  Listen as they discuss how Saracens were able to overcome Munster, the booing of Billy Vunipola, and the importance of Ben Spencer to the side.  For an Irish perspective we speak with former Leinster man James Downey on their win over Toulouse and just why the French side played Dupont at fly half rather than scrum half.  We speak with London Irish winger Topsy Ojo on the return of the Exiles to the Premiership after they beat Richmond at the weekend to secure promotion.  The Full Contact book club opens as we delve into the history books to speak with author David Beresford on his work, "Brothers in Arms", on the 1980s French golden generation to find out where they are now.  Plus we speak with Harlequins Ladies coach Gary Street about the Premier 15s final as his side get ready to face Saracens this weekend.
22/04/1943m 14s

Brian Moore: Billy Vunipola doesn't deserve severe punishment for social media activity

Brian Moore is joined in studio this week by former Leicester and England hooker George Chuter to dissect another big weekend and the top and bottom of the Premiership as well as preview a big weekend of European rugby. Brian expresses his view that England number 8 Billy Vunipola was wrong to acknowledge Israel Folau's controversial social media post but insists that Vunipola's and Folau's cases should be looked at differently, and that the England star should recieve no more than a reprimand from the RFU. Saracens and Argentina centre Marcelo Bosch joins the show to talk about how Saracens are preparing for this weekends Champions Cup semi final and to talk about his recent decision to retire at the end of the season. Former Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross discusses his old side's chances in the other Champions Cup semi with Toulouse, and Sale Sharks Director of Rugby outlines how he is preparing to overcome La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup semi final.
15/04/1940m 15s

Lewis Moody: Leicester rebuilding process could take years after poor recruitment policy

After another important week at the top and bottom of the Premiership Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Newcastle and Northampton centre Tom May. We speak with former Leicester and England openside Lewis Moody about the current situation at Welford Road after Leicester we soundly beaten by Exeter, and Tom May gives us his thoughts as the Tigers prepare to take on his old side Newcastle in a crucial relegation match on Friday night.  In the Pro 14 Benneton Treviso kept their hopes of becoming the first Italian side to qualify for a semi final alive with a thrilling draw in Dublin against defending champions Leinster, their assistant coach Marco Bortolami joins the show to discuss their impressive season so far. Plus we hear from Ulster and Ireland centre Darren Cave who's decided he's to retire at the end of the season at the age of just 32.
08/04/1946m 12s

James Horwill: Chris Robshaw has to be on the plane to Japan

After the Champions Cup quarter finals brought some scintillating rugby, this week Brian Moore is joined by Harlequins lock James Horwill to go through the weekend's European results We speak with James as he tells us how to go about beating Saracens, what makes them stand out, and whether they are the team to beat in this year's competition. With Ireland making up half the teams left in the competition, Malcolm O'Kelly speaks with us on Stockdale's apology, why the Irish internationals are struggling, and whether Leinster and/or Munster will get through their semi finals. For a Scottish perspective Rory Lawson joins to discuss a disappointing weekend for Glasgow and Edinburgh. We ask whether losing might be beneficial for Edinburgh in the long run, how important the rest of their season is, and why Glasgow just couldn't keep up with Saracens. We speak with James about life at Quins including the impact and importance of Chris Robshaw, and what Paul Gustard has brought to the club. Plus we get his thoughts on what chances the Australian team have at the World Cup. Finally we speak with Maggie Alphonsi about the growth of the women's game and how to continue it.
01/04/1947m 54s

George Chuter: Leicester are staring into the abyss

After the excitement of the Six Nations it's back to domestic rugby with the Premiership, Pro14, and Premier 15s all in action again. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the Telegraph's Rugby News Correspondent, Gavin Mairs. Brian and Gavin discuss the lack of clarity around England's succession plan as Shaun Edwards' future remains undecided with Wasps potentially inviting him back in to the Ricoh.  As for Leicester Tigers it was a weekend which saw them firmly back in the relegation mix and former Tigers hooker George Chuter fears that the club are in grave danger saying a lot of answers are a mystery right now.  It's quite a different picture for Exeter Chiefs who secured their place in the playoffs following their win over Bath on Sunday, and are now talking about how to get that winning mentality to take them from runners up to Champions. Brian and Gavin then discuss the somewhat ambiguous plans for World Rugby as Gavin explains the situation as we know it.  We speak with Nicky Robinson, former Wales and Cardiff Blues fly half, about the atmosphere in the country surrounding their recent Grand Slam, but then how that emotion shifts when discussing the state of the domestic season. The word carnage could easily be used for both! Finally we speak with Harlequins Ladies' captain Rachael Burford ahead of "The Game Changer" at The Stoop this weekend.
25/03/1951m 30s

Brian Moore: England's problem isn't psychological, it's tactical

The 2019 Six Nations are over and they crown Wales as Grand Slam Champions. Back with Brian Moore once more to review it all is former England and Lions fly half, Rob Andrew. Listen in as they dissect why it was that Wales were able to be a cut above the rest technically and tactically, give praise to Robin McBryde and Shaun Edwards as well as Warren Gatland, and ask if Wales can win the World Cup. Joining Brian and Rob to talk about England is former winger Rory Underwood as they question why Joe Cokanasiga was left out the match day squad, whether Owen Farrell can both captain and play fly half, and who should replace Eddie once he leaves England. As for that astonishing Calcutta Cup match, we turn to former Scotland centre Scott Hastings to understand how it could be such contrasting halves from the Scots with Scott saying it was the attitude of the players which changed the game. Over to Ireland where a disappointing campaign was fought given the expectation at the start. Former back row Alan Quinlan tells us why he think Ireland didn't match those expectations and what he would say to Joe Schmidt about the tournament. Plus we speak with Red Roses Grand Slam winning captain Sarah Hunter on how her side were able to dominate their championship.
18/03/1953m 5s

Martyn Williams: I can't imagine Wales not winning

Round Four of the Six Nations ended with decisive victory for England at Twickenham, Wales taking one step closer to Grand Slam glory, and Ireland stepping it up against France who went AWOL again. With Brian Moore this week is the former England fly half Rob Andrew.  After England's resounding win over Italy Brian and Rob discuss the merits of having Ben Te'o, Manu Tuilagi, and Joe Cokanasiga all playing, Jamie George's 20 metre pass, and  whether England have now over-kicked with the forwards getting involved too. Rob also states that this has not been a compelling tournament with only two matches being a contest. Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams joins to discuss whether the Grand Slam will happen saying it will be an anticlimax if it doesn't and he believes Cardiff will be the difference come Saturday. They also put forward the importance of this being the last Six Nations match for both Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt.  Speaking of Joe Schmidt, we get an Irish perspective from former prop Paul Wallace after their bonus point win over France. With many saying Ireland have their mojo back Paul is reluctant to agree as he remains concerned about their conversion rate. As for Scotland they are once again ravaged by injury, but former Scotland back rower Ally Hogg is remaining positive about the tournament saying they can always muster something against the English. We also speak with Nigel Owens about forward passes and TMOs, and Natasha "Mo" Hunt about the Women's Six Nations.
11/03/191h 3m

Ben Ryan: The global calendar has to happen now

The Six Nations has taken a week off but it’s World Rugby that has everyone talking this week. Back to discuss it all with Brian Moore is the Olympic 7s and World Cup winning coach, Ben Ryan. It's been a week causing confusion for the world's media, rugby players, and federations as rumours of a new World League have been rife with not much clarity on the situation. Brian and Ben try to understand what is and isn't happening but do agree that it is time to seriously consider a global calendar. After that it's back to the Six Nations which has seen England call up former captain Chris Robshaw and Jonathan Joseph to face Italy. Ben and Brian discuss whether Eddie Jones will make wholesale changes to the starting XV, including whether Ford will replace Farrell, and they ask why Slade and Tuilagi aren't making any passes.  Up to Scotland next as they host Wales at Murrayfield. Former fly half Craig Chalmers joins to say it won't be a walkover for Wales. Craig also believes that Ali Price should be starting at scrum half with D'Arcy Graham given a run out at wing as Townsend needs to shake it up a bit. As for their opponents Wales, former scrum half Rupert Moon says that the discussion about Anscombe or Biggar is nonsense - Gatland clearly knows what he is doing and it's working! Over to Ireland with Reggie Corrigan who feels there has been an overreaction to his former side's Six Nations poor start, but that the lengthy injury list should not be ignored as a contributing factor. The former prop says his side will win their final two matches against France and Wales but it won't be enough for the Championship. Finally, we speak with Nolli Waterman about the Women's Six Nations as the Red Roses face the only other unbeaten side left in the competition, Italy, at Sandy Park this Saturday.
05/03/1951m 24s

