The Rugby Pod

The Rugby Pod

By The Ringer

The Rugby Pod with Big Jim Hamilton, Andy Goode, Dan Biggar, Producer Rob and weekly guests is the most listened to Rugby podcast in the world. We cover all the latest news, rumours insight and stories, but with plenty of humour, opinions and the best interviews from the game, including current and former internationals. Follow us on social media and send us in your questions to chat through each week.

Episodes

Red Roses Rugby Pod Special - with Ellie Kildunne & Jess Breach

Off the back of another Grand Slam winning Six Nations campaign, Ellie & Jess return to the Rugby Pod to review a mega tournament for John Mitchell's England side. They discuss what makes the Red Roses so special, Disaronno in the changies and the radical changes in the programme. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/2440m 7s

Episode 40 - Breaking Down The New Law Changes & Stuart McCloskey Talks Faz, Ulster & Boks

It's all change as World Rugby announce several law changes that will have a big impact on the game. The lads give their take on what these mean and how they'll affect teams. We'll also be discussing a frenetic, penultimate round of Premiership action including a big away win for Saracens, Exeter seeing off Quins and the spanking of all spankings for Gloucester. We’ll also be looking at some cracking games over in URC, PLUS our mate Stuart McCloskey is dialing in to chat all things Ulster and Ireland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/241h 16m

Episode 39 - Fin Smith Chats Croke Park, Springbok Fallout & Goodey Is Back!

The lads look back at another hell of a weekend as Europe's best went head to head in the Champions and Challenge Cup semifinals. We'll dissect Quins' performance in Toulouse and Leinster's hard-fought win over Northampton at a sold-out Croke Park. We've also got a chat with Saints and England fly-half, Fin Smith. Plus, Jim is deepening his Saffa ties, hanging out with The Sharks for their Challenge Cup semifinals at the Stoop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/241h 16m

Episode 38 - Springbok Secrets - Eben Etzebeth & Vincent Koch in Studio

The Spotify studio was packed this week with two BIG men with big reputations and big Medal collections joining Jim & Bigs. Double Rugby World Cup Winning Springboks Eben Etzebeth and Vincent Koch join the lads to give us some incredible insight on the Springboks, winning back to back Rugby World Cups, what motivates them, their coaches, and what it means to South Africa. The lads open up and give us unbelievable access to one of the most successful teams in the sport. Jim & Bigs also wrap up some of the club rugby and look forward to a massive weekend of Champions Cup action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/241h 19m

Episode 37 - Jim's Stargazing in Japan, with Dan Biggar & Producer Rob

Kon’nichiwa from Japan! We’ve gone global this week, Jim's in Tokyo Japan checking out the heated toilets and hunting bug interviews, Bigs is with us from the South of France and Rob’s sat in sunny Stockton on Tees. We’ve got loads for you this week including some intel on Jim's interviews with Ardie Savea, Eddie Jones and PSDT, Leinster and the monster squad they're building over there in Dublin, a big showdown in the Top 14 and the run-in for the premiership and URC is heating up. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/241h 9m

Episode 36 - Enforcers - Courtney Lawes and Jim on Champions Cup QFs, Springbok Drama & UFC

We have a genuine enforcer back on the Pod this week as Big Courts joins Jim to look back at all the Champions Cup Quarter-finals, including his own game versus the Bulls, and Lesinter's demolition of reigning champions La Rochelle. The lads give their take on the latest episode of Chasing the Sun and how Courtney would react to Rassie's unusual coaching tactics, and how we rated the Springboks. PLUS we look ahead to 2 class semi finals, including Northampton's trip to the iconic Croke Park for a showdown with Leinster and Harlequins trip to Tolouse. Enjoy and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/241h 6m

Episode 35 - Louis Rees-Zammit Joins The Pod + Champions Cup Make or Break with Dan Biggar

We're going big this week with Dan Biggar flying over to our studio from the South of France, and man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit joining following the massive announcement that he's heading to the Superbowl Champions Kansas City Cheifs. We'll hear how the move came about, how NFL training compares to Rugby, how much players get paid, and what the epic journey looks like from here for the Welsh speedster. We’ll also be chatting Champions Cup action as Jim and Dan review and preview the knock-out matches and give some quality insight. Oh, and Jim saved a life! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 19m

Episode 34 - Glory Hunting with the Kansas City Chiefs, Premiership Dogfight, and Champions Cup Returns

The lads give their take on the massive news, not just in Rugby, with LRZ signing for Superbowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll be discussing a crazy weekend in the Premiership with nothing to choose between the top 8 teams.  We'll also take a look at a top of the table win for Leinster over the Bulls in the URC and throw ahead to a mouth-watering weekend of Champions Cup rugby as we reach the Round of 16. Plus, TMO Goddey gets into the detail on some big decisions from the weekend where Bath aint apppy. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/241h 7m

Episode 33 - Cockers Calls Out Warren G, and England's Chandler Cunningham-South in Studio

Domestic rugby is back with Saracens turning the heat up against Quins and Gloucester claiming an emotional Ed Slater Cup against Leicester. TMO Andy makes a return around the controversy in the booth with Austin Healy's commentary. Plus, we're delighted to be joined by one of the brightest stars in English rugby in Quins backrow Chandler Cunningham-South, who gives an insight into the new generation of England players. Richard Cockvilli also calls in to demand that Wales & Warren G sign a contract for a promotion showdown after Georgia's seventh Rugby Europe Championship win. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/241h 16m

W6N Preview - With Red Roses Ellie Kildunne & Jess Breach

With the Women's Six Nations kicking off this weekend, we're delighted to be joined by two England superstars in Ellie Kildunne & Jess Breach to preview this year's tournament and talk about their careers. Presenter Laura Winter interviews the two Red Roses about their journey so far, the Rugby World Cup, their biggest rivalries, initiations, team tattoos, the growth of the women's game, as well as looking forward to this year's competition. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/2441m 39s

Episode 32 - Six Nations Wrap & Team of the Tournament with Dan Biggar

After a hell of a grand finale in the Six Nations, the lads sum up the final round of action with Ireland claiming back-to-back championships. While most Welsh fans are in hiding, Dan Biggar braves the Pod to give his take on where Welsh rugby really is, and what next for Gats and his men. We'll also be discussing Italy's best ever championship, as well as England’s evolution in Lyon, plus Jim gives some insight into what Scottish rugby is missing. We also pick our team of the tournament with a centre partnership that may well echo in eternity! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/241h 12m

Episode 31 - How England Defeated the 'World's Best Team' with Bernard Jackman PLUS England U20's Captain Finn Carnduff

England managed to produce one of their best performances in recent memory this weekend at Twickenham, stealing the game away from Ireland in the dying moments - the lads, joined by former Ireland International and expert analyst Bernard Jackman, dissect the game with an open cloth. Big Jim vents his frustrations with Scotland following their loss to Italy and we also look ahead to the final round of the Six Nations 2024. PLUS we're joined by England U20's captain & Leicester Tigers Young Gun, Finn Carnduff revealing the freak athletes next to hit the big time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/241h 19m

Episode 30 - Lost Vegas, England v Ireland Preview, Rumors Flying & Leicester's Dan McKellar

With one of the biggest games of the season coming up this weekend, the lads give some insight into the England camp ahead of their showdown with Ireland in Twickenham. Goodey gives his take on how he thinks England needs to play to have a chance against the form team in world rugby. We also take a look at Scotland's trip to Rome and what to expect from Wales v France. Goodey catches up with Leicester's head coach Dan McKellar, and the lads discuss what lessons Rugby can learn from NRL's successful outing in Las Vegas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/241h 11m

Episode 29 - Drama in Lille, England's Evolution, Scottish Stranglehold & Dan Biggar is Back

What a weekend. The drama! Loads to get through this week - what the hell happened in those closing moments down in France?! Scotland’s stranglehold on the Calcutta Cup & Ireland just dominating everyone. Plus our mate Dan Biggar is here! So settle back, enjoy, and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/241h 9m

Episode 28 - Calcutta Cup Preview, France Faulter & Zach Mercer on his England Exile

Massive weekend coming up in the Six Nations this week with the Calcutta Cup, Ireland looking to remain on course for the Slam, and France looking to recover some form. PLUS we’re joined by a number 8 who’s been tearing up trees for years but is seemingly stuck in England Exile… Zach Mercer. The lads also invite some new friends from the Army into the studio to review their recent performance in the trenches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/241h 13m

Episode 27 - Scottish Fury, England Find a Way, & Courtney Lawes joins the Pod

The lads are joined by England centurion Courtney Lawes this week as we pick the bones out of a painful and controversial last-gasp defeat for Scotland in Murrayfield. We’ll also take a look at an ugly but important win for England, some bright shoots for Wales, and a procession for Ireland in Dublin.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/241h 18m

Episode 26 - Scotland Scare, Ireland Impress, England Evolve? And Italy's Gladiator Michele Lamaro

How good is the Six Nations?! We’ll be analysing all the action from the first round including what was nearly one of the greatest Welsh comebacks of all time. With Scotland holding on for a rare win in Cardiff, Jim revels in the fact that Gregor's men are technically still on for the Slam. We'll take a look at an epic Irish win in France and how Shaun Edwards might be reacting, lick the f**in ball!!. We'll also take a look at whether we saw the start of England’s new era or just more of the same from Borthwick. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Italy skipper Michele Lamaro about growing up next to the Colosseum in Rome and life in the Italian camp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/241h 8m

Episode 25 - The Pod Gets Biggar with a Welsh Legend, Plus Springbok Giant, RG Snyman!

We've got a couple of big additions this week ahead of the start of the Six Nations, with Welsh legend Dan Biggar joining the lads to preview the tournament and give some incredible insight into Gats, the Welsh squad, who his favourite referee was, and playing against Finn, Sexton and Smith. We also look at how England should approach the tournament and if a new look attack might be on the cards. Plus, we're joined by the man mountain and one of the toughest looking buggers in the World, Springbok and Munster's RG Snyman, to talk about winning back to back Rugby World Cups, moving from Munster to Leinster, and ripping shirts off on a night out. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/241h 17m

Episode 24 - Rees-Lightening hits the U.S, All New Six Nations Captains and Toulouse' & England's Jack Willis

Hell of a week with lots of news as we near this year's Six Nations. The lads discuss LRZs big move to chase his dream in the NFL and what it means for rugby. We also take a look at another sport as Jim takes some credit for the new Saffa UFC World Champion Dricus Du Plessis. The lads give their take on the new Six Nations captains heading into this year's tournament, and we speak with Toulouse and England powerhouse Jack Willis about the Champions Cup, his international career ambitions, and his journey so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/01/241h 15m

Episode 23 - Six Nations Squads, Champions Cup Jeopardy & a Big Debut

With the Six Nations squads set to be announced, the lads get their hairy crystal balls out to predict what the England squad might look like, who's replacing Johnny Sexton and captaining Ireland, and what surprise names we might see in Scotland's squad. We’ll also be discussing all the best action from Round 3 of the Champions Cup and working out who might make it through to the knockout stages, in the final round of pool games this weekend. Plus we have a guest debut to step into Andy Rowe's size 7 loafers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/241h 8m

Episode 22 - New Year Predictions, Faz's Future, & Rugby League Legend Lee Radford

Happy New Year to the millions, we’re back for a big 2024! The lads will be getting their crystal ball out and giving their predictions for the year ahead, we'll be looking at Owen Farrell’s potential French Future, as well as taking a look at the best of the prem action this weekend and URC over the Christmas period. The lads will also be giving their reaction to the news the RPA will no longer be repping England internationals, plus we have a proper hard northern guest. Hull Rugby league Legend, and the man who has revolutionized Saints Defence Lee Radford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/01/241h 13m

Episode 21 - Christmas Finale, Johann van Graan on Bath & Boks, and Andy Rowe Says His Final Farewell

It's our last episode of the year and it's also Andy Rowe's grand finale as he moves back to New Zealand, so the lads reminisce on the past eight years, from cat food to fish food. We’ll also be looking at another hectic weekend of Champions Cup rugby as a few English clubs excelled again and a few other sides bounced back from disappointment in Round 1. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Bath boss Johann van Graan about their great start to the season, his Springbok ambition and his thoughts on RG Snyman.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/231h 7m

Episode 20 - Champions Cup Dream Team, Jim gets Tapped out by a UFC Superstar & Australia and Toulouse's Richie Arnold

The Champions Cup is back and even better. We’ll be reviewing a bumper opening weekend of rugby with six big wins for Premiership teams and some payback for Lesinter in La Rochelle. Jim was down in South Africa to watch Sarries play the Bulls in Pretoria, and he also drops in on UFC superstar Dricus Du Plessis who teaches him a thing or two about Mauling and Brawling. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Toulouse’s GIANT Australian second-row Richie Arnold after they thrash Cardiff.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/231h 8m

Episode 19 - Back From Army Bootcamp & Munster's Jean Kleyn Talks on his Journey from Ireland & South Africa

The lads are back from Bootcamp and reveal all about their Army experience in the trenches and flying Apache helicopters. We'll also be discussing the fallout from Owen Farrell’s decision to step away from international rugby for a period, looking at how Saracens struggled in his absence & discussing all of the Premiership & URC action. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Munster’s World Cup-winning Springbok second-row Jean Kleyn about his incredible journey. So, settle back, enjoy, and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/12/231h 16m

Episode 18 - Christmas Comes Early with Mathieu Raynal, Who's Got The Best Tash, and Where Is Itoje Going?

Can Christmas come too early? The lads get stuck into some high-brow debates about the festive period, as well as analysing who has the best and worst Movember tash. We’re joined by everyone's favourite French ref and Goodey's mate, Matthieu Raynal to chat about the World Cup, making mistakes, and reffing Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell. We'll also be analysing the latest in the Premiership & URC, including more pain for Bristol & Gloucester fans and a big Leinster/Munster clash at the Aviva, plus the lads chat about where Maro Itoje might be off to next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/231h 10m

Episode 17 - Derby Days, Jim's Special Day, & Scotland Captain Jamie Ritchie

We’re joined this week by Scotland skipper Jamie Ritchie to chat about his World Cup campaign, his painful injury, who was tougher between Ireland and the Springboks, and what next for him personally and for Scotland. We’ll also be looking at some huge news in Sevens as Dupont and Hooper announce their switch for the Olympics, and we'll be dissecting all the action from derby weekend in the Premiership, talking about a massive win for Connacht in the URC, and wishing Jim a very belated happy birthday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/231h 10m

Episode 16 - Ireland’s RWC Agony, Blood Boiling Decisions & Road to Redemption with Andrew Porter

It’s been a few weeks but the pain is still palpable - Ireland’s powerhouse prop Andrew Porter joins the lads to discuss the agony of another quarter final exit for the men in green, blood boiling officials' decisions and the arrival of a World Cup Winning Coach to Leinster. Plus Big Jim returns from his short hiatus and Andy Rowe has some big news… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/231h 9m

Episode 15 - Most Capped - Ben Youngs On England's World Cup Campaign, Borthers, Eddie Jones, The Bunker & 127 Caps

With the World Cup done and dusted, we’ve called in England’s most capped men’s international of all time Ben Youngs to talk us through his RWC campaign. We get the inside track on England’s World Cup camp, their run to the bronze medal, as well as looking back on Youngsy’s incredible international career. We also chat about the bunker system and take a look at all the latest Premiership action.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/231h 4m

Episode 14 - Rugby World Cup Wrap up, Awards Night & Nick Tompkins is Reunited with his Vice Captain

After seven weeks of drama, highs & lows, and some incredible entertainment, we have our Rugby World Cup champions. The lads look back at the final between the Springboks and All Blacks and give their take on where this Bok team and their coaches rank in the history of the sport. We look at the main decisions and talking points from the game. We're also joined by Wales and Sarries centre Nick Tompkins to reveal what went on in the Welsh World Cup camp and some of Gatland's secrets. He also spills the beans on who shouts at him more, Farrell or Biggar, and how to fix the club game. Lots more as usual, including looking back at England's bronze match and where to next for Borthwick, as well as reaction to the new global tournament, Eddie leaving Australia, and Marler snubbing Bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/231h 11m

Episode 13 - England's Semi Final Heartbreak, Springbok v All Blacks RWC Final Preview & World Cup Winner Francois Louw

After a heroic night in Paris from both teams, we’ll be chatting about a valiant but heart-breaking semi-final exit for England against South Africa and all the major talking points from the game, including scrums, referee decisions, substitutes, Rassie losing his head, the beef between the players, and where ultimately the game was won and lost. We'll also chat about a procession for the All Blacks against Argentina and look ahead to an all-southern hemisphere final in the company of World Cup-winning Springbok, Francois Louw. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/231h 9m

England & South Africa React to Thriller RWC Semi Final, and Ian Foster Responds to All Blacks Critics after Big Win

Two contrasting semi-finals, with a heartbreaking 1-point loss for England against the Springboks in Paris on Saturday, and an All Blacks demolition job against Argentina in the Friday evening semi-final. We hear from all the coaches and captains as they reflect on both games and the major talking points and controversies from each, and they look forward to the finals next weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/10/2323m 58s

Episode 12 - The Greatest Weekend of Rugby of All time - RWC Heartbreak and Heroes

How about one of the best rugby weekends of all-time?! A win for England and a semi-final to look forward to, but heart-breaking defeats for Wales, Ireland and France. We’ll be analysing the two epic quarter-finals in Paris in detail, including where Ireland fell short, what was said between the All Blacks and Ireland on the pitch post-game, and how Rassie and Jacques masterminded another Springbok knockout win. We'll also be looking at the other quarter-finals and what we can expect for the semi-finals next weekend. Finally, we're joined by Portugal captain Tomas Appleton after they stole everyone’s hearts in the pool stages, including his meeting with Ronaldo, and how many of the squad have been snapped up with professional contracts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/231h 13m

Borthwick Takes Shot at Doubters, Sexton & Farrell on Small Margins, All Blacks on Extra Motivation and Kolisi & Nienaber on Epic QF - RWC Best of the Press

The semi-finals have been decided so we hear from the coaches and captains after an incredible weekend of heroics and heartbreak. First up we hear from Andy Farrell and Johnny Sexton on where the game was lost and what next for this Ireland squad. Ian Foster and Sam Cane give their take on the extra motivation the All Blacks had for this game, and how they managed to knock the number one team in the world off their throne. We also hear from Warren Gatland after their loss to Argentina in Marseille. Steve Borthwick and Owen Farrell take shots at England’s doubters as they look forward to a semi-final against the Springboks, and Siya Kolisi and Jacques Nienaber respond to Dupont’s criticism of the referee and reflect on one of the all-time great quarter-final wins against the hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/10/2331m 26s

Episode 11 - Scotland Sent Packing, Samoa Nearly Surprise, Portugal Scintillate, QF Previews & Wales' Alex Cuthbert Reveals All

After all of Jim's positive chat, it was a sad case of all fart and no poo for Scotland as they went down to an impressive Ireland in their do-or-die game. We get the lads reaction and where to next. We’ll be chatting about that historic win for Portugal, the lucky escape for England & looking ahead to some mouth-watering quarter-finals. Goodey gives us a tasty bit of gossip from the England camp, plus we’re chatting to former Wales winger Alex Cuthbert about their World Cup and chances, LRZ, Gats' regime and their quarter-final against Argentina.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/231h 14m

Ruthless Ireland with Sexton & Farrell while Gatland & Borthwick look to Challenges Ahead - RWC Best of the Press

After the final round of the group stages, we hear from Andy Farrell & Johnny Sexton following their ruthless victory over Scotland. We also hear from a disappointed Gregor Townsend and Warren Gatland & Steve Borthwick look to the challenges ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/10/2325m 20s

Episode 10 - The Pressure is on! Pool Deciders & A Laughing Fijian is a Dangerous Fijian with Head Coach Simon Raiwalui

It's the final round of pool matches and the guys preview a huge showdown in Paris as Scotland prepares to try and achieve the incredible and knock out the number one team in the World. Goodey is all in on Ireland, whilst Jim maps out Scotland's potential route to victory. The lads also look at the other pool deciders and whether we might see any potential upsets as Italy looks to bounce back from an All black humbling, how England will line up against Samoa, and Argentina and Japan face off in another straight knock-out game. Plus we're joined by one of our favourite guests of the season in Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Fiji as they look set the create history against Portugal and go all the way in the World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/231h 7m

Episode 9 - Brutal Battle between Ireland & The Boks, Wales Wallop The Wallabies & Scotland Dream Big

The lads are pumped after one of the all-time great pool games between the Boks and Irish in Paris. We breakdown the game, where it was won and lost and where to next for both teams. We also take a look at Wales' massive win against the Wallabies and how impressive Gatland's squad looks going into the quarter-finals. Goodey goes in hard on Eddie Jones after a woeful campaign for the Wallabies and his toxic environment, and Jim gives his take on Scotland's performance against Tonga and how they look going into a couple do-or-die games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/231h 7m

Incredibly Tense Interview with Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland on Wales Win, Nienaber & Kolisi on Springbok Fixes, Sexton and Farrell on Ireland Victory - RWC Best Of The Press

We hear from Eddie Jones straight after Wales' victory as he answers questions on his position as head coach, the Wallabies performance, and whether he has been interviewing for the Japan head coach role whilst in camp. We hear from Warren Gatland after their impressive win and just how far Wales have come since the controversy and WRU challenges of a few months ago. Jacques Nienaber & Siya Kolisi give their thoughts on the game against Ireland, including their kicking shortcomings as well as the Irish breakdown and what needs fixing. We also hear from Andy Farrell and Johnny Sexton about their brutal battle, some special treatment from PSDT, and the epic support from Irish fans at Stade de France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/09/2324m 6s

Episode 8 - Fiji's Heroes, England Stay on Track and Ireland v Springbok Preview

The lads are fresh off their World Cup cruise and back in London and Paris after another quality weekend of Rugby World Cup action. The lads will be chatting about a historic win for Fiji, impressive performances from underdogs Portugal and Uruguay, another victory for England and Ireland, the return of Owen Farrell and looking ahead to the massive clashes next weekend between South Africa & Ireland and Wales versus Australia.  This epiosde is brought to you in partnership with Asahi Super Dry, the official Beer of the Rugby World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/231h 9m

Eddie Jones & Steve Borthwick - RWC Best Of The Press

We hear from Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick after round two of the Rugby World Cup. What went wrong for Eddie and the Wallabies against Fiji, and what next for England after a scrappy bonus point win against Japan (Getting better every day!!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/09/2311m 20s

Stephen Larkham - Australia's Greatest Drop Kick | Beyond Expected Series | Episode 5

We’re delighted to be joined by former Wallabies legend and World Cup winner Stephen Larkham for the final episode of our Beyond Expected Series. We hear about his iconic drop kick that helped win the World Cup for the Wallabies, his stellar career as a player and a coach, who makes his Kanpai XV, and lots more from one of Australia's most decorated players. The Beyond Expected Series is brought to you by Asahi Super Dry, the official beer of the Rugby World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/09/2334m 24s

Episode 7 - RWC Opening Weekend - Bok Legend Victor Matfield & England Are Back

And we are off! We’ll be rounding up everything from an epic opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, including England's win against Argentina, and Scotland's loss against the Boks. From the opening ceremony to a huge win for England and then the thriller to bring the curtain down on Sunday night. Plus, we’ll be chatting to Springboks legend Victor Matfield about the Boks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/09/231h 19m

Rugby World Cup Best of the Press - Steve Borthwick & Gregor Townsend

After round one, we hear from Steve Borthwick and Courtney Lawes after England's huge win against Argentina and George Ford's kicking masterclass. We also hear from Gregor Townsend and Jamie Ritchie after their disappointing first outing against the Springboks and where to next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/09/239m 28s

Michael Leitch - The Biggest Upset in Rugby World Cup History | Beyond Expected Series | Episode 4

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Rugby Pod Beyond Expected Series, presented by Asahi Super Dry, the official beer of Rugby World Cup 2023. This week, we’re delighted to be joined by a man who was involved in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history when Japan shocked the rugby World and beat South Africa. We'll hear how he came to be in Japan, captaining his team to a home quarter-final, and how he thinks Japan will do in France this year and beyond.  In this series we’ll be talking to legends of the game, as they tell stories from their career: the unexpected moments on the pitch, friendships and post-match beers shared off the pitch.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/09/2327m 44s

Episode 6 - Rugby World Cup 2023 - Here we Guuuu!! Predictions, Positivity, Pessimism.

