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174 episodes

Can Italy stun England at Twickenham?

Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on the opening round of Six Nations action which saw three away wins for the first time ever! One of those wins came at Twickenham as Scotland made it three in a row against England in the Six Nations to retain the Calcutta Cup and inflict defeat on Steve Borthwick in his first game in charge. We hear from the new England head coach, who insists there is a lot of work to be done, and also fly-half Marcus Smith, who's partnership with Owen Farrell remains a question mark for England. Charles was in Rome to see Italy fall to a narrow defeat to defending champions France and he gives us the low down on the threat they could pose to England next weekend. We also look ahead to a mouthwatering clash between Ireland and France after Andy Farrell's side made light work of Wales in Warren Gatland's Cardiff homecoming. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

57m
Feb 06
The Six Nations is here with Finn Russell

The Telegraph Rugby podcast is back ahead of the Six Nations! Over the next eight weeks, join the Telegraph's Ben Coles, Charlie Morgan and Charles Richardson every Monday as they discuss the main talking points from the tournament. Ahead of Saturday's clash between England and Scotland, we catch up with Scotland star Finn Russell as he gives us his take on England, who he expects to line up opposite him at fly-half and why Scotland struggle to replicate their Calcutta Cup form across the entire Six Nations. We also take a closer look at England ahead of Steve Borthwick's first campaign and who will line up in his backline in particular. The guys also chat through Warren Gatland's first match since his return as Wales coach when they take on Ireland in the tournament opener. Plus, we discuss the controversial decision made by the RFU to lower the tackling height at amateur level and hear the thoughts of London Irish head coach Les Kiss on the issue everyone is talking about. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1h 7m
Jan 30
Why England sacked Eddie Jones and want Steve Borthwick

Ben, Charlie & Charles are back for a bonus episode discussing not one but two massive stories in the world of international rugby! England have parted company with Eddie Jones just nine months out from the Rugby World Cup while Wales have also moved on from their head coach Wayne Pivac, acting swiftly to bring back the man who Pivac replaced, Warren Gatland. Ben, Charlie and Charles take you inside Jones' final 48 hours as England head coach and discuss why the decision was made, why Jones was so reluctant to go and, ultimately, if it was the right decision to make so close to the World Cup. We also discuss the likely arrival of Steve Borthwick from Leicester Tigers and what his coaching ticket could look like, with the RFU reported to be parting with close to £1 million to bring their former coach back. And we answer the best of your questions regarding Jones' dismissal. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41m
Dec 07, 2022
What next for England with Shaun Edwards

Ben, Charlie and Charles analyse England's deflating defeat to South Africa at Twickenham and discuss whether Eddie Jones' role is under threat. Also under the microscope is Wales' late collapse to Australia and we look ahead to England's potential Six Nations squad. Our guest on this week's episode is the French National team's defence coach, Shaun Edwards. He discusses his thoughts on Southern Hemisphere teams; reminisces about his stint as Wasps' Head Coach; and unpacks why he has not got the England job... yet. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1h 8m
Nov 28, 2022
England draw and how Georgia's set-piece stunned Wales

Ben, Charlie and Charles dissect England's thrilling draw against the All Blacks and debate if Marcus Smith was right to kick the ball out after his stunning performance in the dying moments helped the hosts back from the dead. Next up for England is a clash with world champions South Africa. We discuss what changes Eddie Jones could make to his squad after he already hinted at changes to his pack to match the physicality of the Springboks. The biggest result of the weekend came in Cardiff as Georgia came from behind to see off Wales. One of the men responsible for that win is former Cardiff Blues skipper Paul Tito, who is current assistant coach with Georgia. He joins the guys to discuss the win and the rapid growth of the game in the country ahead of the World Cup next year. We also round up the rest of the weekend's action including a shock win for Portugal, which sees them into next year's World Cup, a forgettable Saturday night in Dublin and a feisty clash between Scotland and Argentina. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

