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Welcome to The Thistle, the only podcast that cares about Scottish rugby. A light-hearted look at rugby union in Scotland, from three rugby fans who never quite made the grade. Expect razor sharp insight from a panel that can count amongst its achievements a Scottish Schools Cup winners medal, the captaincy of the Newcastle 2s dirt trackers, and second place at the 2016 Elie beach rugby tournament. Twitter handle: @thistlerugbypod
 
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Danny speaks to Ugo and Chris all about Harlequins' dramatic semi-final victory over Bristol. He tells them what was said in the dressing room at half-time, why Joe Marler arrived by helicopter and his thoughts on facing Exeter in the final. They discuss the Lions' first warm-up match this weekend and what they would like to see from Warren Gatland…
 
A complete Six Nations tournament in Cardiff kicks off this weekend, with Wales hosting the Under 20s Championships. We hear all about the Wales squad and from the two players who chose rugby over football. Ahead of the Wales summer internationals we hear why versatility helped Cardiff centre Ben Thomas gain his first senior Wales call-up.…
 
Alan is joined by Scotland Lions legend Scott Hastings to discuss the upcoming tour of South Africa as well as Scott's two tours in 1989 and 1993. *** This is your Everest, the inside story of the 1997 Lions tour to South Africa, available from Polaris Publishing here: http://www.polarispublishing.com/book/this-is-your-everest See acast.com/privacy…
 
Lions centre Robbie Henshaw joins Danny, Ashy and Chris on the pod this week. He talks about the team's training camp in Jersey, his hopes for the tour and wanting to start a Lions band this summer. They also discuss Saracens' return to the Premiership and whether they're coming back stronger than before. There's a look at both Premiership semi-fin…
 
David, Matt and Alan are back to look at the Glasgow outgoings and the Scotland squad for the summer. Also, we look at Finlay Christie's interior design choices and Dom Mckay's warm welcome at Celtic. *** This is your Everest, available from Polaris Publishing here: http://www.polarispublishing.com/book/this-is-your-everest See acast.com/privacy fo…
 
This week Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Lions hooker Jamie George who talks about playing in the Championship this season, Saracens' crucial play-off and what to expect from South Africa this summer. You will also hear from Kyle Sinckler on his Lions reprieve and why being an inspiration is so important to him. There's also the fallout from Br…
 
Cultures collide at Welford road, Wasps sting Irish, Bath win (technically) and Harliquins are jokers (pun). Also Northampton and Exeter put on a rugby clinic! All the Prem action and much more from around the world of rugby. LTBP See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
The top four in the Premiership is done and dusted, but who will go on to lift the title? Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton look back at a busy weekend of rugby as Sale and Harlequins confirmed their spot in the semi-finals. They share some of the best excuses team-mates have given for missing training and Ashy's explains how his car got an un…
 
Ugo, Danny and Chris reflect on Toulouse winning the Champions Cup for a record fifth time. They talk crowds, family photos and champagne goggles as 14-man La Rochelle came up just short at Twickenham. They also discuss Leicester's defeat to Montpellier in the Challenge Cup and the progress they've made this season. Plus, there's a round-up of the …
 
The sounds of people back at rugby clubs, training, having fun, looking forward in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We visit Llantwit Fardre RFC to hear about the whole range of rugby being played there. We also talk to two Welsh referees heading off to the Olympics, Adam Jones and Craig Evans.…
 
Ugo, Danny and Chris talk trophy celebrations and commentary box attire as they look ahead to the all-French Champions Cup final at Twickenham this weekend. They also look at Leicester's Challenge Cup final and how why they have improved under Steve Borthwick. There's also a look at the battle for England's number 10 jersey this summer and Simon Am…
 
A focus on Mental Health Awareness Week and one of the rising stars of Welsh rugby, in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear about the mental health contribution Welshpool RFC are making to their community and also the latest developments for former Wales U20 lock Jac Price.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
Ugo, Ashy and Chris welcome Scotland's Hamish Watson back onto the pod. There's plenty of love for his mullet as he talks Lions selection, size and inspiring a generation. We also speak to Danny about the disappointment of missing out on the Lions tour and how difficult the past couple of weeks have been. Ashy isn't happy with Sam Simmonds scoring …
 
The Prem, Pro 14 and Super Rugby round up in addition to more Lions squad announcement reaction, including Kyle Sinckler (which may have led to an intervention with JB), and various other rugby related, and non-rugby related tangents. LTBP! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Newly named 2 time Lions Courtney Lawes and Dan Biggar join us to celebrate Warren Gatland's Squad for South Africa 2021. What do we make of the 37 names? What does it tells about how we think the Lions will play? Who can feel most aggrieved to have missed out? PLUS news of our first Post Covid, Lions related Live Show. LTBP. See acast.com/privacy …
 
