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The Rugby Pod with Andy Goode, Big Jim Hamilton & hosted by Andy Rowe is the most listened to Rugby podcast in the world. We cover all the latest news, rumours insight and stories, but with plenty of humour, opinions and the best guests from the game, including current and former internationals. Follow us on social media and send us in your questions to chat through each week.

The Rugby Pod


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    Episode 20 - 'Big Mack' Hansen, Tackle Height Controversy and Champions Cup Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 71:08


    Another dramatic week in rugby with the RFU bringing in a new game-changing law for the grassroots game in England. The lads give their take and what it means for the future of the game. We're also joined by Ireland and Connacht's Mack Hansen ahead of the Six Nations to find out about his tattoos, loose nights out in Portugal and whether he wants to replace Johnny Sexton at ten. Lots more chat including a wrap-up of the final round of pool games in the Champions Cup, and a look ahead to some massive knockout games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 19 - Borthwick's First England Squad, Quins' Cadan Murley & Eddie Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 83:05


    We have a hell of a show lined up for you this week, we'll be looking at Steve Borthwicks' first England squad, Eddie Jones' shock return to international rugby, a hectic weekend of Champions Cup, and we'll be having a chat to one of the most anticipated new England caps… Harlequins winger Cadan Murley. Settle back, enjoy, and make sure you're subscribed on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 18 - All Blacks of the North with Gary Graham, Borthwick Borrows Evans and Owen Farrell in Hot Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 75:59


    We're joined by salt of the earth and northern legend Gary Graham this week after Newcastle's record win over Leicester. He gives us some great insight into the Newcastle dressing room and their Argentinan contingent, as well as rumors of a two-tiered premiership. We chat about Borthwick's latest attacking appointment with Nick Evans joining from Quins and what this might mean for Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell. We also discuss whether England need to relax their eligibility rules and we give our take on some controversial calls over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 17 - New Year's Resolutions, Marler's Foul Mouth & Sir Chris Hoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 82:48


    Our first show of 2023 and we set out our predictions and resolutions for the New Year on and off the pitch, including which bolters might make an impact going into a World Cup year. We're joined by six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy to chat about his love for rugby and his involvement in this year's Doddie Aid. The lads give their take on the controversy around Joe Marler and his ban for insulting Jake Heenan, and we wrap up the best of the festive action from the Premiership and URC. Don't forget to get your tickets sorted for our live Six Nations shows in London and Edinburgh in February. Just search for The Rugby Pod live shows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rugby Pod End of Year Alternate Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 17:34


    Some of the least coveted awards in rugby are back! We decide who had the biggest skidmarks in 2022, who's been horrible, who's been nice and who wins the Top Lad award. We also look back at some of the maddest moments of the year, pick our best referee and young gun as well as our highlight of the year. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 16 - Secret Bad Santa, England Break the Bank for Borthwick & Champions Cup Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 64:26


    We're in the studio for our Christmas party and the lads have gone all out with their thoughtful secret Santa gifts. Jim tells of the hardship of being in Tier 2 media and a run-in with an irate taxi driver ahead of the Lyon v Saracens game. We wrap up all the rest of the Champions Cup action, including the controversy in Ulster, Leinster trashing Gloucester shags and Ospreys with the upset of the weekend in France. We also react to the news that Borthwick will be England coach and what it means for England fans as well as Leicester tigers. Merry Christmas everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 15 - What's Next for England, Exeter's Olly Woodburn and Turkeys & Dildos

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 80:56


    After one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent memory, we chat about the fallout from Eddie's sacking and where to next for England and the RFU. We're also joined by Exeter's Ollie Woodburn this week after their big win in Castres. We get some insight into what's made Exeter so successful in recent years as well as some changes rugby needs to make to remain relevant. The lads also give some hints ahead of their Secret Santa and next week's Rugby Pod Christmas party. No dildos or Turkeys will be harmed next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jiffy - Jonathan Davies chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 57:00


    We're joined by Welsh royalty this week with former dual code Welsh international, and now pundit, Jonathan Davies joining us to chat about his stellar career, life after rugby and being one of the ost recognized voices in rugby. From playing in the very first Rugby World Cup, to ducking for cover on a pitch in Papua New Guinea with cans of tear gas flying over his head, Jiffy has had a hell of a career. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 14 - Warren G returns, Eddie's Exit & England's Mike Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 80:37


