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Recently retired former France international Benjamin Kayser & Scotland international Johnnie Beattie bring you interviews with the biggest stars from around the world playing in French rugby, together with some of the juiciest stories from the much debated French rugby culture. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    • Jan 19, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 57m AVG DURATION
    • 92 EPISODES


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    Latest episodes from Le French Rugby Podcast

    Greg Alldritt & Le Grand Chelem

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 60:04


    We're joined by Grand Slam winner and Six Nations Player of the Championship nominee Greg Alldritt to find out whether the trophy really got lost in the Seine, how the celebrations went down, what it's like being a player in this France setup, the relationship with Fabien Galthie, Shaun Edwards and the other coaches, the brotherhood between the players, his rapid rise from Federale 1 to the national team, how much stick Antoine Dupont got for wearing that yellow dressing gown and much more. Plus, Benji and Johnnie analyse Le Crunch in detail and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Alldritt & Dillane

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 64:37


    La Rochelle skipper Greg Alldritt is back with us to discuss all things Champions Cup, as well as France's preparations for the Six Nations after Fabien Galthie named his France squad for the tournament. Plus, he's brought a new mate along with him and we catch up with Ireland international Ultan Dillane to find out how he's settling in, how big a decision it was to give up the chance to play at the World Cup, what the fines system at La Rochelle is like and what he's making of his new team-mates. We also discuss Christophe Urios replacing Jono Gibbes in Clermont, look ahead to a crazy Champions Cup Round 4 and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Jordan Taufua

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 47:53


    Lyon's leader Jordan Taufua joins us to talk life in the culinary capital of France, their Challenge Cup title, the Top 14 marathon, coaching relationships from Scott Robertson to Pierre Mignoni to Xavier Garbajosa, international ambitions and much more. We discuss his journey from the brink of an All Black cap for years and over 100 appearances and three Super Rugby titles for the Crusaders to a short-lived spell at Leicester and now the captaincy at Lyon and a World Cup to look forward to with Samoa. Plus, we look ahead to the return of the Champions Cup and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    What's Brewing In Bayonne?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 57:21


    It's been a good festive period in Bayonne and, after five wins and a draw in their last seven games, we catch up with South Africa international back rower Uzair Cassiem to find out how a newly promoted side has made it into the Top 14 play-off places. We get the lowdown on how everything's going in the Basque Country from the influence of Gregory Patat and Camille Lopez to the French Jonny May and the amazing atmosphere of the Stade Jean-Dauger. We also discuss Siya Kolisi's move to Racing 92 next season, what impact we can expect and we have a little bit of advice for the Springbok skipper on life in France...All that plus we chat about the winners and losers of the festive period in the Top 14 and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Christmas Toulouse Style

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 67:33


    Johnnie and Jerome are joined by Manny Meafou to discuss Christmas in Toulouse, from secret santa to the rigours of the festive period for players and coaches. We also discuss Manny's recent French citizenship test, Antoine Dupont's moustache, scrapping with Sale, Tom Curry's on-field chat and much more. Plus, we look at the best of the action from Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Greg Alldritt Joins The Pod

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 43:56


    Marquee signings don't come bigger than this... La Rochelle & France's reigning Heineken Champions Cup & Six Nations winner Greg Alldritt joins the pod for the first of a number of appearances this season. We get the lowdown on France's autumn, Shaun Edwards' impact and the similarities between Fabien Galthie and Ronan O'Gara. We discuss his love affair with the European Cup from an early age, his view on the South African sides joining the competition and talk Christmas plans after a hectic period of non-stop rugby. Plus, we look ahead to Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Coaching Carousel & Zack Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 51:50


    We're back with an apology for our short mid-season break and a look at the recent coaching chaos. We discuss whether Eddie Jones could rock up in the Top 14 and, as well as debating his and Wayne Pivac's dismissals, we chat to Bordeaux fly half Zack Holmes about the departure of Christophe Urios, a Christmas party in a chateau, a scooter accident, Matthieu Jalibert's dog and much more. Plus, there's more big transfers from England and Wales to the Top 14 to talk about and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Nico's Dreams & Rassie's Risk

