England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line

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This season of England Rugby Podcast with O2 Inside Line will be the players telling their unique stories, in their own words.


They will tell you about their life experiences, passions and the difficult times that have shaped them into who they are, along with special guest contributors.



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92 episodes

Billy Vunipola

Rugby was a passion as well as a coping tool for Billy Vunipola. The Saracens number 8 reveals what it was like growing up in Tonga before moving to Wales, opening up about the culture differences between the two and how he used rugby as a buffer to communicate in a country different to his native tongue. The backrower dives into his on-off professional career and how he works on himself to become a better person. In this pod you will also hear from Castle School PE teacher Lloyd Spacey, Billy's brother Mako and fellow England players Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en **Please like and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you listen on, it really helps spread the stories of England's players** * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

24m
Nov 22, 2022
Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell and his dad Andy have a unique relationship. The Saracens back reveals what it was like growing watching him in an all-conquering Wigan Warriors team, to being coached by him and England and now facing him as opposition with his position as head coach of Ireland. Owen opens up about what it was like moving from Wigan to London when his dad switched to rugby union, how he spends his time away from the field and where his competitive streak comes from. In this pod you will also hear from Owen's uncle, former Great Britain and Wigan Warriors captain, Sean O'Loughlin as well as fellow England players Marcus Smith and Billy Vunipola. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en **Please like and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you listen on, it really helps spread the stories of England's players** * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

20m
Nov 15, 2022
Hannah Botterman

Being gay is not something that defines Hannah Botterman, she just want to be Hannah Botterman. The Red Roses and Saracens prop opens about about her relationship to club and international team mate Holly Aitchison, her unusual route to Test rugby via eating pasties while working as a painter and decorator and her family relationships. She also discusses why she never thought she had to 'come out', how she initially felt unprepared for international rugby and how she embraces being a role model. In this pod, you will also hear from Holly speaking about the long journey to took for them to end up as a couple, as well as from England head coach Simon Middleton, fellow Red Roses' Jess Breach and Sadia Kabeya, and Hannah's old boss when she worked as a painter and decorator. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en **Please like and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you listen on, it really helps spread the stories of England's players** * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

25m
Nov 08, 2022
Marcus Smith

Family and close bonds mean everything to Marcus Smith. The England and Harlequins fly half opens up about his upbringing and childhood growing up in the Philippines and Singapore, the pride he takes in being half Filipino and how his parents have influenced in to become who he is today. Smith also discusses how his rejection for trials at Tottenham Hotspur helped his rugby career, the influence of working with Jonny Wilkinson has on him and his thoughts on the role of the spotlight and celebrity that comes with wearing the famous 10 shirt. You will also hear contributions from England team mates Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola, as well as Tim Lambert was founder of one of Marcus' first clubs Centaurs Rugby Club, and Chris Hartley who played with Marcus' dad Jeremy at club level and with Marcus during his first rugby steps playing touch. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en **Please like and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you listen on, it really helps spread the stories of England's players** * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

24m
Nov 01, 2022
Rosie Galligan

Having come back from two career-threatening injuries, Rosie Galligan knows more than most about the long road back. The Harlequins and Red Roses second row talks about her hospitalisation with meningitis that required her to be quarantined and how a delay could have threatened the use of her legs, as well as the time she shattered her ankle and had to do her recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosie also opens up about her recovery living with England team mate Zoe Harrison, her stage school background and why it was important to her to invest in her career away from rugby. You will also hear contributions from fellow Red Roses Jess Breach and Sadia Kabeya, as well as head coach Simon Middleton, along with Zoe Harrison's mum Karen about what it was like to live with Rosie. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en **Please like and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you listen on, as it really helps spread the stories of some of England's best players** * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

21m
Oct 25, 2022
Sadia Kabeya

Growing up in south London, Sadia Kabeya did not come from a rugby background. The Red Roses and Loughborough Lightning flanker opens up about some of the challenges she has faced in her early career including growing up around gang culture, the lack of diversity she found as she progressed to higher levels and how the Black Lives Matter movement affected her view of the sport. Despite being relatively new to Test rugby, she explains how she already sees herself as a role model for the sport and how her special connection with Shaunagh Brown means so much to her with England. You will also hear contributions from Sadia's mum Lisa, her former PE teacher and now England team mate Bryony Cleall, as well as head coach Simon Middleton and players on what she is like as a person and a number seven. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