    A massive week in the rugby world with Warren Gatland returning to regulate Wales, and Eddie Jones on the brink of being sacked by the RFU after a very poor November series. We cover both and we're joined by former England fullback Mike Brown this week to get his thoughts on Warren and Eddie, as well as his times with the Baa-Baas and Scott Robertson. We wrap up some of the Prem and URC action and look forward to a big weekend of European rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 13 - Doddie Weir Tribute, South Africa's Peter de Villiers & Eddie's not Ok

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 76:15


    The lads pay tribute to the great Doddie Weir who very sadly passed away over the weekend after his MND battle. One of the great characters of the game, he will be sorely missed by everyone in the rugby world. We're joined this week by former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to review South Africa's win over England and get his take on Rassie, the Autumn series and his lifelong ambition to coach the Baa-Baas with Jim. We also wrap up the Autumn series for England and Wales and discuss where to next for both teams and their under-fire coaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Back from the Brink - Rhys Thomas chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 82:46


    In April 2012, former Welsh prop Rhys Thomas retired from rugby following a heart attack during training. In this chat, Rhys tells Jim the crazy story of what led him to that point, including his struggles with alcohol, drugs, addiction and mental health. We hear about the challenges he faced, how close he came to death on several occasions, and how he eventually overcame his deamons. His story is inspiring and an important message during the month of Movember. It's a hell of a story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 12 - The Marcus Smith Show, New Zealand's Scotty Stevenson, & Woeful Wales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 84:56


    We're joined this week by one of the best rugby broadcasters in the business, Scotty 'Sumo' Stevenson, to review an epic game at Twickenham between England and the All Blacks. Scotty gives us his take on Scott Robertson potentially coaching England, what's gone wrong in New Zealand behind the scenes, what rugby needs to get right, and just how big Any Rowe actually is back in New Zealand. We chat about Georgia's historic win in Cardiff and where Wales go from here. We also hear from a hungover Finn Russell on the tarmac at Edinburgh airport after a big win against Argentina and round off Ireland's unbeaten Autumn Nations Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 11 - England's Jack van Poortvliet, Murrayfield Musings and & Italy's Triumph

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 76:35


    We take a look back at a hell of a weekend of international rugby, with Scotland falling just short against the All Blacks, England redeeming themselves against a disappointing Japan, and Italy providing the highlight of the weekend with a huge upset against Australia. We also round up the other games in Cardiff, Dublin and Paris, and look forward to England's massive game against the All Blacks next weekend, with England's new number 9 Jack van Poortvliet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rugby Players Association - Christian Day chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 53:25


    Christian Day is Head of Player Affairs for the Rugby Players Association. He joined the RPA after 17 seasons as a professional rugby player, including stints at Sale, Stade Francais and Saints. The RPA is the representative body of professional rugby players in England, and represents more than 800 male and female current rugby players. In this chat, Jim asks Christian about some of the work RPA does as well as the challenges the union faces and some of the criticism the RPA receives from current players. It's a candid chat and gives an insight into what the RPA is trying to achieve, how it goes about it, and what the future holds for the game and players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 10 - Eddie Jones' Dictatorship and Loose Dan Leavy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 79:43


    Following England's shock defeat to Argentina on Sunday, the lads dissect Eddie Jones' side with an open cloth to work out where it went wrong for them. We run through all the games from the weekend's Autumn Nations Series action and catch up with former Ireland back row Dan Leavy to get his take on Ireland's victory over the Springboks. The Fanzo Pint Predictor returns, Jim and Goodey give their predictions for the results of this weekend's Autumn Nations series games and we look ahead to how England can hope to bounce back against Japan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 9 - The Werewolf, Autumn Series Preview & Wallabies' Nic White

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 70:15


    This week we're joined by Wallabies Scrum Half and friend of the show Nic White following his side's narrow victory over Scotland on Saturday. Hear exactly what went down at the end of that game as well as an emotional account of the backlash Nic received following his incident with Faf De Klerk earlier this year. The lads look ahead to the first full weekend of games in the Autumn Nations Series and give their predictions for how those results will go. Jim and Goodey review the highlights from the Gallagher Premiership including more refereeing controversy and red cards in another dramatic weekend of domestic action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    From Outside Centre to Love Islander - Jay Younger chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 77:44