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 55:57


    We're joined by Springbok and Montpellier man Nico Janse van Rensburg, who was in Marseille at the weekend, to discuss the titanic clash between France and South Africa, Wayne Barnes' performance, Rassie Erasmus' tweets and videos and much more. We chat about whether he was tempted to play for France, his experience with the Boks last year and what he needs to do to get back in the squad ahead of the World Cup. Plus, there's some massive news from the Top 14 to digest and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Springbok Showdown & Scrum Guru Steenkamp

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 61:27


    Springbok World Cup winner and current La Rochelle scrum coach Gurthro Steenkamp joins us to look ahead to France's epic clash with South Africa in Marseille. He discusses where the respective front rowers rank among the best in the world, the role of specialist coaches in modern rugby, the evolution of the Top 14, what Ronan O'Gara is like behind the scenes, his ambitions for the future and who will come out on top this weekend! Plus, we've got a few new transfer rumours, there's been a couple of surprises to chat about in the Top 14 and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Samoan Joe & Coach Kaino

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 52:23


    Jerome Kaino and Johnnie Beattie are joined by former Australia international Joe Tomane to look ahead to France's opening Autumn Nations Series game against the Wallabies this weekend, as well as discuss the possibility of him switching allegiance to Samoa. Jerome and Joe also pick their current combined Australia and New Zealand XV with the news emerging that an ANZAC team could be in line to face the Lions in 2025. Plus, we chat about all the latest transfer gossip, round up all the Top 14 action and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Rory Teague & The Finn Factor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 57:40


    We're joined by Racing 92 assistant coach Rory Teague to discuss coaching under Eddie Jones with England, his journey to the top job at Bordeaux, the backlash he faced from fans there, how the move to Paris came about, the prospect of working under Stuart Lancaster next season and, of course, the situation surrounding Finn Russell and his exclusion from the Scotland squad this autumn...Plus, we discuss Fabien Galthie's injury issues, Reda Wardi's moment of madness and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Christian Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 76:48


    New Racing 92 winger Christian Wade joins us to talk settling into Parisian life, adjusting back to rugby from American football, his journey to the NFL, the standard of coaching in rugby, the sad situation at his old club Wasps, his England disappointments over the years, the prospect of working with Stuart Lancaster again next season and much more...Plus, we discuss Fabien Galthie's squad for the Autumn Nations Series, talk Top 14 and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Brennan The Younger

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 43:35


    There's transfer rumours galore on the show this week... are Toulon taking Elton Jantjies, is Dan Biggar off to Brive, who's the latest All Black heading to Toulouse, could Joe Marchant quit Quins for Stade Francais and what on earth has been going on behind the scenes with the Parisians this week?Plus, we chat to Josh Brennan after his run of starts for Toulouse at the beginning of the season about keeping some giants out of the side, gunning for France selection, whether Ireland might come calling, the possibility of facing his brother this weekend and much more. All that and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Coach Kaino Joins The Pod

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 49:22


    We're back... with a formal apology for missing the first five weeks of the season but with a massive marquee signing to unveil in order to make up for it! Toulouse assistant coach and double World Cup winner Jerome Kaino has signed on the dotted line to join the pod this season and he gives his view on what Sam Simmonds and Stuart Lancaster can expect when they move to the Top 14 as well as discussing Toulouse's early season form and initiations at the club. We discuss what can be read into the departures of a host of France's assistant coaches after the World Cup and whether Fabien Galthie himself might be tempted away by Japan. Plus, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Garbisi The Great & Montpellier's Maiden Title

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 45:56


    Good things come to those who wait... we're joined by Montpellier hero Paolo Garbisi after a whirlwind of a week involving some epic celebrations and a long drive to join up with Italy ahead of their upcoming internationals! We discuss what it's like to win a first ever Top 14 title for Montpellier in his first season with the club, what the celebrations were like, how he could've ended up in England, the influence of Zach Mercer, keeping Handre Pollard out of the team, the emotional scenes in Cardiff in March, potentially partnering his brother in the halfbacks for Italy, what next for the Azzurri and much more. Plus, there's some massive transfer news surrounding a France international, we look ahead to France's series with Japan and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The King Of Castres

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 50:47


    We're joined by the King of Castres, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, who has been at the heart of the club's previous Top 14 triumphs over the past decade to look ahead to the final against Montpellier. We look back on the semi-finals, break down the tactical battle in the final, discuss when the Capo Ortega statue is being built and find out how close he came to leaving the club and moving to the Premiership. Plus, we chat about the Barbarians' win over England, analyse France's squad for the Japan tour and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Brutal Barrages & Bordeaux's Big Gamble