It’s finally here so we’ll be looking ahead to the much anticipated start of the 2023 World Cup in France. We’ll look at all the home nations’ chances and analyse what might happen in the big games this opening weekend. So, settle back, enjoy, and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/2358m 58s

Felipe Contepomi - The Argentinian Maestro | Beyond Expected Series | Episode 3

We’re joined today by Argentina’s All-Time Leading Point Scorer. A World Rugby Hall of Famer who played a key role in securing the Puma’s 3rd Place finish at the Rugby World Cup in 07 and who will be hoping to play a key part in helping steer Michael Cheika’s Argentina to Rugby World Cup Glory in France this year, including their first game against England. We hear about what makes Argentina such a special team to play for, why they perform so well at World Cups, what it was like having Maradona in the dressing room, as well as his time at Leinster and relationship with Johnny Sexton and O'Driscoll. The Rugby Pod Beyond Expected Series, presented by Asahi Super Dry, official beer of Rugby World Cup 2023. Throughout this series, we’ll be talking to legends of the game, as they recount stories from their career: the unexpected moments that happened on the pitch, and the surprising connections, friendships and post-match beers shared off the pitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/08/2337m 49s

Episode 5 - The Flying Fijians, Flat-Footed England & All Blacks Legend Aaron Smith

With only ten days to go until RWC 2023 kicks off, we’ll be looking back at the final round of action in the Summer Nations Series and picking the bones out of a record win for a mighty-looking Springboks against New Zealand. We'll also look back at a proud and historic day for Fiji at Twickenham, a dark one for England fans, and where to next for both teams. Plus, we’ll be chatting to legendary All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith about their preparations for the tournament and leading the Haka. The Rugby Pod, brought to you by Asahi Super Dry, official beer of Rugby World Cup 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/231h 5m

Andrew Sheridan - Destroyer of Aussie Scrums & England's RWC 2007 Journey | Beyond Expected Series | Episode 2

We’re delighted to be joined by a man who famously dismantled a Wallaby scrum in 2007 to help England reach the unlikeliest of World Cup finals, former England front row Andrew Sheridan. Sheri is a man mountain and one of the toughest front rowers to ever play the game. He's also one of the nicest. We hear about his journey from back row to front row and how he changed the game for props. We also chat about what happened behind the scenes during England's infamous 2007 Rugby World Cup, what he's been up to since retirement and lots more. The Rugby Pod Beyond Expected Series, presented by Asahi Super Dry, official beer of Rugby World Cup 2023. Throughout this series, we’ll be talking to legends of the game, as they recount stories from their career: the unexpected moments that happened on the pitch, and the surprising connections, friendships and post-match beers shared off the pitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/08/2355m 7s

Episode 4 - Oh My Boks, England's Dodgy Discipline & Italy's Paolo Odogwu Wants a Cornetto

Another week, and another red. We’ll be taking a look at all the implications of Ireland's win over England in Dublin for both teams. We'll also run the rule over a scary Springbok performance in Cardiff as they put an inexperienced Welsh side to the sword. Plus, we’ll be chatting to Italy’s Paolo Odogwu about his journey to the World Cup with Italy and what's been happening in their World Cup camp.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/231h 6m

Stephen 'Beaver' Donald - Public Enemy No.1 to All Blacks Legend | Beyond Expected Series | Episode 1

Beaver is a New Zealand legend, but that wasn't always the case. We hear his incredible story firsthand, from the low of being blamed for a loss to the Wallabies pre-World Cup, to the high of getting a late call-up to the All Blacks and kicking the winning points at a home Rugby World Cup final and earning cult status. His story is the stuff of dreams and we hear it from the man himself. The Rugby Pod Beyond Expected Series, presented by Asahi Super Dry, official beer of Rugby World Cup 2023. Throughout this series, we’ll be talking to legends of the game, as they recount stories from their career: the unexpected moments that happened on the pitch, and the surprising connections, friendships and post-match beers shared off the pitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/2340m 23s

Episode 3 - Farrell Faces the Music, France Hold Out & Georgia's Merab Sharikadze Spots A Hedgehog

Another warm-up week down as we get closer to the RWC, and we’ll be running the rule over an impressive Scotland performance in France and one that got away for Wales at Twickenham. We'll discuss England's win at a hefty cost, and what next for England and Farrell. Plus, we’ll be chatting to Georgia captain Merab Sharikadze about their World Cup prospects and some insight into Graham Wigsvili and his party piece.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/231h 4m

Episode 2 - World Cup Squad Announcements, Cardiff Debrief, & England's Will Stuart Joins from Camp

Another week closer to the Rugby World Cup and the lads are joined by Will Stuart straight from England camp to get the inside track Borthwick's World Cup prep and how the team are feeling. We take a look at the game in Cardiff and discuss whether Wales have turned a corner under Gatland with things looking more positive. The lads will be discussing how Ireland fared as they got their World Cup warm-up games underway against Italy, as well as the big comeback for Scotland against France and their World Cup squad announcement. We’ll also be analysing the 33-man England squad that Steve Borthwick has picked for the tournament.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/231h 12m

Episode 1 - The Boys Are Back, Slimmer & Jimmer with a Rugby World Cup Squad Preview

Welcome back to Season 8 of The Rugby Pod. Big Jim, Goodey and Andy Rowe are back after a life-changing summer to dissect everything on and off the pitch. We'll be hearing about Goodey's monumental weight loss, as well as Jim's trip to Aspen, where he fell head over cowboy boots for Colorado, and bumped into Lance Armstrong. We'll also be taking a look at all the home nations' Rugby World Cup squads, and who will or who won’t make the cut for next month’s World Cup. We’ll also be discussing the warm-up matches that got underway at the weekend, as well as the latest in the Rugby Championship and Eddie Jones' very rocky start for the Wallabies. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/08/231h 8m

Episode 39 - The Big Season Finale, Goodey's Getting Abs & Jim Almost Lifts The World Cup

It's the final episode of the season and the lads are looking ahead to all things Rugby World Cup 2023 as well as giving us an update on the situation at London Irish. Plus, we hear all about Goodey's body transformation and some very special live shows coming up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/231h 9m

Episode 38 - Super Sarries, Mega Munster & Theo Dan Is Out On The Town

After a hell of a club season and plenty of ups and downs, the lads look back at all the key moments from the Premiership and URC finals with Sarries winning their sixth title, and Munster returning to winning ways in Cape Town after a tough few years. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Saracens hooker Theo Dan whilst out on Mad Monday celebrations after they won their sixth title at the weekend.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/231h 11m

Episode 37 - Battles, Beef & Behind the Scenes in Dublin, Prem & URC Final Previews, and Adam Radwan Joins the Baa-Baas

What a battle in Dublin. We’ll be picking the bones out of potentially the best and most brutal Champions Cup final ever between Leinster and La Rochelle. We hear what went on behind the scenes between the two bitter rivals, and what happened post-game with Goodey on the ground at the Aviva. We'll also be looking ahead to the URC final, Premiership final & the BaaBaas against a World XV at Twickenham. Plus, we’ll be having a chat with Newcastle, England & now Barbarians winger Adam Radwan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/231h 15m

Episode 36 - Munster Magic, Champions Cup Final Preview, & All Blacks Fitness Legend Nic Gill

What a weekend of action. The lads give their take on two of the best club games of the year in the URC semi-finals, as well as all the major talking points from the Prem semi-finals, with GMO not appy with some of the decisions. Plus, we’ll be speaking to legendary All Blacks Strength and Conditioning coach Nic Gill as he looks to get the lads in shape ahead of the Rugby World cup with his secret weapon. Enjoy!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/231h 17m

Episode 35 - A Royal Rugby Weekend, The Best Prem Imports & Connacht's Andy Friend

A quality episode this week as we’ll be looking at Steve Borthwick’s coaching lineup for the World Cup, a crazy finish to the regular season in the Premiership and a couple of big away wins in the URC play-offs. Plus, we’ll be chatting to Connacht Director of Rugby, Andy Friend about their phenomenal performance in Belfast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/231h 15m

Episode 34 - Champions Cup Semis, Grand Slammer Sadia Kabeya & Glasgee Make A Final

Big weekend of ruggers as we wrap up two huge Champions Cup semi-finals and another Grand Slam for England’s women in front of a record crowd at Twickenham. We'll be chatting to one of their players of the tournament, Sadia Kabeya. We also wrap up the Challenge Cup and pay tribute to some of the best one of club players in the game! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/231h 10m

Episode 33 - Twitter Fines, Saints' Fin Smith & The Beginning of the End of the Season

How would the Premiership Top 4 do in the URC? We’ll be rounding up the final round of the URC and the end of the playoff race in the Premiership. We’ll also be discussing Jack Nowell’s whopper fine and looking ahead to the Champions Cup semi-finals. Plus, we’ll be chatting to Northampton star Fin Smith after Saints’ confirmed their spot in the premiership playoffs. Enjoy and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/231h 15m

Episode 32 - Ashy Gets His Ton, A World XV and Prem Top Four Heats Up

As the premiership heats up, we pay tribute to the 'lovable rogue' Chris Ashton as he scores his 101st try this weekend in Leicester's win at Exeter, and the lads give their thoughts on how the final four might shape up. We also take a look at the URC with the big news at Leinster with World Cup-winning coach Jacques Nienaber set to join the Irish outfit next season and a couple of impressive performances in South Africa. Also, with the BaaBaas set to face the World XV, the lads pick their current starting lineup for an All-Star XV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/2356m 46s

Episode 31 - Jim's Back, South African Travel Pains & Ireland & Leinster's Jimmy O'Brien

Jim's back after taking a breather last week post Hong Kong to reveal what really went down at the world's loosest rugby tournament. The lads give their thoughts on the South African teams all getting knocked out of Europe and the travel challenges all teams are facing in the new cross-hemisphere competitions. We're also joined by Leinster and Ireland's Jimmy O'Brien to get some cracking insight on what's going on behind the scenes at Leinster and Ireland, as well as who was behind the camera when the Irish team crashed Gary Ringrose's house after the grand Slam. We also wrap up all the rest of the European action and look forward to some massive semi-finals! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/231h 10m

Episode 30 - Ben Youngs Jumps in for Jim, Bristol Bears' Semi Radradra & Champions Cup Wrap

Hong Kong has taken Jim, so we have a massive upgrade this week with England's most capped player of all time, Ben Youngs joining the Pod with Goodey. We hear about England camp under Borthers as well as life at Leicester. We're also joined by Bristol's Semi Radradra to talk about his incredible journey from working in a mine in Fiji, to being one of the best players on the planet. Lots more as we wrap up the Champions Cup quarterfinals and look towards the Semi finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/231h 5m

Episode 29 - Premiership Top Four Heats Up & London Irish Captain Matt Rogerson Joins the Pod

We turn our attention back to domestic rugby this week with Saracens and Quins playing in front of an incredible 55 thousand people at the Tottenham stadium. We look at how the top four is shaping up and speak to London Irish's Matt Rogerson about their strong season so far and what's changed in the squad compared to previous seasons. We also look at some of the major action from the URC including some big results for Glasgow and Scarlets, and preview the European Champions action this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/2359m 30s

Episode 28 - Six Nations Wrap Up & Grand Slam Celebrations with Finlay Bealham

Ireland Secure The Slam in Dublin on Paddy's weekend, so we chat to Finlay Bealham to find out how they marked the historic moment with a three-day celebration. The lads wrap up the final weekend of Six Nations action including a much improved England performance, some fight from Wales in Paris, and a nervous last few minutes in Edinburgh. We pick our player of the tournament and look at what's next and where each team is going into the World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/231h 10m

Episode 27 - England Get Le Crunched, Jim's New Tattoo & Italy's Paolo Garbisi

After a French shellacking at Twickenham, the lads give their take on what went wrong for England and Borthwick in their record Six Nations defeat against France, and what comes next ahead of a Paddy's Day Grand Slam showdown in Dublin between Ireland and England. We look back at Ireland's physical and at times chaotic win over Scotland, Wales' first win of the competition, and we're also joined by Italy's Paolo Garbisi to get an Italian take on where they are as a team and their ambitions for Edinburgh next weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/231h 9m

Episode 26 - Le Crunch with Freddie Steward, Triple Crown Decider in Edinburgh, and Wooden Spoon Showdown in Rome

We're joined by England's form player Freddie Steward to preview England v France this weekend and give us some insight on the England camp. The lads also preview Scotland and Ireland's Triple Crown decider in Edinburgh, and a wooden spoon shoot-out in Rome. Lots more including a couple of massive charity events for Hambo and Ed Slater, and we look forward to the home run of live shows in Belfast, Dublin and St.Patricks Day in London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/231h 12m

Bonus Interview - Sam Vesty enters The Andy Goode Suite

Sam Vesty played over 150 times for Leicester during one of the club's most successful periods, including winning a Premiership title in 2007. He also played for Bath before moving into coaching, where he's had successful stints at Worcester, England, and most recently Northampton Saints. We hear about his career on and off the pitch, his attacking coaching philosophy, and some of the hard lessons he learned on the famous Leicester Team bus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/03/2341m 3s

Episode 25 - England Take Cardiff, Henry Slade and Jack Nowell join the Pod and Scotland's Slam Slips Away

We're joined by England and Exeter duo Henry Slade and Jack Nowell this week to look back at England's win in Cardiff, the changing landscape at Exeter, life in England Camp under Borthers, their upcoming testimonial, and Jack's BaaBaas debut versus a World XV. The lads also chat about Gats first few games in charge and where Goodey thinks he needs to evolve. Jim gives his pitchside thoughts from Paris where Scotland's slam hopes slipped, but there's a lot to be optimistic about ahead of a Triple Crown showdown against Ireland in Edinburgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/231h 7m

Episode 24 - Welsh Legend Jonathan 'Jiffy' Davies on the Current Crisis, and Six Nations Round Three Preview

We're joined by Jiffy this week to get his thoughts on the current crisis engulfing Welsh rugby. He gives us a dose of common sense and outlines what the Union and players need to do to move forward from this saga. He also gives some strong opinions on what Wales needs to do on the pitch to get back to winning ways. We preview the next round of Six Nations as England travel to Cardiff and Ireland go to Italy, and we look forward to the big one in Paris between Scotland and France. Can Scotland remain on track for a potential historic Grand Slam?! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/231h 16m

Bonus Interview - Andrew Brace enters The Andy Goode Suite

Bracey enters the Andy Goode suite this week to chat about his remarkable journey from international player, to becoming one of the top international referees in World Rugby. He chats with Goodey about the highs and lows of his career both on and off the pitch. We hear about the challenges he faced after a controversial call in an England v France game, what he learned from the experience, what he thinks needs to change in the game, and ultimately how passionate and dedicated he is about his trade. He's a quality referee, and a top lad too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/2354m 7s

Episode 23 - The Greatest Six Nations Game and Andy Farrell's Emotional Ireland with Bernard Jackman

After a few weeks burning the candle at both ends the lads are feeling a little worse for wear... Nevertheless they break down all the action from round two of the Six Nations including an instant classic between Ireland and France, a first for Scotland winning back to back games in the opening rounds and the dour outlook for both England and Wales. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/231h 16m

Episode 22 - A Different Scotland, Unplayable Ireland & Calcutta Cup Winner Sione Tuipulotu

The lads are in great from after an unbelievable weekend of action in the Six Nations as well as live shows in Dublin and London. Jim and Goodey were both at Twickenham to watch Duhan's worldie of a try, so give their thoughts on the game, atmosphere and where it leaves England and Scotland for the rest of the tournament. We also get to hear from Sione Tuipulotu in the Scotland camp and chat through Gatland's first game back in charge for Wales against Ireland. We wrap up Italy and France and look forward to another hell of a weekend of action. How good to have the Six Nations back!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/231h 6m

Bonus Interview - Wales Attack Coach Alex King enters the Andy Goode Suite

Ahead of the Six Nations kicking off this weekend, Goodey sat down with the new Wales attack coach and former England, Wasps and Clermont out half, Alex King, to reminisce about his career and look forward to his new role under Warren Gatland. The lads chat about facing off against each other in the premiership, Alex's move into coaching in France and what Welsh fans can expect from their new coaching ticket. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/2339m 7s

Episode 21 - Super Six Nations Preview with Scotland's Gregor Townsend

It's almost here and we cannot wait! The first round of the Six Nations is upon us and we preview the Calcutta Cup with Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Gregor gives us some great insight into how the Scottish camp is preparing, whether he misses Eddie, his relationship with Finn and what rule changes he's like to see brought into the game. We also look ahead to a massive game in Cardiff with Gatland's first game back in charge against his old nemesis, Ireland. The lads give their thoughts on who will be this season's MVP and breakthrough player. We also chat about the latest developments with the tackle saga and why Goodey thinks Bill Sweeney's position has become untenable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/231h 16m

Episode 20 - 'Big Mack' Hansen, Tackle Height Controversy and Champions Cup Action

Another dramatic week in rugby with the RFU bringing in a new game-changing law for the grassroots game in England. The lads give their take and what it means for the future of the game. We're also joined by Ireland and Connacht's Mack Hansen ahead of the Six Nations to find out about his tattoos, loose nights out in Portugal and whether he wants to replace Johnny Sexton at ten. Lots more chat including a wrap-up of the final round of pool games in the Champions Cup, and a look ahead to some massive knockout games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/231h 11m

Episode 19 - Borthwick's First England Squad, Quins' Cadan Murley & Eddie Returns

We have a hell of a show lined up for you this week, we’ll be looking at Steve Borthwicks’ first England squad, Eddie Jones' shock return to international rugby, a hectic weekend of Champions Cup, and we’ll be having a chat to one of the most anticipated new England caps… Harlequins winger Cadan Murley. Settle back, enjoy, and make sure you’re subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/231h 23m

Episode 18 - All Blacks of the North with Gary Graham, Borthwick Borrows Evans and Owen Farrell in Hot Water

We're joined by salt of the earth and northern legend Gary Graham this week after Newcastle's record win over Leicester. He gives us some great insight into the Newcastle dressing room and their Argentinan contingent, as well as rumors of a two-tiered premiership. We chat about Borthwick's latest attacking appointment with Nick Evans joining from Quins and what this might mean for Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell. We also discuss whether England need to relax their eligibility rules and we give our take on some controversial calls over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/231h 15m

Episode 17 - New Year's Resolutions, Marler's Foul Mouth & Sir Chris Hoy

Our first show of 2023 and we set out our predictions and resolutions for the New Year on and off the pitch, including which bolters might make an impact going into a World Cup year. We're joined by six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy to chat about his love for rugby and his involvement in this year's Doddie Aid. The lads give their take on the controversy around Joe Marler and his ban for insulting Jake Heenan, and we wrap up the best of the festive action from the Premiership and URC. Don't forget to get your tickets sorted for our live Six Nations shows in London and Edinburgh in February. Just search for The Rugby Pod live shows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/01/231h 22m

Rugby Pod End of Year Alternate Awards

Some of the least coveted awards in rugby are back! We decide who had the biggest skidmarks in 2022, who's been horrible, who's been nice and who wins the Top Lad award. We also look back at some of the maddest moments of the year, pick our best referee and young gun as well as our highlight of the year. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/12/2217m 34s

Episode 16 - Secret Bad Santa, England Break the Bank for Borthwick & Champions Cup Controversy

We're in the studio for our Christmas party and the lads have gone all out with their thoughtful secret Santa gifts. Jim tells of the hardship of being in Tier 2 media and a run-in with an irate taxi driver ahead of the Lyon v Saracens game. We wrap up all the rest of the Champions Cup action, including the controversy in Ulster, Leinster trashing Gloucester shags and Ospreys with the upset of the weekend in France. We also react to the news that Borthwick will be England coach and what it means for England fans as well as Leicester tigers. Merry Christmas everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/221h 4m

