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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 7 - Nick Phipps and London Irish's Sandy Park Triumph

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 65:47

    After their huge victory over Exeter Chiefs, we're joined by London Irish and Wallabies scrum-half Nick Phipps to chat through the weekend's big win, Australia's chances in the Autumn Nations Series and who he thinks should be playing 9 for England. Jim and Goodey also give their predictions for the first games of the Autumn Internationals, and we run through all the action from the Premiership and URC. We've got another instalment of "Guess The Go-At'' and of course The Goode, The Bad and The Ugly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Eddie's New-Look England and Mike Phillips' Half Truths

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 62:50


    As the Autumn Nations Series draws closer, Big Jim and Goodey give their thoughts on Eddie Jones' refreshed England squad, and discuss the major inclusions and omissions. We run through all the weekend's Premiership action including Bristol and Bath's poor starts to the season. Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips chats to the guys about his new book 'Half Truths', including his fallout with Warren Gatland, his time at Racing with Dan Carter and what he made of the Lions Tour to South Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Saracens' New Chairman - Neil Golding chats with Jim Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 49:04

    We've got something a bit different for you this week. Jim sits down with new Saracens head honcho and Chairman, Neil Golding to hear about what's changed at the club after what was arguably the biggest scandal in the history of rugby. Neil's running the show at Saracens now, so it's great to hear from someone at the very top of the game about salary caps, player development and where he sees the game going. Hopefully, this is something we'll do more of going forward, so if you enjoy it, share it, or let us know who you'd like to hear from next. #PodPodPod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 5 - Agents Versus Clubs and URC's CEO Martin Anayi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 74:35

    The lads are in top form after a big weekend and watching Tyson Fury taking over Vegas. We chat about the fallout from the row between Premiership clubs and players agents and what impact it could have on the league. We're also joined by URC CEO Martin Anayi to tell us all about the new structure of the league, his vision for the future of the game and he reveals some pretty exciting news about a potential global club competition. Lots more including another round of guess the GO-AT and a wrap up of everything else that's happening in the world of rugby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 4 - Big Courtney Lawes and Rassie's Pants

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 73:54

    This week Big Jim and Goodey are joined by British and Irish Lions, England and Northampton Saints forward, Courtney Lawes to discuss Saints' unbeaten start to the season and reflect on the Lions tour. We also run through all the premiership action from round 3, as well as the conclusion of the Rugby Championship. Rassie's bush gets a mention and of course, we've got another instalment of "Guess the Go-At". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 3 - Superman Afoa and Stylish Jim

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 73:52


    Former All Black and now Bristol Bears Scrum coach and prop, John Afoa joins us to discuss Bristol's difficult start to the season. Big Jim and Goodey also chat through the new laws around contact training and Jim describes his midweek tackle shield exploits. We run through the major inclusions and exclusions from Eddie Jones' England training squad and reflect on the first weekend of the United Rugby Championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 2 - Ibiza Stag and Freddy San's Homecoming

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 67:17

    Andy Rowe is bloodied & broken and still stuck in Ibiza after his stag and we hear how Jim saved his life. We're also joined by friend of the show Freddie Burns to catch up on life back home in Leicester. He talks through his new role at Tigers, his homecoming reception at Welford Road last Saturday, and reflects on his time in Japan. The guys dissect all this week's premiership action as well as South Africa's disappointing performances in The Rugby Championship and lots more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 1 - Back with a Bang & Finn Russell 'The Prince of Scotland'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 70:56

    The wait is over, we're back with Season 6 and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Jim and Goodey predict this season's Premiership Top 4 as well as giving their guesses for who's going to finish last. We're joined by Racing 92, Scotland and British and Irish Lions star Finn Russell, who gives us his debrief from the South Africa tour, his third test performance and has his say on who should be England's number 10. We also introduce a new segment ' Guess the Go-At' and cover Australia's win over South Africa, some big transfer rumours and all the Goode, Bad and Ugly. It's great to be back! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 50 - Viva Las Vegas - The Big Season Finale

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 67:26

    We're back for the 50th and final episode of season ever to wrap up the Lions' third Test defeat to South Africa, discuss missed opportunities and reflect on how the tour will be remembered as a whole. Plus, we look ahead to the next Lions tour, suggest who the coach might be and chat about what kind of opposition the Wallabies will provide. And, we cheer ourselves up by catching up with Australia legend Matt Giteau fresh from winning the MLR and celebrating in Vegas and hear how he might have even more rugby in him... going out in style! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 49 - Brits & The Bok-lash

