9 episodes

The Contact book is a chat show like no other. Craig Doyle interviews sporting legends about their lives and careers.

As he navigates their highs and lows, he has access to each guest’s contact book and calls up people who have lived through those experiences with them. Craig’s chats with his guests are witty, engaging and enlightening - and while he hears their versions of the stories, he also gets the real inside stories from people who know and love them best. Those with whom they grew up, who trained and played with them and those whose lives they crossed in the sporting world and beyond.

While the guests give access to their contacts they don't always know exactly who is going to pop up during their interview and what stories they are going to tell. The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is a great listen as we get the insight into these sporting legends and their stories - from all sides.

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The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
#doylecontactbook

Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.

Presenter, Craig Doyle
Theme Music by Owen Parker
Series Producer, Keith Doyle
Sound editing, Mark Sharman
Album Art, Nicole Stewart
Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

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    • Rugby
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

The Contact book is a chat show like no other. Craig Doyle interviews sporting legends about their lives and careers.

As he navigates their highs and lows, he has access to each guest’s contact book and calls up people who have lived through those experiences with them. Craig’s chats with his guests are witty, engaging and enlightening - and while he hears their versions of the stories, he also gets the real inside stories from people who know and love them best. Those with whom they grew up, who trained and played with them and those whose lives they crossed in the sporting world and beyond.

While the guests give access to their contacts they don't always know exactly who is going to pop up during their interview and what stories they are going to tell. The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is a great listen as we get the insight into these sporting legends and their stories - from all sides.

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The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
#doylecontactbook

Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.

Presenter, Craig Doyle
Theme Music by Owen Parker
Series Producer, Keith Doyle
Sound editing, Mark Sharman
Album Art, Nicole Stewart
Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    EP8 - Keith Wood

    EP8 - Keith Wood

    In this episode of The Contact Book, "The Raging Potato” AKA Irish rugby player Keith Wood hands over his phone to Craig who calls upon an all-star list to join in with the conversation. Wood and his Lions' Captain Martin Johnson dissect that history-making Lions winning test series against the Springboks in 1997 in what Craig describes simply as “Rugby Porn”!

    His Ireland teammate David Wallace gives the inside story on Woody as Ireland captain. Ugo Moyne explains how he and Keith struck up a long-lasting bromance and reveals who has the biggest balls in rugby. Other shocking secrets that emerge include how Woody played bodyguard for Formula 1’s Eddie Jordan and how he got locked into 10 Downing Street. There is mention of the belly button fetish again, thankfully Mrs Wood, Nicolla is on hand to set the record straight.

    This bumper edition of The Contact Book is the last in the series and provides a truly unique insight into the life and career and of one of the best rugby players of all time, as told by some of the world's greatest rugby players.

    Our thanks to the contributors to Keith Wood's episode including.

    Martin Johnson
    Barry Gleeson
    Pat Cross
    David Wallace
    Ugo Moyne
    Eddie Jordan.
    Moss Rowan
    Nicola Wood

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks once again to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    Special thanks to Alastair Eykyn.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    EP7 - David Pocock

    EP7 - David Pocock

    Former Australian Rugby Union captain, David Pocock hands over his contact book to Craig Doyle who calls up some of those who have played a very important part in his life so far.

    From his childhood in Zimbabwe where his first coach reveals how parents of the other rugby children complained about him, to one of his brothers explaining why the family had to take a bench press in the middle of a snorkelling holiday.

    On field, his friend and former teammate Kurtley Beale spills the beans on match tactics and coach, Robbie Deane explains why he picked “Poey” to lead Australia.

    In a fascinating programme that reveals many sides of the legendary Australian flanker, David explains why he’s stood up for LGBTQ rights, gives all the details of his arrest during a famous environmental protest and talks about his future political ambitions.

    Our thanks to the contributors to David Pocock's episode including.

    David Pocock
    Michael Pocock
    Simon Gough
    Kurtley Beale
    Robbie Deans.
    Rick Laird
    Anania Ncube
    Patience Ncube

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks once again to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    • 53 min
    EP6 - Kenny Logan

    EP6 - Kenny Logan

    This week’s The Contact Book sees Craig Doyle interview Scotland and Wasps legend Kenny Logan. After joking that he wants his phone back, the two dig deep into the highs and struggles of his life.

    From his first cap for Scotland at just 19, to revealing how his anxiety about dyslexia would see him hide from and avoid training that involved having to read or write – it’s a riveting, enlightening and very emotional insight into Kenny’s extraordinary life and career.

    On his dyslexia, Kenny says: “One of my biggest regrets was I was not brave enough. Even now my stomach is in knots.” Gabby Logan also joins to talk about how she helped her husband confront and learn to live with his learning disorder in the early stages of their relationship.