Brian Moore: England didn't play to their strengths

After Round Three of the Six Nations it is only Wales who can win the Grand Slam after they ousted England to make it a record breaking 12 wins in a row. Elsewhere France finally turned up with Scotland yet to find the Stade de France, and Ireland had a run for their money against Italy. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is Ben Ryan. This week's big topics from the Principality included whether England have a Plan B, the inaccuracy throughout the second half from England, and the trials and triumphs of Kyle Sinckler. As for the Welsh side, we speak with former Wales and Lions back Dafydd James on Biggar v Anscombe debate, we get an appraisal of Alun Wyn Jones, and Dafydd names his player to drop: George North. You'll have to listen in to find out why. Over to Paris where it was a familiar case of Groundhog Day for the Scots against the French who finally picked their players in their nominated positions and came out with their first win of the tournament. Former scrum half Rory Lawson was there in the Stade de France and said the tactics were right from Townsend, they just weren't executed correctly by the players. As for Ireland it was close run in Rome - and that was just their escort to the stadium! We invite former hooker Shane Byrne on to try and tell us what isn't clicking for them with a large explanation going down to Sexton and Murray just not firing as they normally do. Finally, we speak with Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather on the Women's Six Nations.
25/02/1952m 21s

Ben Ryan: Wales v England will only have one score between them - it's that close

The third round of the Six Nations is upon us and what a big game it is going to be in Cardiff, let alone in Paris and Rome. Alongside Brian Moore this week is Olympic Gold Medal and World Cup 7s winning coach, Ben Ryan. Listen as they predict how Wales v England will play out, including who will replace Chris Ashton out on the wing, who will dominate the breakdown, and how you disrupt England's kicking game. To help further this they speak with former England wing Tom May who says Jack Nowell contributes to every facet of play whilst Cokanasiga brings his size to the party. As for the opposition we talk to former Wales number 8 Mike Owen about who he expects to be starting fly half: Biggar or Anscombe, how Wales just have the edge in the breakdown, and find out who he thinks is the underdog in this potential Grand Slam and/or title decider. Next it's over to pre-tournament favourites Ireland where former prop Mike Ross thinks his side have had a tough opening two fixtures but can now build a platform in Rome to get going again. With Ben's role in French rugby it would be remiss not to try and understand what is going on within Les Bleus. Ben says that part of the problem is due to a lack of quality conditioning in the domestic sides, a lack of French players to create depth playing in the Top 14, and that he doesn't think it would be the worst thing if come the finale they lost to Italy. As for France's opponents on Saturday, Scotland, it's been a story of injury after injury with Finn Russell the latest worry. Former full back Hugo Southwell though has done some digging and he expects the playmaker to start - but he will be kept in cotton wool! We also speak with Red Roses fly half Katy Daley-Mclean about their campaign so far and whether she has Rocky Clarke's cap record in sight!
18/02/1948m 28s

Brian Moore: If England carry on as they are then they will cause problems for any opposition

The second round of the Six Nations has come and gone with England backing up a stellar performance in Ireland with a resounding victory over hapless France, the Welsh second string ground out a win away in Italy, whilst Scotland are yet again left to rue their missed opportunities against Ireland. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the former England and Lions fly half Rob Andrew. Brian and Rob discuss the way England were able to capitalise on French confusion to secure victory in half an hour at Twickenham saying that England showed how athletic they are across the pitch. Up to Scotland who blamed the referee on the day but really only had themselves to look to for not providing more of a competitive match for Ireland. Their flanker John Barclay joins to say it was a frustrating game but if they can get everyone fit again then they are a match for any side. As for the winning side, Ireland, former centre Paddy Wallace says the weight of expectation is causing problems for his old team and the loss to England may well have been a blessing in disguise.  Wales are England's next opponents but the question mark over them is who to start at half back following an unconvincing performance by Dan Bigger over Italy. We ask former fly half James Hook for his thoughts on Wales' squad selections and how they can defeat England. We also speak with referee Nigel Owens on the laws pertaining to "advantage" and "penalty tries", plus a word with Maggie Alphonsi on the Women's Six Nations.
11/02/1957m 23s

Scott Quinnell: Wales vs England in Cardiff will be like Battle Royale!

Week one of the 2019 Six Nations is in the history books and what a weekend it was! Alongside Brian this week to dissect the opening weekend is former England fly half and Director of Elite Rugby at the RFU, Rob Andrew England put on one of their finest performances under Eddie Jones to dismantle defending champions Ireland in the Aviva, what now for Joe Schmidt's side? We get the thoughts of former Ireland and Munster centre James Downey Dark horses Wales benefitted from two French mistakes to come from behind in the Stade de France. Former Welsh number 8 Scott Quinnell doesn't care how they got their win, just so long as they got it and can now set up a mouthwatering clash in Cardiff against England on February 23rd. Scotland picked up an expected bonus point against Italy, we get the take of former Scottish and Lions centre Scott Hastings on their chances this weekend against Ireland. And ahead of their showdown with defending Grand Slam champions France, England women's captain Sarah Hunter joins the show.
04/02/1955m 40s

Stephen Ferris: There seems to be an arrogance from England and no one understands why

The Six Nations are upon us and there are all manner of questions just waiting to be answered such as: Can Ireland do the Double Grand Slam? Who will start for England? And the French - always a question mark there. Alongside Brian Moore to try and answer some of those questions is the former England and Gloucester wing James Simpson-Daniel. With Brian's assertion that this is the trickiest Six Nations to call so far, James and Brian begin by discussing how the Celtic nations could end up defining the story of the tournament - with James even arguing a case for Scotland to be Grand Slam winners! They then get onto England, debating who should start at full back, how strong the squad is, and whether we will see Joe Cokanasiga play against Ireland. Joining them to argue the case for Ireland to complete the Double is former Ireland and Lions flanker, Stephen Ferris, who says there seems to be an arrogance coming from the English out of nowhere. Stephen also believes that Joe Schmidt has his Ireland squad mapped out for the rest of the year so doesn't expect too much experimenting. As for the rest of the Celtic nations we speak with Lions and Wales wing Shane Williams on the quiet confidence within Warren Gatland's ranks. Shane notes they are "blessed with quality" across the back row to make up for Taulupe Faletau's absence, but not enough to predict they can win the tournament. On the Scottish side of the border Sean Lamont is brimming with optimism for his former side's ambitions with the full back saying you have to be on top of your game to win, but he thinks Scotland can finish top of the table. (It may be that he has to say that!) Italy Head Coach Conor O'Shea joins to tell us about how he approaches the Six Nations saying he loves the challenge of coaching Italy and it's all about maintaining energy and confidence despite not always getting the desired results. Finally, we speak with Red Roses Head Coach Simon Middleton ahead of the Women's Six Nations and to ask how they are going to turn around last year's narrow defeat to France and lift the trophy come 16 March.
28/01/1946m 50s

Brian Moore: This is the trickiest 6 Nations to call

This week saw the culmination of the group stages in Europe leaving three Irish, two French, two Scottish, and one English team left to fight it out for the Champions Cup. Here to discuss that and the upcoming 6 Nations tournament with Brian Moore is the former England, Saracens, and Leicester hooker, George Chuter. Brian and George debate the big question following the weekend's results, are the English clubs as interested in Europe in the same way as the French and Celtic clubs? Before delving into why Exeter should have taken kicks at goal instead of going for tries against Munster, and what George thinks of Leicester's current state of affairs. For an Irish perspective on the Champions Cup we speak with former Ireland, Leinster, and Munster centre James Downey on how you beat Leinster, whether Munster can defeat Edinburgh at Murrayfield, and why he thinks Ireland will win the Grand Slam again this year. With Eddie Jones announcing his initial 6 Nations squad last week, we discuss whether it is the best possible squad and who could replace Owen Farrell at fly-half and as leader if needed.  Plus Nathan Middleton brings us up to date with the Premier 15s and previews the Red Roses' 6 Nations.
21/01/1940m 30s

Rob Baxter: Munster have a huge advantage over us due to the scheduling

It was the penultimate weekend of the European group stages and it saw Saracens through, Exeter give themselves a fighting chance, the Scottish teams continue to roar, and despite Leinster missing half their first team they still dominated on the big stage. Here to discuss it all with Brian Moore, is the Telegraph’s Rugby Union Correspondent, Mick Cleary. Joining them to dissect his side's important victory over Castres is Exeter Chiefs' Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter. They speak about Jack Nowell's return, the way the schedule falls leaving Munster with a two day rest advantage, and the departure of Santi Cordero from Sandy Park.  Good results from Edinburgh and Glasgow sees the opportunity for two Scottish teams to reach Champions Cup quarter finals for the first time. Former Scotland and Edinburgh scrum half Rory Lawson speaks to us about how Edinburgh have stepped up, what it means for the national side, and of course that Bill Mata offload. Plus Brian and Mick get into the England squad ahead of Eddie Jones' selection on Thursday for the 6 Nations, and we speak with the Saracens' Women's Head Coach Alex Austerberry following another brilliant win for his side, this week over Harlequins.
14/01/1944m 32s