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 67:24

    Former Springbok and World Cup winner Schalk Brits joins us this week to fill us in on what the second Test was like from his viewpoint pitchside, how Rassie Erasmus' video and the refereeing has gone down in South Africa and what he thinks will happen in the deciding third Test. Plus, Jim and Goodey pick the bones out of all the major controversial refereeing calls, discuss what changes Warren Gatland should make in personnel and tactically and put their money where their mouth is on whether the Lions can win the series. And, Goodey fills in on his own interactions with Rassie Erasmus in the lead-up to the second Test! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 48 - Lions Roar With Price-Less Win!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 69:59


    Scrum half Ali Price joins us on the show this week to chat about the British & Irish Lions' win in the first Test and Big Jim can't wait to get him back to Edinburgh to celebrate! We discuss the emotion of being handed a starting jersey, facing Faf de Klerk, Warren Gatland's half-time team talk, toasting victory in the bubble, preparations for the second Test and much more. Plus, Jim and Goodey pick their starting XV for the crucial second Test just before Gatland names his, we discuss all the TMO outrage and Rassie Erasmus' social media activity and there's a word on Eddie Jones losing another England assistant coach as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The Lions, the Springboks and the Epic Tour of 1997 - John Bentley Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 33:18

    As a bonus episode ahead of the first Lions test, Andy Rowe chats with Lions legend John Bentley about the most iconic Lions Tour of all time. Bentos gives us a first-hand account of what really happened in 1997. To read the full story, get your hands on probably the greatest rugby book of all time This Is Your Everest: The Lions, the Springboks and the Epic Tour of 1997 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 47 - Inside the Lions' Lair & Test Selection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 68:13

    The waiting is over and Test week is finally upon us as the British & Irish Lions get set to face the Springboks. Big Jim and Goodey name their starting XVs for the first Test and we go inside the Lions camp to chat to strength and conditioning coach and former Great Britain rugby league international Jon Clarke about how preparations have gone ahead of the Test series. We discuss life in the bubble, Alun Wyn Jones' miraculous recovery, Tom Curry's freakish athleticism, Louis Rees-Zammit's lid, working with Paul 'Bobby' Stridgeon, what it'll take to beat the Boks and much more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 46 - It's Not Coming Home, But Maybe It Should Be!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 58:32


    Football may not be coming home but maybe rugby should be as we discuss whether the British & Irish Lions tour should be relocated to the UK given the issues in South Africa at the moment. We also chat about how Big Jim and Goodey would fare in a penalty shootout, Marcus Smith's Lions call-up ahead of Johnny Sexton, Alun Wyn Jones' Lazarus-esque recovery, the unofficial fourth Test against South Africa A and who is nailed on to be starting in the Tests. Plus, we look at England, Ireland and Wales' games from the weekend and England full-back Freddie Steward joins us to talk initiations, losing bets, life in the bubble, bringing the feelgood factor back and much more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 45 - Oh Captains, My Captains!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 75:13

    We're joined by a pair of skippers this week as legendary former Springboks captain John Smit fills us in on the situation with Covid-19 in South Africa, the latest positive case in camp and how the Boks are shaping up aside from that. He also takes a trip down memory lane to talk captaining the Springboks to victory against the Lions in 2009 and tells us what chance the current crop have of repeating that feat. And, we're joined by new England captain Lewis Ludlow to talk about skippering on debut, learning leadership lessons from Big Jim, life in camp and capping off a hell of a season for him in style! All that plus a look at how British & Irish Lions selection is looking ahead of the Tests and a round-up of all the international action from the weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 44 - The Perfect Final, Alun Wyn's Woe & Big Jim's Nemesis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 65:07

    Jim, Goodey and Andy Rowe are back to discuss the best Premiership final ever and revel in Harlequins' achievement! Plus, we hear from Quins coach Jerry Flannery about how angry he was when Paul Gustard left, the unique culture at the club and how they turned things around. We chat about how big a blow Alun Wyn Jones' shoulder injury is for the British & Irish Lions and whether the tour will still go ahead. And, Big Jim's nemesis Tim Swinson is on the show to talk about taking his spot in the Scotland squad in 2015 and replacing him at Saracens and going on to becoming player of the year this season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 43 - The Mighty Quins & Humble Pie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 73:47