Episode 15 - What's Next for England, Exeter's Olly Woodburn and Turkeys & Dildos

After one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent memory, we chat about the fallout from Eddie's sacking and where to next for England and the RFU. We're also joined by Exeter's Ollie Woodburn this week after their big win in Castres. We get some insight into what's made Exeter so successful in recent years as well as some changes rugby needs to make to remain relevant. The lads also give some hints ahead of their Secret Santa and next week's Rugby Pod Christmas party. No dildos or Turkeys will be harmed next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/221h 20m

Jiffy - Jonathan Davies chats with Jim Hamilton

We're joined by Welsh royalty this week with former dual code Welsh international, and now pundit, Jonathan Davies joining us to chat about his stellar career, life after rugby and being one of the ost recognized voices in rugby. From playing in the very first Rugby World Cup, to ducking for cover on a pitch in Papua New Guinea with cans of tear gas flying over his head, Jiffy has had a hell of a career. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/2257m 0s

Episode 14 - Warren G returns, Eddie's Exit & England's Mike Brown

A massive week in the rugby world with Warren Gatland returning to regulate Wales, and Eddie Jones on the brink of being sacked by the RFU after a very poor November series. We cover both and we're joined by former England fullback Mike Brown this week to get his thoughts on Warren and Eddie, as well as his times with the Baa-Baas and Scott Robertson. We wrap up some of the Prem and URC action and look forward to a big weekend of European rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/221h 20m

Episode 13 - Doddie Weir Tribute, South Africa's Peter de Villiers & Eddie's not Ok

The lads pay tribute to the great Doddie Weir who very sadly passed away over the weekend after his MND battle. One of the great characters of the game, he will be sorely missed by everyone in the rugby world. We're joined this week by former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to review South Africa's win over England and get his take on Rassie, the Autumn series and his lifelong ambition to coach the Baa-Baas with Jim. We also wrap up the Autumn series for England and Wales and discuss where to next for both teams and their under-fire coaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/221h 16m

Back from the Brink - Rhys Thomas chats with Jim Hamilton

In April 2012, former Welsh prop Rhys Thomas retired from rugby following a heart attack during training. In this chat, Rhys tells Jim the crazy story of what led him to that point, including his struggles with alcohol, drugs, addiction and mental health. We hear about the challenges he faced, how close he came to death on several occasions, and how he eventually overcame his deamons. His story is inspiring and an important message during the month of Movember. It's a hell of a story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/221h 22m

Episode 12 - The Marcus Smith Show, New Zealand's Scotty Stevenson, & Woeful Wales

We're joined this week by one of the best rugby broadcasters in the business, Scotty 'Sumo' Stevenson, to review an epic game at Twickenham between England and the All Blacks. Scotty gives us his take on Scott Robertson potentially coaching England, what's gone wrong in New Zealand behind the scenes, what rugby needs to get right, and just how big Any Rowe actually is back in New Zealand. We chat about Georgia's historic win in Cardiff and where Wales go from here. We also hear from a hungover Finn Russell on the tarmac at Edinburgh airport after a big win against Argentina and round off Ireland's unbeaten Autumn Nations Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/221h 24m

Episode 11 - England's Jack van Poortvliet, Murrayfield Musings and & Italy's Triumph

We take a look back at a hell of a weekend of international rugby, with Scotland falling just short against the All Blacks, England redeeming themselves against a disappointing Japan, and Italy providing the highlight of the weekend with a huge upset against Australia. We also round up the other games in Cardiff, Dublin and Paris, and look forward to England's massive game against the All Blacks next weekend, with England's new number 9 Jack van Poortvliet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/11/221h 16m

Rugby Players Association - Christian Day chats with Jim Hamilton

Christian Day is Head of Player Affairs for the Rugby Players Association. He joined the RPA after 17 seasons as a professional rugby player, including stints at Sale, Stade Francais and Saints. The RPA is the representative body of professional rugby players in England, and represents more than 800 male and female current rugby players. In this chat, Jim asks Christian about some of the work RPA does as well as the challenges the union faces and some of the criticism the RPA receives from current players. It's a candid chat and gives an insight into what the RPA is trying to achieve, how it goes about it, and what the future holds for the game and players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/2253m 25s

Episode 10 - Eddie Jones' Dictatorship and Loose Dan Leavy

Following England's shock defeat to Argentina on Sunday, the lads dissect Eddie Jones' side with an open cloth to work out where it went wrong for them. We run through all the games from the weekend's Autumn Nations Series action and catch up with former Ireland back row Dan Leavy to get his take on Ireland's victory over the Springboks. The Fanzo Pint Predictor returns, Jim and Goodey give their predictions for the results of this weekend's Autumn Nations series games and we look ahead to how England can hope to bounce back against Japan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/221h 19m

Episode 9 - The Werewolf, Autumn Series Preview & Wallabies' Nic White

This week we're joined by Wallabies Scrum Half and friend of the show Nic White following his side's narrow victory over Scotland on Saturday. Hear exactly what went down at the end of that game as well as an emotional account of the backlash Nic received following his incident with Faf De Klerk earlier this year. The lads look ahead to the first full weekend of games in the Autumn Nations Series and give their predictions for how those results will go. Jim and Goodey review the highlights from the Gallagher Premiership including more refereeing controversy and red cards in another dramatic weekend of domestic action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/221h 10m

From Outside Centre to Love Islander - Jay Younger chats with Jim Hamilton

Something a bit different this week as Jim sits down with reality star and former rugby player and now fan, Jay Younger. Jay was working as an investment analyst when he was approached and cast to be on Love Island 2022. In this chat, we hear how we went from playing rugby and competing at national level in the 400 meters, to being involved in one of the most-watched reality T.V shows of all time. Jay tells us what really happens behind the scenes at Love Island, how contrived the show felt, and how he felt manipulated by producers to fit their narrative. We also hear about his relationships with other contestants and the pressure he felt coming out of the villa. There are lots of parallels between Jim and Jay's experiences being in the spotlight. It's a really interesting chat between two men at the top of their game, enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/221h 17m

Episode 8 - Cameron Redpath & Don't Brush Your Teeth in SA!

This week we're joined by Bath and Scotland centre Cameron Redpath after his side got their first win of the season against Northampton on Saturday and as he enters Scotland camp. The lads chat through the England and Scotland squads for the Autumn Nations Series and give their predictions for the first weekend's results. We also discuss all the weekend's action from the Premiership and URC and finally, Jim's poor dental hygiene comes good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/221h 11m

Episode 7 - Wasps - The Full Story with CEO Stephen Vaughan

Following the announcement that they have gone into administration, we're joined by Wasps CEO Stephen Vaughan to discuss how his team became the second Premiership side this season to fall. The lads chat through the exciting inclusions in Eddie Jones' England squad for the Autumn Nations Series as well as the shock omissions. We run through all the action from the Premiership and URC as both Sale and Saracens make it 5 wins from 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/10/221h 23m

Episode 6 - Super Sunday plus Springbok and Stormer, Evan Roos

After another round of drama on and off the field in the Premiership, the lads discuss what the future holds for Worcester and Wasps, as well as picking apart the red cards for Jacob Umaga and Mako Vunipola. We're joined by Stormers and Springboks Number 8 Evan Roos who tells us how he's finding life on tour in Europe. We round up the URC action and Goodey has his say on who will make the semi finals of the Champions Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/221h 8m

Man of Steel - Sam Tomkins chats to Jim Hamilton

Sam Tomkins is a rugby league legend, having won the coveted 'Man of Steel' award twice, as well as three Super League Grand Finals. He's the current captain of England going into the Rugby League World Cup. In this chat, Sam talks about his stellar career and what molded him into one of the all-time greats. We also hear some cross-over stories about Shaun Edwards' coaching, Sam filling in Chris Ashton, and why Owen Farrell could have been the greatest League player in the last ten years. Lots more great chat from a genuinely top lad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/2248m 33s

Episode 5 - Red Rose Hannah Botterman, New Dog & New Business Venture

Ahead of their World Cup campaign, we catch up with England prop Hannah Botterman as the Red Roses enter the tournament as clear favourites. We run through all the Gallagher Premiership action in another weekend of tries galore. Jim and Goodey give their thoughts on George Skivington's comments around player salaries and we round up the action from round 3 of the URC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/221h 13m

The Youngs Brothers - Ben & Tom Youngs chat with Jim Hamilton

We're joined by two Leicester Tigers legends in Tom and Ben Youngs. The brothers have been one club men, having spent their entire careers at Tigers. They represented England and the British and Irish Lions, with Ben also becoming England's most capped men's player of all time in 2022. In this chat ahead of their testimonial in London, the lads open up on their careers, their highs and lows on and off the pitch, and some of their favourite memories. Leicester legends, the pair of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/221h 11m

Episode 4 - Worcester's Ollie Lawrence and Hoggy's Hairdressing Howler

We caught up with Worcester and England centre Ollie Lawrence to hear how the players have been impacted by the ongoing situation at the club ahead of the seemingly inevitable announcements that came on Monday evening. Jim and Goodey review Eddie Jones' England training squad ahead of the Autumn Nations Series, and go through the notable inclusions and omissions. We run through all the Premiership and URC action in a weekend packed full of drama, tries and refereeing controversy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/09/221h 7m

Episode 3 - Sonny Bill McCloskey & Goodey's Unlikely New Best Mate

After a hugely controversial penultimate week of the rugby championship with Mathieu Raynal thrust into the spotlight over his refereeing of the Bledisloe Cup, we review the events that led up to the incident. Goodey seemingly breaks tradition and sides with the Frenchman and explains how Bernard Foley cost Australia the game. We're joined by Ulster and Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey after his outrageous offload in his side's season opener against Connacht. The lads also round up all the premiership action and give an update on the ongoing situation at Worcester. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/09/221h 5m

Media Mogul meets Media GOAT - David Flatman chats with Jim Hamilton

The chat the rugby world has been waiting for. Two heavyweights give their opinions on the game they love. David Flatman has become one of the most respected voices in rugby since his retirement ten years ago. In this wide-ranging chat, the lads give their opinion on some of the most topical issues facing our sport. We get two very different perspectives at times, amongst plenty of laughs and memories, from two of the most engaging characters in rugby. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/09/221h 22m

Episode 2 - Adam Hastings and Jim's Jake White Cock-up

This week the lads are joined by Gloucester and Scotland Fly Half (and the whitest tegs in rugby) Adam Hastings after his side turned around their biggest ever deficit to beat Wasps 27-21 on Sunday. Jim and Goodey round up all the action from the first weekend of the Premiership season, including Gengey's phenomenal performance for Bristol. We look ahead to the start of the URC and Jim's got a confession to make... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/221h 7m

Episode 1 - The Pod Returns & Worcester's Warrior, Steve Diamond

We're back with a bang for season 7 of The Rugby Pod! The lads are joined by Worcester Warriors' Director Of Rugby Steve Diamond to give an update on the precarious situation the club finds itself in. We discuss the difficult position English rugby is in and how Premiership Rugby can help prevent other clubs from following Worcester's path. Jim and Goodey also run through all the action from the off-season including some Northern Hemisphere success during the summer tours and a hugely competitive Rugby Championship. We look ahead to a huge season in the Premiership as the lads pick who they believe will be the top 4 and bottom 3 teams come May next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/221h 15m

Brian Mujati - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

Brian Mujati was one of the most sought-after props in World Rugby. Born in Zimbabwe, Brian's life story is incredible, with a career that spanned playing professionally in South Africa for the Springboks, before playing club rugby in England, Wales and France. We hear about his journey, his successes, as well as his struggles both on and off the pitch in this engaging chat. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/09/2249m 50s

Deano on Worcester and Welsh Regions - Dean Ryan chats with Jim Hamilton

Following the recent media storm around Worcester's financial situation, Big Jim chats to former Worcester Director of Rugby Dean Ryan to get his thoughts on the precarious position the club finds itself in. With his current role as DoR at The Dragons, Dean explains how the Welsh Regions are building towards a move away from the WRU and how they hope to fare in the URC this season. As one of England's most successful coaches, Dean also gives his opinion on who Eddie Jones' successor should be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/2251m 32s

Andy Powell - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

In this episode, we chatted to Welsh legend Andy Powell about his career, his high points, low points, and plenty of big nights out in between. Powelly is one of rugby's biggest characters on and off the pitch and he tells some incredible stories involving playing for Gats, playing against Bakkies Botha, and playing with the likes of Mike Phillips. We also hear about him flipping Pizza tucks and of course the full story unedited story behind the golf buggy. Enjoy, he tells a hell of a yarn! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/2240m 14s

The Fight of his Life - Ed Slater & Sam Raven chat with Jim Hamilton

In July 2022, Gloucester and former Leicester second row Ed Slater was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 34 and forced to retire from professional rugby. In this episode, Jim and Gloucester Team Manager and good friend, Sam Raven, chat with Ed about coming to terms with the life-changing diagnosis and the impact it's had on him, his family, and friends. It's an emotional and inspiring chat, but one filled with plenty of laughs as the guys also reflect on their recent 350-mile charity cycle which raised over 300k for MND charities and research. We wish Ed all the very best and you can support Ed and follow him on his journey via Instagram @4edfundraising or Twitter: @edslater Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/221h 13m

Joe Marler - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

In the very first episode of Rugby Pod sessions, Andy Rowe interviewed Joe Marler during one of his preseasons at Quins and found out a bit more about the England and British and Irish Lions prop. From how he got into rugby, all the way to the "pinnacle" of his career, sitting on the wet tarmac in Wellington Harbour eating a late-night snack, we got an insight into one of the biggest characters in the modern game. We also hear a few cracking stories from the Lions Tour and the mid-week Veg, including sinking pints with Rory Best, an awkward match review session with George Kruis, and an expensive game of credit card roulette. Enjoy!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/2243m 14s

Concussion - Professor Bill Ribbans chats with Jim Hamilton

Dr. Bill Ribbans is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Trauma Consultant, and one of the highest regarded specialists in sports medicine. He has treated some of the world's best sports stars, including Michael Schumacher, Usain bolt, Jessica Ennis and countless rugby players. He is now at the forefront of concussion research and debate in rugby, working with Progressive Rugby to help advance the safety of the sport for all involved. In this chat, Bill and Jim discuss some very sensitive topics with the aim of better understanding the challenges around concussion in our sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/221h 13m

The Man with the Pen - Simon Cohen chats with Jim Hamilton

In this episode, Jim chats to the person who signed his first major professional contract, Simon Cohen. Between 2005 and 2020, Simon was head of operations for Leicester, before moving on to become their CEO for eight years. During this time, he helped Leicester become one of the most successful clubs in the game, winning four premiership titles during his time at the club and helping identify and produce some of England's greatest ever players (as well as Scotland's finest brawler). Jim and Simon chat about the growth of the game during that period, where they see the game going, as well as reminisce on some of their glory days at Tigers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/2251m 59s

The Rise & Fall of Max Guazzini - Rugby's Greatest Ever Owner - Rugby Pod Stories

This is the incredible true story of Max Guazzini, the former flamboyant French owner of Stade Français, who spent over €30 million and took the team from the 4th division to five-time champions of France before fraud and bankruptcy threatened it all. Naked calendars, hot tubs with Madonna, audacious kits, gladiatorial pre-match entertainment, tragic suicide, and fallouts, we speak to the players who experienced the amazing and tumultuous journey firsthand, including James Haskell, Ben Keyser, and Ollie Phillips. We also track down Max himself to hear his side of the remarkable story. If you enjoy this episode, please share it with friends and let us know on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/2253m 41s

Razor - Scott Robertson chats with Jim Hamilton

In this episode, Jim's joined by one of the most successful and popular coaches in the game, Crusaders Head coach, Scott 'Razor' Robertson. During this chat, it's easy to see why Razor is held in such high regard both in New Zealand and throughout the game. We hear about his coaching philosophy, how he gets the best out of his players, his international ambitions for the future, his Rugby World Cup goals, his relationship with Eddie Jones and Ronan O'Gara, and of course, the art of breakdance. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/2243m 40s

A Wall Street Shark - Marco Masotti chats with Jim Hamilton

In this episode, Jim travels to the bright lights of New York City to interview the new owner of The Sharks, Marco Masotti. Marco's successful background and experience in private equity and law give him a great perspective on why more people are looking to invest in rugby and why the future is potentially very bright for the sport. He talks about his investment in The Sharks and the potential for The URC. He also gives his thoughts on what teams, unions, administrators and players need to do to help the game evolve and compete on a global scale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/2249m 50s

Ref's Call - Luke Pearce Chats with Jim Hamilton

One of the best refs in the game sits down with Jim this week to give us an unprecedented look into what it's like being an elite rugby referee in the professional era. We get a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes both personally and professionally for the man in the middle. Luke opens up on the pressures of being a referee as well as the good and bad that comes with the job, including training, being assessed, dealing with social media, ref socials and of course the engagement with fans and players. We all know refs have a tough job, but this episode really puts it into perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/221h 24m

Drew Mitchell - Chats with Jim Hamilton

With England on tour in Australia, we take the opportunity to check in with Jim's good mate and former Wallaby legend Drew Mitchell. The lads chat about the series so far, Eddie Jones, the state of the game in Australia, Drew's time in France, and what rugby can do to help raise its profile around the world. cvKVmXWHa7SY4Dha0N1x Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/221h 6m

Rugby Pod Stories - Poisoned - 1995 World Cup Final

Welcome to Rugby Pod Stories. In this new short series, we explore some of the most iconic moments in the history of rugby by speaking to the people who were there. In this first episode, we explore what happened to the New Zealand team ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final in South Africa, with first-hand accounts from players, coaches, doctors, media managers and journalists. Were the All Blacks poisoned ahead of the final? What effect did this have on the team? And if they were deliberately poisoned, who could have been responsible? We look at some of the possible scenarios by speaking to the main protagonists from both sides. If you enjoy this episode, please let us know on social media or share it with friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/2248m 2s

The Youngest Coach - Roddy Grant chats to Jim Hamilton

Roddy Grant played 138 times for Edinburgh before moving into coaching for the club. In 2019 he moved to Ulster where he is now their forwards coach and the youngest coach in the URC. In this epiosde, Jim and Roddy chat about where their careers overlapped and where they diverged. He also gives some insight into his mentality and techniques as a coach, including the importance of judo, loyalty, and how to measure success. We also hear about his upbringing in Botswana, his Scottish career and becoming an Iron man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/221h 5m

Episode 39 - Tiger Tears and Australia's Andrew Kellaway

It's the last episode of the season and we're joined by The Wallabies' Andrew Kellaway ahead of England's three-match series down under. We also review an incredible premiership final as friend of the show Freddie Burns slots the winning drop goal to clinch a first Premiership title for Leicester in nine years. Jim and Goodey discuss the URC final which saw The Stormers take the title in the all-South African game. We look ahead to the summer tours as the Northern Hemisphere sides travel south for the first time since 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/221h 16m

Episode 38 - Super Faz's Saracens and The Stormers' John Dobson

Following a massive weekend of semi-finals in the Premiership and URC, the lads chat through all four games from this weekend. After an emotional day at Welford Road, we discuss Leicester's chances as they face a battle-hardened Saracens in the final after their fierce encounter with Harlequins. We're joined by The Stormers' Head Coach John Dobson to find out how his side managed to overcome Ulster to become part of the all-South African final of the URC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/221h 20m

Conditioning a Champion - James Parkes chats with Jim Hamilton

After a successful playing career at Gloucester and Saracens, James Parkes went on to become a key cog in Exeter's success story. He was lead coach for Strength and Conditioning under Rob Baxter for 9 years and helped Exeter become one of the most successful teams in premiership history. James and Jim chat through their overlapping careers and journeys, what helped make Exeter so successful over the last ten years and what's next both personally and professionally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/2256m 43s

Episode 37 - André Esterhuizen, Rassie's Twitter Hack & The Pish Mop

This week we're joined by Harlequins and South Africa centre André Esterhuizen as we preview his side's Premiership semi-final London derby against Saracens. We also discuss the other semi-final as top of the table Leicester face Northampton in the East Midlands derby, Jim and Goodey run through all the results from across the premiership this weekend and look ahead to the semi-finals of the URC this weekend too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/221h 13m

Episode 36 - Marseille Magic with O'Gara and Freddie "Noodle" Clarke

After La Rochelle toppled a seemingly unbeatable Leinster side, Jim and Goodey discuss where O'Gara's side won the game and where Leinster fell short. We also chat with former Leinster and Scotland second-row Nathan Hines ahead of his upcoming challenge. We're joined by Gloucester's Freddie Clarke ahead of their huge final game of the regular season, and discuss the massive task ahead of them in securing a place in the semi-finals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/221h 10m

The Championship - Ben Gulliver chats with Jim Hamilton

In this episode, Jim chats with a fellow Covskin and a Championship stalwart Ben Gulliver about his career and life playing in the second tier of English rugby. Ben played over 300 times in the championship and experienced the highs of playing alongside his hero, Zinzan Brooke, to the lows of having to undergo 21 operations. The guys chat through the challenges the league faces in terms of funding and supporting players, but also the importance of the competition whilst taking a trip down memory lane when their careers overlapped. Ben is also a big supporter of the women's game and talks about how he sees it evolving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/221h 5m

Episode 35 - Derby Days and Dodgy Thyroids

As the regular season enters its final rounds, we look back at the weekend's action in the URC ahead of the quarter finals in 2 weeks time. Jim and Goodey also run through the results from across the Premiership and look ahead to how the semi-finals will likely shape up. We preview this weekend's Champions Cup Final as La Rochelle face favourites Leinster on Saturday. Following Jim's surgery last week, the lads discuss their plans for some self improvement under the knife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/221h 6m

Episode 34 - Bernard Jackman & What Salary Cap?!