    Something a bit different this week as Jim sits down with reality star and former rugby player and now fan, Jay Younger. Jay was working as an investment analyst when he was approached and cast to be on Love Island 2022. In this chat, we hear how we went from playing rugby and competing at national level in the 400 meters, to being involved in one of the most-watched reality T.V shows of all time. Jay tells us what really happens behind the scenes at Love Island, how contrived the show felt, and how he felt manipulated by producers to fit their narrative. We also hear about his relationships with other contestants and the pressure he felt coming out of the villa. There are lots of parallels between Jim and Jay's experiences being in the spotlight. It's a really interesting chat between two men at the top of their game, enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 8 - Cameron Redpath & Don't Brush Your Teeth in SA!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 71:32


    This week we're joined by Bath and Scotland centre Cameron Redpath after his side got their first win of the season against Northampton on Saturday and as he enters Scotland camp. The lads chat through the England and Scotland squads for the Autumn Nations Series and give their predictions for the first weekend's results. We also discuss all the weekend's action from the Premiership and URC and finally, Jim's poor dental hygiene comes good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 7 - Wasps - The Full Story with CEO Stephen Vaughan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 83:44


    Following the announcement that they have gone into administration, we're joined by Wasps CEO Stephen Vaughan to discuss how his team became the second Premiership side this season to fall. The lads chat through the exciting inclusions in Eddie Jones' England squad for the Autumn Nations Series as well as the shock omissions. We run through all the action from the Premiership and URC as both Sale and Saracens make it 5 wins from 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 6 - Super Sunday plus Springbok and Stormer, Evan Roos

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 68:38


    After another round of drama on and off the field in the Premiership, the lads discuss what the future holds for Worcester and Wasps, as well as picking apart the red cards for Jacob Umaga and Mako Vunipola. We're joined by Stormers and Springboks Number 8 Evan Roos who tells us how he's finding life on tour in Europe. We round up the URC action and Goodey has his say on who will make the semi finals of the Champions Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Man of Steel - Sam Tomkins chats to Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 48:33


    Sam Tomkins is a rugby league legend, having won the coveted 'Man of Steel' award twice, as well as three Super League Grand Finals. He's the current captain of England going into the Rugby League World Cup. In this chat, Sam talks about his stellar career and what molded him into one of the all-time greats. We also hear some cross-over stories about Shaun Edwards' coaching, Sam filling in Chris Ashton, and why Owen Farrell could have been the greatest League player in the last ten years. Lots more great chat from a genuinely top lad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 5 - Red Rose Hannah Botterman, New Dog & New Business Venture

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 73:09


    Ahead of their World Cup campaign, we catch up with England prop Hannah Botterman as the Red Roses enter the tournament as clear favourites. We run through all the Gallagher Premiership action in another weekend of tries galore. Jim and Goodey give their thoughts on George Skivington's comments around player salaries and we round up the action from round 3 of the URC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Youngs Brothers - Ben & Tom Youngs chat with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 71:35


    We're joined by two Leicester Tigers legends in Tom and Ben Youngs. The brothers have been one club men, having spent their entire careers at Tigers. They represented England and the British and Irish Lions, with Ben also becoming England's most capped men's player of all time in 2022. In this chat ahead of their testimonial in London, the lads open up on their careers, their highs and lows on and off the pitch, and some of their favourite memories. Leicester legends, the pair of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 4 - Worcester's Ollie Lawrence and Hoggy's Hairdressing Howler

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 67:32


    We caught up with Worcester and England centre Ollie Lawrence to hear how the players have been impacted by the ongoing situation at the club ahead of the seemingly inevitable announcements that came on Monday evening. Jim and Goodey review Eddie Jones' England training squad ahead of the Autumn Nations Series, and go through the notable inclusions and omissions. We run through all the Premiership and URC action in a weekend packed full of drama, tries and refereeing controversy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 3 - Sonny Bill McCloskey & Goodey's Unlikely New Best Mate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 65:32


    After a hugely controversial penultimate week of the rugby championship with Mathieu Raynal thrust into the spotlight over his refereeing of the Bledisloe Cup, we review the events that led up to the incident. Goodey seemingly breaks tradition and sides with the Frenchman and explains how Bernard Foley cost Australia the game. We're joined by Ulster and Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey after his outrageous offload in his side's season opener against Connacht. The lads also round up all the premiership action and give an update on the ongoing situation at Worcester. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Mogul meets Media GOAT - David Flatman chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 82:24


