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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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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 …
 
After Lions coach Warren Gatland named his 37 players to tour South Africa, Lee, Bomb and Seánie pick through the bones of his selections. They discuss the decision to make Alun Wyn Jones captain and how the team might look come that first Test. We also hear from coach Gregor Townsend and Lions chairman Jason Leonard. Join the House of Rugby Facebo…
 
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…
 
Two superstars of world rugby join Lee and Goodie from Japan this week. Former Wallaby scrum half Will Genia tells us why rugby in Australia is struggling, who his half-back pairing for the Lions would be and his thoughts on former teammate Israel Folau. And Springbok centre Jesse Kriel looks ahead to the Lions Tour in South Africa, who he’s lookin…
 
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 …
 
Rugby and coalminers in the north of England formed an unbreakable bond as far as back as the 1880s. Rugby league was built on pit villages and mining towns. Of the first ten members of the RFL Hall of Fame, three were miners. But as this episode of 'Rugby Reloaded' explains, this link went much deeper, because both mining and rugby league were see…
 
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…
 
Fijian superstar Nemani Nodolo joins Lee, Seánie and Goodie to chat about the two Pacific Island teams joining Super Rugby and the positive impact it will have on the sport in that region. He also talks about his love of BBQs, dealing with the British weather and starting up his own YouTube channel. The guys also discuss the forthcoming law changes…
 
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…
 
For 140 years, Welsh rugby players have travelled to the north of England to find fame and fortune. At first they went to play for the powerhouse clubs of northern rugby union, and when those clubs created rugby league, Welsh players became an integral part of the 13-a-side game. This week's 'Rugby Reloaded' investigates the players who 'went North…
 
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…
 
As Warren Gatland reveals his British and Irish Lions coaching team, Foxy and Seánie join Lee to give their verdict on his four assistants. They discuss the individual merits of the coaches and explain how it’s just not the players that enjoy a night out on tour. Foxy gives us the inside track on why the Welsh regions are underperforming in Europe …
 
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…
 
Cricket's County Championship began last week, so this week's episode looks at the huge role that cricket played in the birth of the football codes. In the mid-nineteenth century cricketers across Britain took up football and cricket clubs started their own football sections. The rugby and football authorities borrowed from cricket and took their l…
 
Scotland captain Stuart Hogg joins Lee, Jamie and Seánie to reflect on his side’s Six Nations Campaign. He also talks about life at Exeter and why he wishes he'd had made the move earlier in his career. Jamie explains how tough it was inside the England bubble for the Six Nations, and ahead of Sale’s Champions Cup quarter-final, Marland Yarde joins…
 
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…
 
Thursday 8 April is the anniversary of the 1995 meeting in Wigan when British rugby league agreed with Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd to switch to a summer Super League. It was part of the biggest revolution rugby had seen since 1895. Not only was rugby league changed forever, but rugby union was forced to embrace open professionalism. This week's 'Rugb…
 
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:…
 
The Women's Six Nations is finally here! Chris Jones, Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett look ahead to the opening weekend and are joined by two special guests. England's Shaunagh Brown discusses the new format, reveals her love for jigsaws and getting back into scrummaging. Plus, Wales hooker Kelsey Jones talks about her pre-match nail routine, th…
 
Wales coach Wayne Pivac and captain Alun Wyn Jones on their Six Nations success, Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap on their Six Nations campaign. And the chance to hear at length from two of the top men in charge of Welsh rugby, WRU chief executive Steve Phillips and chairman Rob Butcher.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
Former Lions captain Sam Warburton joins Lee and Seánie to reflect on the Six Nations and picks his Lions starting XV for the first Test against South Africa. He also explains why he left the Wales coaching set up, what he misses about rugby and that the rumours he can’t handle his drink are true. Also, Marlie Packer joins the pod from the Red Rose…
 
Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones look back at a thrilling Six Nations and are joined by Scotland captain Stuart Hogg after their brilliant victory in Paris. Hogg talks about the new-found belief in the team after two big away wins this year, the art of the spiral kick and his hair going viral. Danny, Chris and Ugo discuss your Lions selection …
 
29 March 2021 is the 25th anniversary of the very first game in Super League, so part one of a special double episode steps back in time to examine the events that led up to the summer rugby league revolution. We trace Super League's roots back to the problems that British rugby league faced from the 1970s, which escalated in the 1980s. Wage inflat…
 
