Ugo and Chris sit down with legendary All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen for a special bonus pod. He reflects on what went wrong for the All Blacks against England at the 2019 World Cup, shares his coaching philosophy and how he dealt with pressure after nearly two decades in the game. We also get stuck into the future of the game and what needs to change, plus Steve answers some listener questions.
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Suffering from success and Ugo's camera crew
44:22Ugo invites a camera crew to this week's pod as he joins Danny and Chris on the sofa to reflect on an eventful week, especially off the field. All four URC matches in South Africa were called off because of Covid-19 and an outbreak in the Barbarians men's squad saw their match with Samoa cancelled. How many players will switch national teams after a radical change to eligibility rules? There's also time to chat Premiership rugby and whether Danny can play for another four years.
Stuart Hogg and the GOAT
54:14There are big questions to ponder on this week's pod; who hacked Chris' Twitter account? Was England's victory over South Africa the best of Eddie Jones' reign? And has New Zealand's aura been vaporised? Danny, Ugo and Chris also chat to Scotland captain Stuart Hogg about his new teeth, breaking the try record and the importance of Chris Harris both on and off the pitch. They also look to the Six Nations with the northern hemisphere teams ending the autumn on a high.
Heaslip, Corbs and Sexton's office
1:02:33With Danny still living it up in Dubai, Alex Corbisiero join Chris and Ugo on the pod this week. They chat to Jamie Heaslip about another win for Ireland over the All Blacks and find out what's changed under Andy Farrell. Can England cope without Owen Farrell and Jamie George when they meet South Africa at Twickenham this weekend? Wales scrape past Fiji, Scotland are undone by the Springboks and World Rugby's player of the year nominations has everyone scratching their heads.
Bonus Pod: The Steve Hansen special
54:17Ugo and Chris sit down with legendary All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen for a special bonus pod. He reflects on what went wrong for the All Blacks against England at the 2019 World Cup, shares his coaching philosophy and how he dealt with pressure after nearly two decades in the game. We also get stuck into the future of the game and what needs to change, plus Steve answers some listener questions.
Radwan, pitch invaders and Danny's passport
56:26Fresh from a trip to Peterborough passport office, Danny is back on the pod before going on holiday to a popular destination for rugby players. He joins Chris and Ugo to discuss a big win for Scotland, the Cardiff pitch invader and South Africa's victory over Wales. England winger Adam Radwan joins the pod to talk about running fast, Eminem and doing the triple jump. There's another huge Red Roses win to dissect and have Ireland turned a corner under Andy Farrell?
Record wins and a new-look England?
59:10Ugo and Chris are on the sofa to discuss a heavy defeat for Wales and the issues of playing Test matches outside the international window. England fly-half Zoe Harrison joins the pod after the Red Roses' record win over the Black Ferns and her player of the match performance. Ugo and Chris also chat to Ellis Genge about leadership and what we can expect from England's youngsters this autumn.
Sheedy and Ugo's return
47:09Ugo is back after leaving Strictly but is still speaking to Chris and Danny from a TV dressing room. They chat about the introduction of leggings to the game and whether the Premiership is missing relegation. Plus, pod favourite Callum Sheedy is back to chat about Bristol's tough start to the season and a bumper autumn schedule for Wales.
Danny and Eddie reunited
40:22Chris helps reunite Danny with his old boss Eddie Jones for a chat about England's 34-man squad for the upcoming autumn internationals. Chris and Danny also look at Wayne Pivac's Wales squad and discuss who should start at fly-half against the All Blacks. Plus, what's going wrong at Bath and we move another step closer to a British & Irish Lions women’s tour.
The Comeback Quins
55:24Danny talks us through another impressive Quins comeback over Bristol in the Premiership. Harry Wells joins the pod to talk about Leicester's impressive start to the season and trying to invite Steve Borthwick round for dinner. There's a look at Simon Middleton's Red Roses squad for the autumn and plenty of drop goals to discuss in the URC as the South African teams start to make their mark.
A takeover and a birthday toothbrush
42:22Danny quizzes Ashy about when he's going to be back in a Worcester shirt and they discuss what Saracens' new investment could mean for the rest of the Premiership. Scotland fly-half Adam Hastings joins the pod to talk about life at Gloucester, living with Chris Harris and his new toothbrush. The South African teams struggle to make an impact in the URC and will we see Gareth Anscombe back in a Wales shirt this autumn?