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 52:52


    Bordeaux second row Kane Douglas joins us to fill us in on how the team prepared for their victory over Racing in the Barrages without Christophe Urios for most of the week, the response of Matthieu Jalibert and Cameron Woki after being called out and whether relationships will be mended this week! Plus, we discuss Toulouse's latest win over La Rochelle, Perpignan's triumph in the accession match and look ahead to the Top 14 semi-finals. And, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Castres Action Hero

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 51:07


    After a frenetic final weekend in the Top 14 regular season, we catch up with one of the key men from surprise table-toppers Castres and the top tackler in the Top 14 this season. Australian second row Tom Staniforth fills us in on his journey from Canberra to Castres, the family environment at the club, how a bunch of battlers go about beating off competition from a host of teams with much bigger budgets over 26 rounds and gives us an insight into what makes a club that often goes under the radar so special. There's also a look into everything that happened on the final day, a look ahead to the Barrages and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    There Ain't No Party Like A La Rochelle Party!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 53:48


    We try desperately to join in with the epic looking party in the port at La Rochelle as well as analysing how they managed to prove seemingly everyone wrong and beat favourites Leinster to lift the European Cup. Plus, we discuss Lyon's first major trophy since 1933 and what the fact that both they and La Rochelle came up together from PRO D2 just eight years ago says about French rugby. There's also a revelation about Uini Atonio's tattoo and much more. And, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Wiaan Liebenberg & Going Out On Top

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 54:11


    We're joined by La Rochelle back row Wiaan Liebenberg to chat about his decision to retire from playing at the age of just 29 and the thinking behind it, the journey that's taken him to France, what comes next and the chances of riding off into the sunset with a trophy! A bit of Champions Cup chat and an insight into the cut-throat life of a professional rugby player and the decision-making process involved in when to hang up the boots. Plus, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Joel Kpoku & Lyon's History Boys

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 55:55


    Lyon's player of the match in the win over Wasps that saw them through to a first major final since 1933, Joel Kpoku, joins us to discuss making a big impression early on in his career in France, what went wrong for him at Saracens, international aspirations and much more. We talk Sarries' big dogs, lazy comparisons to Maro Itoje, Eddie Jones, the slower pace of life in France, salary caps and, of course, round up all the European semi-final action. Plus, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Pita, Pens & More French Wins!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 57:52


    Toulouse centre Pita Ahki joins us to discuss the drama of the penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium, whether he'd have fancied taking one, returning to Dublin to take on Leinster and much more. Plus, Benji reveals he was next in line to take a penalty when Leicester beat Cardiff in a shootout in 2009, we analyse all the European action, chat about the prospect of Eddie Jones moving to the Top 14 and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Dillyn Leyds

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 53:15


    We chat to La Rochelle's South Africa international Dillyn Leyds ahead of the all-French Champions Cup quarter-final against Montpellier to find out about Ronan O'Gara's spikiness, how he ended up in the west of France instead of South West London and his chances of a Springbok recall. Plus, we look at the madness of the Top 14 where still nobody is guaranteed a play-off place with two rounds to go, look ahead to all of the Champions Cup quarter-finals and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Scaling The French Rugby Pyramid

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 66:29


    We're joined by an Englishman in the Pyrenees as Pau fly half Zack Henry talks us through his journey from Rouen in Federale 1 up through PRO D2 and to the Top 14 via a stint at Leicester in the Premiership. We hear how playing under Steve Borthwick at Tigers wasn't the right fit, what Gabin Villiere was like back in his days as a back-up scrum half in the French third tier, how dangerous Chouffe socials can be and what happens when you injure your hamstring and are sent to a faith healer rather than a physio! Plus, Johnnie makes a big prediction about who will miss out on the Top 14 play-offs, we discuss Spain being stripped of their place at the World Cup in France next year and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.comHead over to daysbrewing.com and use the code RUGBYPASS15 to get 15% off a case of their 0.0% beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Kayser Derbies & French Dominance