Brian Moore: There is not enough money and English talent to populate even one professional league

This week we saw one team go down to 11 men, the RFU give out 28 contracts, and the prospect of the Premiership scrapping relegation return to the headlines. Discussing all this with Brian Moore is the former Springbok, Thinus Delport. Listen in as Brian and Thinus debate the merits of the idea to create a single league in England by looking at how the structure used in the Pro14 and Super Rugby have affected the level of rugby played, what the business implications would be, and whether smaller teams genuinely want to be promoted. We discuss the latest round of fixtures in the Premiership including that crazy finish at Sixways as Bath were reduced to eleven men against Worcester. To understand what is going on at the Rec we speak with former Lion, England, and Bath full back Matt Perry who says the way that Bath capitulated from 19-3 up is a mark of where they're at. With Thinus in studio we take the opportunity to get a South African perspective on the Pro14. Are the teams struggling? Is the experiment a success? And what is the future of the competition? These are just some of the questions we asked. Plus with the RFU announcing 28 contracts for its women's team, we speak with the Telegraph's rugby reporter Kate Rowan to explain the story, and we speak with one of the women receiving a contract, Emily Scarratt, to tell us what it means to her.
07/01/1955m 26s

2018 Reviewed with Ben Ryan

Joining Brian Moore in studio this week is the World and Olympic winning coach Ben Ryan. Listen in as they look back on the year that was and as they make a couple of wishes for 2019.  Before all that though we look back on the Premiership's talking points from the latest round of fixtures including events at The Rec, Kingsholm, and Twickenham. Former Sale and England winger Mark Cueto speaks with us about Sale's current form and how the club are faring in a football dominated area.  Plus we speak with Nigel Owens one last time in 2018 about what he would like to see changed in the sport, and about the time Sir Bill Beaumont wrote a letter to him.   Show Notes For Nigel's video go to
31/12/1840m 32s

Brian Moore: It's near crisis time at Leicester Tigers

Round Four in Europe has been and gone and to discuss it all with Brian Moore is former Scotland and Lions fly half, Craig Chalmers.  Topics on this week's episode include: praise for the good work of Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh; the astonishingly poor form of Scarlets; and an attempt at predicting who will and won't make it through to the knockout stages.  To discuss the eighth loss in a row for Leicester Tigers is former Tiger and All Black, Scott Hamilton who says that the wage structure is to blame for a lack of depth in the squad as well as a lack of experience within the coaching setup. We also consider the impending departure of New Zealand Head Coach, Steve Hansen following the World Cup next year, who could take over, and whether Hansen should join be Eddie Jones' successor. With the announcement on Monday morning that Scotland's Director of Rugby Scott Johnson will be joining Australia in the same role, Brian and Craig debate whether Michael Cheika will appreciate the appointment.  Plus we have a look ahead to next week's domestic matches and a review of the Premier 15s with World Cup winning coach, Gary Street.
17/12/1834m 9s

Nick Easter: Gloucester have the X Factor to reach the European quarter finals

Round three of the Champions Cup has been and now we're beginning to get a good look at who will be making the knockout stages. Joining Brian Moore to discuss this week's news and action is former England and Quins number 8, Nick Easter. This week they discuss whose responsibility it is to get teams going: the players or the coaches; they discuss the rumours surrounding Wasps; and the biggest topic of the weekend: flag-gate. For an Irish perspective former Leinster, Munster, and Connacht centre, James Downey gives us his thoughts on Leinster saying they aren't the complete package yet, on Ulster's Will Addison, and his opinion on Andy Farrell taking over from Joe Schmidt. Nick and Brian debate the upcoming 6 Nations and who is expected to do well with Nick saying it won't be a "Grand Slam" year. Top rugby referee Nigel Owens returns to the podcast to explain the law surrounding the grounding of the ball, and what it is like to referee at Racing 92's state of the art stadium. Plus Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather returns to tell us about the Premier 15s which included a few surprises.
10/12/1843m 23s

Brian Moore: Leicester and Bath should be worried about relegation

It's back to domestic rugby action this week and the Premiership table is looking very compact - apart from the top two of course - which means we're set for an interesting relegation battle. Joining Brian Moore to discuss all this and more is the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs. As Leicester "embarrass" themselves according to Geordan Murphy, we get the thoughts of club legend George Chuter on what needs fixing at Tigers with George saying the club needs a shake up from top to bottom. We discuss the woeful match at The Rec with James Simpson-Daniel who enlightens us on Bath's equally woeful missed tackle stats and on his old side's Gloucester's chances of making the top four. As for the PRO14 we speak with Leinster's Scott Fardy after their thrashing of Dragons and how they're getting ready for the European games against Bath. Plus we have a full review of the Premier 15s with Gloucester-Hartpury coach Susie Appleby.   Show Notes If you want to see Scott's video then follow this link
03/12/1845m 13s

Ben Ryan: Elliot Daly would make a World XV at 13

The Autumn Internationals have ended with stellar campaigns for Ireland and Wales, England unearthed some raw talent, and Scotland will have their heads high too. With Brian Moore to discuss the final weekend of action is Telegraph writer Mick Cleary. Brian and Mick discuss the potential of a Joe Cockanasiga, Ben Te'o and Manu Tuilagi backline for England, the emergence of Kyle Sinckler, and Mark Wilson's sensational campaign. Joining them to discuss England is Ben Ryan, twice World Champion and Olympic Gold medal winning coach, who says Elliot Daly needs to be playing at outside centre and is the best in the world there. Ben also tells us more about Cockanasiga, they discuss who England should be playing at wing, and we also tip our caps to Fiji's stunning victory over France. With the announcement that Joe Schmidt is leaving Ireland after the World Cup, Joe and Brian discuss whether we are going to see an Andy Farrell and Stuart Lancaster coaching set up in the future, and they discuss whether Ireland can cope without Johnny Sexton in their ranks. Hear from Scott Hastings, former Scotland and Lions centre, whose nephew Adam Hastings faced Argentina at the weekend as part of a trialled axis with Finn Russell at 12 as Scotland ground out a victory over Los Pumas. Another former Lion joins the show in the shape of Wales' number 8 Michael Owen to discuss his former side's fantastic form and which new players we should be looking out for in the future. Plus, Maggie Alphonsi updates on the Red Roses' final match against Ireland and Gavin Mairs dials in from Monaco to tells us about the World Rugby Awards.   Show Notes To hear more about the work Jamie Armstrong and The Clan are doing head here:
26/11/1849m 6s

Brian Moore: I didn't believe that the All Blacks would get back into the match and Ireland didn't let them

Brian Moore is joined by the former England wing Tom May in this week's episode of Full Contact to discuss that sensational Ireland victory over the All Blacks, England's testing match against Japan, and Scotland's narrow loss to South Africa, and everything in between. We speak with former Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross about how Ireland were able to overcome New Zealand without Conor Murray, and we hear from Mike about what training is like under Joe Schmidt. Tom and Brian discuss the impact of England debutant Joe Cockanasiga against Japan, and conclude that Owen Farrell is an absolute necessity for England to have success at the World Cup. The former Scotland and Lions second row Damian Cronin speaks with the podcast about Scotland's defeat to the Springboks in which they failed to capitalise on a man advantage with Willie Le Roux in the bin. Nigel Owens is back to explain the laws around deliberate knock ons, and link tightrope walkers with the TMO - you need to hear it to believe it! Plus Nick Heath brings us up to date with the Red Roses' action from the weekend against Canada.   Show notes To vote on the Spirit of Rugby Award 2018 in association with Dove Men+Care then click here
19/11/1846m 49s

Zinzan Brooke: The better team lost

Heartbreak for England as they came so close to a memorable victory over the All Blacks by the finest of margins missing out in the end by a single point.  Alongside Brian Moore to discuss the weekend's trials and jubilations is the 2003 World Cup winner, Neil Back. He says that for the first time that England have two tiers of back row players with no one assured of a starting position. Brian meanwhile believes that these two matches have shown that Owen Farrell needs to be starting at fly half with George Ford coming off the bench, and that three wins must be the aim for England. Zinzan Brooke gives an All Blacks perspective on Saturday's events saying that the better team lost but goes on to predict a 9-11 point victory for his national side against Ireland next weekend.  The former Ireland flanker David Wallace gives his view on a nervy Irish victory over Los Pumas, who should be starting in the back row against New Zealand, and tells us why the home side will not be favourites coming into the weekend. Plus we have Hugo Southwell on Scotland's resounding win over Fiji and Red Roses coach Simon Middleton on his side's thumping 57-5 win over the USA.   Notes To read Lance Corporal Semesa Rokoduguni's story go here  And to vote on your Gallagher Premiership Play of the Month this is the place to go
12/11/1856m 0s