24m
Oct 18, 2022
Jess Breach

The balance between marketing yourself and abuse on social media is not a choice that Jess Breach wants to make. The Red Roses winger opens up on the difficulties of social media and the changes she wants to see, as well as the negative effect it had on her questioning her own body image. Breach also talks about her close friendship with England fly half Zoe Harrison, the challenging time around her mum's cancer diagnosis and the growth of women's rugby since she first picked up a ball playing in mixed teams. You will also hear contributions from Jess' mum Tricia Breach, a childhood friend who played rugby with her as a youngster, as well as head coach Simon Middleton and some of the Red Roses on what she is like on and off the pitch. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

22m
Oct 11, 2022
Simon Middleton

From working in a glass factory to World Rugby coach of the year, Simon Middleton has an interesting story to tell. The Red Roses head coach opens up about life growing up in Yorkshire, his late arrival into professional rugby league and some of the times in his life that have been most challenging, from dealing with the death of his father to being jobless and having to care for his family. You will also hear contributions from his former head coach at Leeds Tykes, now Leinster and ex-England coach, Stuart Lancaster as well as Red Roses players on their thoughts on Simon as a person and coach. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

22m
Oct 03, 2022
Abbie Ward

Best friend. Head coach. Husband. Red Roses lock Abbie Ward and Bristol Bears Women head coach Dave Ward have an unique sporting and personal relationship, having to combine their marriage with a working life at the Allianz Premier 15s side. On this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Abbie also talks about the difficult discussion she had with her dad about wanting to become a rugby player, her business plan to go to boarding school and life growing up in Cumbria. This pod will also hear contributions from her husband Dave, Abbie's father Richard Scott as well as team mates Marlie Packer and Shaunagh Brown, along with England forwards coach Louis Deacon. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20m
Apr 26, 2022
Louis Deacon

As a former England men's international, Louis Deacon never envisaged himself getting involved in the women's game until he got offered the opportunity to become Red Roses' forwards coach in 2021. The ex-Leicester second row opens up on the differences between the men's and women's game, the dark times he faced while dealing with injuries as a player and how the players he is working with got his daughters interested in rugby. You will also hear contributions from his brother, fellow Leicester and Gloucester forward, Brett Deacon as well as England forwards Shaunagh Brown and Abbie Ward. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Apr 19, 2022
Marlie Packer

Making the choice to balance a life in professional sport and becoming a parent is different for men and women, but one Marlie Packer wanted to embrace. The Red Roses flanker opens up on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line about how her perception on life has changed since becoming a mum, learning from her mistakes following her drink driving charge in 2018 and her desire to reach a century of caps. You will also hear contributions from World Cup winner and former England team mate Maggie Alphonsi, ex-England head coach Gary Street as well her team mates Shaunagh Brown, Abbie Ward and coach Louis Deacon. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Apr 12, 2022
Shaunagh Brown

Growing up in south east London, where opportunity was seldom and crime was rife, early life for Shaunagh Brown was difficult. From knowing people that either died or went to prison, hear how she helped channel a different energy into sport, her varied career, coming to accept herself as a rugby role model as well as wanting to improve diversity in the sport. You will also hear contributions from his Shaunagh's mum Lesley Rickards, her athletics coach John Hillier as well her team mates Marlie Packer, Abbie Ward and coach Louis Deacon. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23m
Apr 05, 2022
Mark Atkinson

Any time representing your country is special, but for Mark Atkinson coming on at Twickenham at the age of 31 felt even more memorable. The Gloucester centre goes in-depth about his change in mindset when playing semi-professional rugby and considering taking a stewarding job at the 2012 Olympics, to focusing on being professional and then representing England. From support from friends and family, to a realisation that he wasn't giving it his all, this is a story about perseverance, determination and not giving up. You will also hear contributions from teammates Raffi Quirke, Ben Youngs and Lewis Ludlam, as well as long term friend Ian Kench. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21m
Mar 15, 2022
Raffi Quirke

Raffi Quirke doesn't want rugby to define him as a person. The Sale Sharks scrum half opens up about his passions and interests outside of the game including his love of cooking which inspired his Instagram account Pitch to Plate https://www.instagram.com/pitchtoplate/?hl=en, and why buying a pair of clippers not only allows him to cut the hair of team mates but bond with them off the field. Quirke also speaks about a junior career as a triathlete growing up in Manchester and talks about being part of a new generation of England players coming through. You will also hear contributions from teammates Ben Youngs, Lewis Ludlam and Mark Atkinson as well as Great Britain cycling coach Tom Hodgkinson, who oversaw Quirke's cycling coaching as a youngster, and his former rugby coach Owen Lucas. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17m
Mar 08, 2022
Lewis Ludlam