With the semi-finals of both the Champions and Challenge cups all wrapped up, we review all the weekend's games and look ahead to the finals in a couple of weeks time. Jim and Goodey are joined by former Leinster and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman to discuss why Leinster are such a dominant force in European rugby. After the final two English teams crashed out of Europe, the lads discuss how they seem unable to compete at this level with the current Premiership salary cap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/221h 12m

Life After Rugby - Welsh Legend Shane Williams chats with Jim Hamilton

We're joined by one of the all-time greats in Shane Williams to chat about his transition to life after rugby. It's Mental Health Awareness Week, so this episode takes an intimate look into the lives of Shane and Jim as they struggled with certain aspects of life after rugby. They discuss the highs of their careers and professional rugby, and what tools helped them cope and come to terms with some of the lows and challenges that they faced and that many people face on a daily basis like loneliness, anxiety and finding the right support network. To find out more about any of the topics discussed on this podcast, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/2242m 13s

Episode 33 - Finn Russell The Magician and We're Back in Studio!

Our long-awaited return to studio is finally here and what a studio it is. Coming to you from Spotify HQ, we're joined by Scotland and Racing 92 fly half Finn Russell following his side's Champions Cup Quarter final victory over Sale Sharks on Sunday. The lads run though all the European fixtures from last weekend and look ahead to the semi finals this week. Jim and Goodey give their predictions for those games as well as their thoughts on the so-called "Nations Championship" which has been in the news again this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/05/221h 16m

Episode 32 - The Mongrel Mob - Leicester & Leinster's Shane Jennings

This week, Jim and Goodey are joined by former Ireland, Leinster and Leicester back row Shane Jennings to look ahead to his two former clubs facing off in the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter final this weekend. The lads predict the winners of all the Champions Cup Quarter Finals as well as running through last weekend's Premiership fixtures which saw a whopping 409 points scored across all 6 games. We discuss the constant battle that is the global season and Jim puts forward his argument for summer rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/221h 18m

The Future of the Game - Mark Evans Chats to Jim Hamilton

Former CEO of Harlequins, Saracens, Melbourne Storm and Global Rapid Rugby, Mark Evans sits down with me to give his take on everything from how to grow the game, ring-fencing, salary caps, a global season and what rugby union can learn from other successful sports leagues and teams around the world. It's a great chat with someone who has been at the very top of the game, with a huge amount of experience. Enjoy and if you find it interesting, please give it a share! Cheers. Big Jim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/221h 3m

Episode 31 - Harlequins' Huw Jones and Steve Borthwick's Party Trick

After a Harlequins' crucial win over Leicester Tigers on Saturday, we're joined by Man of the Match and Scottish international Huw Jones to chat about life at Quins and his hopes of a return to international duty. With the playoffs drawing closer, Jim and Goodey give their predictions of who will join Leicester and Saracens in the top 4. The lads introduce our brand new segment that'll see YOU, the listeners, joining us live on the pod to tell us your stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/221h 17m

Episode 30 - Camels Passing in the Night and Graham O'Wig Rowntree

With the Champions Cup round of 16 complete, we run through all of the results from the second leg of games over the weekend. We're joined by Munster's forwards coach and soon-to-be Head Coach Graham Rowntree to get his reaction to their victory over Exeter on Saturday. Jim and Goodey chat through some of the 26 cards shown by referees over the weekend and look ahead to some huge clashes in the quarter-finals next month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/221h 11m

Team Bramilton - Kelly Brown chats with Jim Hamilton

Welcome to some extra podcast interviews with Big Jim. In this episode, Jim chats with one of his best mates and former Scotland and Sarries back-row Kelly Brown about their life on and off the pitch. In this new series, we'll be chatting with a mix of current and former players, coaches, decision-makers, influencers and interesting characters throughout the game. Hope you enjoy and let us know who you would like to hear from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/04/2255m 16s

Episode 29 - Rigs Out in Dubai & Ulster's Mike Lowry

After a huge first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions Cup, Jim and Goodey are joined by Ulster and Ireland full-back Mike Lowry following their huge away win at Champions Toulouse on Saturday. The lads round off all the weekend's fixtures and look ahead to yet another massive weekend of games in Europe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/221h 10m

Episode 28 - Ollie Hassell-Collins and Jim's Career Ending Night Out

Fresh from their victorious night at the Sports Podcast Awards, the lads are joined by London Irish winger Ollie Hassell-Collins to discuss his prolific try-scoring form and how his time with England has left him hungry for a first cap. We review the weekend's action from the Premiership and URC, and look ahead to the last 16 of the Champions Cup, previewing a huge set of fixtures this weekend. The lads share their Champions Cup war stories and Jim opens up about his final game and the subsequent night out that ended his playing career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/221h 8m

Episode 27 - A Real Scottish Legend - Emma Wassell & Eddie Jones' Succession Planning

The lads respond to the RFU's latest announcement around Eddie Jones' successor and have their say on who they think will be the next coach at the helm for England. We're joined by Scotland second row Emma Wassell to hear the inspiring story of how she got into rugby, the disparity between England and seemingly everyone else in the women's game and the part that funding plays in that. With the Guinness Six Nations all wrapped up, we turn our attention back to The Premiership as Leicester secure their place in the Semi-Finals and friend of the show Chris Ashton equals the premiership try-scoring record.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/221h 7m

Episode 26 - Italia's Kieran Crowley, Guinness, Kebabs and Empty Tanks

After an action-packed final weekend of the Guinness Six Nations which saw France's Grand Slam win overshadowed by Italy's dramatic victory in Cardiff, we run through all the action from Super Saturday. We catch up with the man who masterminded Italy's win Kieran Crowley, and find out about the post match celebrations after the flight home. Jim and Goodey give their thoughts on the RFU's statement after England won just two of their five games for the second year in a row, and the lads look ahead to the home nations' summer tours in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/221h 2m

Episode 25 - Shaun Edwards 'Smash 'Em' and A Night With Contessa Titti Von Tramp

Heading into the final weekend of the Guinness Six Nations, we catch up with France defence coach Shaun Edwards ahead of his side's Grand Slam decider against England on Saturday. We round up all the weekend's Six Nations action and discuss whether Charlie Ewels' red card just 82 seconds into England's game against Ireland was the right call. Jim recounts Thursday in Belfast where he bumped into a familiar face for the first time in 15 years... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/221h 2m

Episode 24 - Record Breaker Ben Youngs and Jim's Ointment

As we approach the final stretch of the Six Nations, we're joined by England's most capped men's player of all time, Ben Youngs from inside the England camp to chat about his incredible career and life as a more "senior" member of the squad. We preview all the games in the penultimate round of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations and give our MatchPint predictions for them. Jim and Goodey cover last weekend's action from the Premiership and URC including some controversial collisions and red cards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/221h 8m

Episode 23 - Stockdale, Harley-Davidsons and Refereeing Controversies

After a dramatic Round 3 of the Guinness Six Nations, we run through the refereeing controversies in all the games, and take a look at the law which led to Italy facing a full-strength Ireland with 13 men for most of their game in Dublin. We're joined by Irish wing Jacob Stockdale to discuss Ireland's tournament so far and their prospects heading into next year's World Cup, as well as getting an update on his injury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/221h 5m

Episode 22 - Ryan Jones, Shane Bryne and Sucking The Mauler's Toe

It's a home nations special this week as Jim and Goodey are joined by former Welsh skipper Ryan Jones and Ireland's best lid Shane Byrne. We preview England's first home game of the Six Nations with Ryan Jones and discuss Eddie Jones' potential selections as well as getting some insight into the state of rugby in Wales. The lads run through the weekend's Premiership results and predict the scores for round 3 of The Guinness Six Nations. Shane Byrne drops in to chat about this year's upcoming England vs Ireland legends game, and Jim even angles for a call-up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/221h 14m

Episode 21 - France's Paul Willemse and Ben Youngs' Sick Bag

Big Jim and Goodey are joined by France's second-row Paul Willemse to discuss their unbeaten start to the Six Nations, and find out more about how he went from dreaming of playing for The Springboks to being one of the best locks in the world for France. We also run through England's victory over Italy in Rome as Marcus Smith steers his side back on course, and dissect how Wales managed to topple "title favourites" Scotland in Cardiff.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/221h 11m

Episode 20 - Scotland's Hero Darcy Graham and What Went Wrong For England

After an explosive Six Nations opening weekend which saw Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for the first time in nearly 40 years, we're joined by the man at the centre of the most influential moments in that game, Darcy Graham. We also unpick where it went wrong for England and discuss Scotland's grand slam hopes. Jim and Goodey run through Ireland's convincing victory over Wales as well as Italy's much-improved performance despite their loss to title favorites France. We give our predictions for the results of this weekend's games and discuss whether or not Manu Tuilagi could make his return to the England squad in time for their trip to Rome. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/221h 11m

Episode 19 - Captain Biggar and a Scottish Grand Slam?!

With the Guinness Six Nations finally upon us, we catch up with Wales fly-half and captain Dan Biggar ahead of their first game against Ireland this weekend. Jim and Goodey discuss Saturday's huge Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield as a fractured England prepare to take on a full-strength Scotland side. We also run through the weekend's Premiership and URC action before giving our predictions for the opening weekend results and who will win the Six Nations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/221h 17m

Episode 18 - Always Edinburgh's Mike Blair & Zach Mercer

This week the lads are joined by Montpellier back-row Zach Mercer after his side's impressive victory over Exeter last weekend. He fills us in on his positive conversations with Eddie Jones and addresses the transfer rumors surrounding his possible return to the premiership. We also catch up with Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair and look ahead to Scotland's Six Nations opener and Calcutta Cup clash against England. We of course run through all the weekend's Champions Cup Fixtures and take a closer look at Eddie Jones' England Squad and the news of George Ford's call up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/01/221h 12m

Episode 17 - Caelan Me Old Doris and "Influenza" in Dubai

It's that time of year again and as the Six Nations draws near, we run through some potential inclusions and omissions from Eddie Jones' England squad. We also catch up with Leinster and Ireland back row Caelan Doris after Leinster's dominant 89-7 victory over Montpellier and to talk about his incredible form and recovery from concussion. Jim and Goodey discuss all the weekend's Champions Cup results and look ahead to the final weekend of pool fixtures.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/01/221h 8m

Episode 16 - Rassie & Frank's Voice Note and Billy Twelvetrees

Having won the award for "Best Social Media" in the 2021 Rugby Pod Awards, we hear Rassie Erasmsus' acceptance speech. We're joined by Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees to discuss how the Cherry and Whites are back in the mix for the top 4 this season. We of course run through all the premiership and URC action, and the guys give their thoughts on the possible options for ensuring the Six Nations can still go ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/01/221h 12m

Episode 15 - New Year, New Jim and Gabby Logan

We're back with the first episode of 2022 and it's a cracker; The lads hit us with some New Year's resolutions and predecitions and TV presenter and Doddie Aid Team Captain Gabby Logan joins the lads to chat all about the charity and the amazing work that's being done. We also catch up on all the Premiership and URC action from across the festive period and Jim and Goodey discuss some major signings including the Vunipola brothers staying at Saracens, and the controversial announcement of Ellis Genge to Bristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/01/221h 16m

Rugby Pod Alternate End of Year Awards - 2021

As we look back at a tumultuous 2021, the lads give out our very first Rugby Pod Alternate End of Year Awards for some of our favourite moments of the year including 'Top Lad Award', 'Most Outrageous Moment of the Year', 'Best Social Media Account', 'Skid Marks of the Year', 'Why You being 'Orrible' and a few more. Let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/12/2123m 50s

Episode 14 - 'Sir' Kevin Sinfield Special

We're joined by an absolute legend both on and off the pitch in the form of Kev Sinfield. We hear about his phenomenal 24-hour, 101-mile charity run which has now raised over £2 million for MND charities. The former Leeds Rhinos Hall of Famer and current Leicester defensive coach talks about his switch from league to Union and how he has helped turn Leicester Tigers into Premiership league leaders and one of the best performing teams in Europe. We also round up all the action from the Champions Cup, look forward to next week's action and pick out all the Goode, Bad and Ugly from the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/211h 10m

Episode 13 - Tadhg Beirne and Gloucester You Are Welcome

It's the calm before the calm with Jim recovering from a weekend migraine whilst Goodey was off enjoying Kids' parties and nativity plays. We wrap up a big weekend of Premiership action, including an apology to Gloucester and credit to Exeter. We also chat to Munster and British & Irish Lion Tadhg Beirne about the URC, his curtailed trip to South Africa, Ireland's victory over the All Blacks and Muster's upcoming game versus Wasps. Lots more as usual, including previewing the first round of Champions Cup action and all the Goode, Bad and Ugly from around the world of rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/12/211h 17m

Episode 12 - Leicester Lambos & Nemani Nadolo

With the Autumn Nations series all wrapped up, we turn our attention to the Premiership and catch up with friend of the show; Leicester Tigers Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo. Jim and Goodey chat through all the weekend's premiership and URC action as well as discussing what the recent change to World Rugby's eligibility rules might mean for European clubs. The Rumour Mill is back and Jim's got a pretty exciting one for Leicester fans... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/11/211h 8m

Episode 11 - Raffi Quirke, JDV and a Northern Clean Sweep

After a record-breaking weekend for the Northern Hemisphere, we take you through all the action from the final weekend of the Autumn Nations Series. Goodey and Jim chat with England Scrum Half Raffi Quirke about his match-winning try on Saturday against the Springboks, and find out a little more about life inside Eddie Jones' "New England" camp. We also get a South African perspective from former Springbok captain Jean De Villiers. We round things off with our 3 standout players from the Autumn Internationals and of course The Goode, The Bad and The Ugly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/11/211h 14m

Episode 10 - Ireland's All Black Dominance and England's Plan for the Boks

Big Jim and Goodey are joined by former Ireland international and friend of the show Stephen Ferris to dissect Ireland's phenomenal victory over the All Blacks. We take look at Eddie's options at 10 for England and how the Smith / Farrell axis is evolving and whether or not it's the best option. We also round up all the action from the penultimate weekend of the Autumn Nations series and look ahead to the final weekend of international games this autumn including a massive showdown between World Cup finalists England and South Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/11/211h 1m

Episode 9 - Wallabies' Nic White and Barclay's "Once in a generation" Scots

We catch up with Wallabies Scrum-half Nic White following their defeat to Scotland on Sunday. Former Scotland forward John Barclay also drops by to discuss his recent comments on Richard Cockerill and just how special this Scotland team is. Jim and Goodey run through all the games from last weekend's Autumn Nations Series and look ahead to this weekend's fixtures with the MatchPint predictor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/11/211h 12m

Episode 8 - Tom Curry and The All Blacks latest star - Jarvo69

England and Sale Sharks back-row Tom Curry joins us from inside the England camp ahead of their first game of the autumn internationals this weekend. We also meet New Zealand's 24th man "Jarvo 69" who joined the All Blacks for the national anthem on Saturday, he tells the guys all about what went down at the Principality Stadium. Then we round off all the premiership action and Jim and Goodey give their predictions for this weekend's international games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/11/211h 2m

Episode 7 - Nick Phipps and London Irish's Sandy Park Triumph

After their huge victory over Exeter Chiefs, we're joined by London Irish and Wallabies scrum-half Nick Phipps to chat through the weekend's big win, Australia's chances in the Autumn Nations Series and who he thinks should be playing 9 for England. Jim and Goodey also give their predictions for the first games of the Autumn Internationals, and we run through all the action from the Premiership and URC. We've got another instalment of "Guess The Go-At'' and of course The Goode, The Bad and The Ugly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/10/211h 5m

Episode 6 - Eddie's New-Look England and Mike Phillips' Half Truths

As the Autumn Nations Series draws closer, Big Jim and Goodey give their thoughts on Eddie Jones' refreshed England squad, and discuss the major inclusions and omissions. We run through all the weekend's Premiership action including Bristol and Bath's poor starts to the season. Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips chats to the guys about his new book 'Half Truths', including his fallout with Warren Gatland, his time at Racing with Dan Carter and what he made of the Lions Tour to South Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/10/211h 2m

Saracens' New Chairman - Neil Golding chats with Jim Hamilton

We’ve got something a bit different for you this week. Jim sits down with new Saracens head honcho and Chairman, Neil Golding to hear about what’s changed at the club after what was arguably the biggest scandal in the history of rugby. Neil’s running the show at Saracens now, so it’s great to hear from someone at the very top of the game about salary caps, player development and where he sees the game going. Hopefully, this is something we’ll do more of going forward, so if you enjoy it, share it, or let us know who you’d like to hear from next. #PodPodPod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/10/2149m 4s

Episode 5 - Agents Versus Clubs and URC's CEO Martin Anayi

The lads are in top form after a big weekend and watching Tyson Fury taking over Vegas. We chat about the fallout from the row between Premiership clubs and players agents and what impact it could have on the league. We're also joined by URC CEO Martin Anayi to tell us all about the new structure of the league, his vision for the future of the game and he reveals some pretty exciting news about a potential global club competition. Lots more including another round of guess the GO-AT and a wrap up of everything else that's happening in the world of rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/211h 14m

Episode 4 - Big Courtney Lawes and Rassie's Pants

This week Big Jim and Goodey are joined by British and Irish Lions, England and Northampton Saints forward, Courtney Lawes to discuss Saints' unbeaten start to the season and reflect on the Lions tour. We also run through all the premiership action from round 3, as well as the conclusion of the Rugby Championship. Rassie's bush gets a mention and of course, we've got another instalment of "Guess the Go-At". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/10/211h 13m

Episode 3 - Superman Afoa and Stylish Jim

Former All Black and now Bristol Bears Scrum coach and prop, John Afoa joins us to discuss Bristol's difficult start to the season. Big Jim and Goodey also chat through the new laws around contact training and Jim describes his midweek tackle shield exploits. We run through the major inclusions and exclusions from Eddie Jones' England training squad and reflect on the first weekend of the United Rugby Championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/09/211h 13m

Episode 2 - Ibiza Stag and Freddie San's Homecoming

Andy Rowe is bloodied & broken and still stuck in Ibiza after his stag and we hear how Jim saved his life. We're also joined by friend of the show Freddie Burns to catch up on life back home in Leicester. He talks through his new role at Tigers, his homecoming reception at Welford Road last Saturday, and reflects on his time in Japan. The guys dissect all this week's premiership action as well as South Africa's disappointing performances in The Rugby Championship and lots more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/09/211h 7m

Episode 1 - Back with a Bang & Finn Russell 'The Prince of Scotland'

The wait is over, we're back with Season 6 and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Jim and Goodey predict this season's Premiership Top 4 as well as giving their guesses for who's going to finish last. We're joined by Racing 92, Scotland and British and Irish Lions star Finn Russell, who gives us his debrief from the South Africa tour, his third test performance and has his say on who should be England's number 10. We also introduce a new segment ' Guess the Go-At' and cover Australia's win over South Africa, some big transfer rumours and all the Goode, Bad and Ugly. It's great to be back! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/09/211h 10m

Episode 50 - Viva Las Vegas - The Big Season Finale

We're back for the 50th and final episode of season ever to wrap up the Lions' third Test defeat to South Africa, discuss missed opportunities and reflect on how the tour will be remembered as a whole. Plus, we look ahead to the next Lions tour, suggest who the coach might be and chat about what kind of opposition the Wallabies will provide. And, we cheer ourselves up by catching up with Australia legend Matt Giteau fresh from winning the MLR and celebrating in Vegas and hear how he might have even more rugby in him... going out in style! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/08/211h 7m

Episode 49 - Brits & The Bok-lash

Former Springbok and World Cup winner Schalk Brits joins us this week to fill us in on what the second Test was like from his viewpoint pitchside, how Rassie Erasmus' video and the refereeing has gone down in South Africa and what he thinks will happen in the deciding third Test. Plus, Jim and Goodey pick the bones out of all the major controversial refereeing calls, discuss what changes Warren Gatland should make in personnel and tactically and put their money where their mouth is on whether the Lions can win the series. And, Goodey fills in on his own interactions with Rassie Erasmus in the lead-up to the second Test! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/08/211h 7m

Episode 48 - Lions Roar With Price-Less Win!

Scrum half Ali Price joins us on the show this week to chat about the British & Irish Lions' win in the first Test and Big Jim can't wait to get him back to Edinburgh to celebrate! We discuss the emotion of being handed a starting jersey, facing Faf de Klerk, Warren Gatland's half-time team talk, toasting victory in the bubble, preparations for the second Test and much more. Plus, Jim and Goodey pick their starting XV for the crucial second Test just before Gatland names his, we discuss all the TMO outrage and Rassie Erasmus' social media activity and there's a word on Eddie Jones losing another England assistant coach as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/07/211h 9m

The Lions, the Springboks and the Epic Tour of 1997 - John Bentley Interview

As a bonus episode ahead of the first Lions test, Andy Rowe chats with Lions legend John Bentley about the most iconic Lions Tour of all time. Bentos gives us a first-hand account of what really happened in 1997. To read the full story, get your hands on probably the greatest rugby book of all time This Is Your Everest: The Lions, the Springboks and the Epic Tour of 1997 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/2133m 18s

Episode 47 - Inside the Lions' Lair & Test Selection

The waiting is over and Test week is finally upon us as the British & Irish Lions get set to face the Springboks. Big Jim and Goodey name their starting XVs for the first Test and we go inside the Lions camp to chat to strength and conditioning coach and former Great Britain rugby league international Jon Clarke about how preparations have gone ahead of the Test series. We discuss life in the bubble, Alun Wyn Jones' miraculous recovery, Tom Curry's freakish athleticism, Louis Rees-Zammit's lid, working with Paul 'Bobby' Stridgeon, what it'll take to beat the Boks and much more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/07/211h 8m

Episode 46 - It's Not Coming Home, But Maybe It Should Be!

Football may not be coming home but maybe rugby should be as we discuss whether the British & Irish Lions tour should be relocated to the UK given the issues in South Africa at the moment. We also chat about how Big Jim and Goodey would fare in a penalty shootout, Marcus Smith's Lions call-up ahead of Johnny Sexton, Alun Wyn Jones' Lazarus-esque recovery, the unofficial fourth Test against South Africa A and who is nailed on to be starting in the Tests. Plus, we look at England, Ireland and Wales' games from the weekend and England full-back Freddie Steward joins us to talk initiations, losing bets, life in the bubble, bringing the feelgood factor back and much more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/07/2158m 32s

Episode 45 - Oh Captains, My Captains!