Kyran Bracken: I don’t think the Ford/Farrell axis has worked

England have got their Autumn International campaign off to a winning start, and quite a surprising one too over South Africa. In studio with Brian Moore to discuss that and the other international fixtures is former Scotland scrum half, Rory Lawson. Was England’s win down to luck? Brian says no, former England scrum half Kyran Bracken says yes. Kyran also says that Farrell needs to be playing at fly half due to his greater physicality than that of George Ford. We discuss the Doddie Weir Cup with Rory and former Wales winger Dafydd James who says it was a lacklustre performance in which the home side never got going, with Luke Morgan "a bit starstruck by the occasion".  Paddy Wallace makes his Full Contact debut to discuss the incredible depth of the Irish squad as displayed at Soldier Field on Saturday night and he tells us about Rhys Ruddock the captain for the match against Italy. We also look at the World Rugby Player of the Year nominations including an appraisal of Faf de Klerk. Plus World Cup winning coach Gary Street brings us up to date with everything in the women's game and looks ahead to the Red Roses' internationals.
05/11/1855m 11s

Doddie Weir: I still wake up with a smile, still ducking and diving each day

With the Autumn Internationals kicking off this weekend, Brian Moore is joined by Telegraph rugby writer Charlie Morgan to preview the home nations' fixtures and try to make sense of the new global calendar. Joining them to go in depth on England's problems in selection is the former England and Bath full back, Matt Perry, who says that he would like to see Elliot Daly in Perry's former position for England. To discuss Ireland's prospects is their former lock Malcolm O'Kelly as he looks ahead to the mouth watering prospect of Ireland against New Zealand, and who will play scrum half with Conor Murray out. Plus we speak to Doddie Weir as his autobiography, My Name'5 Doddie, is released to find out about how his battle against MND is going, and to look ahead to Saturday's inaugural Doddie Weir Cup against Wales.
29/10/1849m 54s

Mark Cueto: Chris Ashton has to be in pole position to start for England

Round Two of European action threw up some shock results, enraged debate on tackle laws, and gave some spectators a hard watch if they were in Glasgow. Alongside Brian Moore this week is the former Wales number 8 Martyn Williams.  Joining them to discuss the action in Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow is former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson who unpicks the weekend just gone and gives a positive outlook on Scotland's upcoming Internationals. Mark Cueto discusses the impressive debut of Chris Ashton at Sale following his hat trick over Connacht on Saturday and says that the winger should be firmly in Eddie Jones' plans for England. Plus Nigel Owens returns to run the rule over the high tackle laws, and Quins Ladies captain Rachael Burford looks back on her side's win over Saracens in the Premier 15s.
22/10/1848m 2s

James Simpson-Daniel: Ben Morgan ticks the boxes for England's number eight shortage

The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are back for another season and what an opening weekend it was. In the studio this week Brian Moore is joined by former England and Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel. Brian and James dissect the weekend's European Rugby action including a day to forget for Bath and Freddie Burns. Former Leinster hooker Shane Byrne joins the show to discuss whether his old side are going to make it two Champions Cup titles in a row, and Worcester head coach Rory Duncan reflects on a memorable win for the Warriors against Stade Francais in Paris. They analyse who is best suited to replace the injured Billy Vunipola in Eddie Jones' upcoming England squad and preview another big weekend in Europe.
15/10/1841m 18s

Ben Ryan: Marcus Smith should go to the World Cup, not George Ford.

Six weeks have been and gone in the domestic game and the Premiership and PRO14 tables are starting to take shape. In the studio with Brian Moore this week is two time World Champion and Olympic Games Gold medal winning coach, Ben Ryan. Brian and Ben discuss the big talking points in the Premiership, and get stuck into who should and shouldn't be on the plane to Japan for England next year - with Ben standing by his belief that England will not win the World Cup with George Ford at fly half. We speak with Dragons Head Coach Bernard Jackman about his side's start to the season and how he prepares for a European fixture. European Professional Club Rugby Chairman Simon Halliday brings us up to date with how the Champions and Challenge Cups are shaping up for the future. Plus stick around to the end to hear referee Nigel Owens and Ben Ryan debate judo rolling at the breakdown.
08/10/1855m 31s

Making thirteen changes turns the league into a farce

Listen in to Brian Moore and Maggie Alphonsi for this week's episode as we look back on a weekend of second string teams, a consortium takeover, and a shed load of points scored. Bristol Bears Head Coach Pat Lam joins the show to tell us about life at Bristol and how it compares with his previous roles as well as how much harder the Premiership is in comparison to the Championship. We get our PRO14 breakdown with the former Leinster and Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan after Munster's thrashing of Ulster and Leinster's dominance continued to be asserted across the conferences.  Plus Maggie takes us through the intriguing landscape of the women's Premier 15s.
01/10/1839m 45s

For the first time in a long time I can't understand Eddie's selections and that worries me

White noise, a bonkers Welford Road match, and Willie le Roux with more air miles than a jumbo jet all feature on this week’s podcast, and alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all is the Telegraph’s Ben Coles. We speak with Schalk Brits about life back in the South Africa setup and how his "retirement" is going, as well as some of his former Saracens teammates. Sean Lamont, former Scotland fullback, goes through some of the rather surprising PRO14 results including both Glasgow and Edinburgh's losses. And England and Loughborough Lightning captain Sarah Hunter goes through the Premier 15s results. Plus a look at England's training squad now that the World Cup is less than a year away.
24/09/1847m 16s

I hate players saying the game’s gone soft. It’s harder than it ever was.

Red cards, comebacks, and proof that the All Blacks are human after all. Alongside Brian Moore to discuss the latest goings on in rugby is former Scotland international Hugo Southwell. Listen as Brian gives his views on how the game is changing and players need to adapt to the new laws following Will Spencer's red card as we run through the Premiership fixtures.  We speak with former Newcastle Falcons forward Ally Hogg about his old side's start to the season and how they need to improve. Thinus Delport gives the run down on how South Africa were able to pull off the shock of the weekend and beat New Zealand. Plus we speak with Harlequins' Shaunagh Brown about the RFU announcing they will be handing out women's contracts.
17/09/1847m 0s

Out of Ford, Farrell, and Cipriani, Danny is the one fly half who can make something happen out of nothing and Eddie Jones needs that

Round two of domestic action is complete leaving some sizable scores and another Danny Cipriani wonder pass. Brian Moore returns this week with former Leicester, Saracens, and England hooker George Chuter in studio to discuss everything that happened.  Listen in as George tells us his experience of being coached by Matt O'Connor and Geordan Murphy - saying that the former was quite old school in his style, and the latter will need to keep momentum high within the squad.  After Exeter's humdinger of a win over Wasps, we speak with their fly half Gareth Steenson about how the Chiefs can keep getting better.  Ospreys back James Hook joins to run over the PRO14 action paying close attention to the Welsh side's mixed results. And the Premier 15s were back this weekend and Wasps coach Giselle Mather tells us who shone and who are the teams to watch this season.
10/09/1842m 18s

Geordan Murphy is a Leicester Tiger inside out and knows the winning formula

Brian Moore is back for another season of no nonsense rugby discussion as he and a host of guests dissect the week's top stories on and off the pitch. This week he is joined in studio by Telegraph Rugby News Correspondent, Gavin Mairs as they go through the opening weekend of domestic rugby. Listen in to hear what they think of Leicester's sacking Matt O'Connor after one match, why Brian thinks Todd Blackadder "is about to explode", and how much ground England need to cover a year out from the World Cup. We speak with Harlequins' forwards coach Alex Codling about life under Paul Gustard and their dominant win over Sale, and with James Downey for everything that happened in the PRO14.
04/09/1848m 22s

Episode 61: Peter Winterbottom, Brad Barritt, Nigel Owens, Malcolm O'Kelly, and Maggie Alphonsi

We've reached the season finale with Leinster securing an historic double, and Saracens clinching both the men's and women's domestic competitions too. Former England forwards Brian Moore and Peter Winterbottom are on hand to analyse all the weekend's action including what Brian calls an "embarrassing" loss from England against the Barbarians. Premiership winning captain Brad Barritt joins to tell us about how they found their soul this season, how losing to Leinster galvanised the squad, and how coffee is the new way for rugby players to socialise. We get an Ireland update from Malcolm O'Kelly as his former side Leinster end the season on a high and we ask how the Irish national side can carry on the effort against Australia in June. Nigel Owens briefs us on rugby's new laws, and his Summer tour plans to Japan. Plus we round up the season, including an in depth discussion on development of the women's game with Maggie Alphonsi.
28/05/1855m 5s