Dave, Matt and Alan are joined by their man in Paris, former Scotland no.8 Johnnie Beattie to Preview the Six Nations finale. You can listen to Johnnie every week on his own podcast, Le French Rugby Podcast here:https://shows.acast.com/le-french-rugby-podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Reflections on Paris from Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Navidi, as well as WRU chairman Rob Butcher and chief executive Steve Phillips. We also hear about the Wales Women’s Six Nations squad from coach Warren Abrahams and captain Siwan Lillicrap. Finally we look at the end of the Pro14 season.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
As the Six Nations draws to a close, Joe Harvey and Chris Heal are back with a TRU Podcast where they discuss the Six Nations, British & Irish Lions and the start of the Championship season. Of course, it is not just the pair as they are joined by TRU columnist and Ampthill lock Charlie Beckett, as well as TRU contributor, Callum Wood, to talk some…
 
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar joins Lee, Seanie and Foxy to talk through the emotions of that last-minute defeat to France in Paris. They discuss whether the integrity of the 6 Nations should be questioned with France’s rearranged match taking place against a weakened Scotland. Also, the guys break down why England came up short and react to the news t…
 
Wales might have missed out on the Grand Slam, but they can still become Six Nations champions on Friday. Fly-half Callum Sheedy joins Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Jones to discuss that dramatic night in Paris and what it was like in the dressing room after the game. France can still snatch the title from Wales, but have they gained an unfair ad…
 
Barely six months after Super League pulled out of Toronto, the US-based XFL is in talks with the Canadian Football League about a potential merger. This week's 'Rugby Reloaded' talks to football scholar Spencer Kassimir about the history of the XFL and the CFL, the background to the talks, and what lessons can be learned by other football codes. F…
 
With Wales on the cusp of another Grand Slam, we decided to get a Welshman on the pod who knows all about winning Slams. James Hook joins Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to look ahead to the big game in Paris. Will Wales' experience see them over the line or will Shaun Edwards spoil their party? Chris speaks to Eddie Jones who has plenty to say about the…
 
Wales go for the Grand Slam in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coaches Wayne Pivac and Jonathan Humphries along with players Adam Beard, Wyn Jones and Callum Sheedy. So what has been behind the change in results for Wales from 2020 to 2021 – and how would Sheedy feel about a last minute kick to clinch a Grand Slam.…
 
Lee, Seánie and Bomb are joined by two special guests this week who for different reasons are dealing with the consequences of rugby’s brutality. Former Wales flanker Alix Popham, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia last year at the age of 40, explains how he is now trying to raise awareness of the impact rugby head injuries can cause. And …
 
Chris Ashton, Danny Care and Chris Jones look ahead to Wales' Grand Slam match in Paris. Danny and Ashy share their memories of playing for England in Grand Slam deciders. They look back at a memorable encounter between England and France at Twickenham. Jamie Heaslip is back on the pod to discuss Ireland's win at Murrayfield and pick his number 8 f…
 
Manchester City and United are currently dominating the English Premier League - but until the 20th century Manchester was seen as a hotbed of rugby, not soccer. So how did the city lose its status as one of rugby's most important centres? The new 'Rugby Reloaded' explores the rise and decline of Manchester as a rugby city, and examines how a serie…
 
Ahead of Le Crunch, World Cup winner Matt Dawson and former French hooker Benjamin Kayser joinSonja McLaughlan and Chris Jones to preview what's set to be an eye-catching game at Twickenham. With Max Malins making his first start after being named at full-back, Matt, Ben and Chris look at what makes him one of England's most exciting players.France…
 
Wales head to Italy as Triple Crown champions and looking to defend their 100 per cent record in the Six Nations so far. Coach Wayne Pivac explains his team selection, we hear from Jonathan Davies on the challenges at 12, Gareth Davies on returning to the starting line-up and Tomas Francis on the task of maintaining his perfect record against Italy…
 
Nick Cummins, aka The Honey Badger joins Lee, Goodie and Seánie for an amusing chat about life during and after rugby. The former Wallaby star turned TV presenter wasn’t short of a few stories, giving us an insight into his busy life. Also, Red Roses scrum-half Mo Hunt joins the guys to discuss the postponed World Cup and whether enough is being do…
 
There are more revelations about Shenkin the Goat on this week's pod for Ugo Monye and Chris Jones to discuss. You will hear from Eddie Jones on Owen Farrell's captaincy and his concerns about the depth in English rugby. Ugo and Chris chat to Cornish Pirates hooker Dan Frost after they stunned Saracens on the opening weekend of the Championship. Th…
 
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