56m
Nov 21, 2022
Challenges of officiating with Nigel Owens

This week we are talking about officiating and how it is evolving with the increasing presence of technology in the game. Ben, Charles and Charlie are joined by one of the most recognisable officials to have ever stepped onto the field in Nigel Owens. Nigel expresses his concerns for a growing over-reliance on the TMO and he also explains how a desire to referee a 'perfect' game is making the sport less watchable. We also get his take on Rassie Erasmus after the South Africa director of rugby took to social media yet again to question officiating after his side’s loss to France. We are once again joined by Fiona Tomas from Auckland after the Red Roses fell agonisingly short in the World Cup final against New Zealand. The guys recap a comfortable win for England over Japan where Marcus Smith helped himself to a brace of tries, yet not everyone is convinced the Harlequins star should be in the starting XV. Plus, we cast an eye over the rest of the weekend’s action including a comeback win for the All Blacks over Scotland, a thriller between France and South Africa in Marseille and a first win for Italy over Australia! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

57m
Nov 14, 2022
Attack in the modern game with Stuart Lancaster

Our topic this week is attack in the modern game and we're joined by former England head coach and current Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster. He sits down with Charlie to discuss how he prepares and coaches his sides to attack. But before that, Ben, Charlie and Charles look back on an action-packed weekend of international rugby including England's shock defeat to Argentina in their opening game of the autumn. We discuss where it all went wrong for Eddie Jones' side and ask if the experiment of a Smith-Farrell-Tuilagi midfield needs to be scrapped. We also hear from Ellis Genge, who defended England's performance despite the defeat. Fiona Tomas checks in from Auckland after England made it into a second consecutive World Cup Final after picking up their 30th consecutive win. We also wrap up the rest of the action including wins for Ireland and Scotland and a thumping defeat for Wales, who came up against a rampant All Blacks side, before looking ahead to next weekend. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1h 6m
Nov 07, 2022
The art of selection with Eddie Jones

Join the Telegraph's Ben Coles, Charlie Morgan & Charles Richardson as well as special guests every week throughout the Autumn Internationals. Each episode will hone in on an important aspect of the game and to kick things off we will be hearing from England head coach Eddie Jones on the art of selection. He speaks exclusively to the podcast about his methods and why he pays little attention to what is said in the media. Jones also explains how he came up with the idea of 'finishers' and details the difference between scouting players in person compared to off the TV. We also preview all of this weekend's games, including England-Argentina, and we hear from the Telegraph's Fiona Tomas who has been covering the Red Roses at the Women's World Cup. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

55m
Oct 31, 2022
What next for England & Eddie Jones after poor Six Nations?

The 2022 Six Nations is done and dusted! Congratulations to France who picked up their first title since 2010 and they made it a Grand Slam too for good measure. Joining Brian to recap the final weekend and the tournament as a whole is the former England centre Tom May. They look back on England's defeat on Saturday night and what in general went wrong for them over the course of the competition which left them with three defeats from five games. The Telegraph's Charlie Morgan was in Paris, he joins the show to recap the tournament and discuss the areas of major concern for England and Jones heading into the Summer. Italy picked up their first Sic Nations win for seven years in dramatic fashion. They scored one of the tries of the tournament in the final moments of their clash with Wales to ensure they didn't go home empty handed. Their captain Michele Lamaro joins the show and says he is confident of the long term foundations being laid in Italian rugby, and says he hopes it wont be seven years until their next Six Nations win. Elsewhere we recap disappointing campaigns for Wales and Scotland and a promising one for Ireland who finished a close second to unbeaten France. Read more from Brian Moore every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

46m
Mar 21, 2022
Can England's attack silence the French?