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 46:12


    Benji's back with tales from the back-to-back Kayser derbies between Clermont and Leicester and we discuss the dominance of Top 14 sides in the Champions Cup for a second straight season, unfair criticism of Montpellier, Toulouse's tenacity, what should be done about the red cards and sanctions we're seeing at the moment and how big a job Jono Gibbes has on his hands. Plus, we look ahead to the European quarter-finals and a tight Top 14 run-in with four rounds remaining and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Champs Cling On & Manny's Meteoric Rise

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 50:03


    Reigning champions Toulouse clung on to stay in with a shout of qualifying for the quarter-finals, despite being down to 14 men for 70 minutes against Ulster, and we chat to try scorer Manny Meafou about his journey from rugby league to NFL prospect to double winner with Toulouse in double quick time! He tells us about Antoine Dupont buying the forwards dinner, Toulouse's 1000kg pack, the task of filling Joe Tekori's boots and his dream of playing for France rather than the Wallabies. Plus, we look ahead to all of the Round of 16 second legs and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD20 at checkout for 20% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Big Will Skelton

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 46:13


    The guests keep getting bigger, literally, as big Will Skelton joins us to talk Ronan O'Gara v Christophe Urios, the slap, the trilogy against Bordeaux, how he hasn't heard from the Wallabies despite reports he isn't being considered for the series against England, life in La Rochelle, who the team jokers are and wait for it... how he's the smallest of three brothers! Plus, we look ahead to all of the Champions Cup Round of 16 ties and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Grand Slam Enforcer

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 61:15


    Another week, another Grand Slam winner... France enforcer Paul Willemse joins us to discuss his role as the only out-and-out second row in the team, the specialist coaching expertise and how it all comes together, the Shaun Edwards effect, his journey from budding Springbok to French hero and how he was completely ignored by the SARU, the struggle to fit into the national team at first, the honour of captaining Montpellier for the first time at the weekend and much more. Plus, we chat about Sergio Parisse playing until he's 40 and bowing out at the 2023 World Cup, Toulouse's quintet of Grand Slam winning replacements and how they could accommodate Jaminet, Capuozzo and Ramos next season and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Le Crunch Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 58:36


    It's crunch time for Fabien Galthie's men as they prepare to face England with a title and Grand Slam on the line in Paris and we analyse all the tactical, personnel and mental battles. Former England international and Toulon and Lyon full back Delon Armitage joins us to give us his insight, as well as to share a few stories on the likes of Bernard Laporte and Mourad Boudjellal from his Champions Cup winning days, and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Mike Phillips... Are You Sure?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 54:52


    Former Racing, Bayonne, Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum half Mike Phillips joins us to look ahead to France's trip to Cardiff. He gives us his view on Antoine Dupont, tells us about the Shaun Edwards effect and looks back on his time in the Top 14. We hear about the ups and downs in Bayonne, how Dan Carter helped him meet his wife and about his social media interaction with a French TV presenter. Plus, we get our predictions in for Round 4 and we pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Murrayfield Mauling

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 50:31


    Benjamin Kayser and Johnnie Beattie are back to go through France's big win at Murrayfield with a fine tooth comb. We discuss how the French are now set up to win away, how Gregor Townsend ignored all of Johnnie's tactical advice and how he bumped into a few of the celebrating France stars in Edinburgh afterwards. Plus, we discuss whether laws need to change after Italy's defeat in Dublin, debate whether Wales or England have anything to worry Fabien Galthie, round up some of the Top 14 action and we pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Thistle In France's Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 52:36


    We're joined by former Scotland captain and ex-Clermont scrum half Greig Laidlaw to discuss whether the Scots can be the ones to stop this France side and beat them in the Six Nations for a third straight year. We chat about how to stop Antoine Dupont, the physicality advantage of the French, Finn Russell's need to bounce back and the selection issues both sides face. Plus, there's a couple of crazy red cards in the same Top 14 game to mull over and we pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Last Slam Standing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 54:21


    France are the only team left in this year's Six Nations with their Grand Slam hopes still alive and we're joined by former Ireland hooker and ex-Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman to dissect their win over Ireland. We discuss French physicality, the calibre of coaching, dessert-gate during his time in France and much more. Plus, Johnnie picks himself up after another false dawn for Scotland, Benji gives his view on what's going on in Toulon and we pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Simon Zebo & Ireland Showdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 49:32