Episode 60: Ben Ryan, Reggie Corrigan, Nigel Owens and Damian Hopley

We now know the four teams in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14 finals, Saracens, Exeter, Scarlets and Leinster.  Joining Brian Moore to discuss the latest news and action from rugby is former Fiji coach Ben Ryan. We discuss the appointment of Paul Gustard to Harlequins, as Ben reveals he was down to the final two for the role.   Former Leinster prop Reggie Corrigan joins to debate the upcoming PRO14 final, and whether rugby is becoming boring.   Nigel Owens is back from referee camp in Australia to tell us all about the discussions had down under.   We speak with CEO and founder of the RPA, Damian Hopley, about mental health, how the RPA helps players and coaches alike to have open conversations on this subject, and we reflect on the RPA Awards ceremony.   Plus, Brian and Ben have a candid conversation about how Ben's childhood experiences have affected the way he coaches and friendships.
21/05/1853m 1s

Episode 59: Stuart Hogg, Jack Conan, and Ben Coles

It's been a busy week with touring squads announced, players switching clubs, and silverware heading back to Ireland. Ben Coles, Telegraph rugby reporter, is alongside Brian Moore in the studio to discuss the Eddie Jones' latest selection, Danny Cipriani's move to Gloucester, and the upcoming Premiership semi finals. Stuart Hogg joins the podcast ahead of Glasgow Warriors' meeting against Scarlets in the PRO14 semi finals to tell us how he's found the season, what impact the South African clubs have made, and which of the Scottish young players we should be watching in the Summer. Champions Cup winner, Jack Conan, makes his podcast debut and says it's business as usual following Leinster's victory over Racing 92 at the weekend as they get ready to face arch rivals Munster for a place in the PRO14 final. Plus Brian and Ben discuss the news that there could be a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team on the way soon.
14/05/1838m 32s

Episode 58: Nick Kennedy, Aly Hogg, Rob Vickerman, and Jamie Wall

We've reached the very sharp end of the season as the Premiership played out its final weekend. We now know it's Exeter versus Newcastle and Saracens against Wasps in the semi finals. Nick Kennedy, former London Irish Director of Rugby, joins Brian Moore in the studio to discuss the season's quality, the varying demands of a DoR, and looks ahead to the Champions Cup final. We speak with Ally Hogg, Newcastle Falcons back row, about reaching the play offs and how Dean Richards has brought success to the club. In the southern hemisphere, Western Force were back playing rugby and with some new laws to test. Rugby writer Jamie Wall debates the pros and cons of these laws, and how well they were received. Plus former England 7s captain Rob Vickerman, tells us about the upcoming rugby World Cup in San Francisco, and bemoans the lack of structure around the 7s setup in England.
07/05/1847m 50s

Episode 57: Mick Cleary, George Chuter, Hugo Southwell, Nigel Owens and Lotte Clapp

Newcastle Falcons qualify for the play offs, Edinburgh win the 1872 Cup, and Big Billy is back on the pitch. It was a cracking weekend of rugby across the country and Mick Cleary is alongside Brian Moore to discuss it all. With Leicester Tigers not in the play offs for the first time in fourteen years, former Tigers hooker George Chuter joins to work out where it has all gone wrong in the Midlands.  The final weekend of the PRO14 saw Edinburgh clinch a quarter final spot away to Munster, with Scarlets hosting Cheetahs in the other. Former Edinburgh and Scotland fullback Hugo Southwell tells us how Richard Cockerill has turned the club around. We speak with Saracens Women's captain, Lotte Clapp about becoming the inaugural winners of the Premier 15s after their 24-20 win over Harlequins. Plus Nigel Owens is back to run through the law on high tackles.
30/04/1841m 27s

Episode 56: Rob Andrew, Andy Powell, Mike Ross, and Rachael Burford

The penultimate European weekend has come and gone leaving Leinster versus Racing 92 in the Champions Cup and Gloucester against Cardiff Blues in the Challenge Cup. Back in the studio alongside Brian Moore to debate the big news from the week, including Dylan Hartley's latest setback, is Rob Andrew.  Joining them to discuss Leinster's brilliance is their former prop, Mike Ross, who says only an underperformance will stop them clinching European glory. Former Lions and Wales number 8 Andy Powell makes his podcast debut to discuss Judgement Day and where Wales are at internationally. Plus it's the Premier 15s final on Sunday 29th April, and Harlequins Ladies captain Rachael Burford tells us what her side will need to do to defeat Saracens.
23/04/1854m 10s

Episode 55: Rob Andrew, Richard Cockerill, Nigel Owens and Karen Findlay

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to debate the week's biggest stories on and off the rugby pitch, from the push for the play offs to Bristol Rugby's new name. Edinburgh head coach, Richard Cockerill, joins to discuss the challenges he's facing in the Scottish capital as well as how the Premiership and PRO14 compare.  Nigel Owens returns to explain why he is not a celebrity. Plus we speak with Harlequins Ladies head coach, Karen Findlay, on her side getting through to the Premier 15s final and whether the RFU's 7s plan has worked for the development of the women's game.
16/04/1853m 34s

Episode 54: Rob Andrew, Don Armand, Nigel Owens, Rory Lawson, and Giselle Mather

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to discuss the world of rugby as the Premiershipand Pro14 head towards the end of the main season where play offs and relegation will be decided. They discuss the announcement of John Kingston's departure from Quins, Saints' continuing identity crisis, plus Denny Solomona's ban. England and Exeter Chiefs flanker Don Armand joins to discuss his side securing a play off place and what life is like in the England camp. Former Scotland and Edinburgh scrum half Rory Lawson explains the new play off system in the Pro14 plus gives his thoughts on the addition of the South African teams to the conference.  Plus Nigel Owens is back explaining rugby's laws, and Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather relives her team's narrow defeat to Quins in leg one of the Premier 15s semi final.
09/04/1849m 7s

Episode 53: George Robson, Tom Varndell, Tom May, Rochelle Clark and Dan Schofield

The Champions Cup quarter finals have been and gone leaving us with Leinster v Scarlets and Racing 92 v Munster. Former Quin and London Irish lock George Robson joins Brian this week to discuss everything from the Aviva as a "neutral venue" to Trinh-Duc's inverse Midas touch. Scarlets winger Tom Varndell gives his take on Llanelli's chances against Leinster, and says his new side don't fear anyone in Europe. We speak with former Toulon back Tom May about the French sides' performances from the weekend and whether Racing have what it takes to beat Munster in Bordeaux. The Telegraph's Dan Schofield travelled to both Leinster and Munster's matches this weekend and reflects on the length of time TMO decisions are now taking. Plus England's all time most capped player, Rochelle "Rocky" Clark, updates us on the latest in the Premier 15s and looks back on a "heart wrenching" 6 Nations for the Red Roses.
02/04/1845m 48s

Episode 52: Gavin Mairs, Nick Evans, Nigel Owens, James Downey, and Rob Cain

Brian Moore is back to debate the biggest talking points from the last seven days of rugby. This week he's joined in studio by the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs. On this episode Brian calls for an end to the yo-yoing between leagues, suggesting a three year temporary halt to promotion/relegation in the Premiership, they look in depth at player game time, and ahead to the upcoming Champions Cup fixtures. Former All Black, Nick Evans, now Quins' attack coach, joins to look back on the 6 Nations and tell us about the transition from player to coach. Following Ireland's success at international level we return to their club rugby as former Ireland centre James Downey looks at Munster and Leinster's chances in the Champions Cup, and the state of Connacht and Ulster. Nigel Owens is back to review the 6 Nations and to explain rugby's tricky laws. Plus Saracens Women's coach Rob Cain gives his thoughts on the Premier 15s which is just about to enter the play offs.
26/03/1849m 50s

Episode 51: Rob Andrew, Doddie Weir, Malcolm O'Kelly, Michael Owen, and Nick Heath

The NatWest Six Nations are over for another year as Ireland completed the Grand Slam at the weekend, Scotland clinched victory from the jaws of defeat, and Wales beat France to be the best of the rest.  Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to review the final round of action across the continent. With England having their worst performance in years, Brian is lost for words, whilst Rob notes that England just can't get their way out of trouble. Malcolm O'Kelly joins to analyse why Ireland have been a cut above the rest all tournament, and a jubilant Doddie Weir reviews Scotland's commendable campaign. With Wales' squad depleted through injury, Michael Owen is pleased with the new talent uncovered but says they need to be more clinical. Nick Heath talks through the Women's Six Nations including where England lost the Grand Slam as well as discussing the state of the pitch on Sunday's match between Italy and Scotland. Finally, Brian and Rob review their stand out moments of the competition.
19/03/1856m 36s

