Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
Ben Ryan: The global calendar has to happen now
Tuesday, 5 March
The Six Nations has taken a week off but it’s World Rugby that has everyone talking this week. Back to discuss it all with Brian Moore is the Olympic 7s and World Cup winning coach, Ben Ryan.
It's been a week causing confusion for the world's media, rugby players, and federations as rumours of a new World League have been rife with not much clarity on the situation. Brian and Ben try to understand what is and isn't happening but do agree that it is time to seriously consider a global calendar.
After that it's back to the Six Nations which has seen England call up former captain Chris Robshaw and Jonathan Joseph to face Italy. Ben and Brian discuss whether Eddie Jones will make wholesale changes to the starting XV, including whether Ford will replace Farrell, and they ask why Slade and Tuilagi aren't making any passes.
Up to Scotland next as they host Wales at Murrayfield. Former fly half Craig Chalmers joins to say it won't be a walkover for Wales. Craig also believes that Ali Price should be starting at scrum half with D'Arcy Graham given a run out at wing as Townsend needs to shake it up a bit. As for their opponents Wales, former scrum half Rupert Moon says that the discussion about Anscombe or Biggar is nonsense - Gatland clearly knows what he is doing and it's working!
Over to Ireland with Reggie Corrigan who feels there has been an overreaction to his former side's Six Nations poor start, but that the lengthy injury list should not be ignored as a contributing factor. The former prop says his side will win their final two matches against France and Wales but it won't be enough for the Championship.
Finally, we speak with Nolli Waterman about the Women's Six Nations as the Red Roses face the only other unbeaten side left in the competition, Italy, at Sandy Park this Saturday.