We're joined by a pair of skippers this week as legendary former Springboks captain John Smit fills us in on the situation with Covid-19 in South Africa, the latest positive case in camp and how the Boks are shaping up aside from that. He also takes a trip down memory lane to talk captaining the Springboks to victory against the Lions in 2009 and tells us what chance the current crop have of repeating that feat. And, we're joined by new England captain Lewis Ludlow to talk about skippering on debut, learning leadership lessons from Big Jim, life in camp and capping off a hell of a season for him in style! All that plus a look at how British & Irish Lions selection is looking ahead of the Tests and a round-up of all the international action from the weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/07/211h 15m

Episode 44 - The Perfect Final, Alun Wyn's Woe & Big Jim's Nemesis

Jim, Goodey and Andy Rowe are back to discuss the best Premiership final ever and revel in Harlequins' achievement! Plus, we hear from Quins coach Jerry Flannery about how angry he was when Paul Gustard left, the unique culture at the club and how they turned things around. We chat about how big a blow Alun Wyn Jones' shoulder injury is for the British & Irish Lions and whether the tour will still go ahead. And, Big Jim's nemesis Tim Swinson is on the show to talk about taking his spot in the Scotland squad in 2015 and replacing him at Saracens and going on to becoming player of the year this season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/06/211h 5m

Episode 43 - The Mighty Quins & Humble Pie

Harlequins coach Nick Evans joins us this week after their record comeback in the Premiership semi-final against Bristol and Big Jim is eating plenty of humble pie as he admits he ain't seen nothing like the mighty Quins! We discuss how the current coaching group have turned things around since Paul Gustard's departure, just how far Marcus Smith can go, whether that was the best Premiership game we've ever seen and much more. Plus, we look at Exeter's win over Sale and ahead to the final, chat about the additions to Eddie's England squad and the start of the Lions tour this weekend and debate whether a global club competition is needed after Benetton's win in the Rainbow Cup and the Blues' Super Rugby Trans-Tasman victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/06/211h 13m

Episode 42 - Bears' Rise & Champion Chiefs

Big Jim and Goodey are joined by Bristol second row Dave Attwood this week to discuss topping the Premiership, what sets the Bears and Pat Lam apart, the contrast with his time at Toulon, the chances of an England recall, parenting, philosophy and much more. Plus there's a look at a champion comeback from the Chiefs, a round-up of the Champions Cup qualification battle, semi-final predictions, analysis of England and Ireland's summer squads and a few red hot rumours.... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/211h 9m

Episode 41 - Fracas, Finals & Fitzgerald

Big Jim and Goodey are back and eager to get their teeth into the bust-up between the Tigers and Bears at Welford Road, look ahead to the all-important final round of Premiership fixtures, consider who might captain England this summer when Eddie Jones names his squad on Thursday and chat all things British & Irish Lions with former Ireland and Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/06/211h 7m

Episode 40 - Manu Tuilagi & Summer Tours

Big Jim and Goodey are joined this week by the one and only Manu Tuilagi to hear about the Sale, England and British & Irish Lions centre's latest return from injury, how tough the road back to fitness has been, how much of an impression Alex Sanderson has made on him and whether he's still holding out hope of playing for the Lions in South Africa this summer. Plus, we look back at all the Premiership action, look ahead to England and Scotland's summer fixtures and cast our eye over a few rumours as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/211h 4m

Episode 39 - Cool Hand Luke & The Big Lozowski

Big Jim and Goodey are back to cast their eye over the French-dominated European finals and we're joined by two Englishmen who were in the thick of the action. Luke Pearce discusses becoming the first referee to send someone off in a Champions Cup final, keeping cool in the midst of a tough game to control, how he's improved his French, having to deal with online abuse and more. And, Montpellier fly half Alex Lozowski fills us in on the celebrations after they won the Challenge Cup and tells us all about his year-long French adventure as it draws to a close... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/211h 12m

Episode 38 - European Finals Special & Zack Holmes

Ahead of the Champions Cup final, Jim and Goodey reminisce about their own experiences of winning the biggest prize in European rugby. Toulouse fly-half and former La Rochelle man Zack Holmes joins us to look ahead to the final and give us the inside track on both sides. Plus, we preview Leicester's Challenge Cup final encounter with Montpellier, celebrate the return of fans to stadiums in England and round up all the action from a long weekend in the Premiership... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/211h 5m

Episode 37 - The Magic Of The Lions & Chris Harris

Gloucester, Scotland and now British & Irish Lions centre Chris Harris joins us to talk about his journey from Tynedale in National 1 to the pinnacle of the sport, his shock at hearing his name read out, how much it means to him and how big a role Goodey played in his meteoric rise! Plus, we analyse the rest of Warren Gatland's selections, with Big Jim revelling in the number of Scots going on tour, and we take a look at all the Premiership action as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/05/211h 4m

Episode 36 - Dan Biggar & Lions Squad Special

We're joined by Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to chat all things British & Irish Lions ahead of Warren Gatland's squad announcement and Big Jim and Goodey pick their 36-man squads for the tour as well as reminiscing about just missing out on tours gone by. Plus, we dissect all the European semi-final action and Jim's in a particularly good mood, despite his questionable fashion sense, after finally getting out of the house for a few hours! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/211h 11m

Episode 35 - Eddie's Review & Return of the Fearns

Big Jim and Goodey are back with strong views on the RFU's review into England's "sub-optimal" Six Nations performance, there's a disagreement over which big-name fly-half will miss out on the Lions tour and we catch up with new Newcastle signing Carl Fearns to hear about his six years in France and stories of car crashes, fires, failed moves and, of course, what really happened when he knocked out Gavin Henson. All that plus a full debrief of the latest round of Premiership action and a look ahead to the European semi-finals... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/04/211h 4m

Episode 34 - Eben Etzebeth & Big Jim's Beef

South African World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth joins us to look ahead to the British & Irish Lions tour this summer and discuss who he's expecting to be coming up against in the second row, what the changes in the Springboks coaching staff might mean and the motivational power of Rassie Erasmus, as well as of course, what really happened in his beef with Big Jim back in 2013! Plus, we look at Warren Gatland's comments on selection in terms of the English-based players and chat about all the latest Premiership action as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/211h 9m

Episode 33 - Le Mullet Hamish Watson & Champions Cup Action

Six Nations Player of the Championship Hamish Watson joins us this week to discuss everything from his English accent to Scotland's evolution and the prospect of a trip to South Africa with the British & Irish Lions. Plus, we talk Lions assistant coaches and dissect all the Champions Cup quarter-finals with from Leinster's thrilling win at Sandy Park and La Rochelle's power to two of the worst knockout games in memory in the all-French encounters... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/04/211h 15m

Episode 32 - Faf de Klerk & Sale'ing Europe

South African World Cup winner Faf de Klerk joins us this week to talk Sale's success, life in Manchester, similarities between Sanderson and Erasmus and chatting to royalty in budgy smugglers as well as looking ahead to the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in the summer. And, he may or may not be shaving his head if Sale win the Champions Cup! Plus, we round up all the European Round of 16 action and look ahead to the quarter-finals as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/211h 16m

Episode 31 - Lancaster & LRZ

We're joined by Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster fresh from winning a fourth straight PRO14 title to talk everything from England to life in Dublin, the Irish conveyor belt of talent and much more. And, we catch up with man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit to chat Six Nations title-winning celebrations, his first glass of Prosecco, the influence of Paul Scholes and going from youth rugby to being in everyone's Lions squad in no time at all. Big Jim and Goodey pick their British & Irish Lions XV, we analyse Scotland's first win in Paris since 1999, look back at the Premiership and preview the Champions Cup as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/03/211h 27m

Episode 30 - Tadhg Beirne & England's Triple Spoon

We're joined by one of the stars of the Six Nations Tadhg Beirne to discuss Ireland's demolition of England, their progress under Andy Farrell, Lions prospects, the Guinness PRO14 final this weekend, being blanked by Jim in Dublin and much more. Plus, there's a full debrief of England's first Triple Spoon since 1976, we dissect France's incredible win over Wales with an open cloth and look ahead to whether Scotland can stop them winning the title this weekend. All that and a bit of Premiership chat thrown in to boot...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/03/211h 13m

Episode 29 - Big Bruce's Announcement, Scott Quinnell & Jim's Reverse Jinx

Big Jim and Goodey are back with big news to share! We're also joined by possibly the only man to forecast a Welsh Grand Slam this year, Wales and British & Irish Lions legend Scott Quinnell, who forces Jim to eat humble pie after he thought they'd be battling it out with Italy for the wooden spoon. We build up to Wales' Grand Slam game in Paris, dissect the best half of rugby in recent years at Twickenham, take a look at the latest Premiership action and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/211h 12m

Episode 28 - Crunch Time For Fabien & Eddie

Big Jim and Goodey are back and are joined by France legend and former Les Bleus head coach Philippe Saint-Andre to talk about the saga surrounding Fabien Galthie and what shape the team are in ahead of Le Crunch against England at Twickenham. We also discuss what changes we might see from Eddie Jones and how big a game it is for the England boss. Plus, Jim's confident ahead of Scotland's clash with Ireland, there's all the latest on the Lions tour, we look at all of the latest Premiership action and, of course, pay tribute to the mighty Cornish Pirates!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/03/211h 15m

Episode 27 - Oh My Fabien & A Welsh Apology

Big Jim has a sincere apology to make to the nation of Wales as there's praise for them as well as criticism of Pascal Gauzere's performance in Cardiff. We discuss England's ill-discipline, whether Owen Farrell should continue as captain, if Maro Itoje's Lions captaincy credentials have been damaged and just how bad the situation is at the moment in terms of abuse on social media. We also talk Wafflegate, Fabien Galthie's bubble bursting and what that could mean for the tournament. Plus, we speak to Zach Mercer about being ignored by Eddie Jones despite starring in the Premiership and why he's chosen to make the move to Montpellier...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/03/211h 15m

Episode 26 - Reffin' Hell & The Riddler Returns

We're joined by the most experienced referee in the game Wayne Barnes to discuss the five sendings off in the Premiership at the weekend, as well as a host of other issues in the game at the moment, and to chat about whether he's still expecting to travel to Paris this weekend to take charge of France v Scotland. There's also much discussion on France's Covid outbreak, Eddie Jones' selection policy and whether Wales or England will come out on top in Cardiff. Plus, Carol Vorderman's back in full Wales attire to put Jim to the test once more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/211h 18m

Episode 25 - No Zammit, No Party!

Big Jim and Goodey are back to dissect everything from Scotland's false dawn and Fagerson's red card to the chicken's running jump and Farrell's worst game in an England shirt. We also chat formidable France, Shaun Edwards' dancing, Ireland's issues, Premiership ring-fencing and much more. Plus, there's a formal apology to the nation of Wales and we're very nearly joined by man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/211h 8m

Episode 24 - The Scottish Slam Is On

Big Jim's back from his trip to Twickenham with tales to tell and is revelling in Scotland's dominance in the Calcutta Cup. We discuss what needs to change for England and hear from Ben Youngs, Luke Cowan-Dickie and debutant Beno Obano on where it all went wrong. Peter O'Mahony's red card, Billy Burns' error, Johnny Williams' tackle, Antoine Dupont's brilliance, what to do about Italy, all the Premiership action and more is also dissected with an open cloth and Goodey is feasting on humble pie...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/211h 16m

Episode 23 - John Mitchell & Calcutta Cup Fever

Fresh from signing a new deal, England defence coach John Mitchell joins us to fill us in on how preparations for the Six Nations have gone and look ahead to the Calcutta Cup. We discuss whether this is finally Scotland's year, if Ireland can mount a serious challenge and what constitutes success for Wayne Pivac and Wales. And, Goodey's recording from his emperor bed as he recovers from an operation and wonders whether the painkillers caused him to imagine Wasps taking 50 at home to Quins...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/02/211h 13m

Episode 22 - Drama Quins & Paolo Odogwu

Big Jim and Goodey are back with the inside scoop on all the drama that happened at Quins with Paul Gustard leaving the club and we catch up with England's new star Paolo Odogwu to talk Eddie Jones, the Italian alternative, Cov, clothing lines, building a brand and much more. Plus, we dissect the Six Nations squads, share some juicy rumours and Jim goes full Scottish for Burns night...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/01/211h 13m

Episode 21 - Europe's Head Honcho & The Trailblazers

We're joined by European Rugby's head honcho Simon Halliday to find out the plan for concluding this season's Champions Cup, how disappointed he was with the French government and what big plans are afoot for the competition in the coming years, as well as whether he sees the Lions tour going ahead and how all of the various tournaments have a knock-on effect on one another. We also discuss Ealing Trailblazers making the most of the limelight, Kyle Sinckler's ban and Eddie's England squad, train confusion, the rumour mill and Big Jim has an animal-themed riddle to solve...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/01/211h 22m

Episode 20 - Falcons Flying & Europe Grounded

Big Jim and Goodey are back to dissect all the fallout from European rugby being suspended with an open cloth and debate whether it's the right decision and why the Premiership isn't being brought forward to fill the void. We also discuss whether the Six Nations will go ahead, catch up with one of the players of the Premiership season so far in Newcastle Falcons' Gary Graham and Jim makes hard work of a new riddle for the new year...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/01/211h 19m

Episode 19 - Double Weir & An Inspiring Start To 2021

We all need a bit of positivity and inspiration in our lives right now and we're back to kick off the New Year with a man who can inspire us all, the legend that is Doddie Weir. He gives us the lowdown on Doddie Aid and how we can all get involved in January among other things and we also hear from Duncan Weir after he got rid of the Afro and raised a lot of money for Acorns Hospice. The Scotland fly half discusses ring fencing, Duhan van der Merwe's move to Worcester and a potential move back to Glasgow for himself! Plus, we discuss the long overdue OBE for Matt Hampson, the surprise MBE for Joe Simmonds, what the best way forward is for the Lions tour, all of the Premiership action, a bunch of transfer rumours and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/211h 30m

Episode 18 - Concussion, Dementia & World Cup Deja Vu

We react to the news of a familiar looking pool draw for the 2023 World Cup and round up the opening round of Champions Cup action, while Big Jim opens up about his own experiences of concussion and dementia in light of the news that hit the headlines this week. We chat to legal and medical experts about whether any litigation could be successful, what changes are needed in the sport and what the state of play is as things stand. All that, plus the rumour mill is back with a couple of big ones...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/201h 14m

Episode 17 - The Two Eddies

We discuss all the Autumn Nations Cup action as England beat France but Eddie Jones isn't happy and we're joined by former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan for a debate on both Ireland and Scotland after he called the Scots "deluded" at the weekend and wasn't happy with Stuart Hogg's post-match comments. He also gives us his view on where the game is at right now and talks about the possibility of getting back into coaching as well. And, we round up the Premiership action and look ahead to the opening round of Europe this weekend...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/201h 17m

Episode 16 - So French!

Big Jim's calmed down after an incident at the weekend and he and Goodey are putting the world to rights and coming up with a plan to solve all rugby's ills, as well as not holding back about Romain Poite's performance! We discuss Billy Vunipola's place in the England team, dissect all the Autumn Nations Cup and Premiership action with an open cloth and look ahead to England v France this weekend with the help of former France hooker and current pundit of the moment Benjamin Kayser. Plus, there's a focus on mental health and Jim is attempting to solve another riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/201h 19m

Episode 15 - Boring England & What The Fiji!

Big Jim is back and opens up about an incredibly tough week for him, he and Goodey disagree about the England v Ireland game and we check in with Nemani Nadolo as he continues too isolate in his hotel room to find out if we're going to see Fiji in action on the final weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup. All that, plus we discuss Scotland v France, more pressure on Pivac, all the Premiership action, Geordan Murphy's departure from Leicester, whether Steve Borthwick is a robot and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/201h 22m

Episode 14 - SOB & Japan Through Freddie's Eyes

We're joined by Ireland and British & Irish Lions legend Sean O'Brien to look ahead to Ireland's game against England at Twickenham and the Lions tour to South Africa in the summer, as well as catch up with how he's getting on at London Irish after a horrible time with injury. And, Freddie Burns is standing in for Big Jim all the way from Japan chatting about everything from manscaping to cats on leads to language problems and filling us in on his brother's Ireland debut as well. We chat about all the Autumn Nations Cup action, Argentina's famous win over the All Blacks and look ahead to the start of the new Premiership season, plus there's a couple of hot rumours and Freddie is taking on a riddle sent in by a Premiership player...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/201h 13m

Episode 13 - Humpsvili & The Autumn Nations Cup

Big Jim and Goodey are joined by David Humphreys to discuss what happened at the end of his time at Gloucester and how he's ended up working with Georgia as they prepare to face England at Twickenham this weekend. We look ahead to the Autumn Nations Cup in depth, dissect the two red cards for Australia and New Zealand with an open cloth, Jim questions another big name in the Ireland team and Goodey has an interesting view on the situation with Wales and who might be waiting in the wings if things go from bad to worse for Wayne Pivac...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/201h 11m

Episode 12 - England's Title, Scotland On The Surge & Fading Stars

Big Jim and Goodey are here to dissect the final weekend of the Six Nations with an open cloth, we hear from legendary Scotland & Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan on how this Scotland side compares with those gone by and how many Scots will get into Warren Gatland's Lions squad next year and Jim has some question marks over two of the biggest names in the Northern Hemisphere in Alun Wyn Jones and Johnny Sexton! Plus, we catch up with former France full back Scott Spedding and Jim has another riddle to tackle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/11/201h 6m

Episode 11 - A Champion Chief, Banged Up BaaBaas & Super Saturday

We're joined by Exeter Chiefs legend Gareth Steenson, who hasn't slept for three days after celebrating finishing his career by becoming a European and Premiership champion. Big Jim and Goodey fill you in on the Barbarians' antics and possible repercussions, we chat to British & Irish Lion Stephen Ferris about Ireland's chances of winning the Six Nations this weekend and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/201h 10m

Episode 10 - Stuart Hogg

Champions Cup winner Stuart Hogg joins us to talk about the spirit, culture and confidence at the Chiefs and what happened on the bus after the best European Cup final ever! He fills us in on that photo with Finn and all things Scotland ahead of the autumn and how he's taking things from Exeter into the international setup. Plus, Goodey tells us what's going on at Wasps with all the uncertainty over the Premiership final, we hear from Jimmy Gopperth on what's changed under Lee Blackett and we look ahead to the Six Nations restarting as well!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/201h 12m

Episode 9 - All Aboard The Wasps Bandwagon!

We're joined by Wasps head coach Lee Blackett to find out just how he's managed to take them from 10th place to the Premiership final in half a season and Jim is issuing a formal apology and jumping on board the Wasps bandwagon! We also hear from Exeter's Gareth Steenson, discuss friend of the show John Cooney's Ireland omission, Australia v New Zealand, the Champions Cup final and Jim attempts to solve another riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/10/201h 19m

Episode 8 - Sheedy & Cooney

Big Jim and Goodey dissect the Sale saga with an open cloth to get to the bottom of what's gone on and we focus on the positives too as Bristol fly half Callum Sheedy joins us to celebrate the Bears making the play-offs for the first time since 2007. He talks us through the club's journey from double Championship play-off heartache to Premiership play-offs and European final, as well as discussing the possibility of playing international rugby this autumn and who that might be for! Plus, Celtic Correspondent John Cooney is on the show to discuss a tough end to last season for him and how things are looking up now and Captain Carol Vorderman is back to test Jim once more with hilarious results...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/201h 16m

Episode 7 - Chiefs, Chiefs, Chiefs!

It's the end of an era and the changing of the guard as Big Jim reflects emotionally on Saracens' defeat and everything that comes with it, while we speak to Exeter chairman and CEO Tony Rowe about the remarkable journey that has taken them from the lower leagues to the European Cup final in double quick time and the massive issues facing clubs and what the government need to do to help. Plus, we look ahead to the start of a new PRO14 season and the conclusion of the Premiership regular season and hilarity ensues once more when Jim takes on another riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/201h 19m

Episode 6 - Rhodes & Vermeulen

We're joined by not one but two man of the match winners from the weekend's Champions Cup quarter-finals as Mike Rhodes and Jacques Vermeulen come aboard. Goodey celebrates Saracens' success, Big Jim's making a comeback and claims he's on the Lions' radar, we look ahead and predict the outcome of the European semi-finals, there's another riddle for Jim to solve and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/201h 21m

Episode 5 - Oh My Farrell!