    The chat the rugby world has been waiting for. Two heavyweights give their opinions on the game they love. David Flatman has become one of the most respected voices in rugby since his retirement ten years ago. In this wide-ranging chat, the lads give their opinion on some of the most topical issues facing our sport. We get two very different perspectives at times, amongst plenty of laughs and memories, from two of the most engaging characters in rugby. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 2 - Adam Hastings and Jim's Jake White Cock-up

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 67:44


    This week the lads are joined by Gloucester and Scotland Fly Half (and the whitest tegs in rugby) Adam Hastings after his side turned around their biggest ever deficit to beat Wasps 27-21 on Sunday. Jim and Goodey round up all the action from the first weekend of the Premiership season, including Gengey's phenomenal performance for Bristol. We look ahead to the start of the URC and Jim's got a confession to make... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 1 - The Pod Returns & Worcester's Warrior, Steve Diamond

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 75:08


    We're back with a bang for season 7 of The Rugby Pod! The lads are joined by Worcester Warriors' Director Of Rugby Steve Diamond to give an update on the precarious situation the club finds itself in. We discuss the difficult position English rugby is in and how Premiership Rugby can help prevent other clubs from following Worcester's path. Jim and Goodey also run through all the action from the off-season including some Northern Hemisphere success during the summer tours and a hugely competitive Rugby Championship. We look ahead to a huge season in the Premiership as the lads pick who they believe will be the top 4 and bottom 3 teams come May next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Brian Mujati - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 49:50


    Brian Mujati was one of the most sought-after props in World Rugby. Born in Zimbabwe, Brian's life story is incredible, with a career that spanned playing professionally in South Africa for the Springboks, before playing club rugby in England, Wales and France. We hear about his journey, his successes, as well as his struggles both on and off the pitch in this engaging chat. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Deano on Worcester and Welsh Regions - Dean Ryan chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 51:32


    Following the recent media storm around Worcester's financial situation, Big Jim chats to former Worcester Director of Rugby Dean Ryan to get his thoughts on the precarious position the club finds itself in. With his current role as DoR at The Dragons, Dean explains how the Welsh Regions are building towards a move away from the WRU and how they hope to fare in the URC this season. As one of England's most successful coaches, Dean also gives his opinion on who Eddie Jones' successor should be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Andy Powell - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 40:14


    In this episode, we chatted to Welsh legend Andy Powell about his career, his high points, low points, and plenty of big nights out in between. Powelly is one of rugby's biggest characters on and off the pitch and he tells some incredible stories involving playing for Gats, playing against Bakkies Botha, and playing with the likes of Mike Phillips. We also hear about him flipping Pizza tucks and of course the full story unedited story behind the golf buggy. Enjoy, he tells a hell of a yarn! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Fight of his Life - Ed Slater & Sam Raven chat with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 73:17


    In July 2022, Gloucester and former Leicester second row Ed Slater was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 34 and forced to retire from professional rugby. In this episode, Jim and Gloucester Team Manager and good friend, Sam Raven, chat with Ed about coming to terms with the life-changing diagnosis and the impact it's had on him, his family, and friends. It's an emotional and inspiring chat, but one filled with plenty of laughs as the guys also reflect on their recent 350-mile charity cycle which raised over 300k for MND charities and research. We wish Ed all the very best and you can support Ed and follow him on his journey via Instagram @4edfundraising or Twitter: @edslater Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Joe Marler - Classic Rugby Pod Sessions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 43:14


    In the very first episode of Rugby Pod sessions, Andy Rowe interviewed Joe Marler during one of his preseasons at Quins and found out a bit more about the England and British and Irish Lions prop. From how he got into rugby, all the way to the "pinnacle" of his career, sitting on the wet tarmac in Wellington Harbour eating a late-night snack, we got an insight into one of the biggest characters in the modern game. We also hear a few cracking stories from the Lions Tour and the mid-week Veg, including sinking pints with Rory Best, an awkward match review session with George Kruis, and an expensive game of credit card roulette. Enjoy!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Concussion - Professor Bill Ribbans chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 73:01