We've just one round to go in the 2022 Six Nations and all eyes will be on the Stade de France in Paris as the hosts bid for their first Grand Slam since 2010. England's slim chances of a Six Nations title ended after their defeat to Ireland in Twickenham. Joining Brian to recap the penultimate weekend is the former England sevens captain Rob Vickerman. They dissect an incident packed game at Twickenham which saw Charlie Ewels red carded after just 80 seconds, the fastest in the Six Nations history. Former Ireland prop Mike Ross joins to show to discuss the Irish performance and some of the criticism they have faced despite their bonus point win. He also discusses the struggling Irish scrum, which he felt was poorly refereed. Elsewhere we recap the rest of the weekends action, Wales falling narrowly short of a big win over France and Scotland beating Italy but conceding 22 points in the process. Read more from Brian Moore every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Mar 14, 2022
Ireland rightly favourites for Twickenham showdown

The Six Nations is back after a week off and what a game we have to look forward to on Saturday as England host Ireland at Twickenham. Joining Brian to look ahead to the weekend's clash is former England 7's captain Rob Vickerman. They discuss how well Eddie Jones new look side are transitioning to a new style of play and if their self imposed 'chaotic' gameplan is working. Liam Toland from the Irish Times also joins the show to discuss Irelands strong campaign so far and how they have managed to implement their own version of structured chaos under the guidance of former England coach Andy Farrell. Elsewhere we ask if there is any chance Wales can do England or Ireland a favour by beating Grand Slam hopefuls France on Friday night and should Duhan van der Merwe be banned for Scotlands upcoming game with Italy after he picked up a controversial red card at the weekend. We also discuss the future of domestic rugby after both Doncaster and Ealing were denied the opportunity to be promoted into the Premiership after they fell short of stadium requirements for the top flight. Read more from Brian Moore every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| Tickets for England vs Ireland Legends: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/harlequins/EDP/Event/Index/1143 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40m
Mar 07, 2022
Poor officiating overshadows round three of the Six Nations

We're down to just two rounds in the 2022 Six Nations and France remain the only side with a 100% record. Joining Brian to recap the weekend's action is former England and London Irish winger Topsy Ojo. The pair get stuck into the match at Twickenham between England and Wales and why exactly so much time was wasted at the scrum. We also get Brian's perspective of attending as a fan rather than a member of the media! Charlie Morgan was watching for the Telegraph, he joins the guys to unpack what was an uninspiring win for England. Elsewhere France maintained their 100% record with a comfortable win over Scotland. Gregor Townsend labelled his opponents as the best in the world following the win but for Scotland it's now back to back defeats after a promising start. We speak with the former Scotland centre Scott Hastings about what needs to be done for he Scots to kick onto the next level. We also get stuck into a farcical match in Dublin between Ireland and Italy which resulted in Ireland having a two man advantage for the majority. Read more from Brian Moore every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

50m
Feb 28, 2022
Tuilagi returns, Six Nations to remain how it is

After a week off from the Six Nations we are back and building up to a big encounter at Twickenham between old rivals England & Wales. Joining Brian to preview the action is the former England centre Tom May. They discuss the impact the returning Manu Tuilagi is likely to have on the game this weekend and are joined by former Wales number 8 to discuss some of their returning stars who are also fit for the weekends showdown in Twickenham. Off the pitch, the big story from the Six Nations over the last week surrounded South Africa and a report suggesting the World Champions were set to join the competition from 2025 at the expense of Italy. The story has since been denied by Six Nations but we speak to former Italy captain and Treviso head coach Marco Bortolami about the impact such a move would have on Italian rugby. Elsewhere Tom pays tribute to his former Newcastle coach Steve Black who sadly passed away over the weekend aged 64, and we discuss the new streaming platform from Gallagher Premiership Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Feb 21, 2022
Home advantage will decide Six Nations winner

Brian Moore is joined in the studio by Harlequins and England centre Rachael Burford to recap a thrilling second round of action in the 2022 Six Nations. England picked up their first win and and expected bonus point away to Italy. Marcus Smith was the star of the show, and head coach Eddie Jones says the sky is the limit for the young fly half. We assess his impact on the current England side and ask what his role could be once skipper Owen Farrell returns to the fold. France edged out Ireland in the pick of the weekend's games. The match was billed as one between the two tournament favourites and it did not disappoint. We are joined by the former Ireland back row Alan Quinlan to dissect the game and discuss why the Irish have plenty to be happy about despite defeat. And Scotland followed up their round one win with England with a defeat away to Wales, we speak with former Ospreys head coach about the win and if it was a turning point for the Welsh or a case of Scotland shooting themselves in the foot. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

