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Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada, and New York Giants punter Jamie Gillan, aka the Scottish Hammer, are with Alex, Hask and Tinds this week for a GB&R with a difference. They talk about their respective journeys to the NFL, from London and Inverness, in fascinating detail. Efe was trafficked to the UK, fostered and then worked in bingo hall before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. There is a rugby link with Jamie - he dreamed of playing rugby for Scotland before making the transition to American Football.
It's the final episode of the season & Alex, Hask and Tinds are joined by the BBC's Ukraine Correspondent, James Waterhouse. This may seem random for this podcast, but Waterhouse used to play rugby in the Championship for Rotherham and Esher… and has since jacked it all in for a career in Journalism. They reminisce about James' days on the pitch and learn about the reality of life in Ukraine & the resilience it takes to report on the front line.
With Alex away it's left to Hask and Tinds to steer the ship. They are joined by Hask's old teammate, the former Northampton and England back-row Tom Wood. Having just retired the boys discuss what's in store for him after rugby, a particularly pertinent subject on this week's show given Ryan Jones' dementia diagnosis. Unusually there's plenty of on-field chat, too, after Ireland's historic and transformative series win in New Zealand. We also break down the rest of the action across the Summer Tours, focusing on England's win against the Wallabies and Eddie Jones' fan engagement skills.
The northern hemisphere have turned it around in the latest leg of the summer internationals. Lots to discuss on the pod this week, as the Welsh and Irish teams cement themselves in the history books. Alex, Hask and Tinds are in the studio again, joined by George Gregan who reflects on his experience under Eddie Jones, playing for the Brumbies and how he nearly lost the Wallabies to a river of crocodiles.
Alex and Hask are joined by recently retired Sarries and England legend, George Kruis, to unpick the weekend's home nations losses in the summer tests, and relive some of their own best moments in the Southern Hemisphere together on tour. Kruis' decision to hang up his boots, despite his form (and goal kicking tekkers for the Babas), has surprised a lot of the rugby world, so the boys get stuck into his motivations for moving on while he's at the top of his game and the CBD company he's founded; as well as the incredibly successful decade in the Saracens Wolfpack, moving to Japan, and his time with England under Eddie.
International summer rugby fills the next few weekends, so the boys take a look ahead to what's in store. They start with England who take on a rejuvenated Wallabies. The Eddie Jones' era was just getting underway the last time England toured Australia in 2016 and you may remember - he barely mentions it - but our very own Hask won man of the series. The boys turn back the clock and relive some of those stellar performances and also pick a 23-man World XV squad, made up of the four travelling home nations and the southern hemisphere giants.
Pass the paracetamol as Alex and Tinds are joined by a refreshed Freddie Burns and Richard Wigglesworth following their Premiership title win over Saracens and the celebrations since. Freddie talks us through his climactic drop goal, reveals how at one stage he was almost done with rugby and considers who should play him in the inevitable movie, while Richard explains why this victory was extra special, even compared to the many others he has won. The guys also give us a rundown of their team-mates and take us inside a weekend that's included (many) pints, double denim and Wiggy's hunt for chicken nuggets. Elsewhere, Tinds and Alex discuss England's loss to the Baa-Baas, the squad named for the tour of Australia and give their starting 15 for the first Test.
Saracens take on Leicester at Twickenham this weekend as the Premiership draws to a close. Alex and Tinds are joined by Ben Kayser and ex Saracens lock Al Hargreaves as they discuss what this game means for both teams. Tinds catches 15 minutes with Richard Cockerill to talk Baa-baas, a young England team and Tigers' bid for the trophy.
One of the all-time greats, Zinzan Brooke, is on the sofa this week with Alex and Tinds. We get the inside track on Tinds' royal weekend at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, before diving into the man who's seen it all in a career spanning the amateur and professional eras. He explains how summer touch helped shape the All Blacks stylish rugby in the 80s and talks about what it was like to win the World Cup before reporting back to work as a plumber. Jonah Lomu crops up in conversation (of course he does), so do 40-metre drop goals (of course they do) and then there's that famous Zinzan mullet, a conversation starter if ever there was one.