Growing up in Suffolk, there were not many people that looked like Lewis Ludlam. The Northampton Saints captain opens up about growing up mixed race in an undiverse area of Ipswich with a Palestinian-Egyptian father and a Guyanese mother, and how despite feeling different to other children he found acceptance at his local rugby club. Ludlam also opens up about the politics of race, how England's squad is breaking down class barriers in the sport and where he gets his resilience from. You will also hear contributions from teammates Ben Youngs, Raffi Quirke and Mark Atkinson as well as Lewis' dad Aaron and his former rugby coach Mark Patterson. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17m
Mar 01, 2022
Ben Youngs

Growing up with 28 first cousins family was always going to mean a lot to Ben Youngs. As season nine of England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line returns, England's most capped scrum half opens up about the importance of family in his life, in particular his brother Ben who he's played alongside from childhood, to Leicester Tigers and then representing their country together. Youngs also discusses what it was liked being diagnosed with dyslexia aged nine, growing up on a working farm in north Norfolk and how he sees his new role in Eddie Jones' squad. You will also hear from contributions from teammates Lewis Ludlam, Raffi Quirke and Mark Atkinson as well as one of Ben's best friends from his childhood, James Knight. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18m
Feb 22, 2022
Joe Marler

For Joe Marler, mental health is just as important as his physical health. After being diagnosed with depression and recommended medication and counselling, Joe tells England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line about what he has discovered about himself and how that allows him to enjoy life more. Joe goes into detail about why he wants to start more conversations around mental health and masculinity in rugby, and why he will continue to speak out to make it as normal as possible. This final episode of season eight, which has seen players telling their own stories, in their own words, includes contributions from Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler, as well as Joe's former academy coach at Harlequins, Collin Osborne. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18m
Dec 07, 2021
Vicky Fleetwood

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always difficult, but Red Roses' flanker Vicky Fleetwood had to deal with the passing of her mum while trying to prepare for the Olympics. On this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Vicky opens up on the emotions she had to deal with at the time, how that period has influenced her as a person and how she grieves now. As well as her loss, Vicky explains how she left a life as a personal trainer to become a professional rugby player, becoming a world champion in 2014 and her role in promoting body positivity. Season eight sees the players telling their own stories, in their own words, with this pod including contributions from England's Rachael Burford and ex-Harlequins and Saracens hooker Joe Gray, who is a patron at Bowel Cancer UK, as well as team mates Poppy Cleall and Claudia MacDonald. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17m
Nov 30, 2021
Kyle Sinckler

From a chance rugby session in south London to playing for his country, Kyle Sinckler explains what life was really like for him growing up on this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. Sinckler opens up on his mum bringing him up along, to living around with people who still don't know what rugby is, the potential for sport in the state education system and now creating a foundation to give young athletes the platform to perform. Season eight sees the players telling their own stories, in their own words, with this pod including contributions from England's Ellis Genge and Joe Marler, as well as Kyle's first coach at Battersea Ironsides Graham Beech. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17m
Nov 23, 2021
Claudia MacDonald

Claudia MacDonald opens up about living her life as sustainably as possible and how she combines that with being a professional rugby player on this week's England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. From ditching the car to drive to training to tackling team mates usage of one-use products, Claudia explains why this cause means so much to her when it comes to the planet and climate change, and reveals the steps she is taking to change how she lives. With guest contributor Coreen Grant who works for the British Antartic Survey and is a freelance environmental journalist. READ: ·       Have a read of Claudia's blog 'Let's Talk 1%' https://claudmacdonald.wixsite.com/1-percent FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13m
Nov 16, 2021
Ellis Genge

Ellis Genge talks candidly about his life growing up. He reveals how rugby potentially saved him from prison, his money struggles during his academy days and conflicts he had to fit into rugby's lifestyle on this England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. Season eight sees the players telling their own stories, in their own words, with this pod including contributions from England's Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler, as well as Ellis' former coach at Hartpury, and now Bristol Bears skills coach, Sean Marsden. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq.   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en AUDIO CREDIT ·      With thanks to BT Sport for permission to use their Premiership commentary * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15m
Nov 09, 2021
Poppy Cleall

Season eight of England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line returns with a new format with players telling their own stories, in their own words. The first episode is with Saracens and Red Roses' forward Poppy Cleall, along with contributions from Judy Murray and The Times rugby journalist Jessica Hayden. Poppy gives an intimate account of how she took to social media to fight inequality with sportswear manufacturers ignoring female athletes, talks about the bullying she suffered at school for being a girl playing rugby, and opens up on her hopes for future generations and aspiring female athletes. FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Nov 02, 2021
Davies and Harper - Six Nations winners, debut tales and sports psychology