Episode 50: Rob Andrew, Paul Wallace, Scott Hastings, Rupert Moon, Simon Middleton and Nigel Owens

With one round to go, Ireland are the 2018 NatWest Six Nations champions!  Back to analyse all the action are Brian Moore and Rob Andrew. After a second successive defeat for England, Brian says it's time to ring the changes, whilst Rob believes England have lost part of their identity. Ireland's Paul Wallace joins to discuss the whether his old side can complete the Grand Slam on Saturday, although the former prop is hesistant that they will succeed. Despite another loss away from Murrayfield, Scotland have turned a corner according to Scott Hastings but they need to be better at game management. Whilst a buoyant Rupert Moon thinks Wales will finish the tournament in second place. We also speak with England Women's coach Simon Middleton after his side's unfortunate last minute loss to France. Plus Nigel Owens breaks down the laws around high tackles.
12/03/1858m 24s

Episode 49: Rob Andrew, Rory Underwood, Thinus Delport and Susie Appleby

In the fallow week of the NatWest 6 Nations Brian Moore and Rob Andrew discuss what has gone wrong for England and how they can turn their fortunes around against France.  Former Leicester and England winger Rory Underwood gives his perspective saying England's performances have been disappointing, as well as a look at the latest round of Premiership action. With Rassie Erasmus appointed South Africa head coach, Thinus Delport returns to tell all about his old teammate and what the new coach can bring to the Springboks. We speak to Gloucester-Hartpury coach Susie Appleby about her side's excellent win over league leaders Harlequins. And we go down to the grassroots of rugby to find out more about NatWest's Rugby Force programme.
05/03/1848m 51s

Episode 48: Rob Andrew, Sir Ian McGeechan, Stephen Ferris, Adam Jones, Nigel Owens, and Gary Street

Round three of the NatWest Six Nations saw Scotland shock England, Ireland overpower Wales, and France get their first win of the tournament.  Brian Moore is back with Rob Andrew to dissect all the action, and work out where England go from here. Joining them are Sir Ian McGeechan who lauds Gregor Townsend's tactics, Stephen Ferris who thinks Ireland are easily the team to beat, and Adam Jones who finds the positives in Wales' recent losses.  Plus Nigel Owens explains the breakdown and Gary Street gives his analysis of the Women's Six Nations.
26/02/1854m 16s

Episode 47: Will Greenwood

This week Brian Moore's Full Contact went on tour to Royston Rugby Club to celebrate grassroots rugby. World Cup winner Will Greenwood came along to take a look at how the NatWest Six Nations have been going so far - including why he thinks England's discipline isn't a majoy concern. England and Saracens flanker, Hannah Gallagher, gave her analysis of the Women's Six Nations and told us about how she got into rugby.  Plus, we were joined on stage by Mick Clark and Jamie Green of Royston Rugby Club to tell us about the work of NatWest's RugbyForce programme.
19/02/1854m 58s

Episode 46: Rob Andrew, Martyn Williams, Reggie Corrigan, Craig Chalmers, and Maggie Alphonsi

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to analyse the second round of NatWest Six Nations action, with a bonus Will Carling too. They unpick England v Wales with Martyn Williams to get his thoughts on that TMO decision. Craig Chalmers tells us why we shouldn't be writing off Finn Russell just yet as he discusses Scotland v France. Plus we head to the Emerald Isle to speak to Reggie Corrigan who says he doesn't know what to make of Ireland just yet after their match against Italy. And World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi gives her thoughts on who's stood out for England in the Women's Six Nations so far.
12/02/1852m 40s

Episode 45: Rob Andrew, Gavin Hastings, Andrew Trimble, James Hook, Christian Scotland-Williamson, and Nick Heath

Brian Moore and Rob Andrew are back to go through the first weekend of the 2018 NatWest Six Nations. Joining the show to analyse all the action are former Scotland full back Gavin Hastings, Ireland’s Andrew Trimble, and Wales’ James Hook. Plus commentator Nick Heath goes through the first weekend of the Women’s Six Nations. And some Super Bowl discussion as Brian caught up with NFL hopeful Christian Scotland-Williamson to discuss the Eagles incredible victory and his transition from rugby to American Football.
05/02/181h 0m

Bonus Podcast: Ben Te'o and Mike Brown

A bonus Brian Moore's Full Contact for you this week. Listen to when Brian Moore went to the England Rugby training camp and spoke with Ben Te'o and Mike Brown about the upcoming NatWest 6 Nations tournament, Eddie Jones, and ice baths.
01/02/1819m 9s

Episode 44: Rob Andrew, Shane Williams, Conor O'Shea, Mike Blair, Shane Byrne and Claire Purdy

As the Natwest 6 Nations fast approaches Brian is joined in the studio by Rob Andrew to attempt a prediction of what the 2018 tournament will bring. To help them are Scotland’s assistant coach Mike Blair, former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne, former Welsh winger Shane Williams and Italy's head coach Conor O’Shea. Plus World Cup Winner Claire Purdy goes through the Women’s 6 Nations.
29/01/1859m 26s

Episode 43: Ben Coles, Alan Quinlan, Simon Halliday, Nigel Owens, and Kate Alder

Brian Moore is joined in the studio this week by Telegraph rugby writer, Ben Coles, to discuss the exhilarating weekend of European Cup action. Brian and Ben speak with Munster and Ireland back rower, Alan Quinlan, on Ireland's Europe and 6 Nations chances. EPCR's Chairman, Simon Halliday, gives his take on the weekend and what they're doing to improve the tournaments. Plus Wasps Ladies Club Captain, Kate Alder, joins after her team ended Saracens unbeaten run. And regular guest Nigel Owens is back to answer your questions on rugby’s laws and says you're allowed to ruck (so long as it's legal)!
22/01/181h 1m

Episode 42 - Maggie Alphonsi, Gareth Steenson, Dan Lyle, Danielle Waterman, Stephen Gemmell, Nigel Owens

Brian Moore is joined in the studio this weeks by former Saracens and England flanker, Maggie Alphonsi. With them to discuss the weekend's action are Exeter fly-half, Gareth Steenson and England and Wasps full-back, Danielle Waterman. Former USA captain, Dan Lyle, discusses the proposal for a team from America to join the Pro 14 competition, Scotland Technical Director, Stephen Gemmell discuss what the 'Super Six' is and referee Nigel Owens is back to discuss the laws of the game.
15/01/1857m 1s

Episode 41 - James Simpson Daniel, Matt Perry, Nigel Owens, Mike Ross, and Giselle Mather

Brian Moore is joined in the studio this week by the former England and Gloucester winger, James Simpson Daniel. With them to discuss the weekend's action are the former Bath full back Matt Perry and former Leinster prop Mike Ross. Nigel Owens is back to discuss the role of the TMO. Plus Wasps Ladies coach Giselle Mather updates the podcast on how the Premier 15s are going.
08/01/1851m 43s

Episode 40: Ben Ryan, Richard Wigglesworth, Nigel Owens, Sean Lamont, and George Robson

Brian Moore is joined in the studio by Ben Ryan, the man who coached the Fiji 7s team to Olympic Gold. Speaking with them on the week's matches are England and Saracens’ scrum half Richard Wigglesworth and former Scotland full back Sean Lamont. Nigel Owens is takes us through the slimming down of rugby’s laws. Whilst George Robson gives us a tactical breakdown of how to attack well in rugby. Plus Ben and Brian go through some of the big moments of 2017 including the Lions, Exeter Chiefs Premiership crowning and a look ahead to the World Cup.
31/12/1759m 6s

Episode 39: Mick Cleary, Bernard Jackman, Nigel Owens, James Simpson-Daniel, and Holly Myers

Joining Brian Moore in the studio this week is the Telegraph's Mick Cleary. James Simpson Daniel discusses Gloucester's recent good form and ongoings behind the scenes. Dragons continue to make headlines and their Head Coach, Bernard Jackman tells us all about the changes going on in the region. Nigel Owens is back to answer those pesky rugby laws questions and talk about Joy Neville's debut. Plus we get our regular update on the Premier 15s from Quins’ wing Holly Myers.
18/12/1753m 50s

Episode 38: Martyn Williams, Alex Corbisiero, James Downey, Amber Reed and Mick Cleary