Ugo and Chris are at the Lions squad announcement to speak to Warren Gatland about some big omissions, surprise picks and most importantly which player he wants to have a beer with. They also chat to Lions captain and Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones about what it means to lead the team on his fourth tour. Gregor Townsend discusses midfield options and …
 
With the Lions squad announcement this week, the time has come for Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to pick their 36-man squads. There is a very interesting pick at fly-half, a very familiar face at scrum-half, centre deliberations and some big name casualties. Ugo and Chris also discuss the weekend’s European action and the bizarre end to England’s match…
 
WRU Chief Executive Steve Phillips on Friday night Six Nations, plans for Wales Women, the relationship with the regions and more in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We’ll also hear from Wales Women at the end of their Six Nations campaign, including second row Teleri Wyn Davies on the inspiration she got from her father – and she now hopes t…
 
On Ugo's return to the pod, Danny and Chris have plenty of questions regarding his vest and blazer combo for TV at the weekend. But with the Lions squad being named next week, there's still time to impress Warren Gatland. Does Johnny Sexton need to guide Leinster to another Champions Cup final this weekend to guarantee his spot on the plane? Danny …
 
WHAT a weekend of rugby! So many exciting games and so much brilliant play to get stuck into. Bristol v Ex; Saints at TigersIrish v Quins...and tonnes more besides; get into Premiership, start looking more seriously at Lions selection implications, the start of the Rainbow Cup, MLR, Super Rugby and England's Women's triumph. Plus, obvs, we take som…
 
Chris Jones, Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett look ahead to finals day in the Women's Six Nations. They are joined on the pod by Poppy Cleall who tells us all about the business she's running during England camp with Hannah Botterman. Poppy also talks about taking the captain's spot this weekend, the issues having a twin sister in camp can cause …
 
As the Six Nations draws to a close, a special focus on the Women’s game in Wales this week on the Welsh Rugby Union podcast.It’s an anniversary this week of the sad accident that first paralysed Bryan ‘Yogi’ Davies in what was due to be his retirement game for Bala in 2007. Six years later it cost him his life, but he remains an inspiration at the…
 
Matt speaks to rugby guru Mark Evans, former head of Harlequins and Global Rapid Rugby, and author of the cracking book 'Unholy Union: When Rugby Collided with the Modern World' about the professional game in Scotland. They discuss the SRU's approach to the game turning pro, the ongoing quest for a third pro team in Scotland and the controversy aro…
 
After a more than year of podding over Zoom, Danny Care and Chris Jones finally get to record in person. And they are joined by a special guest in a Cobham beer garden, the Premiership’s in-form fly-half Marcus Smith. They chat to him about finally purchasing his own Netflix account, Harlequins, his hopes for England and being part of a Jonas Broth…
 
Three Welshmen in the British and Irish Lions coaching team, we hear from all three and head coach Warren Gatland on his first selections. Defence coach Steve Tandy tells his story of going round the world from the Ospreys to the Lions, forwards coach Robin McBryde on how his time for Wales groomed him for this role and kicking coach Neil Jenkins e…
 
Fresh from his birthday celebrations, Ugo is back on the pod alongside Chris Jones for a special episode all about the Lions. You will hear from Warren Gatland on his coaching team for 2021, what he expects from his Lions captain and how form in the Six Nations will have a big impact on selection. Gregor Townsend reveals why he's relishing the role…
 
Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones round-up the Champions Cup quarter-finals including Leinster's impressive victory over holders Exeter and La Rochelle reaching a first semi-final at the expense of Sale. And with no Premiership clubs in the last four, is that a cause for concern? They also discuss Warren Gatland's Lions coaches, whether a fi…
 
Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones round up a busy weekend in Europe and the Women's Six Nations. The Champions Cup brought heartache for Wasps and Bristol but Exeter and Sale join a very French quarter-final line-up. England's Emily Scarratt joins the pod to discuss their victory over Scotland, find out where they're playing in Italy and get…
 
What a weekend of rugby. 16 matches - actually 15 (we'll deal with Leinster v Toulon being called off) amazing fixtures in perfect conditions...and it didn't disappoint.For once, there probably WAS enough rugby to justify a marathon pod. LTBP! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Ahead of the Women's Six Nations starting this weekend, Joe Harvey, Chris Heal and TRU Contributor, Elizabeth Cartwright, discussed the tournament. Also featuring exclusive conversations with Red Red Roses Head Coach, Simon Middleton, and star wing, Jess Breach, listen to this celebration of the tournament on TRU now. Follow us: Chris Heal - https:…
 
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