    Harlequins coach Nick Evans joins us this week after their record comeback in the Premiership semi-final against Bristol and Big Jim is eating plenty of humble pie as he admits he ain't seen nothing like the mighty Quins! We discuss how the current coaching group have turned things around since Paul Gustard's departure, just how far Marcus Smith can go, whether that was the best Premiership game we've ever seen and much more. Plus, we look at Exeter's win over Sale and ahead to the final, chat about the additions to Eddie's England squad and the start of the Lions tour this weekend and debate whether a global club competition is needed after Benetton's win in the Rainbow Cup and the Blues' Super Rugby Trans-Tasman victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 42 - Bears' Rise & Champion Chiefs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 69:08

    Big Jim and Goodey are joined by Bristol second row Dave Attwood this week to discuss topping the Premiership, what sets the Bears and Pat Lam apart, the contrast with his time at Toulon, the chances of an England recall, parenting, philosophy and much more. Plus there's a look at a champion comeback from the Chiefs, a round-up of the Champions Cup qualification battle, semi-final predictions, analysis of England and Ireland's summer squads and a few red hot rumours.... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 41 - Fracas, Finals & Fitzgerald

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 67:53


    Big Jim and Goodey are back and eager to get their teeth into the bust-up between the Tigers and Bears at Welford Road, look ahead to the all-important final round of Premiership fixtures, consider who might captain England this summer when Eddie Jones names his squad on Thursday and chat all things British & Irish Lions with former Ireland and Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 40 - Manu Tuilagi & Summer Tours

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 64:23

    Big Jim and Goodey are joined this week by the one and only Manu Tuilagi to hear about the Sale, England and British & Irish Lions centre's latest return from injury, how tough the road back to fitness has been, how much of an impression Alex Sanderson has made on him and whether he's still holding out hope of playing for the Lions in South Africa this summer. Plus, we look back at all the Premiership action, look ahead to England and Scotland's summer fixtures and cast our eye over a few rumours as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 39 - Cool Hand Luke & The Big Lozowski

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 72:12

    Big Jim and Goodey are back to cast their eye over the French-dominated European finals and we're joined by two Englishmen who were in the thick of the action. Luke Pearce discusses becoming the first referee to send someone off in a Champions Cup final, keeping cool in the midst of a tough game to control, how he's improved his French, having to deal with online abuse and more. And, Montpellier fly half Alex Lozowski fills us in on the celebrations after they won the Challenge Cup and tells us all about his year-long French adventure as it draws to a close... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 38 - European Finals Special & Zack Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 60:52

    Ahead of the Champions Cup final, Jim and Goodey reminisce about their own experiences of winning the biggest prize in European rugby. Toulouse fly-half and former La Rochelle man Zack Holmes joins us to look ahead to the final and give us the inside track on both sides. Plus, we preview Leicester's Challenge Cup final encounter with Montpellier, celebrate the return of fans to stadiums in England and round up all the action from a long weekend in the Premiership... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 37 - The Magic Of The Lions & Chris Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 64:58

    Gloucester, Scotland and now British & Irish Lions centre Chris Harris joins us to talk about his journey from Tynedale in National 1 to the pinnacle of the sport, his shock at hearing his name read out, how much it means to him and how big a role Goodey played in his meteoric rise! Plus, we analyse the rest of Warren Gatland's selections, with Big Jim revelling in the number of Scots going on tour, and we take a look at all the Premiership action as well... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 36 - Dan Biggar & Lions Squad Special

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 71:27

    We're joined by Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to chat all things British & Irish Lions ahead of Warren Gatland's squad announcement and Big Jim and Goodey pick their 36-man squads for the tour as well as reminiscing about just missing out on tours gone by. Plus, we dissect all the European semi-final action and Jim's in a particularly good mood, despite his questionable fashion sense, after finally getting out of the house for a few hours! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 35 - Eddie's Review & Return of the Fearns

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 64:53

    Big Jim and Goodey are back with strong views on the RFU's review into England's "sub-optimal" Six Nations performance, there's a disagreement over which big-name fly-half will miss out on the Lions tour and we catch up with new Newcastle signing Carl Fearns to hear about his six years in France and stories of car crashes, fires, failed moves and, of course, what really happened when he knocked out Gavin Henson. All that plus a full debrief of the latest round of Premiership action and a look ahead to the European semi-finals... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 34 - Eben Etzebeth & Big Jim's Beef

