Welcome to Le Rouge Rugby Podcast, where we study all things Rugby Canada and beyond!
Episode 195: Back For More in 2024
1:17:30Stu and Derek dust off the mics and return from their holiday break! The boys dive into all the news they missed while they were away including Christmas gifts, the Rugby Canada strategic plan, Phil Mack promoted to attack coach, the sevens series, a wild MLR off-season, kitmas, and all the Canadian player signings!
Episode 194: Vancouver Highlanders feat. Curry Hitchborn & Ralph McRae
1:31:27Stu and Derek are joined by Curry Hitchborn and Ralph McRae to discuss their new club, the Vancouver Highlanders. The Highlanders aim to "advance the personal and professional development of the person through Rugby Union". Hitchborn and McRae discuss their Ten Commitments, the Rugby Players Challenge, the setup of the club, and what they are trying to achieve. Plus the origin of the logo, Gladiator, and dream opponents for the Highlanders.
Episode 192: FBoy Island
1:10:34Stu and Derek recap a busy weekend in Canadian rugby! First, the boys take a deep dive into Canada's 40-15 victory over Brazil to close out their 2023 test schedule. Then, Wheelchair Rugby Canada is dominating at the ParaPan Am Games, the latest Arrows signings, reality tv, the new MLR playoff format, Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship, and more!
Episode 191: Frustrations
56:49In the first match after Rugby Canada re-signed Kingsley Jones, the men's national team loses Spain 40-22. Stu and Derek let out their frustrations with...well, just about everything. Then, they look at some Arrows signings and key departures before making some Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship predictions (that have already gone horribly wrong).
Episode 190: Fancy a Win?
52:30Stu and Derek open the show by discussing how World Rugby's ban on unofficial content is hurting game. Then it's on to New Zealand where Canada defeated France in the final round of WXV! The Arrows made some big re-signings and MLR made a big signing of their own!
Episode 189: The Springboks
1:21:29The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 12-11 to win their 4th Rugby World Cup! Stu and Derek give their thoughts on the game and the Springboks' place in history. It was a busy week in Major League Rugby with plenty of Canadian player movement, a new Arrows coach, and the news of a change in format for 2024. In Rugby Canada news, the women's team lost to England in round 2 of WXV and the men's team announced the squad for the series in Spain.
Episode 188: Silver Linings
1:10:53It was a massive week of rugby news and the boys are here to break it all down! Wheelchair Rugby Canada won a silver medal at the International Wheelchair Rugby Cup! Jamie Cudmore is the new head coach of Top Gun, as Cory Hector moves to back to the MLR squad! Canada defeated Wales in the first match of WXV! Sophie de Goede is the greatest rugby player in the world! Stu and Derek reveal their strategies for watching a 2am start vs England on Friday! The new Nations Championship sucks! Oh, and the Rugby World Cup is happening!
Episode 186: 24 in '27
1:17:41Stu and Derek break down the latest group of Arrows signings and other news from across the MLR! The Rugby Network has a new subscription service, but it may not be in Canada. The Rugby World Cup is expanding to 24 teams. What does that mean for Canada? Finally, the boys predict the quarter-finals of the RWC!