53m
Feb 14, 2022
Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup

The 2022 Six Nations is underway and the opening weekend has well and truly delivered! Joining Brian to recap the action is former England captain Chris Robshaw. They reflect on a tense game in Murrayfield which saw Scotland stage a late comeback to ensure they retained the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 1984. We break down the game in detail with the Telegraph's Charlie Morgan who analyses just how Gregor Townsend masterminded the win for his side. Elsewhere Ireland made light work of Wales in Dublin, next up for them is a trip to Paris to take on France who themselves picked up a bonus point by beating Italy. Chris reckons the Irish will be too strong for tournament favourites France in that one. Plus we discuss how England should line up against Italy, if Tuilagi is fit, should he play? And we get the low down on life in America for Chris since leaving Quins Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

45m
Feb 07, 2022
Ellis Genge on leadership, Leicester and the Six Nations

We're edging closer to the big kick off for the 2022 Six Nations! Joining Brian for the final preview before the opening round of fixtures is the former England centre Tom May. Tom offers his insight into who should feature in England's backline after it was confirmed Owen Farrell will play no part in the upcoming campaign and with Joe Marchant struck down by Covid, Tom offers his thoughts on who the latest midfield combination should be. Elsewhere we hear from Leicester captain Ellis Genge, who talks at length about his maturation as a player, his approach to leadership and the loss of Owen Farrell, and how he expects the Six Nations campaign to pan out. Ireland come into the competition off the back of a very strong Autumn. We get the thoughts of Liam Toland of the Irish Times on what the expectations are for Andy Farrell and his side ahead of their curtain raiser with Wales in Dublin. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49m
Jan 31, 2022
England need to learn to cope without Owen Farrell

We're one step closer to the start of the 2022 Six Nations and we know the initial squads that will be taking to the field over the next eight weeks. Joining Brian to discuss the latest ahead of the Six Nations and beyond is the former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson. England opted to leave in form George Ford out of their initial squad but he looks to have found a way in due to an injury to skipper Owen Farrell. We are joined by the Telegraph's Ben Coles to discuss the latest from the England camp and ask if it would be a blessing in disguise for Farrell to miss this year's competition, to give the side a chance to learn how to cope without their most influential player. First up for England is a trip to Murrayfield. Rory tells us why Scotland are once again feeling confident ahead of the clash and that the squad is amongst the strongest Gregor Townsend has picked in charge. Elsewhere we run through some of the other major squad selections, recap the latest round of European Rugby and discuss the new terrestrial TV deal for the Gallagher Premiership. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Jan 24, 2022
Eddie Jones' selection dilemmas for the 2022 Six Nations

Brian Moore is back ahead of what is set to be one of the most thrilling Six Nations in years! Eddie Jones is set to name his 36 man squad on Tuesday and Brian is joined in studio to discuss some of the big selection calls the England head coach will be forced to make ahead of this year's competition. The biggest talking point, as ever, is at outhalf. Marcus Smith has continued his scintillating form and George Ford is playing some of the best rugby of his career but skipper Owen Farrell is likely to take precedence over both despite being sidelined for over three months. Elsewhere, we discuss the options in the centre, back row and at prop, with 35-year-old Dan Cole tipped for a recall. Wales have had a good week, they learned their Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted in time for their 6 Nations campaign, meaning full crowds can return to Cardiff. Their women have just made history too by awarding 12 professional contracts for the first time in their history. We speak with former Wales international and current performance director at the WRU Nigel Walker about the historic moment for Welsh rugby. And we tackle the latest round of European action as well as answering all your questions! Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