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 69:28

    South African World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth joins us to look ahead to the British & Irish Lions tour this summer and discuss who he's expecting to be coming up against in the second row, what the changes in the Springboks coaching staff might mean and the motivational power of Rassie Erasmus, as well as of course, what really happened in his beef with Big Jim back in 2013! Plus, we look at Warren Gatland's comments on selection in terms of the English-based players and chat about all the latest Premiership action as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 33 - Le Mullet Hamish Watson & Champions Cup Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 75:44

    Six Nations Player of the Championship Hamish Watson joins us this week to discuss everything from his English accent to Scotland's evolution and the prospect of a trip to South Africa with the British & Irish Lions. Plus, we talk Lions assistant coaches and dissect all the Champions Cup quarter-finals with from Leinster's thrilling win at Sandy Park and La Rochelle's power to two of the worst knockout games in memory in the all-French encounters... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 32 - Faf de Klerk & Sale'ing Europe

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 76:23

    South African World Cup winner Faf de Klerk joins us this week to talk Sale's success, life in Manchester, similarities between Sanderson and Erasmus and chatting to royalty in budgy smugglers as well as looking ahead to the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in the summer. And, he may or may not be shaving his head if Sale win the Champions Cup! Plus, we round up all the European Round of 16 action and look ahead to the quarter-finals as well...

    Episode 31 - Lancaster & LRZ

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 87:44

    We're joined by Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster fresh from winning a fourth straight PRO14 title to talk everything from England to life in Dublin, the Irish conveyor belt of talent and much more. And, we catch up with man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit to chat Six Nations title-winning celebrations, his first glass of Prosecco, the influence of Paul Scholes and going from youth rugby to being in everyone's Lions squad in no time at all. Big Jim and Goodey pick their British & Irish Lions XV, we analyse Scotland's first win in Paris since 1999, look back at the Premiership and preview the Champions Cup as well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 30 - Tadhg Beirne & England's Triple Spoon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 73:14

    We're joined by one of the stars of the Six Nations Tadhg Beirne to discuss Ireland's demolition of England, their progress under Andy Farrell, Lions prospects, the Guinness PRO14 final this weekend, being blanked by Jim in Dublin and much more. Plus, there's a full debrief of England's first Triple Spoon since 1976, we dissect France's incredible win over Wales with an open cloth and look ahead to whether Scotland can stop them winning the title this weekend. All that and a bit of Premiership chat thrown in to boot...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 29 - Big Bruce's Announcement, Scott Quinnell & Jim's Reverse Jinx

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 72:52

    Big Jim and Goodey are back with big news to share! We're also joined by possibly the only man to forecast a Welsh Grand Slam this year, Wales and British & Irish Lions legend Scott Quinnell, who forces Jim to eat humble pie after he thought they'd be battling it out with Italy for the wooden spoon. We build up to Wales' Grand Slam game in Paris, dissect the best half of rugby in recent years at Twickenham, take a look at the latest Premiership action and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 28 - Crunch Time For Fabien & Eddie

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 75:38


    Big Jim and Goodey are back and are joined by France legend and former Les Bleus head coach Philippe Saint-Andre to talk about the saga surrounding Fabien Galthie and what shape the team are in ahead of Le Crunch against England at Twickenham. We also discuss what changes we might see from Eddie Jones and how big a game it is for the England boss. Plus, Jim's confident ahead of Scotland's clash with Ireland, there's all the latest on the Lions tour, we look at all of the latest Premiership action and, of course, pay tribute to the mighty Cornish Pirates!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Episode 27 - Oh My Fabien & A Welsh Apology

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 75:07


    Big Jim has a sincere apology to make to the nation of Wales as there's praise for them as well as criticism of Pascal Gauzere's performance in Cardiff. We discuss England's ill-discipline, whether Owen Farrell should continue as captain, if Maro Itoje's Lions captaincy credentials have been damaged and just how bad the situation is at the moment in terms of abuse on social media. We also talk Wafflegate, Fabien Galthie's bubble bursting and what that could mean for the tournament. Plus, we speak to Zach Mercer about being ignored by Eddie Jones despite starring in the Premiership and why he's chosen to make the move to Montpellier...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Episode 26 - Reffin' Hell & The Riddler Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 78:58