    Ireland international and former Racing 92 man Simon Zebo joins us to look ahead to the potentially Six Nations title-defining showdown between France and Ireland and give us an insight into both camps. We look at the changes with Ireland under Andy Farrell and what life is like in camp and analyse where Johnny Sexton might be looking to pick holes in Shaun Edwards' defence, as well as discussing his time in Paris, whether the bromance with Finn Russell is still intact and much more.Plus, there's a talking point or two in the Top 14 to touch on, including a bizarre Biarritz ending, and we pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    It's Coming Home!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 52:24


    It's Coming Home... or Ramenez La Coupe A La Maison as Benji would say! We preview the 2022 Six Nations, discuss how badly Fabien Galthie's preparations have been affected and what selection headaches he faces but, 12 years on from their last Six Nations triumph, do Johnnie and Benji think it's going to be France's year?Plus, we look at some of the latest goings on in the Top 14, discuss one of the biggest brawls ever seen on a rugby pitch and pick our MEATER Moment Of The Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Tala Gray

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 43:49


    Stade Francais skipper Tala Gray joins us to relive the drama of their victory over Connacht by six points to get exactly what they needed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup... and what he said to Wayne Barnes in the aftermath of Tolu Latu's red card! We also talk about switching international allegiance to Samoa and cover all the talking points from Europe, as well as discussing Antoine Dupont's GQ photoshoot and how covet is affecting France's Six Nations preparations. And, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Mike Prendergast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 58:27


    We're joined by Racing 92 attack coach Mike Prendergast to hear what it's like organising the likes of Finn Russell, Kurtley Beale, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou and co. We discuss his route to the top, those rumours linking him with a return to Munster, his relationship with Ronan O'Gara, the heartache that's driving Racing on and how they raise their game in Europe. Plus, we analyse the Round 3 action in the Champions Cup and look ahead to who's going to make it through to the knockout stages. And, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Zach Mercer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 60:10


    We catch up with England international Zach Mercer to find out all about the Covid cases in the Montpellier camp, their European ambition, how he's thriving on and off the field in France, being back on Eddie Jones' radar after a chat at a recent Top 14 game and much more. Plus, we discuss the lay of the land in the Top 14 and how the regulations in France are affecting rugby and the Champions Cup. And, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Joyeux Noel & The European Dilemma

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 50:01


    Benji's back to tell us about his try-scoring exploits in Dubai, Johnnie's navigated travel chaos to make it home for Christmas and we look back on a weekend where politics played its part and Castres were the only French side in action in the Champions Cup. We assess whether the whole of Round 2 should have been postponed as the Top 14 sides wanted, whether there's going to be an asterisk by the name of the winner once more and what's next for European rugby this season. Plus, there's some hot coaching gossip and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Go West

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 45:46


    Current La Rochelle and soon to be Toulon fly half Ihaia West joins us to discuss the heartache of losing out in two finals last season, the criticism he received, learning lessons under Ronan O'Gara, the contrast in playing style with his head coach, how the move to Toulon came about and the prospect of a switch in nationality after the change in World Rugby's eligibility laws. Plus, we round up all of the Champions Cup action, look ahead to Round 2 and pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Shaun Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 56:43


    France assistant coach Shaun Edwards joins us to discuss where the recent win over the All Blacks ranks in the list of special days he's had as a coach, what it's like working with Fabien Galthie, the need to win something, overcoming the language barrier, Gael Fickou's role as defensive captain, Antoine Dupont's freakish ability, the recent law changes and eligibility ruling and much more. Plus, we look ahead to the start of the Champions Cup this weekend and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Santi's Coming To Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 46:22


    It's December and that can only mean one thing... Santi's coming to town! Fresh from scoring a sackful of tries in Bordeaux's big win away at Racing, Argentina international Santi Cordero joins us to talk about the cultural difference with Exeter, Christophe Urios' coaching methods and wine venture, Matthieu Jalibert's dogs, the Pumas' tough couple of years on the road and the controversial moment between him and Teddy Thomas at the weekend that sparked a big reaction in the French media. Plus, we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jerome Kaino & An All Black Shellacking!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 56:45