    As it’s The Contact Book, we take a dive into Kenny's phone – calling the PE teacher who first encouraged him, Lawrence Dallaglio who speaks about the time they drank too much tequila, and others. The great Doddie Weir also recalls their times together in an emotional conversation.

    This episode is a must-listen for any rugby fan, any Scottish fan, and anyone who has ever had to deal with the debilitating effects of dyslexia.

    “One of my biggest regrets was I was not brave enough. Even now my stomach is in knots.”
    Kenny Logan


    Our thanks to the contributors to Kenny Logan's episode

    Gabby Logan
    Norrie Bairner
    Robbie Mailer
    Sir Ian McGeecan.
    Lawrence Dallaglio
    Brian Redpath
    Doddie Weir
    Tanya Bird
    Jamie Bird

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks once again to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    • 53 min
    EP5 - Will Carling

    EP5 - Will Carling

    This week Will Carling, England’s youngest ever rugby captain, hands his contact book over to Craig Doyle.

    On the Contact Book, Will admits he is nervous because “There’s a lot that shouldn’t be coming out’.

    The episode is full of honest and revealing tales about the life and times of the rugby legend.

    These stories include the full, uncensored history about the time he was sacked for calling all 57 of those who ran the English game of rugby “old farts”. Carling also mentions how when he first got the call to be captain, he answered assuming he was being dropped from the squad.

    We even learn why when meeting the England team, Nelson Mandela was asked about road tax.

    Will also candidly delves into the period where he was in the full glare of the world’s media, for all the wrong reasons – reflecting on how his journey from the back pages of newspapers to the front almost destroyed his life and those around him.

    Craig Doyle calls up some of Will’s closest friends who, for the first time, shed light on how they had to help him through this most difficult period.

    This episode is enlightening, moving and funny in equal measure.

    Our thanks to the contributors to Will Carling's episode

    Jack Rowell
    Brain Moore
    Tony Underwood
    Alex Hambly
    Andrew Harle
    Joan Howgill

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks once again to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    • 52 min
    EP4 - Maggie Alphonsi

    EP4 - Maggie Alphonsi

    World Cup winning legend, Maggie Alphonsi MBE is one of the best known names in women’s international rugby.

    “Maggie the Machine” captained England with 74 caps, scored 28 tries and helped England win seven consecutive Six Nations crowns and the 2014 World Cup Final.

    A formidable force on the pitch, she hands over her phone to Craig Doyle who opens up her contact book to speak to those who know her best.

    In an enlightening and personal interview, Maggie reveals her struggles as a child and how she overcame a serious physical disability to become one of the world’s top rugby players.

    Those closest to her tell their part in her journey, which is both moving and at times hilarious. They reveal the surprising way Maggie spent a £500 sports grant and why she pulled a toilet off the wall while on tour. Plus, the England Men’s Captain Owen Farrell recalls how Maggie the Machine floored him during a training session.

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    • 50 min
    EP3 - Sean Fitzpatrick

    EP3 - Sean Fitzpatrick

    In this episode, one of the greatest All Black of all time, the “All Black’s All Black” - Sean Fitzpatrick hands over his contact book.

    Craig delves into “Fitzy’s” life and career, calling up those who were part of it. We hear from the person who first spotted his talents on the field and how Sean went back to work as a carpenter after winning New Zealand’s first Rugby World Cup.

    Sean also reveals how he never wanted to be the captain of the All Blacks but being so made him a better person. He explains how losing The World Cup final in 1995 changed his life forever.

    Other legendary All Blacks line up to heap praise on their former captain, who was capped a total off 121 times and only missed 2 matches in a decade. They also reveal secrets including what the ice baths were really used for.

    The tough man of rugby, Sean tells how he regrets never telling his father he loved him and how he now makes sure he tells his daughters he loves them as often as possible.

    We also discover how, because of Sean, the Haka is now performed before matches in the most unlikely place.

    This is a fascinating and entertain insight into one of the world’s greatest ever players which will be enjoyed by everyone not just rugby fans.

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    The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
    #doylecontactbook

    Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.

    Presenter, Craig Doyle
    Theme Music by Owen Parker
    Series Producer, Keith Doyle
    Sound editing, Mark Sharman
    Album Art, Nicole Stewart
    Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Barry Dunne ,

Keith Wood...

Enjoyed the series, particularly liked the Keith Wood episode, real legend of Irish rugby but just a regular bloke. Hope you do another series. Well done lads...

19Doyle84 ,

Best pod around

This, for me, is the best podcast around of the interview style/ format. Really enjoying these.

It’s also one of the best podcasts around overall. Keep up the good work.

JellyDoDo ,

Great listen

I enjoy the format of this podcast - it’s different from all the other rugby pods that I’ve found. I like Craig’s relaxed interviewing style and am looking forward to more interesting chats with future guests!

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