Owen Farrell's red card and Goodey's involvement in the fallout take centre stage but Big Jim's been biding his time before having his say and you don't want to miss his take on the incident! We also discuss Ian Madigan's cojones, both PRO14 semi-finals, all the Premiership action, news of another job for Eddie Jones and much more. Plus, we chat to the Premiership's in-form winger Ruaridh McConnochie about texting Eddie on the regular, life with England and Bath's resurgence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/201h 17m

Episode 4 - Bin Juice, Barnets & A Back Row Star

The rugby keeps coming thick and fast and Big Jim and Goodey discuss all the Premiership action, including the instances of first teams taking on the bin juice and the worst lid the league has ever seen! There's also a look ahead to the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals and talk of South Africa joining the upcoming Eight Nations. Plus, we chat to England back row in waiting Jack Willis and Captain Carol Vorderman is back to make Jim sweat with another challenging riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/09/201h 9m

Episode 3 - Ludlam & Doyle

Big Jim and Goodey are back to dissect the busiest of weeks in the Premiership and Scott Robertson's bid to be a coach on the Lions tour. Saints and England back rower Lewis Ludlam joins us to discuss his rapid rise from Rotherham to the World Cup, captaining Northampton, Black Lives Matter and much more. We hear from referee JP Doyle on why he was made redundant by the RFU. And Carol Vorderman is back with another rock hard riddle for Jim!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/201h 18m

Episode 2 - Cooney & The Mystery Riddler

Ulster and Ireland scrum half John Cooney joins us to look ahead to the restart of the Guinness PRO14 season and the Cooney for the Lions campaign starts here! Big Jim struggles with another riddle, despite some help from a high profile, supremely intelligent tutor who is taking over posing the brainteasers from now on. Plus, we dissect all the Premiership action and discuss Rugby Against Racism, Dylan Hartley's views on Eddie Jones and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/201h 30m

Episode 1 - Back For Good

The wait is finally over. We're back for the bigger and better Season 5! Big Jim and Goodey are delighted to be back and talking everything from toilet training to Take That as well as catching up on all the major rugby stories of recent weeks, including more fallout from Gloucester, Manu Tuilagi's move to Sale, the RFU's sevens funding cut and player welfare with a full year of rugby ahead! And, we catch up with Sale owner Simon Orange to find out how the club has gone from working on a real budget to stars galore, whether Manu is the final piece in the jigsaw and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/201h 19m

Episode 42 - The Big Season Finale

It's the final episode of the season but it won't be long before the start of the next and we go out with a bang...from more info on what's unravelling at Gloucester to Goodey's experience with Mike Ford. Plus, we get the inside track and some startling stats on the salary cap reduction and the game's financial struggles with Leicester Head of Elite Performance Recruitment Jan McGinity and we say sayonara to friend of the show Freddie Burns. All that plus another hilarious riddle for Jim to solve. You're welcome...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/201h 38m

Episode 41 - Dan Biggar

Northampton and Wales fly half Dan Biggar joins Big Jim and Goodey to discuss being compared to Michael Jordan, his relationship with referees, working under Chris Boyd, Wales' transition, steering clear of social media and much more. Plus, Jim tries to solve another hilarious riddle!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/201h 18m

Episode 40 - Shaun Edwards

We're in for a treat this week as the man, the myth, the legend...Shaun Edwards joins us! He chats all things France, his relationship with Warren Gatland, the one moment in his coaching career that will haunt him forever, a possible return to the Premiership and much more. Oh, and he's got a bit of a French lesson for us too! We also discuss World Rugby's recommendations for how the game should adapt post Coronavirus and Jim has another taxing riddle to solve...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/201h 15m

Episode 39 - Pat Lam & The Ackermann Controversy

Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam joins Big Jim and Goodey to discuss how he's leading his troops through the Coronavirus crisis, how the club wants to keep the marquee player rule in the Premiership and how he thinks the league can grow and prosper. Plus, Goodey spills the beans on why Johan Ackermann has left Gloucester, we discuss Lord Myners' salary cap review, there's a Quarantine Quiz, Jim's stumped by another riddle and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/201h 12m

Episode 38 - Lockdown Frustration & A Fijian Flyer

We're back with another instalment as Big Jim grows increasingly frustrated with lockdown and Goodey looks forward to the potential return of Pablo and the nanny! The Premiership's marquee player rule, the possibility of non contact rugby being brought in and England's kit deal with Umbro are up for debate among other things and we're joined by giant Fijian wing and future Leicester Tiger Nemani Nadolo for a candid chat on his career, recent struggles and looking forward to moving to the East Midlands...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/201h 12m

Episode 37 - Sir Bill Is In The House

Fresh from seeing off the challenge of Gus Pichot and winning a second term as World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont joins Jim and Goodey to discuss how the past four years have gone and his plans for the next four years, including the Nations Championship. Plus, we discuss Premiership breakaway rumours, the possibility of rugby returning and there's another hotly contested quiz...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/201h 6m

Episode 36 - Ghosted By Big Bill

We're back to dissect all of the latest rugby drama with an open cloth, including the latest on the Leicester players' unhappiness at the handling of the pay cuts and Goodey and Jim launch a defence of the RPA. We also discuss the World Rugby Chairman election and, after Gus Pichot's appearance on the show last week, a certain Sir Bill Beaumont is conspicuous by his absence!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/201h 11m

Episode 35 - Pichot Joins The Pod

The man who could be running the sport next month joins us this week as Agustin Pichot discusses taking on Sir Bill Beaumont in the race to become World Rugby Chairman, the voting system involved, the global season, his frustration with the pace of change over the last four years, the new mindset he thinks is necessary to take rugby forward and much more. Plus, Jim's flummoxed by another riddle, there's another donation made to the NHS after the Quarantine Quiz and we check in with friend of the show Ed Jackson, who is climbing his stairs to the height of Everest this week to raise money for charity...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/04/201h 14m

Episode 34 - Showbiz Special

It's all showbiz this week as Big Jim and Goodey are joined by MasterChef host and massive rugby fan Gregg Wallace, we hear from former Love Island star and Ireland sevens international Greg O'Shea and are serenaded by the dulcet tones of USA international Paul Lasike (although we may have ruined it by singing along)! All that plus we discuss Agustin Pichot's shot at becoming World Rugby chairman and where the game goes from here...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/201h 11m

Episode 33 - A Change Is Gonna Come

We're joined by RPA CEO Damian Hopley to talk us through the latest on the discussions behind the scenes surrounding the pay cuts and furloughing of players and he is predicting seismic changes in the sport in the wake of Coronavirus. Goodey discusses his 40th birthday celebrations, we have another quarantine quiz and a riddle and we answer some of your social media questions...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/201h 6m

Episode 32 - Biagi & Burns

Big Jim and Goodey are back and joined by Italy international George Biagi, who updates us on how Coronavirus is affecting his country but also has a positive story to tell. And, friend of the show Freddie Burns gives his view on the pay cuts in the Premiership and his disappointment at the way things have panned out for him at Bath. All that plus a quarantine quiz, another riddle for Jim to solve and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/201h 7m

Episode 31 - Inaugural Isolation Pod

We're all locked down and coming to you via the wonders of video calling, complete with Jim's kids making an appearance in the background! Premiership Rugby CEO Darren Childs joins us to discuss what the likelihood is that the season will be completed and tells us they want to be first to get back up and running whenever possible. We also discuss the 25% pay cuts being imposed by many clubs across the league and have some juicy rumours and a bit of a laugh as well...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/201h 5m

Episode 30 - Ritchie, Vorders & Covid Contingencies!

Big Jim and Goodey discuss the devastating impact of Coronavirus on rugby and society in general and we hear from Guinness PRO14 Tournament Director David Jordan on what the next steps are for the suspended leagues. We also catch up with Scotland's star back row Jamie Ritchie to find out about the late postponement of their game against Wales. And, something you never thought you'd hear on The Rugby Pod...Wales' number one fan Carol Vorderman brings some much needed joy at a difficult time and we want some of what she's on...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/201h 16m

Episode 29 - Balls, Bantz (Or Not) & Beattie

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by Darren Cave and there's one thing dominating the agenda...Joe Marler getting a handful of Alun Wyn Jones and the reaction to it. We also discuss Scotland's epic win over France, Mohamed Haouas' red mist and hear some good stories on France coach Fabien Galthié from former Scotland international Johnnie Beattie. All that plus an update on where the Six Nations is at in the midst of Coronavirus concerns and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/201h 8m

Episode 28 - Hair Bear, Howler & Health Scare

Big Jim and Goodey are back and joined by the Hair Bear himself Adam Jones to discuss lids, Quins' scrum, a refereeing howler and all things England v Wales. Plus, we talk about the impact of Coronavirus and the Six Nations' possible move to satellite TV as well as analysing all the Premiership action and dropping a few big rumours...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/201h 8m

Episode 27 - Shenanigans, Shellackings & Shields

Big Jim and Goodey are back after a big weekend to round up all the Guinness Six Nations and Premiership action, discussing shenanigans at the breakdown in England v Ireland and shellackings in the Premiership as Saracens, Northampton and Leicester all had their pants pulled down! We also talk Biggar's berating of the referee and the quality of officiating in general and we hear from Brad Shields on life in Cov, coming back from injury and his quest to get back into Eddie's England squad...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/02/201h 8m

Episode 26 - Dai In Dubai, Champ Scandal & Six Nations Return

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by former Ireland international Darren Cave to preview England v Ireland as the Guinness Six Nations returns. They also discuss a massive game for Gregor Townsend and an acid test for France in Cardiff, while Goodey attempts to explain what's gone on at Wasps and we find out Dai Young's been in Dubes! All that plus the guys give their take on the Championship funding cuts and we hear from Alex Lozowski on his England exile...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/201h 8m

Episode 25 - Bangers, Beer & Bust-Ups

Jim's had a traumatic weekend but he's made it into the studio to discuss Ellis Genge's interview with a beer about sausages and Finn Russell's newspaper spread and ongoing bust-up with Gregor Townsend! We're joined by injured England winger Jack Nowell to talk Storm Ciara and the Calcutta Cup, as well as Eddie Jones, Henry Slade's breath and owning his own pub. And, we analyse Ireland v Wales, France v Italy, South Africa joining the Six Nations and throw a few rumours out there for good measure...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/201h 10m

Episode 24 - It's Not Coming Home!

Goodey's eating humble pie after talking up England's chances of a Grand Slam and is admitting his concern ahead of the coming weekend, Eddie's team selection comes in for heavy criticism and the man who captained Scotland to victory over England at Murrayfield two years ago, John Barclay, joins us to look ahead to this year's Calcutta Cup clash. All that, plus analysis of Ireland v Scotland, Wales v Italy and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/201h 16m

Episode 23 - Epic Six Nations Preview

We gather up a host of familiar faces to discuss the home nations' chances in the upcoming Six Nations, while Big Jim and Goodey have tales to tell from an interesting Burns Night event and an appearance with a TOWIE star! All that plus some huge rumours, more Saracens fallout, refereeing controversies and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/01/201h 31m

Episode 22 - Saracens & Six Nations Squad Special

It's an epic as the big showdown between Goodey and Brendan Venter is on. We dissect the news of Saracens' relegation and all the fallout with an open cloth, Jim opens up on how he's been hurt by it and we try to get to the bottom of why the truth still hasn't come out. Plus, we round up all of the action from Round 6 of the Champions Cup and discuss the Six Nations squads, including having a chat with new Ireland fly half Billy Burns...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/01/201h 28m

Episode 21 - Wiggy, Wainwright & Wild Predictions

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by Ulster legend Darren Cave to round up the Champions Cup action and look ahead to the final round, while Jim is predicting that central contracts are round the corner for England! Saracens' man of the match Richard Wigglesworth joins us to talk siege mentality, playing with the kids and transitioning into coaching, Wales legend James Hook chats retirement and becoming the next JK Rowling and former Scotland star Rob Wainwright discusses bar brawls in the Hebrides, delivering the Calcutta Cup match ball and raising money for Doddie Weir's foundation...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/01/201h 20m

Episode 20 - Nigel's Legacy & Gareth Anscombe

Happy New Year...we're back for the first episode of 2020 and Jim's had a torrid Christmas with the kids but made up for it with a special night at JK Rowling's New Year's Eve party! We discuss Nigel Wray's legacy at Saracens, Ed Griffiths' return and whether players might be leaving sooner rather than later. Plus, Wales fly half Gareth Anscombe joins us to chat about his injury issues, Ospreys' woes and a new business venture that might just help Goodey...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/01/201h 13m

Episode 19 - Bumper Christmas Special

Jim's left it late but the Christmas song is finally here and it's worth the wait! We speak to Ellis Genge about his interview that went viral at the weekend, his plans to volunteer at a soup kitchen this Christmas and Leicester's struggles. And, Exeter's star man Jonny Hill joins us and opens up about some of his team-mates. All that plus Secret Santa, social media questions, rumours and more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/12/191h 22m

Episode 18 - Big Dev v Big Jim

It's been a long time coming but the long awaited appearance of Big Devin Toner on the Pod has arrived! He discusses his beef with Jim, speaks candidly about being left out of Ireland's World Cup squad and his relationship with Joe Schmidt and gives us an insight into life at Leinster. Meanwhile, Goodey has tales to tell from his weekend in Belfast, Jim has some fancy dress stories from the Covskins and we dissect all the Champions Cup action with an open cloth...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/191h 14m

Episode 17 - Cooney!

The player of this season's Champions Cup so far John Cooney joins us to talk Ulster, Ireland and where Goodey should go out in Belfast on Friday night, among other things. Big Jim has some strong words on the subject of Leicester's woes and he also has a tale to tell about some beef with Warren Gatland during Barbarians week. All that, plus a look back at the weekend's Premiership games and preview of the upcoming Champions Cup action.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/191h 16m

Episode 16 - Foden's X-Factor & Pure Filth

We're joined by Ben Foden to chat Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans and all things X-Factor as well as life in New York and a bit of rugby too. And, we dissect all the Champions Cup action with an open cloth, including some absolute filth of the worst kind at the AJ Bell Stadium and some filth of the best kind from Finn Russell!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/11/191h 2m

Episode 15 - Hoggy's Lid & Salarycens' U-Turn

New Exeter Chief Stuart Hogg joins us to talk Sandy Park initiation, settling into Devon life, Scottish disappointment, hair care and much more, as well as their Champions Cup Round 1 triumph. We discuss Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland's books, chat about all the Champions Cup action and, yes, there's more Saracens salary cap comment as we record just as it's confirmed they're not appealing their 35-point penalty and £5m fine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/11/191h 12m

Episode 14 - Saracens Salary Cap Special

We speak to the journalist who dug deep into Saracens' alleged salary cap breaches, Laura Lambert, and dissect the case with an open cloth...it's fair to say Big Jim and Goodey don't see eye to eye on the subject! While Saracens dominate the agenda, we also look back at the Premiership and ahead to the Champions Cup and we hear from Johnny Williams on his recovery from testicular cancer as Movember gathers pace.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/11/191h 7m

Episode 13 - Bok Brilliance & Big World Cup Debrief

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by Darren Cave to take an emotional look back on the 2019 World Cup. We catch up with South African legend Ruan Pienaar, who was on standby for the Springboks during the tournament, to get the inside track on Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus and find out what impact it could have on the country. And, of course, there is a full analysis of what went wrong for England...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/11/191h 6m

Episode 12 - It's Coming Home!

Big Jim and Goodey look ahead to England's first World Cup final for 12 years and dissect it with an open cloth. There's apologies (sort of) for George Ford and Eddie Jones and we speak to the man at the centre of the controversy the last time England and South met in the final back in 2007, Mark Cueto. All that plus more Japanese wisdom from Jim, some Premiership chat and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/10/191h 10m

Episode 11 - Can the All Blacks be conquered?

Part Kiwi, part Irishman, full on legend James Lowe joins us to dissect Ireland's hammering at the hands of the All Blacks, as well as who he was cheering for and his prospects of wearing the green jersey next year. We hear a first hand account from Eddie Jones' latest off the wall press conference and Jim and Goodey discuss England's prospects against New Zealand, as well as Wales v South Africa. All that plus a Premiership round-up, some more Japanese cultural insight from Big Jim and more of your social media questions answered...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/10/191h 12m

Episode 10 - Drew Mitchell & Japanese Heroism

Big Jim dissects Scotland's pool stage exit with an open cloth, while he and Goodey marvel at the heroics of Japan both on and off the field. We discuss their possible inclusion in the Rugby Championship and look ahead to all of the World Cup quarter-finals. And, Australian legend Drew Mitchell joins us to talk Cheika, Jones and all things England v Australia...you don't want to miss it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/10/191h 7m

Episode 9 - Saint-Andre & Burger

Darren Cave joins Big Jim and Goodey in the studio as we catch up with France's coach at the 2015 World Cup Philippe Saint-Andre to find out if the rumours of more mutiny in the French camp are true. Jacques Burger also joins us to discuss Namibia's heroic half against the All Blacks and how the Tier 2 nations are punching above their weight and need more support. Plus, there's a heated debate on Tomas Lavanini's red card and an in-depth look ahead to the epic conclusion of Pool A...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/10/191h 11m

Episode 8 - Rob Evans, Japanese Jim & Whinging Wallabies

Welsh international Rob Evans joins us to discuss Wales' epic win over Australia, as well as what it was like being left out of the squad at the last minute. Jim has found some Japanese ancestry so he can't lose when Scotland face the hosts and we dissect the Same Kerevi and Michael Hooper incidents with an open cloth. All that plus more Japanese words of wisdom from Jim and a host of your social media questions answered...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/10/191h 5m

Episode 7 - Ropey Referees, Scotland's Shame & A World Cup Winner

World Cup winner Steve Thompson joins us on the Pod this week and he has some strong views on the current England side and what they're lacking, as well as some candid thoughts on his time wearing the red rose. Meanwhile, Big Jim is scathing about Scotland's performance against Ireland and Goodey isn't impressed, to put it mildly, with the standard of refereeing at the World Cup so far...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/09/191h

Episode 6 - Denton & The World Cup Preview

We're joined by Scotland international Dave Denton after he was forced to hang up his boots at the age of 29 because of concussion and we check in with World Rugby consultant Ross Tucker to find out more about the latest on concussion and how the high tackle framework might have a big effect on the World Cup. Big Jim and Goodey preview the opening weekend of the tournament, make some predictions and Jim's even giving out Japanese lessons as well!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/09/191h 4m

Episode 5 - Stransky & The Scottish Hammer

Big Jim & Goodey are back from their 'work' trip to Miami to dissect the final round of World Cup warm-up games with an open cloth and give their verdict on who will win the tournament. We speak to 1995 World Cup winner Joel Stransky about the sad passing of the great Chester Williams and South Africa's chances and we also catch up with the Scottish Hammer making waves in the NFL!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/09/191h

Episode 4 - Wigsvili & Shock Selections

Big Jim has an apology for Devin Toner as we discuss his shock omission and some surprise selections from Wales and rumours of big calls by Scotland too. We're also joined by former Ireland international Darren Cave in the studio and catch up with Georgia forwards coach Graham Rowntree to hear about their historic Test against Scotland and his adventure in the Caucasus!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/09/1959m 19s

Episode 3 - Ireland In Trouble

As well as discussing Manu's magic and whether they've got it wrong about the Ford/Farrell combination, Big Jim and Goodey are joined by Ireland legend Stephen Ferris, who is deeply concerned about the decline of the men in green. We also hear from John Cooney about being cut from the Ireland squad ahead of the World Cup, answer your social media questions and much, much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/08/1956m 51s

Episode 2 - Ross Moriarty

Wales are world number one for the first time ever and we've got arguably their most important player off his Turkish sun lounger and on for a chat about expectation, preparation and sharing a room with Bradley Davies! Goodey's just back from a week in Portugal with stories of poolside chats with Johnny Sexton and his family and Big Jim pulls no punches on England going back to the Ford/Farrell axis and Scotland's thrashing at the hands of France. All that plus a few of your social media questions answered...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/1953m 3s

Episode 1 - Eddie, are you ok?

We're back, in a new studio and looking lean after a pre-season of training in serious humidity. We're recording just as Eddie Jones announces his 31-man World Cup squad almost a month ahead of the deadline so break down his decisions, asking Eddie are you ok?! Goodey and Jim are divided on Scott Barrett's red card, we hear from Rory Best on why he doesn't sing Ireland's Call and much, much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/08/1948m 0s

Episode 40 - The Big Season Finale

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by newly retired friend of the show Darren Cave as we discuss the best Premiership final ever and potentially the best club side ever, as well as check in with the Barbarians camp to see just how good a time they had in the lead up to their game against England! All that plus details of Jim's triathlon struggle and a few spicy rumours...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/06/1959m 20s

Episode 39 - Ashton & White

Sale & England winger Chris Ashton joins us in the studio to chat about coming back to the Premiership after his Barbarians experience this time last year and his World Cup prospects. And, we catch up with Exeter scrum half Nic White ahead of the Premiership final this weekend and find out how he could be playing in the World Cup in Japan as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/191h 11m

Episode 38 - The Man Without The Marler Tattoo

Jim's just stepped off the plane from New York and tells us how relieved he was watching James Lang's kick drop just under the crossbar as he escapes getting Joe Marler's face tattooed on his arse by the narrowest of margins! We're joined by James Horwill to discuss missing out on the play-offs and his great career and we look ahead to the Premiership semi-finals and PRO14 final this weekend. All that plus a few of your social media questions answered and a couple of spicy rumours...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/1957m 18s

Episode 37 - Goodey's Alive!