Jack Nowell joins the Hask, Tinds and Alex at the Plymouth Pavillions on their live tour. Cornish pride, England debuts, and when team building goes wrong are on the cards. As well as an update on Jack's recovery, they also discuss the changes being made at Exeter Chiefs to make sure they're back at their best next year and Eddie Jones' plans for Jack this summer.
Tinds, Hask and Alex are in Birmingham at The Alexandra Theatre, ahead of another night on stage. They're joined by one of Hask's former coaches, Lee Blackett; now Head Coach at Wasps. They discuss his journey from the Championship to the Premiership and the fastest try the league's ever seen, as well as what it really takes to let players go and what he's pushing for next season. Hask also takes a trip down memory lane & heads back to Northampton for a bonus interview with Dan Biggar, to chat all things Saints, Wales and what's left to achieve now he's a centurion.
What better way to spend a Sunday morning in Swansea than with Alun Wyn Jones. He joins Hask, Tinds and Alex to reflect on a stellar career and look ahead to what's still to come. Is there much more he can achieve? One hundred and fifty caps to his name, an Ospreys, Wales and Lions legend. Just a World Cup then…
Legendary England hooker, Steve Thompson, joins Hask, Tinds and Alex on their live tour at The Liverpool Empire Theatre. The boys discuss Steve's hugely inspirational battle with early onset-dementia and his close shave with suicide, his new book and his now rusty World Cup medal. Steve also gets into some of the wild times with Hask and Tinds back in their playing days, including one particular postgame celebration in Dublin involving a very famous golfer. It's not too late to get tickets to see the boys live. Go to: https://goodbadrugby.com/livetour/ Warning – this podcast discusses suicide & suicidal feelings.
The boys are finally off on their UK tour and already a little dusty from a few nights on the road. Hask has barely slept, Tinds is losing his voice, and Alex is attempting to hold it all together as usual. This episode comes from the stage of the empty Empire Theatre in Liverpool where the boys reflect on the best moments from the opening night in Sheffield with Dylan Hartley. He opened up about his time under Eddie Jones as England captain, as well as all the bans and indiscretions in between. Hask, Tinds and Alex also discuss the Red Roses Grand Slam, and Chris Ashton's try scoring record.
In a bonus episode of the pod, Alex and Tinds visit Aberdare Rugby Club, where they're joined by Wales and Lions prop Wyn Jones, Wales Women's scrum-half Ffion Lewis and former Wales international – and current strength and conditioning coach – Huw Bennett. Their trip to Wales is the latest leg of Vodafone's Lions Legacy Tour, which celebrates the return of grassroots rugby. Wyn reveals what it's really like being part of a Lions squad, Ffion looks forward to the Women's World Cup later this year and Huw recalls some of the fun times had when away, including when he and Warren Gatland pranked a journalist travelling with them.
This week the GB&R team speak to Bath and England prop Beno Obano about his new documentary series Prep To Win, which takes the viewer behind the scenes at Harlequins. He reveals how it came about, why rugby must broaden its appeal and the moment he knew he had something pretty special on his hands. Elsewhere, we get the inside story on the big fight...No, not Fury-Whyte...Payne-Curzon! The lads also pay tribute to Emily Scarratt after her 100th England cap and wonder what could be named after Hask following his induction into the Wasps Hall of Fame.
Just like Jack Nowell, grassroots rugby clubs are off on tour & so are the GB&R boys… so what better excuse to relive the best tours of times gone by. Hask, Tinds and Alex compare their wild time in Japan in 2019 with the shambles of the tour dubbed ‘Tinds' stag do' by the media in 2011, and the chaos of the unprofessional tours before that. Handcuffs, poo and ferry diving are all on the agenda.