36m
Jan 17, 2022
Rugby in 2021 - The year in review

Brian Moore is joined by former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad to reflect on the year in rugby. It was a year of two halves for England and Eddie Jones. After a disappointing fifth place finish in the Six Nations, the England head coach made wholesale changes for the Summer and Autumn series and went undefeated in both. The Telegraph's Ben Coles joins the show to review England's year and discuss where they are at ahead of the Six Nations in 2022. Elsewhere we assess the state of play for the rest of the Northern Hemisphere sides and in particular France who have arguably ended the year as the number one side in the world. We also look back on the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa and it's legacy after widespread criticism of how the tour was managed. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42m
Dec 20, 2021
Cardiff's eleven debutants, Premiership's salary cap & Women's Rugby Association

European Rugby got underway at the weekend and joining Brian Moore in the studio to reflect on the opening round of games is former England 7's captain Rob Vickerman. The pair discuss an impressive win for Leicester, who toppled French league leaders Bordeaux away from home. George Ford in particular impressed for the Tigers and we discuss if the fly half has any opportunity of forcing his way back into Eddie Jones' thoughts for the Six Nations. Cardiff faced the daunting task of hosting reigning champions Toulouse at Arms Park. Things weren't made any easier by the fact they had 42 members of their squad isolating. Rowan Jenkins is one of eleven players to have made his debut against the defending champions and he joins the show to discuss the four days of preparation he undertook to have himself ready to play. Elsewhere Harlequins women laid down a marker on Sunday by beating previously undefeated Saracens in their own backyard, their skipper Rachael Burford joins the show to discuss the win and also the formation of the new women's union, The Women's Rugby Association. Plus we talk about the impact the reduced salary caps could have on Premiership sides, both good and bad and we pay tribute to Antoine Dupont after he was named as the best player in the world. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Dec 13, 2021
Eddie Jones exclusive: Marcus Smith, World Cup verdict and Itoje as captain

England head coach Eddie Jones joins Brian Moore and the Telegraph's chief rugby correspondent Gavin Mairs to discuss the launch of his new book Jones opens up on the 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign and explains why he is the man to blame for England's defeat to South Africa in Japan. He also takes us back to 2015 and the period when he took over and the task that awaited him upon his arrival. Elsewhere Jones admits that he can, at times, be to demanding of his coaching staff which has caused many bust ups over the years and he explains the important role that women are playing in the current England setup. We also hear his thoughts on the recent Autumn Nations Series and in particular fly half Marcus Smith who announced himself at test level with some assured performances against Australia and the Springboks. Extracts from Leadership: Lessons from my life in rugby by Eddie Jones with Donald McRae (Macmillan, £20.00) © Eddie Jones/Ensemble Rugby Limited 2021. Buy now https://books.telegraph.co.uk/Product/Eddie-Jones/Leadership--Lessons-From-My-Life-in-Rugby/26074770 for £16.99 at books.telegraph.co.uk http://books.telegraph.co.uk/ or call 0844 871 1514 Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

54m
Dec 07, 2021
Barbarians blunder, URC's Covid crisis & World Rugby's revolution

With the Autumn Nations Series now done and dusted we turn our attention back to the club game and in particular the Gallagher Premiership and the United Rugby Championship. Joining Brian in studio once again is the former England centre Tom May. They reflect on the shambles at Twickenham on over the weekend which saw the Barbarians game with Samoa called off on 90 minutes' notice! The pair discuss who and what is to blame for the incident and if this second blunder in two years is enough to kill off the idea of the Barbarians moving forward. Billy Vunipola was named MOTM on his return for Saracens but can he force his way back into the England setup? We discuss his performance and assess England's depth after the Autumn series. South Africa's United Rugby Championship sides face an uncertain few weeks after the country was placed on a red list by both the EU & UK after the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. We speak with former Springbok and broadcaster Robbi Kempson about what impact this latest setback is set to have on the URC and South African Rugby. World Rugby announced a seismic rule change last week, from January players will be allowed to swap international allegiance provided they haven't played for three years. Former Samoa centre Dan Leo has been front and centre of this campaign and he joins the show to break down the impact the new ruling is likely to have both on and off the pitch in the Pacific Islands. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Nov 29, 2021
Autumn Nations Series results set up a thrilling 2022 Six Nations