We're joined by man of the moment and European Player of the Year Alex Goode, who has just about taken his kit off and is trying to readjust to normal life after winning a third European Cup. He takes us through the celebrations and the players' movements in the hours and days after the final whistle and discusses what the victory means to the club. And, we're joined in the studio by jungle VIP and big rugby fan Nick Knowles for a chat as well!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/191h 1m

Episode 36 - Skelton & Pearce

Big Jim and Goodey are back and are joined by Saracens lock Will Skelton to preview the Champions Cup final against Leinster this weekend. Goodey's not convinced about World Rugby's decision to take four French referees to the World Cup, with just eight from other countries, and we speak to Luke Pearce about what he makes of it all and how excited he is to be heading to his first World Cup as a referee. All that plus a few decent rumours and the week rounded up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/1951m 24s

Episode 35 - Thacker, Negri & Gulliver

Big Jim and Goodey are back with the latter finally on the path to better health after hitting the gym for the first time in years this week. We've got three great guests from the success stories of the weekend as we talk to Harry Thacker going back to his old club and inflicting another defeat on them, Sebastian Negri about how massive an achievement it is for Benetton to make the play-offs in the Guinness PRO14 and Georgie Gulliver on the celebrations after Saracens Women won the Tyrrells Premier 15s title for a second year running. All that plus a full round-up and a few juicy rumours as well...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/191h 4m

Episode 34 - #AlwaysLeinster

Big Jim's back from Dubai where he spent a while in hospital and practiced his German, we're out of the studio and in the Wolfpack Bar as we analyse Saracens' comprehensive win over Munster and we discover directly from the Leinster camp how Big Jim wrote the Irishmen's team talk for them by predicting that they'd lose by 10 to Toulouse! All that plus a few juicy rumours and the week wrapped up in The Goode, The Bad and The Ugly...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/04/1952m 47s

Episode 33 - Marler & Best

Jim's away in Dubai so Big Joe Marler's back in the studio and we surprise him with a phone call from his old Lions mate Rory Best to discuss one of their nights out in New Zealand, his career and look ahead to the two Irish teams' chances in the Champions Cup semi-finals as well. The Israel Folau and Billy Vunipola incidents and Joe's responses to both are discussed in depth and we check in with Jim on the phone as well as he struggles with the realities of a long flight and family holiday with four kids!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/04/1957m 7s

Episode 32 - Hong Konged

Jim and Goodey are back from Hong Kong with tales from on the pitch and off it...you won't want to miss them! We catch up with Ed Slater on Gloucester's season as well as they move to within touching distance of a play-off place and we speak to RPA Chairman Mark Lambert about the upcoming Restart Weekend and the important work the charity is doing. All that plus a couple of juicy rumours and the week rounded up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/191h 2m

Episode 31 - From Dubai to Hong Kong via Europe

Goodey's back from Dubai and his bags are packed again as he and Jim head straight from the Pod to the airport for a week in Hong Kong! First, though, they dissect the European quarter-finals with an open cloth...and Darren Cave joins us to talk us through his heroic performance, Stockdale's slip-up and how much his value's gone up by! There's some love for the French, reaction to Mike Ford joining Tigers, big rumours and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/1956m 40s

Episode 30 - Burns & Hutchinson

Goodey's away in Dubai so we check in with him at the all you can eat buffet but the King of Bath Freddie Burns is with Big Jim in the studio in his place talking brutally honestly about a certain moment earlier in the season, his love life, Bath's season and much more. We also catch up with the Premiership's Player of the Month Rory Hutchinson, discuss Leicester and how many teams are in a relegation battle and look ahead to the Champions Cup quarter-finals...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/191h 3m

Episode 29 - Russell & Evans

Good things come to those who wait! Jim's walked the Calcutta Cup all the way back up to Edinburgh (or missed his flight earlier this week!) and is back to revel in Scotland's Calcutta Cup comeback. We speak to the Scottish hero Finn Russell and also catch up with Welsh Grand Slam winner Rob Evans to find out all about their celebrations and to get the answers to what everyone wants to know about the man of the moment Alun Wyn Jones...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/1958m 45s

Episode 28 - Williams, Hodgson & Hunter

Big Jim and Goodey arrive in the studio after spending two days travelling down from Murrayfield with the Calcutta Cup and Darren Cave joins them in the studio to discuss all things Six Nations. We catch up with Wales centre Scott Williams to discuss their Grand Slam hopes and hear from Red Roses Captain Sarah Hunter on the prospect of sealing a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday and where the women's game is at. All that plus a clip of our chat with Charlie Hodgson, hear what happened when Big Jim and Devin Toner came face to face and much, much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/191h 1m

Episode 27 - Jim & Nigel's House, World League & Scarpreys

Big Jim has some explaining to do about his house in Harpenden that belonged to Nigel Wray, we discuss the effectiveness of the salary cap, the PR problems of the proposed World League and are joined by Ospreys legend Sean Holley to assess the region's potential merger with the Scarlets and the WRU's handling of the situation. All that, plus a look at the Six Nations and the Premiership and the week wrapped up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/191h

Episode 26 - Jim's Welsh Apology & Ireland's Bizarre Bus Journey

We're back to dissect Wales' victory over England, including discussing Sinckler's short fuse and Biggar's balls, and Jim has an apology for the nation of Wales for underestimating them! We also check in with Ireland debutant Jack Carty to hear about his week, his initiation sing-song and a certain crazy bus journey that went viral. We also take a look at the weekend's Premiership and PRO14 action and drop a few sizeable rumours in the Rumour Mill...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/1952m 30s

Episode 25 - Hook & Wood

Jim's got a tale to tell about a 14-hour journey to Edinburgh, Mourad Boudjellal has given Goodey some more ammunition and he gives it to him both barrels and we build up to a massive weekend of Six Nations action by speaking to former Wales and British & Irish Lions international James Hook about Wales v England. We also talk to 50-cap England back rower Tom Wood about the game at the Principality Stadium and his chances of getting back in the England side on the back of a man of the match display for Saints and on the day he signed a new contract...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/1958m 7s

Episode 24 - Vive La France

As well as Goodey's much anticipated take on France's failings and England's success at Twickenham, we get a French view from the country's former head coach Philippe Saint-Andre. We chat to former Ireland international and British & Irish Lion Stephen Ferris about the men in green's win over Scotland at Murrayfield and we speak to Thomas Young about a very proud weekend for him as he made his Six Nations debut in Rome. All that plus a few juicy rumours and the week rounded up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/1956m 28s

Episode 23 - An Apology To Eddie

Big Jim and Goodey are joined in the studio by Ulster and Ireland's Darren Cave to pick the bones out of England's victory at the Aviva Stadium. Jim confesses he's England 'til he dies and has an apology for Eddie Jones. And, we catch up with Joe Marler to see what it was like watching the Six Nations from the pub and find out he might be rivalling Jim for his 'Dad of the Year' title!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/02/1952m 37s

Episode 22 - Six Nations Special

The Six Nations Special is here! Jim and Goodey are joined by a guest from each of the nations involved (apart from France as Goodey's name is mud across The Channel!) to preview the start of the tournament and discuss each team's chances. Plus, there's a £5K bet on the line...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/191h 6m

Episode 21 - Burns & Holmes

We’re back and discussing Jim’s hot morning date, Eddie Jones’ attention seeking and the success of the PRO14 teams in the Champions Cup! We check in with Toulouse fly half Zack Holmes to see if they deliberately avoided getting a try bonus point in order to dodge a trip to Leinster and catch up with Billy Burns after Ulster won at Welford Road to secure their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in five years…  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/01/1957m 2s

Episode 20 - Cipriani, Gilchrist & Kruis

We catch up with Grant Gilchrist this week to get the lowdown on Edinburgh's historic win at Toulon and look ahead to an even bigger game against Montpellier and we check in with George Kruis to chat about Saracens' progress, England's Six Nations squad and whether his mate Alex Goode might get a look in. Oh and we hear a bit from Danny Cipriani after Goodey caught up with him recently. All that plus discussion on all the big Champions Cup games and a few big rumours in the Rumour Mill!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/01/191h 8m

Episode 19 - Steeno & Beaumont

Ulster & Ireland's Darren Cave joins Big Jim & Goodey in the studio to look ahead to this weekend's Champions Cup action and discuss all the latest goings on in the Premiership and PRO14. And, we check in with Josh Beaumont after Sale's huge win over Saracens and catch up with Gareth Steenson to discuss his journey with Chiefs, ring fencing, his new bar and much, much more. All that plus a bucket load of rumours you won't want to miss!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/191h 1m

Episode 18 - Happy New Year!

The holy trinity of Goodey, Big Jim and Marleybone are reunited in the studio for the first episode of 2019 and we tackle the big topic of the week by discussing the size and trajectory of saliva after Joe’s team-mate was accused of spitting and Goodey caused a storm on Twitter. We also discuss what the guys have been up to over Christmas and New Year, look at all the other Premiership and PRO14 action this week and catch up with Tom Varndell after his return to Welford Road.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/01/191h 10m

Best of Superfan content 2018

We've put together some highlights from our first few months of Superfan content, including interviews with Joe Marler, Wayne Barnes, Nick Mullins, James Horwill, Matt Hampson, Nick Evans, Siya Kolisi, Paul Gustard and Andy Powell. Thanks to everyone who is supporting us to make this extra content, and if you’d like to listen to all of these interviews, as well as all of the upcoming content for 2019, check out Patreon.com/therugbypod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/01/1925m 34s

Episode 17 - Bumper Christmas Special Part II

Merry Christmas to one and all....the second part of our bumper Christmas special is here and you don't want to miss it as Big Jim hits us with a festive rap! We're also joined by Benetton and Italy fly half Ian McKinley to talk us through his incredible story and the new documentary that's been made about it for RugbyPass. And, we answer a load of your social media questions in our 12 social media questions of Christmas feature! Ho, ho, ho...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/1833m 29s

Episode 17 - Bumper Christmas Special Part I

Ho ho ho...Christmas is a week away so it's time for the Rugby Pod Secret Santa, as well as a couple of stellar guests in the first of two installments of the Pod in the lead up to the big day. We're joined by Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill to discuss the plight of a couple of his old clubs, his team's European exploits and how he's turned them around. And, we catch up with Ulster's Will Addison on his way back from Ireland camp to talk about Champions Cup success, international recognition and making the move from Sale. All that plus much more...and don't miss the second installment coming to you soon, featuring Big Jim's Christmas Rap!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/12/1856m 56s

Episode 16 - Jake Polledri & The Return Of Big Joe

Big Jim's away in South Africa so Big Joe Marler's back in the studio to make some more waves after the dust has just about settled on his last visit! He talks players getting paid too much, his feelings during the autumn internationals and much more. And, we catch up with Gloucester back row Jake Polledri to hear about his journey from Subway to superstar...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/1859m 59s

Episode 15 - Gary Graham

As well as discussing Leicester's latest travails, Sarries marching on, Quins ending Exeter's run and all of the other Premiership action, Gary Graham calls in to fill us in on exactly what happened with his switch of allegiance from England back to Scotland, tell us what his dad made of it all and discuss whether Eddie Jones knew who he was! All that plus Jim's notes on the PRO14, a few transfer rumours and the week rounded up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/1856m 28s

Episode 14 - Hogg & Matavesi

Fiji's fantastic win over the French is the talk of the Pod with one of their heroes joining us on the line, we look at Wales' autumn clean sweep and England's walloping of the Wallabies...and Stuart Hogg joins us from the car on the way down to Exeter! All that, plus a bit of Premiership chat, some hot rumours and the week rounded up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/11/1856m 8s

Episode 13 - Sean Cronin

We're joined by one of the heroes of Ireland's win over the All Blacks to find out about the atmosphere at the Aviva, the tactical genius of Joe Schmidt, the night out afterwards, Jacob Stockdale's balls and much more. Big Jim, Goodey and Darren Cave are all in the studio to discuss all of the autumn internationals and the Premiership action. Plus, a few seriously good rumours and the week wrapped up in the Goode, the Bad & the Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/1856m 33s

Episode 12 - Powell & Budd

Big Jim and Goodey pick apart all of the latest round of autumn internationals, including analysing another controversial ending at Twickenham. Former Wales and British & Irish Lions star Andy Powell joins us to talk about the end of an Australian hoodoo, golf buggies and look ahead to our Cardiff live show and we catch up with Dean Budd to discuss the biggest game of the weekend as Italy took on Georgia! All that plus much, much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/11/1855m 38s

Episode 11 - Zach Mercer

Zach Mercer joins us to discuss what it was like making his debut for England, winning the crucial turnover at the death and the prospect of facing the All Blacks at the weekend. We set the record straight on the Owen Farrell tackle, talk about the Doddie Weir Cup and Ireland v Italy in Chicago and we preview all of next weekend's games...oh and a few juicy rumours are thrown in for good measure!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/11/1852m 16s

Episode 10 - Twitter Takeover

Join us as we take over Twitter headquarters to record a special episode of the Pod...you won't want to miss it as Jim reveals the England line-up for this weekend's game against South Africa, Goodey gives it to the WRU and SRU both barrels, there are some big coaching rumours and we get through some of your questions...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/10/1854m 18s

Episode 9 - Lawrence Dallaglio

European Cup & World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio joins us to discuss Eddie Jones and England's autumn prospects, as well as talk us through some tales from his career and chat about the latest round of Champions Cup action. We talk Cipriani's sending off, fantastic Falcons, terrible Toulon, Wade winging his way to the NFL and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/10/1854m 15s

Episode 8 - Rory Best & Mark Wilson

Ulster centre Darren Cave fills in for Goodey while he's away but the man himself phones in from Dubai to explain Wasps' drubbing at Leinster. We speak to Ireland skipper Rory Best about Ulster's Champions Cup hopes, his World Cup dream and tales from the Lions tour...and we catch up with the man who led Newcastle to victory in Toulon, Mark Wilson! All that plus the guys' take on Freddie's drop and the reactions to it, some tasty rumours and Round 1 in Europe wrapped up in the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/10/1854m 30s

Episode 7 - Robson, McGrath & Hong Kong Madness

Big Jim's back from Hong Kong with a tale to tell, we check in with Dan Robson to talk Wasps, England and receding hairlines and we catch up with Leinster prop Jack McGrath ahead of the start of their European title defence. All that, plus a look ahead to the Champions Cup, a couple of major rumours and your social media questions answered...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/10/181h

Episode 6 - Marler Bares All & Big Willy Joins In

Joe Marler’s back on the Pod, fresh from helping Harlequins win away for the first time for over a year, and reveals in depth why he has chosen to retire from international rugby. We hear how the conversation with Eddie Jones went, why he couldn’t keep going until the World Cup and much more. Plus, we catch up with Big Will Skelton to discuss Saracens’ meeting with Quins at the weekend and his Wallaby World Cup ambitions…and we answer some of your social media questions as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/10/1850m 28s

Episode 5 - George Clooney & The Black Lambo

The biggest name in the Guinness PRO14 John Cooney AKA George Clooney joins us to talk nicknames, scars and Ireland ambitions and we also catch up with Francois Hougaard to confirm what car he's driving around Worcester and find out how the Warriors won at Welford Road. There's also some strong views on Eddie Jones' England training squad, a few juicy transfer rumours and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/09/1849m 56s

Episode 4 Part 2 - Kay, Barnes & Jackson

The concluding part in this week's two-part special is here! Ben Kay is with the guys in the studio, we catch up with Ed Jackson to find out how he's getting on after climbing Mont Buet and discuss the Rugby Championship and PRO14 action. Goodey and Jim answer some of your social media questions as well...tune in to discover who their smelliest team-mates were, which players they would and wouldn't invite round for dinner and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/1842m 40s

Episode 4 Part 1 - Kay, Barnes & Jackson

This week's bumper episode comes to you in two parts as Ben Kay joins the guys in the studio...check out the first part to hear what the thinking was at board level behind Matt O'Connor's sacking at Leicester, listen to the guys disagreeing about the weekend's major talking point in Will Spencer's red card and find out what Wayne Barnes had to say about a urinal in New Zealand and a trip to Australia with Nigel Owens! And don't forget to check back tomorrow for Part 2...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/09/1842m 53s

Episode 3 - Geordan Murphy

Joe Marler's back in the studio with Big Jim and Goodey discussing his disciplinary history and the strangest thing he's done on a rugby field, as well as talking through the weekend's action. And we speak to new Leicester Head Coach Geordan Murphy about a hectic seven days at Welford Road and how long he's likely to be in the job for.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/09/1855m 12s

Episode 2 - Toothless Tigers

We discuss the issues at Leicester at length, as well as speaking to Ian Madigan about Bristol's triumphant return to the Premiership and Darren Cave about Ulster putting a season of woe behind them and beating Scarlets in Round 1...oh, and a certain Joe Marler calls in to reassure everyone he'll be back next week!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/09/1852m 46s

Episode 1 - Back With A Bang

We're back...the long summer wait is over and a new, big-name panel member joins Big Jim & Goodey in the studio...you don't want to miss it! We fill you in on what we've heard about Danny Cipriani's night out in Jersey and give our predictions for the coming season, including a surprise pick for the top four...all that plus much, much more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/08/181h 5m

Superfans launch

Calling all Superfans. Like Goodey's belly, The Rugby Pod is getting bigger. We love producing the Podcast and hopefully, you've enjoyed the stories and laughs over the last two seasons. We want to produce more content for you, set up our own studio with a built-in melted wheelie bin and weird fish tank, get more big guests on the Pod, organise more live shows across the UK & Ireland and do some live match commentary. With your help, we can do this and lots more. Become a Superfan today and help the Pod reach new highs (and lows) and in return, we'll give you a lot more entertainment. Visit https://www.patreon.com/therugbypod for more info  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/182m 57s

Episode 40 - Season Finale

We're going out with a bang for the final Pod of the 2017/18 season...Jamie George joins us to discuss England's tour to South Africa and his 37-game season and we assess Ireland, Wales and Scotland's summer tours, as well as analysing where it's all gone wrong for England and what victory in the third Test told us. All that plus plenty of refereeing controversies, your social media questions answered and the final Goode, Bad & Ugly of the season.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/1849m 40s

Episode 39 - Stransky & Brits

Schalk Brits joins us to explain how he went from sipping mojitos to coming out of retirement for the Springboks. South Africa's World Cup winning hero from 1995 Joel Stransky also joins the Pod to compare that historic occasion 23 years ago to Saturday when Siya Kolisi led out the Boks. Plus, we discuss Ireland in Australia, the refereeing in New Zealand v France, look ahead to all of the second Tests and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/1851m 59s

Episode 38 - Brad Barritt

Premiership winning skipper Brad Barritt joins us straight from the golf course to talk Saracens' celebrations, what turned the season around and the keys to the culture at the club. Plus, we discuss Chris Robshaw, George Ford and England's failures, analyse the new 'nipple tackle' law trial and share a few juicy rumours.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/1852m 34s

Episode 37 - Tadhg Beirne

Man of the moment Tadhg Beirne joins us to discuss his first Ireland call-up, reaching the PRO14 final, Scotstoun scars, delivering pizza to Sean Cronin and much more. We preview the PRO14 and Premiership finals, look at Paul Gustard's appointment at Quins and get the lowdown from Goodey after his visit to England training.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/1854m 49s

Episode 36 - Heaslip & Hogg

Leinster & Ireland legend Jamie Heaslip joins us to talk us through his former side's Champions Cup final triumph and tell us about his plans for the future, while the man who fired Newcastle to the play-offs Ally Hogg is also on the line to preview the Premiership semi-finals...oh, and Andy Rowe takes his punishment like a man (or a cat)!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/1854m 55s

Episode 35 - Banahan & Barnes

Man of the moment Matt Banahan joins us to discuss the hat-trick that took him to 100 tries for Bath and his team into the Champions Cup, as well as revealing the circumstances surrounding his move to Gloucester, while Wayne Barnes talks us through his preparations for the Champions Cup final and what it was like to referee Jim and Goodey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/1853m 8s

Episode 34 - Goodey's Falcons Comeback

We catch up with Newcastle head coach Dave Walder and Joel 'The Flipper' Hodgson to hear about their success in reaching the play-offs and how Niki Goneva is the Mo Salah of rugby. Oh, and Goodey's got the call up from Deano to solve the Falcons' fly half crisis and is joining the board at Tigers too!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/05/1847m 43s

Episode 33 - Leinster Special

Big Jim and Goodey wax lyrical about Leinster and we hear from not one but two of the side that beat the Scarlets on how impressive a coach Stuart Lancaster is, what makes him so good and how epic the party was in Johnny Sexton's wine cellar after the game! We also discuss Racing v Munster, Dylan Hartley, Rob Horne, Brad Shields and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/1849m 27s

Episode 32 - Marleybone Returns

Big Jim's best mate is back! Joe Marler joins us to fill us in on the fallout from John Kingston's departure and where Quins' season has gone wrong. We also discuss the Bristols Barebacks and whether any other clubs could follow suit in rebranding and we preview the Champions Cup semi-finals. All that plus a bit of decent transfer gossip in the Rumour Mill.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/1848m 9s

Episode 31 - Hong Kong Blues

The boys are back from Hong Kong with stories to tell as they head straight from the plane to the studio on Monday lunchtime and Goodey predicts John Kingston's departure from Quins a few hours before it happens, while Jim throws Nick Kennedy's hat into the ring! We catch up with Ed Jackson to hear all about his remarkable trek up Snowdon and Mike Haley joins us to discuss Sale's play-off chances, his move to Munster and his Ireland ambitions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/04/1847m 44s

Episode 30 - PRO14 Power!

