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The Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and a selection of rugby personalities provide insight and analysis on the latest events in the game, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.

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    • 3.8 • 21 Ratings

The Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times

Stephen Jones, Owen Slot and a selection of rugby personalities provide insight and analysis on the latest events in the game, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.

    New Season, New Pod!

    New Season, New Pod!

    Stephen Jones, Alex Lowe and Owen Slot are back following the first weekend of the new Gallagher Premiership season. They have pod regular Mark Evans alongside them to dissect the opening weekend, including big wins for Saracens and Leicester. Plus, Stephen and Owen give their final thoughts on the Lions Tour now the dust has settled on the lacklustre series.
     
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    • 43 min
    Thank you and Goodnight...

    Thank you and Goodnight...

    Stephen Jones and Owen Slot end their South African odyssey with the help of Stuart Barnes as they review the final Test defeat for the Lions and take a look back at the longest and most challenging of seasons.
     
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    • 38 min
    Final Test Preview

    Final Test Preview

    Owen Slot and Stephen Jones are joined by former Springbok coach Gary Gold to preview the decisive final Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions
     
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    • 41 min
    Boks Bite Back

    Boks Bite Back

    Stuart Barnes is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot to pick through the bones of defeat to South Africa for the British & Irish Lions in the second Test in Cape Town.
     
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    • 52 min
    Who is Jaco Johan?

    Who is Jaco Johan?

    Owen Slot and Stephen Jones are joined from their Cape Town base by Jonny Fordham of The Sun to preview the second Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions. Plus, the identity of the mysterious Jaco Johan is finally revealed...
     
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    • 29 min
    1-0 to the Lions

    1-0 to the Lions

    Stephen Jones and Owen Slot celebrate the British & Irish Lions winning the first Test against South Africa with the help of Stuart Barnes and former Lions captain Sam Warburton.
     
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Colet S ,

Great weekly jnsights

Great panel and one up. Particularly like Lawrence’s facilitation and ex player insights as well as Jonesy’s controversial but stimulating thoughts.

otherviewsareavailable ,

1 star until Stephen Jones is replaced...

... and I would leave 0 if I was allowed to.
I used to read the Sunday Times purely for their rugby coverage, I then subscribed to the iPad edition for the same reason. And I would eagerly await each episode of this podcast to hear the pundits thoughts and comments.
I have found Stephen Jones’s increasing bias against English rugby increasingly harder and harder to stomach, and his incessant Eddie Jones bashing in particular has become unbearable. Today I got to the point where I decided I couldn’t listen any more, so I will be deleting the podcast. What was it that pushed me to that point? It was SJ’s uncontrollable need to point out - for the second week running - that Gatland’s selection for his Lions squad of certain England players who EJ doesn’t select is above all a clear signal of what a poor coach EJ is. This was totally irrelevant to the conversation taking place at the time and has begun to sound like vitriol, rather than relevant reporting.
Interestingly, another very enjoyable podcast makes the exact opposite point about some of the England players that both WG and EJ favour. Other views are available, Stephen, but the more I listen to you the more I realise you aren’t capable of grasping that concept, which is not what I personally want from a journalist.

Another point worth mentioning is there are far too many adverts in this podcast - you’ve got to sit through too many minutes of hard sell before you get to any rugby conversation at all. If you haven’t already tried it, I highly recommend the BBC Rugby Union Weekly for a really enjoyable pod, with a great banter from current/recent players and Chris Jones (lots of Jones’s in rugby!) the BBC rugby correspondent combined with excellent knowledge of the game.

Awebb41 ,

You have allot to learn

I am a middle aged white male from a middle class family and I have to make a stand here. Please hear me out.

I generally admire your views and opinions of our fine game. Whilst I may not always agree, I listen intently.

However I have to remove this pod from my list and advise others to do so. Please listen to how intensely condescending and racist you are.

At the end of your pod, you mention Gods, and Goddesses.

1. Ugo Monye for being the face of rugby against racism.

2. Pablo Matera, a man who wanted to run over black people.

You put them on the same level! Seriously!

You have the platform and this is how you use it! Disgraceful. You all made the decision to stream this content and I would be ashamed.

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