    We're joined by the most experienced referee in the game Wayne Barnes to discuss the five sendings off in the Premiership at the weekend, as well as a host of other issues in the game at the moment, and to chat about whether he's still expecting to travel to Paris this weekend to take charge of France v Scotland. There's also much discussion on France's Covid outbreak, Eddie Jones' selection policy and whether Wales or England will come out on top in Cardiff. Plus, Carol Vorderman's back in full Wales attire to put Jim to the test once more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Episode 25 - No Zammit, No Party!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 68:36

    Big Jim and Goodey are back to dissect everything from Scotland's false dawn and Fagerson's red card to the chicken's running jump and Farrell's worst game in an England shirt. We also chat formidable France, Shaun Edwards' dancing, Ireland's issues, Premiership ring-fencing and much more. Plus, there's a formal apology to the nation of Wales and we're very nearly joined by man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 24 - The Scottish Slam Is On

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 76:16

    Big Jim's back from his trip to Twickenham with tales to tell and is revelling in Scotland's dominance in the Calcutta Cup. We discuss what needs to change for England and hear from Ben Youngs, Luke Cowan-Dickie and debutant Beno Obano on where it all went wrong. Peter O'Mahony's red card, Billy Burns' error, Johnny Williams' tackle, Antoine Dupont's brilliance, what to do about Italy, all the Premiership action and more is also dissected with an open cloth and Goodey is feasting on humble pie...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 23 - John Mitchell & Calcutta Cup Fever

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 73:54

    Fresh from signing a new deal, England defence coach John Mitchell joins us to fill us in on how preparations for the Six Nations have gone and look ahead to the Calcutta Cup. We discuss whether this is finally Scotland's year, if Ireland can mount a serious challenge and what constitutes success for Wayne Pivac and Wales. And, Goodey's recording from his emperor bed as he recovers from an operation and wonders whether the painkillers caused him to imagine Wasps taking 50 at home to Quins...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 22 - Drama Quins & Paolo Odogwu

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 73:28


    Big Jim and Goodey are back with the inside scoop on all the drama that happened at Quins with Paul Gustard leaving the club and we catch up with England's new star Paolo Odogwu to talk Eddie Jones, the Italian alternative, Cov, clothing lines, building a brand and much more. Plus, we dissect the Six Nations squads, share some juicy rumours and Jim goes full Scottish for Burns night...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Episode 21 - Europe's Head Honcho & The Trailblazers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 82:09

    We're joined by European Rugby's head honcho Simon Halliday to find out the plan for concluding this season's Champions Cup, how disappointed he was with the French government and what big plans are afoot for the competition in the coming years, as well as whether he sees the Lions tour going ahead and how all of the various tournaments have a knock-on effect on one another. We also discuss Ealing Trailblazers making the most of the limelight, Kyle Sinckler's ban and Eddie's England squad, train confusion, the rumour mill and Big Jim has an animal-themed riddle to solve...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 20 - Falcons Flying & Europe Grounded

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 79:44

    Big Jim and Goodey are back to dissect all the fallout from European rugby being suspended with an open cloth and debate whether it's the right decision and why the Premiership isn't being brought forward to fill the void. We also discuss whether the Six Nations will go ahead, catch up with one of the players of the Premiership season so far in Newcastle Falcons' Gary Graham and Jim makes hard work of a new riddle for the new year...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 19 - Double Weir & An Inspiring Start To 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 90:13

    We all need a bit of positivity and inspiration in our lives right now and we're back to kick off the New Year with a man who can inspire us all, the legend that is Doddie Weir. He gives us the lowdown on Doddie Aid and how we can all get involved in January among other things and we also hear from Duncan Weir after he got rid of the Afro and raised a lot of money for Acorns Hospice. The Scotland fly half discusses ring fencing, Duhan van der Merwe's move to Worcester and a potential move back to Glasgow for himself! Plus, we discuss the long overdue OBE for Matt Hampson, the surprise MBE for Joe Simmonds, what the best way forward is for the Lions tour, all of the Premiership action, a bunch of transfer rumours and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 18 - Concussion, Dementia & World Cup Deja Vu

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 74:27

    We react to the news of a familiar looking pool draw for the 2023 World Cup and round up the opening round of Champions Cup action, while Big Jim opens up about his own experiences of concussion and dementia in light of the news that hit the headlines this week. We chat to legal and medical experts about whether any litigation could be successful, what changes are needed in the sport and what the state of play is as things stand. All that, plus the rumour mill is back with a couple of big ones...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 17 - The Two Eddies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 77:27


    We discuss all the Autumn Nations Cup action as England beat France but Eddie Jones isn't happy and we're joined by former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan for a debate on both Ireland and Scotland after he called the Scots "deluded" at the weekend and wasn't happy with Stuart Hogg's post-match comments. He also gives us his view on where the game is at right now and talks about the possibility of getting back into coaching as well. And, we round up the Premiership action and look ahead to the opening round of Europe this weekend...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Episode 16 - So French!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 79:19

    Big Jim's calmed down after an incident at the weekend and he and Goodey are putting the world to rights and coming up with a plan to solve all rugby's ills, as well as not holding back about Romain Poite's performance! We discuss Billy Vunipola's place in the England team, dissect all the Autumn Nations Cup and Premiership action with an open cloth and look ahead to England v France this weekend with the help of former France hooker and current pundit of the moment Benjamin Kayser. Plus, there's a focus on mental health and Jim is attempting to solve another riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 15 - Boring England & What The Fiji!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 82:18

    Big Jim is back and opens up about an incredibly tough week for him, he and Goodey disagree about the England v Ireland game and we check in with Nemani Nadolo as he continues too isolate in his hotel room to find out if we're going to see Fiji in action on the final weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup. All that, plus we discuss Scotland v France, more pressure on Pivac, all the Premiership action, Geordan Murphy's departure from Leicester, whether Steve Borthwick is a robot and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 14 - SOB & Japan Through Freddie's Eyes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 73:32

    We're joined by Ireland and British & Irish Lions legend Sean O'Brien to look ahead to Ireland's game against England at Twickenham and the Lions tour to South Africa in the summer, as well as catch up with how he's getting on at London Irish after a horrible time with injury. And, Freddie Burns is standing in for Big Jim all the way from Japan chatting about everything from manscaping to cats on leads to language problems and filling us in on his brother's Ireland debut as well. We chat about all the Autumn Nations Cup action, Argentina's famous win over the All Blacks and look ahead to the start of the new Premiership season, plus there's a couple of hot rumours and Freddie is taking on a riddle sent in by a Premiership player...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 13 - Humpsvili & The Autumn Nations Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 71:04

    Big Jim and Goodey are joined by David Humphreys to discuss what happened at the end of his time at Gloucester and how he's ended up working with Georgia as they prepare to face England at Twickenham this weekend. We look ahead to the Autumn Nations Cup in depth, dissect the two red cards for Australia and New Zealand with an open cloth, Jim questions another big name in the Ireland team and Goodey has an interesting view on the situation with Wales and who might be waiting in the wings if things go from bad to worse for Wayne Pivac...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 12 - England's Title, Scotland On The Surge & Fading Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 66:46

    Big Jim and Goodey are here to dissect the final weekend of the Six Nations with an open cloth, we hear from legendary Scotland & Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan on how this Scotland side compares with those gone by and how many Scots will get into Warren Gatland's Lions squad next year and Jim has some question marks over two of the biggest names in the Northern Hemisphere in Alun Wyn Jones and Johnny Sexton! Plus, we catch up with former France full back Scott Spedding and Jim has another riddle to tackle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 11 - A Champion Chief, Banged Up BaaBaas & Super Saturday

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 70:38

    We're joined by Exeter Chiefs legend Gareth Steenson, who hasn't slept for three days after celebrating finishing his career by becoming a European and Premiership champion. Big Jim and Goodey fill you in on the Barbarians' antics and possible repercussions, we chat to British & Irish Lion Stephen Ferris about Ireland's chances of winning the Six Nations this weekend and much more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 10 - Stuart Hogg

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2020 72:26

    Champions Cup winner Stuart Hogg joins us to talk about the spirit, culture and confidence at the Chiefs and what happened on the bus after the best European Cup final ever! He fills us in on that photo with Finn and all things Scotland ahead of the autumn and how he's taking things from Exeter into the international setup. Plus, Goodey tells us what's going on at Wasps with all the uncertainty over the Premiership final, we hear from Jimmy Gopperth on what's changed under Lee Blackett and we look ahead to the Six Nations restarting as well!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 9 - All Aboard The Wasps Bandwagon!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2020 79:25

    We're joined by Wasps head coach Lee Blackett to find out just how he's managed to take them from 10th place to the Premiership final in half a season and Jim is issuing a formal apology and jumping on board the Wasps bandwagon! We also hear from Exeter's Gareth Steenson, discuss friend of the show John Cooney's Ireland omission, Australia v New Zealand, the Champions Cup final and Jim attempts to solve another riddle...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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