The gang are all here as Alex, Hask and Tinds are reunited for the first time in a few weeks. Also back with them is the Rhino Bambino himself, Leicester and England's Ellis Genge, fresh from his club's Champions Cup win at Clermont. They chat about that and Ellis gives his thoughts on England's Six Nations campaign and criticism of Eddie Jones. Also in this episode, the team pay tribute to Tom Smith, Ellis discusses meeting Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and why he's up for having football managers in rugby and he explains why he celebrates his team-mates' tries more than his own. Plus there's chat on the women's Six Nations, an unusual way of increasing your testosterone and which of the guys played the following in their school play: Knuckles, the Demon Headmaster, an Ugly Sister and a washer woman.
Hask and Tinds are having a mid-season break, so Shane Horgan joins Alex in the studio for this intimate episode. They break down Ireland's development under Andy Farrell and assess Ronan O'Gara's ambitions at international level, possibly even (gasp) with England. In his absence, Hask also provides a bonus interview with legendary sprinter Michael Johnson about his award-winning audio docuseries, Defiance: A History of Protest in Sport.
Tinds takes the reins this week as Hask and Alex take a well earned holiday. Lucky for us, he's brought in the big guns, in the form of Ben Kayser and the woman who heads up The Good, The Scaz & The Rugby, Elma Smit. Anti-Eddie Jones sentiment is still rife, so enter Alex Spinks, the Mirror's Rugby Correspondent, for a spicy debate about Eddie's future at England and the media's responsibility to hold him to account. And… the Women's Six Nations is back with a bang - so, to whet your Six Nations appetite all over again, and look ahead to Le Crunch 2.0, and the World Cup beyond it, Red Roses returnee, Emily Scarratt joins the squad for a preview.
It's the morning after the night before in sunny Paris and the boys are joined by their favourite Frenchman, Ben Kayser, overlooking the Tuileries Garden. Super Saturday did not disappoint, with Josh Adams' generosity, France's utter dominance and Italy's last gasp try to win their first Six Nations match in 12 years. But where does this leave each nation 18 months out from the World Cup? The boys take a look at the state of play and look ahead to their return trip to France next year.
Alex, Hask and Tinds travel to Bannockburn RFC in Scotland to host a live show with Scottish legends, Lisa Martin & Tommy Seymour. In this bonus episode, the boys are on the road to celebrate the return of grassroots rugby, on Vodafone's Lions Legacy Tour, at a rugby club where veterans and serving members of the armed forces are uniquely celebrated and welcomed.
Only England stand in the way of France's first Grand Slam in 12 years, so who better than Ben Kayser to join the boys in the studio to look ahead to the big Paris showdown on Super Saturday? That's a rhetorical question, but there are so many questions ahead of this one: will France be rattled by their close encounter in Cardiff? Do England really have the game to go head-to-head with Les Bleus at the Stade de France? And if they lose, where does that leave them a year out from the World Cup? Keeping 15 players on the pitch will certainly help England on Saturday night… so, unsurprisingly the red card which defined their clash with Ireland is also up for debate.
Ireland make their way to Twickenham this weekend for the penultimate round of the Six Nations. Rugby royalty, Sir Rory Best, joins Hask, Tinds & Alex to look ahead to the final couple of rounds, dissect Ireland's performances so far & relive the glory years… James also sits down with the man staking his claim to England's right wing, Max Malins, to hear about prep for the weekend & a certain darts championship in Bristol.
The boys head back to the studio this week to debrief on the drama of Round 3 of the Six Nations; they unpick uncontested scrumgate, French flair, Youngs' 115 and Sinckler's half-century. Be prepared for dad chat, with Baby Haskell on the way, and Alex enjoying his own impression of a certain ‘Bad Boys' character far too much.
This week Hask and Alex are joined by Ben Kayser and Ryan Jones for a live show at The Globe, Marylebone. Does The Six Nations need a shake up? Has Italy proven itself? Elma Smit, host of our sister show The Good, The Scaz & The Rugby, joins the boys to make the case for South Africa.
With the Six Nations looming, Alex, Hask and Tinds discuss the things they love about the oldest international rugby tournament in the world. They cover each of the team's strengths and weaknesses, what it's like playing the away games, and why magic can happen at the Principality Stadium.