After the Red Roses are crowned 2021 Women's Six Nations champions, we speak to two players who featured in the win over France in the final in Lark Davies and Detysha Harper. Speaking to Dylan Hartley the day after the win against the French, Lark and Detsyha take us into the changing room after the final whistle and talk about the celebrations after securing their third straight title in the competition. The pair reflect on the shortened format of the tournament, as well as a new tournament window, and reveal the relief of winning after the work that has gone in behind the scenes. You will also hear some of their rugby stories including how Detysha bugged her mum to play rugby because her brothers were going to play, and how she would switch from playing union and league growing up in Manchester. Lark goes into detail about her commitment to the game from an early age, playing with World Cup winners when she broke into the team at Worcester and how she is the star baker in the squad, taking requests when it comes to going into camp.   That is it for season seven of England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line! Thanks for following us across both the Guinness Six Nations and Women's Six Nations and we hope you've enjoyed listening as much as we've enjoyed making them - make sure you're subscribed for when we return for season eight.   FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43m
Apr 27, 2021
Kildunne and Millar-Mills - homework after debut, awkward situations and 'lukewarm is no good'

Ahead of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations final, England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, and Dylan Hartley, catch up with Wasps FC Ladies team mates Ellie Kildunne and Harriet Millar-Mills.   The pair talk about growing up playing rugby in Leeds and Manchester respectively, about playing rugby league, being on the same team as boys and how they were seen as a rugby player over being a girl. Harriet explains the story about how she ended up playing for England but her sister played for Scotland, and reveals what team their parents were supporting on the day. Ellie goes into detail about some awkward situations after her debut including not realising people wanted a selfie with her, making up her autograph and being handed some Biology homework. You also hear about who is the introvert or extrovert, bean confusion while on tour and discover what pendulum defence is.   With the end of the Women's Six Nations in sight, make sure you’re in with a chance of winning a signed England shirt from the men's squad simply by leaving a review on Apple podcasts! Make sure you’re subscribed for all the latest episodes.    FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53m
Apr 20, 2021
MacDonald and Riley – Scrum half battle, lockdown relationship training and a 10-year plan

After the Red Roses book their place in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations final, this week’s England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line catches up with scrum halves Claudia MacDonald and Leanne Riley right after their win in Italy.   Dylan chats to the pair about their routes into rugby and how they had very different routes, with Leanne making a 10-year plan at the age of 15 to represent her country and win the sport's biggest competition, while Claudia took it up after chance session while at university. The two also discuss the challenges of playing scrum half having not started playing there, while also describing their competitiveness when it comes to starting in the number nine shirt. You will also learn about the challenges of training with your partner in lockdown, with Claudia doing one-on-ones with her Wasps team mate and partner, and the story of Leanne having to end a session with her fiancé! And Dylan also learns more about some of the other Red Roses in our getting to know you feature. With the end of the Women's Six Nations in sight, make sure you’re in with a chance of winning a signed England shirt from the men's squad simply by leaving a review on Apple podcasts! And while you're there make sure you subscribe to get the latest pods every Tuesday.   FOLLOW: ·        England Rugby Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/ ·        England Rugby Instagram https://www.instagram.com/englandrugby/ ·        England Rugby Twitter https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby ·        England Rugby TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@englandrugby ·        O2 Sports Instagram https://www.instagram.com/o2sports/ ·        O2 Sports Twitter https://twitter.com/O2sports   SUBSCRIBE: ·        Subscribe to the pod here https://create.acast.com/episodes/20f67f17-369d-44d8-856b-6f25a3bd78b0/hyperurl.co/co7xqq   BUY: ·        Get the latest kits, training and leisure wear from England Rugby Store https://www.englandrugbystore.com/stores/ers/en   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52m
Apr 13, 2021
Fleetwood and McKenna - Sevens & XVs, rugby beauty regimes and sulphur springs