Martyn Williams joins Brian Moore in the studio this week to look back at an excellent weekend of European rugby action. Alex Corbisiero tells us what's gone wrong with Northampton Saints recently, and how the game is going down across the Pond. Ireland's James Downey analyses the provincial sides and which team he expects to see progress. As always, we look back at the Premier 15s and England's Amber Reed goes through the results of round 10. Plus Mick Cleary unpicks Saracens humiliation to Clermont Auvergne at Allianz Park.
11/12/171h 3m

Episode 37: Joe Gray, Duncan Bell, Nigel Owens, Marlie Packer, Andrew Henderson, and Brendon Atwell

Brian Moore is alongside Harlequins' hooker Joe Gray to discuss another packed week of rugby action. Joining them are former England, Bath and Sale prop Duncan Bell, South African journalist Brendon Atwell, and Saracens' flanker Marlie Packer. Plus Nigel Owens answers your rugby laws questions, and Warrington Wolves Assistant Coach Andrew Henderson unpicks England's narrow loss in the Rugby League World Cup Final.
04/12/171h 0m

Episode 36: Rob Andrew Special

Listen to Brian Moore in conversation with Rob Andrew at the Telegraph for a special event. Brian and Rob discuss Rob's new book, Rugby: The Game of My Life, Sam Burgess and reflect on another weekend of explosive international rugby action.
28/11/171h 1m

Episode 35: Gavin Mairs, Scott Hastings, Richard Hibbard, Gordon D'Arcy, Craig Murdock, and Nick Heath

Brian Moore is joined this week by the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs to go over the second weekend of Autumn Internationals. They span the British and Irish isles speaking with Scotland's Scott Hastings, Wales' Richard Hibbard and Ireland's Gordon D’Arcy to get their views on their nations' efforts. Plus former rugby league star, Craig Murdock, updates on the Rugby League World Cup and top commentator Nick Heath gives informs the podcast on how England’s women are getting on.
20/11/1756m 48s

Episode 34: Danny Cipriani, Shane Williams, Nigel Owens, Thinus Delport, and Phil Caplan

Danny Cipriani, Wasps and England fly half, is alongside Brian in the studio this week. They review the first round of Autumn Internationals with the help of Shane Williams and Thinus Delport.  Nigel Owens is back to answer all your rugby laws questions. And they get into the panto spirit with Nigel and Shane...! Plus Phil Caplan updates us on the Rugby League World Cup.
13/11/1751m 23s

Episode 33: Doddie Weir Special

This week we have a special episode as you’ll hear when Brian sat down with former Lions and Scotland lock Doddie Weir to discuss his life, his career and his battle against motor neurone disease. Plus we discuss the upcoming Autumn Internationals with the Telegraph's Ben Coles.
06/11/1754m 20s

Episode 32: Hugo Southwell, Mike Tindall, Nigel Melville, Richie Gray, Dafydd James, Paul Cooke

Brian Moore is joined this week by Hugo Southwell to discuss everything from the weekend's action to the English and Welsh forwards facing off. Mike Tindall gives his reflection on Bath v Gloucester and who Eddie Jones should be picking as his back three. Former Welsh wing Dafydd James updates us on the latest Pro 14 action and we hear from Paul Cooke as he rounds up the first set of fixtures from the Rugby League World Cup. Richie Gray, arguably the world's leading collision coach, tells us what could be done to stop rugby's injury crisis. Plus, RFU director of professional rugby, Nigel Melville, discusses the extended season proposals and development of the women's game.
30/10/171h 6m

Episode 31: Mick Cleary, Martyn Williams, Thomas Waldrom, Malcolm O'Kelly, Poppy Cleall

Brian is joined in the studio by the Telegraph's rugby correspondent, Mick Cleary this week. After a second weekend of exhilarating European Cup action the boys are joined by Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom, former Lions and Wales flanker Martyn Williams, and the former Leinster and Ireland lock Malcolm O’Kelly. Plus the Premier 15s were back underway after a short break and four try hero, Poppy Cleall reflects across Round 5's matches.
23/10/1754m 20s

Episode 30: Craig Chalmers, Tom May, Shane Byrne, Maggie Alphonsi, Nicky Robinson

This week Brian Moore and Craig Chalmers look back on the first weekend of European Cup competition with the help of Tom May, Shane Byrne and Nick Robinson. Plus Maggie Alphonsi tells us why she's so excited about the women's game getting a Barbarians team.
16/10/171h 1m

Episode 29: George Chuter, Lee Byrne, Nigel Owens, Emily Scarratt, Garry Schofield

This week Brian is in conversation with George Chuter, Lee Byrne, Nigel Owens, Emily Scarratt and Garry Schofield. Plus we speak to Rob Andrew about his new book which you can read extracts from in Telegraph all week.
09/10/1758m 54s

Episode 28: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Alongside Brian Moore this week to discuss the latest news and action from the world of rugby is James Simpson-Daniel. We hear from James Haskell on that Marler incident and his thoughts on proposals to extend the season. We speak to Stephen Ferris to get his account of the Pro14 so far. Plus England captain, Sarah Hunter, talks through the women's Premier 15s third round, and Garry Schofield predicts his Super League champion. And we have the return of Nigel Owens to the podcast.
02/10/1759m 58s

Episode 27: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Alongside Brian this week the Telegraph’s rugby news correspondent Gavin Mairs. We speak with Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, and the RPA’s CEO Damien Hopley. We get a look at the PRO 14 with former Scarlet, Rupert Moon and Eorl Crabtree joins to give us a run down of the Super League play offs. Plus stay tuned to the end to hear Brian's BIG rant.
26/09/1756m 24s

Episode 26: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian Moore this week is former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson. This week guests include: Worcester captain Donncha O’Callaghan, European Rugby Chairman Simon Halliday, and former Ireland international Reggie Corrigan. As always we talk rugby league with Phil Caplan, and Quins coach Gary Street takes us through the first weekend of the women’s Premier 15s.
18/09/1754m 48s

Episode 25: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian in the studio this week is former Quins and London Irish lock, George Robson. We hear from Schalk Brits, Mark Cueto, James Downey and Craig Murdock to go over the week’s rugby union and league action. Plus we're looking ahead to Saracens v Falcons in Philadelphia.
11/09/1754m 12s

Episode 24: Brian Moore's Full Contact

World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi joins Brian in the studio to look back on the weekend's action. Also on board are Exeter Chief's fly half Gareth Steenson, Lee Radford the Challenge Cup winning coach of Hull FC, and former South African international Thinus Delport is on hand to discuss his home nation joining the PRO 14 tournament.
04/09/171h 0m

Episode 23: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson joins Brian for the final episode of the season to review the Lions' drawn series with New Zealand.   Helping them look back this week are Michael Owen, Ben Ryan, and former All Black Scott Hamilton. Maggie Alphonsi talks the Women's World Cup plus we have our final Team Behind The Team feature.
09/07/171h 34m

Episode 22: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Nick Easter joins Brian in the studio this week to discuss the latest Lions' action.   Nick and Brian look back on the second Test against the All Blacks with Sir Graham Henry, and former Lions Will Carling, Paul Wallace and Tom Shanklin.   Stuart Hogg joins the podcast to tell us about his time in New Zealand. Plus they speak with Catalan Dragons new head coach, Steve McNamara.
02/07/171h 31m

Episode 21: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In the studio with Brian is the former Lion and England star, Rob Andrew.   Joining them to look back on the first Test against the All Blacks are Sirs Graham Henry and Ian McGeechan, and former Lions James Hook and Malcolm O'Kelly.    Plus rugby league legend, Garry Schofield, takes us through another week of Super League, and they're hearing from the Team Behind The Team.
25/06/171h 34m

Episode 20 : Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian in the studio is the former Quins back row, George Robson.   They're looking back at the Lions' win over the Maori All Blacks, and narrow defeat to the Highlanders with Mark Cueto, Duncan Jones, Dan Tuohy, Doddie Weir and Craig Newby.    Plus they're looking at Challenge Cup quarter finals with Forty 20 magazine's Phil Caplan and hearing from another member of the Team Behind the Team.
18/06/171h 32m

Episode 19: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian this week is the former England and Gloucester wing, James Simpson Daniel.   They're going over the second week of the Lions Tour with former internationals Zinzan Brooke, Reggie Corrigan, Nicky Robinson and Sean Lamont.  Phil Caplan takes us through the world of rugby league and there's a chance to hear from another member of the Team Behind The Team.
11/06/171h 32m

Episode 18: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian this week is the former Lion and Scotland fly half, Craig Chalmers   They’re going over the first Lions match with former Ireland wing Tyrone Howe and Quins’ new attack coach Nick Evans. Nigel Owens is back as always to answer all your rugby laws questions Super League is on the agenda with Eorl Crabtree going over all the latest action. Plus they're hearing from another member of the Team Behind The Team
04/06/171h 29m