What are the worst things you can do on the rugby pitch? Stamping, striking, gouging, headbutting? All these offences - and more - are in the dock as Alex, Hask and Ben play judge and jury and set about ranking the sport's worst crimes. Most of these transgressions have faded out of the modern game, so Hask and Ben look back on their own time at the coalface, and Alex delves into the archives, to work out what deserves a slap on the wrist, and what is simply the lowest of the low. They also reflect on a couple of heavy episodes dissecting the international game, and get Ben's perspective on the state of the game en France.
Hask and Alex dig a little deeper into the state of the game this week, with two guests who know more than most about what goes on inside rugby's corridors of power. The former CEO of World Rugby, Brett Gosper, and ex-CEO of Quins, Sarries and Melbourne Storm, Mark Evans, help the boys get to the heart of the many challenges facing rugby union's administrators, including participation, TV rights, laws, the calendar and, of course, the club versus country debate.
It's a very busy studio this week, as Tinds, Ellis and Alex try to nail down what rugby's trying to be and where it needs to get to. They're joined by the President of Roc Nation, Michael Yormark, the sharpest dressed person to have ever graced the pod, and the man leading the charge to create superstars within the game. Dragons Rugby owner, David Buttress and Newcastle Falcons owner, Semore Kurdi are also on hand to discuss the salary cap, marquee players, TV deals, financial partners, the impact of covid and ultimately how rugby needs to change to continue to grow; which gets a bit fiery at times. And of course, they get into Ellis' reasons for heading home to Bristol at the end of the season.
Richie McCaw sets a high bar for the new year as our first guest in 2022. He relives many of the memorable moments from his stellar career, and reveals how the best players develop the mentality and resilience to not only get to the top but also stay there. Back-to-back World Cup wins as captain of the All Blacks, helicopter rescues after the earthquake in 2016 and his newfound passion for adventure racing are just some of the topics that get Hask giddy.
Grab a turkey sandwich and your chrimbo jumper, and join the boys as they relive 2021's best episodes and the most hilarious moments on the pod this year. Featuring a royal baby born on the bathroom floor, the biggest baby born in Zimbabwe, Dombrandt's whip, Marler's chopper, Dan Carter's hair, BOD's Monday Night Club, Greenwood's lucky socks… and who could forget the force of the 70s cop duo, Pivac and Hansen…
No shortage of festive flair in the tinsel-decked studio this week as Alex, Hask and Tinds put on their best Christmas suits and chill out with a gin and tonic (or two) alongside Ben Kayser. This episode is all about listeners' questions - some are random and some are even about rugby - but if you want to know the club the boys would have one more game for, or which brand Hask would change his name to, or how Tinds fared when he met the Queen for the first time, then dive in. It's Christmas chaos GBR-style: plenty of laughter and love.
Alex and Tinds caught up with Eddie Jones at Pennyhill Park this week. They chatted about leadership, inspired by the England head coach's new book, and also looked at the future of Rugby and the promising young talent in the England set-up.
Leinster and Ireland legend Shane Horgan joins Alex and Tinds back in the studio this week to discuss his incredible career and look ahead to the Heineken Champions Cup. Northampton Saints take on Racing 92 at Franklin's Gardens on Friday, kicking off a weekend of big games featuring the best club sides in Europe.
Alex, Hask and Tinds travel to Dungannon RFC in Northern Ireland to host a live show with Ireland legends, Gill Bourke and Tyrone Howe. In this bonus episode, the boys are on the road to celebrate the return of grassroots rugby, on Vodafone's Lions Legacy Tour. Gill relives some of her best moments in an Ireland and Baabaas jersey, and the team take a look at the state of the Irish Women's game. Tyrone also reflects on his unique rollercoaster of a professional career which culminated in a Lions cap, while James recalls one of the most ridiculous and quite frankly unbelievable stories from his trip to New Zealand in 2017.
