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The Ruck Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times. Join Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and a selection of rugby personalities, including Stuart Barnes, Mark Evans and Alan Dymock, as they provide insight and reports throughout the season, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.
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    • 3.7 • 23 Ratings

The Ruck Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times. Join Alex Lowe, Stephen Jones and a selection of rugby personalities, including Stuart Barnes, Mark Evans and Alan Dymock, as they provide insight and reports throughout the season, including big name interviews and forthright analysis.
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    Ireland Make History! Plus Bernard Jackman

    Ireland Make History! Plus Bernard Jackman

    Will Kelleher and Stuart Barnes bring you the final Ruck of the season! They discuss the conclusion of the summer tours with Ireland and England returning victorious but Wales and Scotland on the end of defeats. Former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman joins them to assess Ireland's historic series victory over the All Blacks and they name a God or Goddess of the Week.
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    • 49 min
    The North Rising!

    The North Rising!

    Alan Dymock is joined by Stuart Barnes to look back on an historic weekend of rugby as Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland all defeated Southern Hemisphere opposition to set up series deciding matches. Mark Palmer also joins the podcast to reflect on why Scotland were able to win the 2nd test against Argentina and Will Kelleher gives his thoughts on England's victory in Brisbane.
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    • 56 min
    Australia vs England - 2nd test squad announcement

    Australia vs England - 2nd test squad announcement

    Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe preview the 2nd test between Australia and England after Eddie Jones announced his squad. They debate the 4 changes for England and discuss the surprising selections, including two debutants!
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    • 19 min
    4-0 to the Southern Hemisphere

    4-0 to the Southern Hemisphere

    Alan Dymock looks back on the opening weekend of fixtures across the summer tours where Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland all fell to defeat. He hears from Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher Down Under, Liam Napier from the New Zealand Herald, Brendan Nel in South Africa and The Sunday Times in Scotland's Mark Palmer.
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    • 54 min
    Australia vs England - preview and squad announcement

    Australia vs England - preview and squad announcement

    Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher bring you a bonus edition of the podcast from Down Under. Australia and England have announced their sides for the three test series which begins on Saturday. Alex and Will un-pick the interesting story lines and headlines from both camps and also give an insight into their first few days in Perth.
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    • 22 min
    Summer Tours Preview

    Summer Tours Preview

    With Alex Lowe in Australia and Will Kelleher travelling Down Under, Alan Dymock looks ahead to the upcoming summer tours for Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He is joined by Mark Palmer from The Times in Scotland to preview Scotland's series in Argentina, former Ireland hooker Sean Cronin chats about a mouth-watering tour for Ireland in New Zealand and broadcaster Lauren Jenkins is in South Africa ahead of Wales' tour against the World Champions.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

alpal63 ,

Great pod aside from Stephen Jones

Owen Slot, Lawrence, Stuart Barnes all great, Stephen Jones uneducated views make the whole thing awkward.

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.

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