Episode 17: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian in the studio is the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs. They're talking about all the weekend's big finals action with the help of Quins coach Nick Easter and former Welsh international Michael Owen. Earlier in the week Brian exclusively caught up with Eddie Jones to look ahead to England's Tour of Argentina and get his thoughts on the Lions' chances in New Zealand. London Irish's George Robson joins as they celebrate their return to the Premiership. Nigel Owens runs through the rugby laws fresh from refereeing the PRO12 final. And we'll be speaking with another member of the Team Behind The Team.
28/05/171h 29m

Episode 16 : Brian Moore's Full Contact

This week Brian is joined in the studio by former Lion and Ireland centre, Rob Henderson   Joining them to go over the weekend's explosive semi final action are Exeter's fly half Gareth Steenson, former Saracens and Leicester hooker George Chuter. Going over the PRO12 semi finals is  former Ireland centre James Downey. Plus Thinus Delport gives us a Super Rugby update, and we'll be hearing from the Rugby Football League's rugby director, Kevin Sinfield, as the Super League has its Magic Weekend. And Nigel Owens is back to answer your questions and talk about what it takes to be a referee.
21/05/171h 32m

Episode 15: Brian Moore's Full Contact

This week Brian is joined in the studio by former Lions and Quins flanker, Peter Winterbottom. Joining them to go over the weekend's European finals are former Stade Francais and Scotland back, Hugo Southwell, and the EPCR chairman, Simon Halliday. Plus Leigh Centurions coach, Paul Cooke, looks back at rugby league's Challenge Cup action, and Alex Broun gives us a Super Rugby update. Nigel Owens is back to answer your questions and we'll be hearing from another member of the Team Behind the Team
14/05/171h 30m

Episode 14: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian in the studio is the former Wasps and England prop, Jeff Probyn.   We'll be looking back on the final round of the Premiership and talking Rugby 7s with Rob Vickerman. We speak with Sarries' hooker, Schalk Brits, joins to look ahead to their Champions Cup Final match against Clermont Auvergne. PRO12 was also in its final round, and former Lion and Wales wing, Dafydd James gives his review of it. Plus rugby league legend, Garry Schofield, gives his thoughts on the Super League and England's match against Samoa, and David Campese joins to talk about Super Rugby.
07/05/171h 27m

Episode 13: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Joining Brian Moore this week to look back on the penultimate round of the Premiership are the competition’s top try scorer ever, Tom Varndell, and Exeter Chiefs' fly half, Gareth Steenson. We're talking #LiftTheWeight and Restart Rugby with the Rugby Players’ Association's CEO, Damian Hopley. Plus Leinster's Mike Ross gives us a PRO12 update in the week he announces his retirement. And all your usual features are here as Nigel Owens delves into the lawbook, Craig Murdock talks all things rugby league and we get our South African Super Rugby update from Brendon Atwell.
30/04/171h 27m

Episode 12: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Brian Moore is back. After a couple of weeks rest Brian is back hosting alongside former Lion, Martyn Williams. Joining Brian to look back at this week's Lions team announcement and the Champions Cup semi finals are Rory Underwood, Alex Corbisiero and Malcolm O'Kelly. We'll be getting the New Zealand perspective with Kiwi broadcaster Daniel McHardy.  Plus editor of Forty 20 magazine, Phil Caplan, joins to update us on everything in rugby league.
23/04/171h 11m

Episode 11: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Brian is resting up this week so the Telegraph's Gavin Mairs and London Irish's Tom Court take the helm. Brian does join on us on the phone to update us on this health and to give his thoughts on who'll be heading to New Zealand in the Summer as does former Lion, Craig Chalmers. Plus we're looking at how the opposition are shaping up with Quins' fly half Nick Evans. We have our second Team Behind The Team feature, too, as Brian chats to the Director of Operations, Gerard Carmody.
16/04/171h 13m

Episode 10: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In this week's episode Brian is joined by a World Cup Winner, former England and Saracens flanker, Maggie Alphonsi. We're looking back on the weekend's Champions Cup action as the quarter finals took place. We're joined by Saracens' Richard Wigglesworth and former Leinster prop Reggie Corrigan will give us the lowdown from the Irish perspective. Plus Leeds Rhinos' Kallum Watkins talks Super League and Alex Broun keeps us up to date with the latest from Super Rugby. As always, Nigel Owens is back to go through all your questions on the laws of the game.
02/04/171h 29m

Episode 9: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In this week's episode Brian is joined by former South African full back, Thinus Delport, and we're looking back on the weekend's club rugby with the help of Quins and England prop, Kyle Sinckler, former All Black and Leicester back row Craig Newby, and former England and Bath full back, Matt Perry. Sean Lamont joins to look back at the PRO12 in the week that he announced his retirement from rugby. Plus Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane gives us his thoughts on the Super League. And Nigel Owens returns to the pod to answer all your rugby laws questions.
26/03/171h 33m

Episode 8: Brian Moore's Full Contact

This week Brian is joined in the studio by former All Black and current Quins flyhalf Nick Evans. We're reviewing the 2017 6 Nations tournament as England are crowned champions but fall at the final hurdle. Joining the show are Will Carling, Shane Byrne, Adam Jones, and Hugo Southwell. World Cup winning coach Gary Street gives his take on Women's 6 Nations, plus cross code star Iestyn Harris talks Super League and Daniel McHardy updates us on the Super Rugby.
19/03/171h 35m

Episode 7: Brian Moore's Full Contact

Brian is joined in the studio by the Telegraph's rugby news correspondent, Gavin Mairs and they are reliving Round 4 of the 6 Nations with the help of former England captain Rob Andrew, former Scotland captain Mike Blair, Wales legend Shane Williams and London Irish's Tom Court. Hull FC coach Lee Radford joins and Alex Broun delves into Super Rugby with us. Plus Nigel Owens answers all your rugby law questions.
12/03/171h 30m

Episode 6: Brian Moore's Full Contact

This week Italy Head Coach Conor O'Shea joins to look back at the match everyone is still talking about, England v Italy. Former England international, now Chairman of EPRC, Simon Halliday, and former Ireland international Donal Lenihan, give their thoughts on the 6 Nations so far. Plus Gary Street tells us all about the new Women's Super Rugby, Eorl Crabtree gives us a Super League update and Brendan Atwell talks Super Rugby with us.
05/03/171h 28m

Episode 5: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In this week's episode they're looking back at round 3 of the 6 Nations with the help of Scott Hastings, Paul Wallace and Rupert Moon.  Plus there's all the latest from the Super League and a Super Rugby update. And as always, top referee Nigel Owens joins to dissect the laws of the game.
26/02/171h 27m

Episode 4: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In this week's episode the Telegraph's Rugby News Correspondent Gavin Mairs will be alongside Brian to discuss the surprises and shocks of the 6 Nations so far as well as the latest Premiership action. Joining them are Gloucester legend James Simpson-Daniel, current cherry and whites hooker Richard Hibbard, Nigel Owens is back again to answer any questions, Rugby League legend Paul Cooke gives his take on the World Club Series, plus Australian journalist Alex Broun gives us a preview to the Super Rugby season. We also begin our first look into the Team Behind The Team as we build up to the Lions Tour later this year.
19/02/171h 30m

Episode 3: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In this week's episode Brian is joined by a show favourite Nick Evans to discuss all things 6 Nations and Premiership based. Also joining are World Cup winner Lewis Moody, Scotland legend Gavin Hastings, Martyn Williams, and Reggie Corrigan. As well as Nigel Owens' regular slot we're also crossing codes to talk with Huddersfield Giants' Ryan Brierly as the Super League gets underway and getting an update on the Women's Six Nations with World Cup winning coach Gary Street.
12/02/171h 30m

Episode 2: Brian Moore's Full Contact

In the second episode of The Telegraph's new rugby show Brian Moore is joined by former England coach Stuart Lancaster and will be reflecting on the opening Six Nations weekend with women's international Kat Merchant, plus Jim Hamilton, Malcolm O'Kelly and Rupert Moon representing Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Every week leading referee Nigel Owens will answer your questions from the week’s action.
05/02/171h 26m

Episode 1: Brian Moore's Full Contact

We kick off the series with an exclusive Eddie Jones interview and former Lion and Saint, Alex Corbisiero, who joins Brian in the studio to dissect and preview the Six Nations.  During the show you’ll also hear from Conor O’Shea, Sean Lamont, Tom Shanklin, Shane Byrne, and Bernard Jackman.  Plus every week leading referee Nigel Owens will answer your questions from the week’s action.
29/01/171h 42m
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