Ellis Genge brings his mate Freddie Steward to meet Alex and Tinds this week. They celebrate Freddie's sensational player of the match performances against both Australia and South Africa, and hear how his feet are firmly grounded living in student digs in Loughborough, listening to 80s disco. They also get into Leicester Tigers' phenomenal start to the season, the culture of the club and Ellis' leadership.
Alex, Tinds and Hask head to Twickenham ahead of England vs South Africa for a behind the scenes trot around HQ. They chat about all things game day; the prep, the characters, the emotion, the speeches, and of course, the fans. Tinds and Hask have never been so buzzed for an episode, so much so they threatened to come out of retirement... They also look back at the final weekend of Autumn Nations action, and the quality we're witnessing in Northern Hemisphere teams this season.
Bryan Habana and Dylan Hartley join Alex and Tinds at The Prince in Fulham to look ahead to England and South Africa's first clash since the World Cup Final two years ago. We all know how that ended - but have England kicked on since then? They're just as unpopular, apparently, so we find out why everyone hates England, and remind ourselves of one of the greatest head-to-heads of all time: Habana vs a cheetah. partypoker tournament T&C's: 18+. Full T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org. Take time to think. Play responsibly.
Tinds, Alex and Ben have left the comfort of the studio in favour of The Prince, in Fulham. They're joined by one of their favourite podcast guests, Jack Nowell, who gives them the lowdown on his Cornish pub, going on tour with Exeter and his work with Red Bull. The boys also look back at the weekend that was on the pitch and look ahead to what could be; with very little help from Jack who hasn't watched a single Autumn International.
Alex and Hask are joined in the studio at long last by their brother in arms, Ben Kayser, to talk to one of the greatest front rows to grace the scrum. Tendai Mtawarira, more commonly known as Beast, talks the boys through his journey to the top; moving to South Africa from Zimbabwe with next to nothing, almost having the Bok jersey ripped away from him forever, all before becoming one of South Africa's greats. They touch on World Cup glory, the genius of Rassie Erasmus and some serious squat and bench press stats.
Alex, Hask and Tinds travel to Westbury RFC in Wiltshire to host a live show with Jason Robinson and Emily Scarratt. In this bonus episode, the boys are on the road to celebrate the return of grassroots rugby, on Vodafone's Lions Legacy Tour. They talk about their grass roots memories, the volunteers that shaped their experience, career highs with the Lions, and the prospect of a women's Lions tour; amid the carnage of a hundred strong Westbury audience.
The one and only Sonny Bill Williams drops in for a chat with Alex and Hask this week. The offload king, whose recent retirement has led him back to the boxing ring, reflects on his remarkable journey from humble beginnings to household name. We relive some of the unforgettable moments from an unforgettable career - but we also delve deeper. SBW explains why he went off the rails early on in his career, how finding Islam changed his life, and talks about his greatest achievements off the pitch.
James and Alex are celebrating Tinds' birthday without him this week, as they get down to business with Quins Number 8, Alex Dombrandt. They relive the fairy-tale that was Harlequins' premiership winning season last year, discuss the highs and lows of university rugby and look ahead to his hopes for the Autumn Nations Cup and beyond, with England.
Tinds and Alex are a man down this week, as Hask has an early season break to rest his back. The pair are joined by Tinds' '03 World Cup centre partner, Will Greenwood. Obviously, no conversation between the duo is complete without reliving the glory days on and off the pitch, but Will also opens up about the tough stuff; from struggling to find peace in retirement to the pain of losing a child.
In this special bonus episode, Hask, Tinds and Alex have swapped the comfort of the studio for the wild west of the Moonshine Saloon in central London. Ahead of the The Good, The Bad & The Rugby Poker Night, Tinds puts his high class poker skills on the line, while Hask relives some classic away day card games at the back of the bus. Join the boys on Monday 11th October for the online tournament… and don't miss the opportunity to win a PS5 by knocking Hask out (of the tournament, not by actually knocking him out). Register for the tournament here: https://bit.ly/3AjSB3E partypoker Promotion T&Cs: 18+. Eliminate star bounty to win PS5 prize. T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org. Please play responsibly.