Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
The first Test verdict with O'Driscoll, Jones, Barclay and Skinstad
It's advantage Lions after the first Test in Cape Town. Chris and Ugo look back at their victory over South Africa with the help of some big name guests. They get the thoughts of former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, World Cup winner Bobby Skinstad, former Scotland captain John Barclay and two-time tourist Adam Jones.
The Test team and TMOs
The first Test is finally upon us. And Warren Gatland has named his team to face the Springboks in Cape Town. Ugo Monye, Chris Jones, Matt Dawson and James Hook give their take on selection, and try to predict how the Lions will play. World Cup winner Francois Louw gives us the lowdown on South Africa and there's a TMO storm on the way.
Warburton’s Lions Legends: Martin Johnson
Sam Warburton and Martin Johnson are the only players to captain the British & Irish Lions on back-to-back tours. So for this episode they sat down together to discuss their incredible achievement. They talk leadership, feeling under qualified, handling pressure and the art of a good team talk.
Martin also relives the famous series win over South Africa in 1997. You’ll hear about training in the dark, getting stitches during a match and Jeremy Guscott’s winning drop goal.
He also recalls his tour to Australia in 2001 and where it all went wrong. He shares his biggest regret, the issues with Graham Henry’s tactics and why he could have done more as captain.
Hogg, Test selection and a bird's nest
Lions and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg chats to Ugo, Danny and Chris from the Lions camp in Cape Town. He talks about captaining the side, time in isolation, the return of Alun Wyn Jones and his fear of birds. The guys get his thoughts on selection before picking their own teams for the first Test this weekend.
Warburton’s Lions Legends: Gavin Hastings
Sam Warburton chats to Gavin Hastings, one of the greatest Scottish players to ever represent the British & Irish Lions. In 1989, Gavin helped the Lions to their first series win in 15 years. Despite being on the receiving end of a right hook from Australia’s Nick Farr-Jones in the second Test, Gavin scored a crucial try to level the series. He recalls David Campese’s famous error in the deciding Test and making the most of free champagne in business class on the flight home. Four years later he captained the Lions to New Zealand. Find out why he hung up on Ian McGeechan, which player taunted the crowd in Wellington with beer and all about a dodgy refereeing decision in the first Test.
A fourth Test and the captain's comeback?
Ugo and Chris discuss an eventful few days for the Lions. Marcus Smith joins the tour, Alun Wyn Jones could be on the next flight out and Warren Gatland's side get ready for their toughest test against South Africa 'A'. South African journalist Brenden Nel joins the pod to explain how Covid is disrupting the Springboks preparations and predicts captain Siya Kolisi will miss the first Test in Cape Town. There's also a round-up of the weekend's internationals as two England youngsters score hat-tricks and Wales draw with Argentina.