    Dr. Bill Ribbans is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Trauma Consultant, and one of the highest regarded specialists in sports medicine. He has treated some of the world's best sports stars, including Michael Schumacher, Usain bolt, Jessica Ennis and countless rugby players. He is now at the forefront of concussion research and debate in rugby, working with Progressive Rugby to help advance the safety of the sport for all involved. In this chat, Bill and Jim discuss some very sensitive topics with the aim of better understanding the challenges around concussion in our sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Man with the Pen - Simon Cohen chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 51:44


    In this episode, Jim chats to the person who signed his first major professional contract, Simon Cohen. Between 2005 and 2020, Simon was head of operations for Leicester, before moving on to become their CEO for eight years. During this time, he helped Leicester become one of the most successful clubs in the game, winning four premiership titles during his time at the club and helping identify and produce some of England's greatest ever players (as well as Scotland's finest brawler). Jim and Simon chat about the growth of the game during that period, where they see the game going, as well as reminisce on some of their glory days at Tigers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Rise & Fall of Max Guazzini - Rugby's Greatest Ever Owner - Rugby Pod Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 53:41


    This is the incredible true story of Max Guazzini, the former flamboyant French owner of Stade Français, who spent over €30 million and took the team from the 4th division to five-time champions of France before fraud and bankruptcy threatened it all. Naked calendars, hot tubs with Madonna, audacious kits, gladiatorial pre-match entertainment, tragic suicide, and fallouts, we speak to the players who experienced the amazing and tumultuous journey firsthand, including James Haskell, Ben Keyser, and Ollie Phillips. We also track down Max himself to hear his side of the remarkable story. If you enjoy this episode, please share it with friends and let us know on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Razor - Scott Robertson chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 43:40


    In this episode, Jim's joined by one of the most successful and popular coaches in the game, Crusaders Head coach, Scott 'Razor' Robertson. During this chat, it's easy to see why Razor is held in such high regard both in New Zealand and throughout the game. We hear about his coaching philosophy, how he gets the best out of his players, his international ambitions for the future, his Rugby World Cup goals, his relationship with Eddie Jones and Ronan O'Gara, and of course, the art of breakdance. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Wall Street Shark - Marco Masotti chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 49:50


    In this episode, Jim travels to the bright lights of New York City to interview the new owner of The Sharks, Marco Masotti. Marco's successful background and experience in private equity and law give him a great perspective on why more people are looking to invest in rugby and why the future is potentially very bright for the sport. He talks about his investment in The Sharks and the potential for The URC. He also gives his thoughts on what teams, unions, administrators and players need to do to help the game evolve and compete on a global scale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ref's Call - Luke Pearce Chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 84:36


    One of the best refs in the game sits down with Jim this week to give us an unprecedented look into what it's like being an elite rugby referee in the professional era. We get a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes both personally and professionally for the man in the middle. Luke opens up on the pressures of being a referee as well as the good and bad that comes with the job, including training, being assessed, dealing with social media, ref socials and of course the engagement with fans and players. We all know refs have a tough job, but this episode really puts it into perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Drew Mitchell - Chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 66:52


    With England on tour in Australia, we take the opportunity to check in with Jim's good mate and former Wallaby legend Drew Mitchell. The lads chat about the series so far, Eddie Jones, the state of the game in Australia, Drew's time in France, and what rugby can do to help raise its profile around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rugby Pod Stories - Poisoned - 1995 World Cup Final

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 48:02


    Welcome to Rugby Pod Stories. In this new short series, we explore some of the most iconic moments in the history of rugby by speaking to the people who were there. In this first episode, we explore what happened to the New Zealand team ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final in South Africa, with first-hand accounts from players, coaches, doctors, media managers and journalists. Were the All Blacks poisoned ahead of the final? What effect did this have on the team? And if they were deliberately poisoned, who could have been responsible? We look at some of the possible scenarios by speaking to the main protagonists from both sides. If you enjoy this episode, please let us know on social media or share it with friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Youngest Coach - Roddy Grant chats to Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 65:00


    Roddy Grant played 138 times for Edinburgh before moving into coaching for the club. In 2019 he moved to Ulster where he is now their forwards coach and the youngest coach in the URC. In this epiosde, Jim and Roddy chat about where their careers overlapped and where they diverged. He also gives some insight into his mentality and techniques as a coach, including the importance of judo, loyalty, and how to measure success. We also hear about his upbringing in Botswana, his Scottish career and becoming an Iron man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 39 - Tiger Tears and Australia's Andrew Kellaway