We dissect all of the Champions Cup quarter-finals as Goodey addresses the power of the PRO14, Jim tells us how he was blanked by Stuart Lancaster in Dublin and it's bring your kids to work day on Easter Monday as Jim's son JJ pops in for a brief cameo! All that plus a few decent whispers in The Rumour Mill and the week rounded up in The Goode, The Bad and The Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/1846m 50s

Episode 29 - Schalk Brits

Schalk Brits joins us to preview Saracens' trip to Leinster and says they've got a few things up their sleeves and will be bringing pressure that the Irish province haven't experienced yet this season. He also tells us of his plans to play in the Varsity match after retiring. We round up all the weekend's action, preview the other Champions Cup quarter-finals, answer a few of your social media questions and tie up the week in rugby with the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/1853m 8s

Episode 28 - Six Nations After Party

We're having a Six Nations after party and everyone's invited! Join Big Jim, Goodey, James Haskell, John Barclay, Jamie Roberts, Chris Ashton, Martin Castrogiovanni and Grand Slam winner Jordi Murphy to discuss every team's performance and much more...it's big and you don't want to miss it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/181h 7m

Episode 27 - Irish Takeover

Goodey dials in from the all you can eat buffet in Dubai to call for the head of George Ford, while Irishman Brendan Macken stands in for him in the studio to discuss the men in green’s title triumph and the prospects of making it the best St Patrick’s Day ever by sealing a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday. Oh…and there a couple of ‘special guest appearances’ 😉 in the studio!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/1846m 0s

Episode 26 - Jacob Stockdale

The Six Nations’ leading try scorer Jacob ‘The Mountain Goat’ Stockdale joins us to discuss his rapid rise to international success and Ireland’s Grand Slam chances. Goodey lists the changes Eddie Jones needs to make to get England back on track, Jim comes to George North’s defence, Nili Latu’s bush shocks everyone and much, much more…  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/1856m 6s

Episode 25 - Finn Russell

Big Jim’s got a rival for the title of King of Scotland…we speak to one of the country’s heroes from the weekend’s game against England, Finn Russell. He talks us through that pass, the criticism he took in the build-up, the night out afterwards and what colour Lamborghini he’s getting when he moves to Paris. Goodey and Jim have their own tales to tell from Edinburgh too and we round up the other Six Nations and Premiership action as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/1844m 44s

Episode 24 - Big Jim's Rap Battle

Big Jim’s back from having a whale of a time in Dubai with tales to tell and a rap of his own to rival Alex Corbisiero’s from last week! Alasdair Strokosch joins us to reminisce about the last time Scotland beat England a decade ago, we round up the weekend’s club rugby and look ahead to this weekend’s Six Nations action.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/1855m 37s

Episode 23 - Corbisiero & Hook

Alex Corbisiero joins us in the studio to spit some bars and get Goodey rapping…as well as discuss all of the weekend’s action. We speak to former Wales international James Hook about Rhys Patchell’s performance and Big Jim calls in from Dubes to hail Scotland’s saviour Greig Laidlaw!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/1858m 3s

Episode 22 - Sexton's Cojones

From Johnny Sexton's massive cojones and the drop goal that'll never be bettered to Scotland's shellacking and Big Jim having shoes thrown at him in Cardiff, we dissect the opening weekend of the Six Nations and have a chat with former British and Irish Lion and Grand Slam winner with Ireland Stephen Ferris before looking ahead to next week's games.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/1859m 6s

Episode 21 - Six Nations Special

Paddy Wallace, Shane Williams, Doddie Weir and Nick Easter all join us to build up to the opening weekend of the Six Nations and discuss all of the home nations' chances this year. Goodey and Jim give their predictions, give us the lowdown on new Saints boss Chris Boyd and let a few rumours slip as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/181h 14m

Episode 20 - Brad Barritt

We catch up with Saracens skipper Brad Barritt on a Tiki Tonga coffee fact-finding mission in the Maldives to talk about what it was like waiting to see if they would make it through to the quarter-finals. We also round up all of the Champions Cup action, discuss Rob Howley featuring in The Horse Riding Times, Dylan Hartley on roller blades, Dan Cole the human penknife and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/01/1852m 46s

Episode 19 - Max Evans

We check in with former Scotland international and now Dancing On Ice's biggest star Max Evans, as well as discussing Bath, Wasps and Saracens' failures, championing Stephen Jones for the Wales job and reeling off a host of new rumours!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/1849m 20s

Episode 18 - Youngs & Jackman

Ben Youngs joins the guys to discuss England's Brighton training camp and Leicester's struggles, as well as reminiscing about the good old days when he shared a changing room with Andy and Jim! Bernard Jackman also joins us to talk about the new Dragons documentary and Jim tells us how he took over the Andy Goode suite at the Ricoh Arena as Sarries beat Wasps.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/01/1850m 0s

Episode 17 - Gaffney & Wellard

The boys are back to wish you a Happy New Year and Jim's just glad to be out of the house! We discuss the rise of Gloucester and the fall of Leicester with special guests Charlie Sharples and Geordan Murphy, Jim talks us through Alan 'Dean' Gaffney taking over at Northampton and we chat about the key festive fixtures.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/01/1849m 36s

The Rugby Pod - The Best Of 2017

From Tom Varndell in the bath to Harry Ellis in Chile, Titti von Tramp in Belfast to Kelly Brown in Barcelona and Danny Cipriani in David Haye’s gym to Joe Marler on the blower, we pick out just a few of the highlights from 2017 on the Rugby Pod. We’ll be back for many more in 2018 and don’t forget to tell your friends and give us a review if you want to see Goodey and Jim turning out for Old Pisspoorians before the end of the season!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/12/1757m 37s

Episode 16 - Secret Santa

We catch up with the hero from Clermont’s second victory over Saracens in less than a week, Scott Spedding, Jim tells us all about his night out in Le Frog while he was over there for the game and we get into the festive spirit with a bit of secret santa…some are happier with their presents than others!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/1748m 48s

Episode 15 - Snowstorm

Jim's finally made it up to London after being snowed in for three days on his country estate. The lads cover all the usual gossip, news and rumours and we chat with Saints and England fullback Ben Foden about Jim Mallinder's departure. There's news on the next few live shows as well as an update on our race to an Xmas Number 1! Enjoy and please leave a review and give it a share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/171h 3m

Episode 14 - Haskell & The Quest For Xmas No.1

As well as discussing the week's major talking points, the self-proclaimed 'Archbishop of Banterbury' himself James Haskell joins us to reveal all on Eddie Jones' visit to his house, the fun and games on the Lions tour and what the future has in store for him when his contract ends in the summer...oh, and what kind of wiper he is!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/1751m 51s

Episode 13 - Jamie Heaslip

We reveal the results of our national survey and announce the first few dates of the Pod’s world tour before talking Ireland, Lions tours, Devin Toner and Joe Schmidt’s cats with Jamie Heaslip and hearing from Samoa skipper Chris Vui on the England game and the cash and politics surrounding it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/1750m 5s

Episode 12 - Scotland The Brave

Scotland scrum half Ali Price joins the guys to discuss what might have been against the All Blacks and an emotional night at Murrayfield, while Wales and referees cop some more flak, the rumour mill goes into overdrive and Jim wants to know about your bathroom habits!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/1747m 54s

Episode 11 - Big Billy

Big Billy Vunipola joins the boys to talk rehab, how to solve the Pacific Islands' problems and what Jim was really like at Sarries. And, we analyse the autumn internationals and discuss how Joe Schmidt and his cats have worked wonders with Ireland!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/1755m 17s

Episode 10 - Marleybone

It’s on…we’ve finally tracked down Joe Marler to settle his beef with Big Jim! Amid the trash talk and big fight negotiations, he reveals the extent of the issues with Marland Yarde at Quins, talks about his ‘8-week stag do’ on the Lions tour and admits his devastation at missing the chance to pile into Wales in a training session.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/1749m 56s

Episode 9 - Armand’s Omission & Jim’s Retirement Revelation

Don Armand joins us to discuss his England omission, the pursuit of Joe Marler continues, Marland Yarde gets the ugly and Jim reveals all on his international retirement and the bust-up with Stern Vern!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/1756m 5s

Episode 8 - Chiefs

Exeter scrum half Nic White joins us to discuss the epic win away at his old club Montpellier, life in Devon and that famous Chiefs initiation. Meanwhile, we celebrate the arrival of Goodey’s twins and talk drugs in Scotland, missing Marland and Stuart Hogg’s helmet!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/1749m 34s

Episode 7 - Filthy XV Skipper Spills The Beans

Filthy XV skipper Luke Narraway joins us to discuss drinking from the hot tap & reveal all on Goodey's sudden departure from London Irish, while Ryan Lamb calls in to talk life in La Rochelle & their Champions Cup success over Quins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/1757m 49s

Episode 6 - Jim's Jungle & Danny Cipriani

‘Jungle Jim’ reveals his latest brush with showbiz! He also compares himself to Tom Hardy, discusses going full Covskin on Chris Ashton and tells us a special story at the end of the show, while Danny Cipriani calls in for a chat with the guys from David Haye’s training camp.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/1751m 45s

Episode 5 - New Arrivals

Big Jim's got big news this week! Goodey's Wasps curse continues, we're joined by a guest superfan and Ed Slater calls in to discuss Gloucester's record defeat, Johan Ackermann and his sudden switch from Tigers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/1756m 17s

Episode 4 - Fired up

Fresh from our live Pod in Fulham, the lads are back in studio and Jim is fired up. Quins and Goodey's gut are in his firing line. Ed Jackson joins the pod to tell his inspiring story about his rehab from a broken neck and chat to to the lads. Some massive transfer news in the rumour mill and all the usual chat including the Goode, the bad and ugly. Enjoy and as always, please give it a share  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/1756m 40s

Episode 3 - Showbiz

Jim's back with tales from Four Floors and Jamie George joins us to talk Philly, Lions, season length & more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/1757m 28s

Episode 2 - DC & The King of Bath

Danny Care steps in to fill the void left by Jim ‘9 points’ Hamilton and discusses touring, Vegas and one-on-one scrummaging with Adam Jones in the hotel bar, while the King of Bath Freddie Burns calls in mid-road rage incident!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/09/1748m 15s

Episode 1 - Northamptoned

After last week's drama, we have a full house as Goodey's out on bail. The lads are joined by ex-Sarries prop, Petrus du Plessis, fresh from his winning debut for London Irish in Twickenham. Jim tells us how he's settling into showbiz life and Goodey shares two bits of great news. Lots more including the usual Tweet Roulette and a round up of the Goode, The Bad and the ugly. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/09/1750m 52s

Season 2 - False Start

Big Jim and Andy Rowe have turned up for the first episode of season 2, but the Bellymonster has gone missing. It transpires there's been an issue with the police and Goodey is in big trouble. Unsure of what to do, Jim decides there's only one person to call - Goodey's mum. Hopefully everything will be cleared up and we'll be back later this week with the full squad.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/08/1715m 34s

Episode 39 - Season Finale

It's the end of the season and the lads are off on their summer holiday. One last episode to review the final Lions test, reminisce about the highs and lows of the Pod and tell a few morefilthy ffstories. We'll be back in a month to do it all again. In the mean time get your audition tapes in to join the Pod next season. Cheers for listeneing!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/1754m 57s

Episode 38 - Weird Fish

The lads are back from their tour down to New Zealand and have plenty of stories from Hong Kong, Eden Park & Auckland Departure lounge. After a few travel tales, we talk some actual rugby and review the second test between The All Blacks and the Lions and preview the second test. We also cover the usual rumours as well The Goode, The Bad & The Ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/1757m 48s

Rugby Pod - Steve Hansen

Big thanks to Radio Sport New Zealand for hooking us up with big shag ahead of the first test. Quality stuff from the big man.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/174m 30s

Episode 37 - Auckland

The Pod has landed in New Zealand and are officially on tour. After a stop off in Hong Kong and a visit to Hamilton for the Chiefs game, we sit down in Augusto's studios in central Auckland for a chinwag with Lions legend Stephen Ferris.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/06/1746m 58s

Episode 36 - Cowboys

We’re back in studio after our live show in Temple. Jim & Goodey are planning their trip down to New Zealand for the Lions Tour via Hong Kong. Andy Rowe gets plenty of stick following the Crusaders loss. The guys give their take on the Lions squad and who’s in pole position for the first test and we cover all the latest rumours as well as the Goode, The bad and the ugly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/1753m 30s

Episode 35 - Live Walkabout

We're coming to you live from Walkabout, Temple, in Central London for a Lions Special. Andy and Jim are joined by Lions legend Simon Shaw for this week's epsisode as they dissect the tour so far and look forward to the test matches and their big trip down south. Plenty of stories, rumours and laughs. Enjoy and as always please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/06/1745m 4s

Episode 34 – Feel The Burn

We start this week’s Pod with a big announcement from the lads. We’re also joined by Freddie Burns on the phone to discuss his move to Bath and Leicester’s semi-final loss to Wasps. Jim gives his thoughts on Sarries and Goodey covers this week’s Goode, Bad & Ugly. A few rumours are also dropped by the guys and we answer your social media questions. As usual, give it a share and a rating! Cheers  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/1746m 54s

Episode 33 - Dan Leo & The Big R

It's official, Big Jim is hanging up his boots. After picking up almost every accolade in the game, he's calling it a day. He's joined by Goodey to reminisce on his Cup winning performance & John Terry moment. We're also joined by ex-Samoan captain Dan Leo this week who talks about the new eligibility rules and how it affects the Pacific Island nations. We cover the latest rumours and news as well as all the Goode, the Bad and the Ugly from the week. Enjoy and give it a share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/1748m 13s

Episode 32 - Twins

Martin Devlin from Radio Sport New Zealand joins the guys for this week's episode to give a Kiwi perspective on the tour. Lots of chat about the Champions Cup Final, melted wheelie bins, the premiership and a few rumours. Enjoy and as always give it a share on social media!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/1745m 54s

Episode 31 - When 2 become 1

In a one off special, The Rugby Pod & Celtic Rugby Pod join forces for a Lions special. Andy Goode, Jim Hamilton, Lee Byrne, Brendan Macken and Andy Rowe complete an all star panel for this week's Lions Pub quiz. We cover the best of both pods with rumours, posts of the week and the Goode , the Bad and the Ugly. Make sure you're on your own for this one, plenty of LOLS as the lads let loose.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/1755m 48s

Episode 30 - Barcelona

After a huge Champions Cup semi final win, Jim celebrated in Barcelona & St.Albans with his Sarries teammates. He recounts all. Goodey covers the Goode, Bad & Ugly for the week. We also discuss a few rumours, England's squad for Argentina and lots more. Enjoy and give it a share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/04/1743m 56s

Episode 29 - Lions Reaction

The Lions squad has been announced and Big Jim & Goodey give us their reaction. We also invite Tom Court on to tell us about his surprise call up in Australia. Usual segments include Text Roulette, The Goode The Bad and The Ugly and rumours. Plenty of laughs, stories and banter as usual. Enjoy and please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/1752m 48s

Episode 28 - Kelly McBruune

Ex Scottish Captain, Saracens backrow, Crooner and Hotelier, Kelly Brown joins Big Jim, Goodey & Andy Rowe on this week's Pod. Kelly defends his reputation after months of abuse from Jim. He also gets his own back with a few embarrassing stories. We cover some actual Rugby chat with Lions coverage, The Goode, The Bad & The ugly as well a few rumours and we finish off with a bit of a sing song. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/1748m 48s

Episode 27 - Tweet Roulette

Andy Rowe is back from his travels to host Big Jim & Goodey as they get back in the saddle. Plenty of Lions chat this week as well as a review of the European Champions Cup Quarter finals and look forward to the Semi's. A few rumours, some gossip, lots of laughs and a dangerous game of Tweet Roulette. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/04/1749m 1s

Episode 26 - Sorry Laurie

This week, Jim & Andy are joined by ex Brumbies, Munster & Gloucester coach Laurie Fisher for a chat. Jim talks about his night out with Tyson Fury while Andy recounts the Goode, Bad & Ugly from the week. We also cover all the latest rumours and gossip as well as preview next weekend's European Champions Cup Quarter finals and plenty more. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/1752m 3s

Episode 25 - Superfan

The Superfan Andrew McNair hosts Big Jim & Goodey this week as they look back at the final round of action in this year's Six Nations. Plenty of Lions debate as well as a few filthy stories from the lads. We also chat with last minute call up Dan Leavy about getting the nod five minutes before the biggest game of his life. Enjoy and as always please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/1744m 43s

Episode 24 - LIVE Bitter Rivals

We're live again this week as Jim & Andy are joined by Lions legends Will Greenwood & Gordon D'Arcy to preview this weekend's action and look back at the Six Nations so far. Plenty of Lions stories and laughs from the lads in front of a live audience of 100+. Brought to you in partnership with Guinness & London Pride.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/1750m 27s

Episode 23 - LIVE from The Cabbage Patch

Our first ever live show at The Cabbage Patch in Twickenham. Andy Rowe, Goodey & Jim Hamilton chat in front of a packed house on Friday evening before the Wales v Ireland game. The lads look back at some of the highlights from our earlier episodes and answer plenty of questions from our audience. There's also a boat race between Big Jim and Harry Potter which could see one of them lose their beard!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/171h 4m

Episode 22 - 'Titti Von Tramp'

In this 'Ulster special', Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode are joined in studio by Darren Cave and on the phone by Stephen Ferris. The lads discuss a few funny nights out in Belfast as well as some of the craic down in Ulster. They review the Six Nations, including Eddie Jones' tantrum and Conor O'Shea's 'Foxy' tactics. Andy reveals a rumour about the next Leicester coach and Jim makes a plea to Warren Gatland. Plenty more including an addition to the Filthy XV as well as the Goode, The Bad & The Ugly. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/1755m 44s

Episode 21 - 'Chile'

This week the lads are joined in studio by legendary commentator Nick Mullins. They discuss the recent passing away of Dan Vickerman and what's being done to help fight the stigma around depression in Rugby and the fantasitc #LiftTheWeight campaign. We also cover all the usual news, rumours and banter from the week past, including an eventful trip to Chile for Jim and Harry Ellis. Enjoy and please share  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/1751m 24s

Episode 20 - 'Prostate Massage'

Tom Varndell joins the lads to discuss his inclusion in the FilthyXV and we find out what the Premiership's top try scorer does in his "down time". Andy & Jim give their thoughts on the second round of Six Nations action and discuss how England keep on winning. We have two fans on from Wales & Scotland, plenty of questions from Social media and a few more rumours are revealed. Enjoy and please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/1759m 8s

Episode 19 - 'Slippered'

Jim's lost another bet and has to down a beer through one of Goodey's filthy flea infested slippers. Filthy. The lads are joined this week by Ian Madigan and they chat through all the Six Nations action and preview next weekend. We also discuss some transfer news and set a few rumours free. Usual segments 'The Goode, The Bad & The Ugly' 'Filthy XV ' & Fan2 Fan are all covered. Thanks to Folk2Folk for their continued support and you can check them out here https://www.folk2folk.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/171h 1m

Episode 18 - 'Six Nations Preview'

We preview the upcoming Six Nations with Big Jim & Goodey this week. Special guests are Gavin Mortimer, who gives us an update on what's going on in France and Six Nations referee JP Doyle. We also have a few fans on as part of a new segment 'Fan2Fan'. A player gets inducted onto the FilthyXV bench and Goodey makes another offer to come out of retirement, this time for a great cause! Enjoy and please share.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/171h 4m

Episode 17 - 'Rumour Mill'

Andy Rowe is back from New Zealand to take the reigns (kind of). Goodey & Jim discuss life on and off the pitch. We round up all the latest rumours in the rugby world and look back at the final pool games from the European Champions Cup. We also add in our final FilthyXV starting player at fullback. Plenty more chat about weight loss, hair gain, Scotland, Six Nations and a potential live show! Enjoy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/1756m 17s

The Rugby Pod Episode 16 - '80 Minute Man'

Jim's as stiff as an ironing board after putting in a big 80 minutes in the Champions Cup and Goodey is nice and relaxed after a weekend commentating in sunny Toulon. The lads are joined this week by Wasps double centurion and England scrumhalf Joe Simpson. Plenty of banter as they discuss life in Cov, the new tackle laws, transfer rumours, European Rugby, The Goode The Bad & the ugly and induct another winger into the #FilthyXV. Enjoy and please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/1758m 47s

The Rugby Pod Episode 15 - 'Big Kev'

Andy Goode and Big Jim Hamilton are back for the first Podcast of 2017. They're joined in studio by Wallaby legend and Quins second row James Horwill who chats about Cheika, Eddie Jones, that broken finger and life at Quins. The lads also discuss all the gossip over Christmas, including Cockers sacking, England's injury list and the upcoming Lions tour. We also induct another member into the FilthyXV and cover The Goode, The Bad & The ugly. Enjoy & please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/01/1749m 56s

The Best Of 'Christmas Special'

What a year. We've packed 60 minutes of Podcast gold together including some of Big Jim & Goodey's best stories of the year. The BaaBaas tour to Hong Kong, Fightclub, a prank call to James Haskell, Steve Hansen, Bunnygate and lots lots more. It's been great fun making this Podcast and if we get to number 1, Goodey is making a comeback, so share it on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and let's make it happen. Have a great Christams and we'll be back in early January to cause some more trouble. HoHoHo. The Rugby Pod.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/1658m 47s

BONUS POD - Filthy XV - Forward Pack

We've got a Bonus Pod this week as we recount 1-8 in our Filthy XV. These are stories about some of the biggest and best characters in the game. Who would Jim & Andy most like to share a beer with? Who gets into the most trouble on a night out? Who would you have by your side if you went into battle? Some great stories in here as Big Jim & Andy spill the beans. Back-line coming soon. Filthy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/1633m 43s

The Rugby Pod Episode 14 - 'Royal Wedding'

One of our best Pods yet. Andy Goode & Jim Hamilton are on great form as they round up another week of action and spill the beans on what's going on behind the scenes. We're still on track for Goodey's comeback & an Xmas N*1. The Filthy XV takes us to a Royal wedding and a meeting with the Queen. We look at the Goode, Bad & Ugly from the past week, Jim gives us an insight into The Sarries way (as well as the Sarries shower room). Plenty more chat as we cover the Champions Cup, Hartley's red card and Pascal Pape's antics. Enjoy & please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/1647m 13s

The Rugby Pod Episode 13 - 'Christmas Miracle'

Could a Christmas miracle be on the cards? We run through the list of teams lining up to coax Goodey out of retirement if we make it to number 1. Jim is stiff after another weekend at the well against Bath. Richard Hibbard (aka Fatrick Swayze) joins us for a chat. The guys also cover the final November Internationals, Lions prospects, some transfer news as well as our regular segments where we add another inductee to the FilthyXV & cover The Goode The Bad & The Ugly. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/1644m 10s

The Rugby Pod Episode 12 ''The Comeback"

The Big one, Goodey has accepted the challenge! If the Rugby Pod makes it to N*1 in the UK Sports Podcast list, Andy Goode is making an official comeback. Who he is playing for is still to be decided, so send in your suggestions or requests. Big Jim will coach & the rest of the Rugby Pod crew will be on the mic, This is not a drill. Plenty more chat this week as we review the final round of November internationals, reveal some more behind the scenes gossip and generally cause a bit of mischief. Enjoy and please share!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/1644m 17s

The Rugby Pod Episode 11 'The Forfeit'

Andy Goode & Jim Hamilton review the November internationals and give their take on everything that's going on in the Rugby World. Big Jim has lost a bet and so is living it up as a Cheerleader. Goodey gives us the Goode, The Bad & The Ugly from the week and the lads submit another entry into the FilthyXV. Plenty more banter from the team.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/1651m 15s

The Rugby Pod Episode 10 'Pringle Fish Pringle'

Jim & Andy are on great form in the latest Pod. Some big revelations including Jim's potential new club for next season, as well as a Ruan Pienaar & Liam Williams rumour. Goody gives his take on the Bristol saga. Luke Narraway joins the show to extract some revenge on Jim and prompts one of the Jim's most outrageous stories yet, involving Noel Edmonds, Chris Evans and a yacht in Monaco. We'll also cover our regular segments including the Filthy XV & The Goode, The Bad & The Ugly & plenty more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices