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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.
 
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It's almost here and we cannot wait! The first round of the Six Nations is upon us and we preview the Calcutta Cup with Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Gregor gives us some great insight into how the Scottish camp is preparing, whether he misses Eddie, his relationship with Finn and what rule changes he's like to see brought into the game. We …
 
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 t…
 
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 subs…
 
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 Q…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 mak…
 
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 ga…
 
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 Roberts…
 
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…
 
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 ho…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 ch…
 
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 …
 
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 f…
 
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 …
 
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 we…
 
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…
 
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 an…
 
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 abo…
 
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…
 
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 ope…
 
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…
 
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 Ulste…
 
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 perspe…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 p…
 
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 ho…
 
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.…
 
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, hi…
 
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 go…
 
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 …
 
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 du…
 
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, trag…
 
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 internat…
 
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 …
 
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 w…
 
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. cvKVmXWHa7SY4Dha0N1x Learn more about yo…
 
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,…
 
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 co…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 jour…
 
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 week…
 
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 seaso…
 
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 t…
 
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 L…
 
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