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 76:05


    It's the last episode of the season and we're joined by The Wallabies' Andrew Kellaway ahead of England's three-match series down under. We also review an incredible premiership final as friend of the show Freddie Burns slots the winning drop goal to clinch a first Premiership title for Leicester in nine years. Jim and Goodey discuss the URC final which saw The Stormers take the title in the all-South African game. We look ahead to the summer tours as the Northern Hemisphere sides travel south for the first time since 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 38 - Super Faz's Saracens and The Stormers' John Dobson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 80:08


    Following a massive weekend of semi-finals in the Premiership and URC, the lads chat through all four games from this weekend. After an emotional day at Welford Road, we discuss Leicester's chances as they face a battle-hardened Saracens in the final after their fierce encounter with Harlequins. We're joined by The Stormers' Head Coach John Dobson to find out how his side managed to overcome Ulster to become part of the all-South African final of the URC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Conditioning a Champion - James Parkes chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 56:43


    After a successful playing career at Gloucester and Saracens, James Parkes went on to become a key cog in Exeter's success story. He was lead coach for Strength and Conditioning under Rob Baxter for 9 years and helped Exeter become one of the most successful teams in premiership history. James and Jim chat through their overlapping careers and journeys, what helped make Exeter so successful over the last ten years and what's next both personally and professionally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 37 - André Esterhuizen, Rassie's Twitter Hack & The Pish Mop

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 73:22


    This week we're joined by Harlequins and South Africa centre André Esterhuizen as we preview his side's Premiership semi-final London derby against Saracens. We also discuss the other semi-final as top of the table Leicester face Northampton in the East Midlands derby, Jim and Goodey run through all the results from across the premiership this weekend and look ahead to the semi-finals of the URC this weekend too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 36 - Marseille Magic with O'Gara and Freddie "Noodle" Clarke

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 70:37


    After La Rochelle toppled a seemingly unbeatable Leinster side, Jim and Goodey discuss where O'Gara's side won the game and where Leinster fell short. We also chat with former Leinster and Scotland second-row Nathan Hines ahead of his upcoming challenge. We're joined by Gloucester's Freddie Clarke ahead of their huge final game of the regular season, and discuss the massive task ahead of them in securing a place in the semi-finals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Championship - Ben Gulliver chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 65:40


    In this episode, Jim chats with a fellow Covskin and a Championship stalwart Ben Gulliver about his career and life playing in the second tier of English rugby. Ben played over 300 times in the championship and experienced the highs of playing alongside his hero, Zinzan Brooke, to the lows of having to undergo 21 operations. The guys chat through the challenges the league faces in terms of funding and supporting players, but also the importance of the competition whilst taking a trip down memory lane when their careers overlapped. Ben is also a big supporter of the women's game and talks about how he sees it evolving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 35 - Derby Days and Dodgy Thyroids

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 66:19


    As the regular season enters its final rounds, we look back at the weekend's action in the URC ahead of the quarter finals in 2 weeks time. Jim and Goodey also run through the results from across the Premiership and look ahead to how the semi-finals will likely shape up. We preview this weekend's Champions Cup Final as La Rochelle face favourites Leinster on Saturday. Following Jim's surgery last week, the lads discuss their plans for some self improvement under the knife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 34 - Bernard Jackman & What Salary Cap?!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 72:24


    With the semi-finals of both the Champions and Challenge cups all wrapped up, we review all the weekend's games and look ahead to the finals in a couple of weeks time. Jim and Goodey are joined by former Leinster and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman to discuss why Leinster are such a dominant force in European rugby. After the final two English teams crashed out of Europe, the lads discuss how they seem unable to compete at this level with the current Premiership salary cap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Life After Rugby - Welsh Legend Shane Williams chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 42:13


    We're joined by one of the all-time greats in Shane Williams to chat about his transition to life after rugby. It's Mental Health Awareness Week, so this episode takes an intimate look into the lives of Shane and Jim as they struggled with certain aspects of life after rugby. They discuss the highs of their careers and professional rugby, and what tools helped them cope and come to terms with some of the lows and challenges that they faced and that many people face on a daily basis like loneliness, anxiety and finding the right support network. To find out more about any of the topics discussed on this podcast, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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