This week on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line, Dylan is back with the Red Roses as he chats to Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna. Fresh from the win over Scotland in the 2021 Women's Six Nations, the pair talk about life in camp and some of the activities they have been doing in their down time including arts and crafts. Vicky explains about the importance of 'look good, feel good' in her preparation for a game including her fake tan regime, and Sarah explains the requirement of hair braiding on a matchday and why a woman in Doncaster came to help the squad in Exeter. The pair, who first played together and England Under 20 level, also talk about their first impressions of each other, their favourite tour memories including New Zealand and Dubai, while Vicky is incredibly open on the reason for choosing family over rugby when her mother became terminally ill ahead of the 2016 Olympics. As the Women's Six Nations continues throughout April, we'll be chatting to Red Roses and hearing more tales from camp and more about their personalities. Keep help spreading the word by leaving a review on Apple podcasts, which also puts you in with a chance of winning a signed England shirt from the men's squad. FOLLOW: __ __ SUBSCRIBE: __ __ BUY: __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49m
Apr 06, 2021
Botterman and Cleall - friendship, lockdown shows, first jobs and debuts

As the 2021 Women's Six Nations is set to begin, we move our attention to the Red Roses as Hannah Botterman and Poppy Cleall join Dylan Hartley on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. The pair talk about where their friendship began in camp and how that has flourished into creating their own Instagram show, complete with challenges during lockdown, as well as bonding over food. The pair also recall their first England starts, ranging from stories about unexpected late call-ups and then initially struggling with Test rugby, to what it's like when you're dropped so early on in your England career. We also hear their jobs working as a prison officer and a painter and decorator before they became full-time professionals. You will also learn about previous rugby internationals that Hannah is related to and find out which England player Poppy has the autograph of and later ended up playing alongside. Throughout the Women's Six Nations the pod will continue so make sure you're subscribed for the latest episodes. Don't forget that leaving a review on Apple podcasts gives you the chance of winning a signed England shirt from the men's squad. FOLLOW: __ __ SUBSCRIBE: __ __ BUY: __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49m
Mar 29, 2021
Eddie Jones & Simon Middleton - Six Nations review and Women's Six Nations preview

It is a head coach special on England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line as men's head coach Eddie Jones and women's head coach Simon Middleton chat to Dylan Hartley. The day after England's final Guinness Six Nations match of 2021 Eddie chats to Dylan about his thoughts on England's performance over the tournament and areas which he wants to see improvement. He also discusses on how he personally deals with defeats, what he looks for when appointing a captain and reveals some of the players he is considering for his next England squad. Red Roses head coach Simon opens up on some of the things they have been doing in training in a bid to retain their Six Nations title, his thoughts on the retirement of legendary fly half Katy Daley-Mclean and why his job is harder when it comes to selection now than when he took on the job in 2017. The pod will be continuing throughout the Women's Six Nations so make sure you're subscribed to wherever you listen, and don't forget that leaving a review on Apple podcasts gives you the chance of winning a signed England shirt from the men's squad. FOLLOW: __ __ SUBSCRIBE: __ __ BUY: __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Mar 23, 2021
Ewels and Earl - 'special good', sandpit workouts, chess and enjoying competition

On the England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line this week, Dylan catches up with Charlie Ewels and Ben Earl. Fresh off the back of victory over France at Twickenham, the pair talk of the mood in camp over the weekend as well as how moral has been throughout the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. They also discuss their progress into Test rugby including getting over position hating, some brutal workouts and having to have harsh words with yourself about watching others progress. We go into their life off the pitch including delving into Charlie's Wikipedia claims over his love of cars and how he could have ended up with a military career, while Ben explains what studying comparative literature is and tells you all about some of the best chess players in the squad. Make sure you're subscribed to the pod on whatever platform you listen on and don't forget if you leave us review on Apple podcasts you will be in with a chance of winning a signed England shirt! FOLLOW: __ __ SUBSCRIBE: __ __ BUY: __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53m
Mar 16, 2021
Itoje and Obano - being cousins, a Nigerian upbringing, podcasts and documentaries

Cousins Maro Itoje and Beno Obano join Dylan Hartley on this week's England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line. We delve into the story of how Maro and Beno grew up with each other and they reveal what the other one was like, the discuss some of the differences and expectations in Nigerian culture and how neither of them thought about being professional rugby players at a young age. Beno opens up on winning his first England cap recently and how his neighbours all congratulated him, while Maro talks about his new found latest hobby and the amount of new fish he has, and can name, in his pond. Maro also tells the tale about going to the same school at the same time as Owen Farrell and reveals the interesting hair style the now England skipper had during his school days! Beno talks about how the documentary came about and the process of making it and Maro open us why he entered the world of podcasting with . Every Tuesday throughout the Guinness Six Nations we'll be releasing new pods so make sure you're subscribed to get the latest ones. And while you're there, if you leave us review on Apple podcasts you will be in with a chance of winning a signed England shirt! FOLLOW: __ __ SUBSCRIBE: __ __ BUY: __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45m
Mar 09, 2021