The 2021 Autumn Nations Series is done and dusted and it was a clean sweep for the Northern Hemisphere in the final round. Joining Brian in the studio to dissect the final set of results is the former England centre and World Cup winner Rachael Burford. They reflect on England's last gasp win over World Champions South Africa and pay tribute to head coach Eddie Jones for gaining revenge for the 2019 World Cup final defeat with such a different and fresher looking squad. The Telegraph's Charlie Morgan joins us to break down exactly where the game was won for England on Saturday and discusses where captain Owen Farrell could fit back into this current setup. Elsewhere France made a serious statement on Saturday night by thrashing the All Blacks in Paris, we speak with former French international Thomas Castaignède about the French and if they should now be considered favourites for the 2023 World Cup on home soil. Plus we get Rachael's verdict on England's women who made it 4/4 this Autumn with yet another thrashing, has their professional status elevated them too far ahead of their competition? Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Nov 22, 2021
Will England's 'fluid' back line work against better opposition?

England named an experimental back line for their test against Australia and although they were able to secure the win, the performance felt a little undercooked at times. Joining Brian to reflect on the weekend's action is the former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad. They ponder England's win and in particular the role of Manu Tuilagi who was selected as a winger but rarely appeared there, and also Marcus Smith who was facing his toughest test in an England shirt yet. The Telegraph's Charlie Morgan is on hand to provide a tactical breakdown of England's back line and also to look ahead to England's clash with World Champions South Africa. Ireland put in their finest performance yet under Andy Farrell by defeating the All Blacks in Dublin, we get the thoughts of the Irish Times Liam Toland about the Irish victory and how exactly the team is evolving under Farrell. Plus we get Bob's take on the Springboks ahead of their clash with England this weekend and answer your questions too! Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44m
Nov 15, 2021
Where does Marcus Smith fit in England's strongest squad?

Round two of the Autumn Nations Series is in the books and England got their campaign off to a perfect start with a routine win over Tonga at Twickenham. Joining Brian to reflect on their performance is the former England, Newcastle and Toulon centre Tom May. The build up to England's game was dominated by who would wear the #10 shirt and in the end it was neither Owen Farrell or Marcus Smith! George Furbank started the game but Smith was the name on everyones lips after the Harlequins star lit up Twickenham in his second half cameo. We discuss what role Smith will have once everyone is fit and firing and if Eddie Jones would be willing to drop captain Owen Farrell to accommodate him. We also round up the rest of the weekend's action as Scotland make it three wins from three over Australia, Wales have their chances of winning ruined by a pitch invader and Ireland put nine tries past Japan in Dublin. Plus we hear from England Women's coach Simon Middleton after his side thumped New Zealand for the second week in a row, thus cementing their status as the number one ranked side in the world. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 08, 2021
Brian Moore: Outside noise should have little impact on England players

We're underway for the 2021 Autumn Nations Series and the opening round of fixtures produced no surprises, with a weakened Wales getting roundly beaten by New Zealand and Scotland making light work of Tonga. Joining Brian to reflect on the opening round of games and to discuss a busy weekend is the former London Irish and England winger Topsy Ojo. Round two will see the introduction of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere sides, including England who open their campaign against Tonga on Saturday. Ahead of the game, head coach Eddie Jones has had to deny allegations that he has fallen out with a number of his coaching staff during his six years in charge, we discuss what impact the story is likely to have on Jones, his coaching staff and playing squad. Freddie Steward is one of many candidates to replace injured Elliot Daly at full back this Autumn, we speak with the Leicester giant to discuss his scintillating club form and how he manages to balance the life of an international rugby player with a third year economics student. Elsewhere we recap a sensational win for England's women who thumped their rivals New Zealand in the first of two tests before next years World Cup. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 01, 2021
Brian Moore: Performances are more important than results this Autumn for England

