190 episodes

Ugo Monye, Chris Jones, Danny Care and Chris Ashton cover the biggest stories in rugby union and bring you special guests.
Get in touch with the pod via 5 Live Sport on social media or email rugbyunionweekly@bbc.co.uk, and remember to leave us your ratings and reviews.

Rugby Union Weekly BBC Podcasts

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    • 4.6 • 38 Ratings

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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones, Danny Care and Chris Ashton cover the biggest stories in rugby union and bring you special guests.
Get in touch with the pod via 5 Live Sport on social media or email rugbyunionweekly@bbc.co.uk, and remember to leave us your ratings and reviews.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    The England debrief and HuwRC

    The England debrief and HuwRC

    Danny gives Chris and Ashy the lowdown on his day with the Barbarians at Twickenham which ended with another yellow card! England passed their Tokyo Test with flying colours as Eddie Jones’ homecoming ends in defeat. Has Marcus Smith done enough to nail down the 10 shirt for the All Blacks series? Glasgow’s Huw Jones joins from Johannesburg airport after winning the URC. We hear all about their celebrations and get his take on what this victory could do for Scottish rugby. We also talk Wales, the PWR final and if Michael Cheika is the right man to takeover at Leicester Tigers.

    • 59 min
    Inside the Barbarians with Danny, Whitelock and Mercer

    Inside the Barbarians with Danny, Whitelock and Mercer

    Chris tracks down Danny, who is a little worse for wear, for a special episode from the Barbarians team hotel in Mayfair. They're joined by some of Danny's Baa Baas team mates starting with All Blacks legend and captain for the week Sam Whitelock. Can Danny convince him to become vice-captain? Zach Mercer talks openly about his move back to the UK and his struggles with England selection. Saracens' new recruit Fergus Burke also joins, plus we discuss the England's team to play Japan and the size of the task that awaits an inexperienced Wales side at Twickenham.

    • 58 min
    A Barbarian and a Warrior

    A Barbarian and a Warrior

    Danny is on the sofa with Ashy and Ugo before he joins up with the Barbarians this week, but his fitness is quicky called into question after a chance encounter with a set of scales at Centre Parcs. Scotland centre Huw Jones joins the pod fresh after reaching the URC final with Glasgow. He talks about their big win at Thomond Park before flying out to South Africa to prepare for their showdown with the Bulls in Pretoria. We also look ahead to Japan v England and Eddie Jones v Steve Borthwick.

    • 57 min
    England summer squad pod

    England summer squad pod

    The pod is back at Twickenham two days after the Premiership final, but this time we're talking England as Steve Borthwick names his 36-man squad for the tour to Japan and New Zealand. Danny, Ugo, Ashy and Chris quiz the England head coach on his decision to take Tom Curry, the inexperience in the back line and style of play. With George Ford missing the summer through injury, which Smith will be wearing the 10 jersey this summer? We also take ski goggles, trophy parades and look ahead to the business end of the URC season.

    • 55 min
    The Saints go marching in

    The Saints go marching in

    Chris, Ashy and Matt Dawson bring you reaction to a thrilling Premiership final as Northampton beat 14-man Bath at Twickenham. Courtney Lawes is back on the pod after ending his Saints career on a high and ending the club's long wait for a title. But as Lawes departs, is this current squad full of homegrown talent destined for more success in the future? You will also hear from a disappointed Johann van Graan, we discuss Beno Obano's red card and analyse Finn Russell's performance.

    • 37 min
    Premiership final: Russell and Lawes

    Premiership final: Russell and Lawes

    We're continuing our build-up to the Premiership final by speaking to two of the biggest names in the game who will run out on Saturday. Sara has been to Bath's training centre at Farleigh House to catch up with Finn Russell, who talks about his desire to win a first trophy since 2015, his partnership with Ben Spencer and how he deals with nerves and pressure. You will also hear from the departing Courtney Lawes ahead of his final appearance for the Saints after 17 seasons. He tells Chris about the strong position he leaves the club in, his longevity as a player and how he still feels he is still improving at 35. Which club will end their long wait for Premiership glory at a sold-out Twickenham?

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

HLWMV ,

Great podcast

Love listening to Chris, Ugo & Danny from here in NZ.

orcapoise ,

Unintentionally Hilarious

If you want a laugh then you have to listen to this. Ardie Savea, as usual, was the standout loose forward across all six nations in the just completed winter series - without question. He confirmed his status as the worlds best player. Yet, these clowns didn’t even mention his name when selecting their 15 from across the June internationals. They mentioned a couple of very average northern hemisphere players but nothing on Savea. So, listen if you want a good laugh but don’t take it too seriously.

C Minto ,

Great way to get a northern perspective

As a kiwi you have to look for overseas sources to get good insights about northern hemisphere rugby, this podcast is one of the best and I love the way they respect the women in rugby as well.

I highly recommend “The Pod” as they call it and only wish they would do some cross-overs with Sumo Stevenson on the Rugby Pass Podcast.

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