    Double World Cup winner Jerome Kaino joins us to pick the bones out of Les Bleus' biggest ever win over the All Blacks and a potentially seminal victory for Fabien Galthie's France. We discuss his influence on the likes of Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont, the easiest World Player of the Year decision ever, hobnobbing with Neymar and Bond girls and much more. Plus, Benji and Johnnie talk us through their X-rated noises in commentary, their Saturday night in Paris, where the victory ranks in the pantheon of great France performances and I bet you can't guess what our MEATER Moment of the Week is...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Tanked Up, Hyped Up & Stood Up!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 52:03


    Benji's back with a good excuse for missing last week and tales to tell from his big night out with Rodrigo Roncero, we look at whether Antoine Dupont will win the World Player of the Year award and why front rowers never get a look in! And, of course, we build up to a huge clash in Paris and assess how France go about trying to beat New Zealand for the first time in 12 years. Plus, we may or may not be joined by a double World Cup winner and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jalitamack & Thibaud's Dream Debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 46:26


    Benji was led astray on Saturday night by his Argentinian hero so we've got a former Puma on the show to replace him and there's all the lowdown on Thibaud Flament's dream debut, Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack's combination, whether Fabien GalthiƩ will stick with it against the All Blacks and much more. Plus, a few Top 14 transfer rumours and our MEATER Moment of the Week...Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Toulon's Turbulence & France Set To Soar

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 62:34


    Johnnie and Benji are predicting big things as France prepare to get their autumn underway against Argentina with Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack in tandem, while we speak to the man who was briefly in charge of Toulon about a turbulent week for the club. James Coughlan, who took charge of the team for the win over Biarritz, fills us in on Patrice Collazo's departure, Franck Azema's arrival and everything in between! Plus, a few big Top 14 transfer rumours and the all new MEATER Moment of the Week. Use the code FRENCHPOD10 at checkout for 10% off any full price item at Meater.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Clermont's Cornerstone, Captain Dupont & Collazo's Decline

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 59:32


    We're joined by the cornerstone of Clermont's side over the past decade Fritz Lee this week to discuss the return of Jono Gibbes, how a three-month stint in the Massif Central turned into a nine-year stay, the possibility of turning out for France or Samoa and much more. Plus, we look at the appointment of Antoine Dupont as France captain, chat goal-kickers after Morgan Parra's epic streak of successes and mull over the decline of Patrice Collazo in Toulon... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    An All Black, A France Squad & A Disappearing Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 53:22


    Benji and Johnnie are back to dissect Fabien Galthie's France squad for the autumn internationals and give their view on who will make the first choice XV and who will captain the side in Charles Ollivon's absence. Plus, we're joined by former All Black Francis Saili to fill us in on everything going on in Biarritz from whether the club is moving to Lille to naked plane rides and six-figure sums spent on yachts in Ibiza amid their celebrations at the end of last season! Oh and we end the show a man down in mysterious circumstances... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Big Joe & The Big Comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 57:38


    We're back and who better to help us kick off Season 2 than the King of Toulouse... Big Joe Tekori joins us to talk corner flags, celebrations, gin and tonic kryptonite, being Mr Barbarians, Cheslin Kolbe's departure and whether he has another contract left in him! Plus, we discuss a host of rumours in the Top 14, including whether current France fly half Matthieu Jalibert and former France scrum half Morgan Parra are on the move, and ponder whether Patrice Collazo's days as Toulon coach are numbered... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Season Finale & Building A Dynasty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 53:31


    We're joined by World Cup winner and now Top 14 and Champions Cup double winner Charlie Faumuina and his ski goggles for the final episode of the season to discuss how good this current Toulouse side is and whether a dynasty can be created to rival or eclipse the great sides of previous generations and, of course, how good the celebrations have been over the past few days! Plus, we discuss the unique history of the Top 14 final and the Bouclier de Brennus, the famous celebrations with the trophy over the years and take a trip down memory lane with Benji and Johnnie. All that as well as a detailed look at the final itself and a look ahead to France's upcoming three Test series in Australia... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    La Rochelle's Revenge Mission & A Departing Legend

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 53:28


    Benji and Johnnie are back to analyse the Top 14 semi-finals and look ahead to whether La Rochelle can exact revenge on Toulouse in the final after losing out to the same opponents in the Champions Cup showpiece last month. Plus, we chat to former France back row Antonie Claassen after he played the final game of a long and illustrious career in Racing's semi-final defeat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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