International rugby is back and so is Full Contact! Over the course of the Autumn international series Brian will once again be joined by the biggest and best names in the game as the best of the Southern Hemisphere tours Europe to take on the best of the Northern Hemisphere. Alongside Brian to look ahead to a huge month is former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman. The pair dissect Eddie Jones divisive England squad and ask whether the injection of new faces will also lead to a more expansive and new playing style. New Zealand arrive in the Northern Hemisphere for the first time since 2018 and kick off their tour with a clash against Wales. We speak with former All Blacks hooker Sean Fitzpatrick about the state of the world's most famous side who are in transition following the departure of Steve Hansen. Elsewhere England's Women begin their preparation for next years World Cup with a double header against New Zealand. We hear from former centre Rachael Burford about how Simon Middleton's side are shaping up and whether or not the RFU will succeed in their bid to host the 2025 World Cup Plus we discuss Wales and Scotland ahead of their return this weekend and the scheduling issues which mean Wales will miss a large portion of their squad against New Zealand. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Oct 25, 2021
Brian Moore: Time for the Lions to move on from Warren Gatland

The 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour is in the history books and it's congratulations to South Africa who came from behind to clinch the test series 2-1 with a narrow win in Saturday's deciding test. Joining Brian once again to dissect the test match and the series as a whole is the former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad. They discuss where Saturday's clash was won and lost including if the Lions left a number of points on the field after opting against penalty kicks in favour of lineout drives, the missed pass from Liam Williams and the impact of Finn Russell. Elsewhere Lions chairman Jason Leonard has left the door open for head coach Warren Gatland to return in 2025 for a fourth time. We hear from the Telegraph's chief Rugby Correspondent Gavin Mairs, who says the Lions should be looking to move on from Gatland and that a number of minor tweaks need to be made for the tour to Australia in four years time. We also discuss our players of the series from both sides, and we look ahead to the Springboks upcoming Rugby Championship campaign. Read more from Brian every Monday: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/b/bp-bt/brian-moore/ | Save 50% on a Telegraph Sport subscription: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact| See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Aug 09, 2021
Brian Moore: Lions need to mix it up to win the series

After two intense and physical test matches, it's all to play for between the British and Irish Lions and South Africa heading into the third and final clash this Saturday. Joining Brian in studio to dissect Saturday's test and to preview the decider is the former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad. Both Brian and Bob believe the momentum is now in the favour of the hosts after they completely dominated the Lions in the second half, and Brian calls on Warren Gatland to make some tactical changes because no side in the world can go toe to toe physically with the South Africans. The match officials once again had a busy afternoon. Two yellow cards were issued but we could have easily seen red, and Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has also been cited for an alleged bite. We discuss what impact Rassie Erasmus incredible mid week press conference had on the referee and if he should be sanctioned for his behaviour. Plus we discuss the comments of All Blacks head coach Ian Foster who says Saturdays test made him fall asleep and a potential return for the influential Duane Vermeulen. WATCH 'DODDIE WEIR: MY FIGHT AGAINST MND IS BIGGER THAN EVER': HTTPS://YOUTU.BE/_B5LBZTKUBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B5lBZTKubI&t=0s See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Aug 02, 2021
Brian Moore: Beware of the wounded Springboks

It's 1-0 to the British and Irish Lions after the first of their three match test series with South Africa. Joining Brian in studio to discuss the fallout from the opening test is former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad. The pair look back on all the big moments from Saturdays clash in Cape Town, discussing where the game was won and lost. One of the main men on Saturday was the TMO Marius Jonker. The South African native was controversially selected to officiate the clash, with many believing he could be bias towards the home side. What transpired was very different because it was the Lions who were the beneficiary of a number of TMO decisions on the day. Former international referee Nigel Owens joins the show to discuss if the decisions were the right ones and if they were crucial in deciding the game. We also look ahead to the second test and look at whether Warren Gatland will change a winning tide and we discuss the peculiar Twitter activity of South Africa Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. WATCH 'DODDIE WEIR: MY FIGHT AGAINST MND IS BIGGER THAN EVER': HTTPS://YOUTU.BE/_B5LBZTKUBI https://youtu.be/_B5lBZTKubI See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Jul 26, 2021