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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.

    Scoop of the Century

    Scoop of the Century

    The Ruck's courageous Cape Town cohort, Owen Slot and Stephen Jones, are joined by Alex Lowe - the man who knew the Lions team for the first Test against the Springboks before anyone else and broke the news exclusively in The Times.
     
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    • 37 min
    The Selection Committee

    The Selection Committee

    Stuart Barnes is joined by the South African Ruck contingent in Cape Town, Stephen Jones and Owen Slot, to pick their definitive starting XV for the first Test between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks
     
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    • 40 min
    A Side? You call THAT an A side?

    A Side? You call THAT an A side?

    The only rugby podcast actually on tour in South Africa continues its intrepid trek as Owen Slot and Stephen Jones review the Lions loss against South Africa A whilst local journalist Brenden Nel casts his eye over the Springboks.
     
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    • 44 min
    Cape Town Calling

    Cape Town Calling

    The Ruck's tour of South Africa moves from the high veldt to the coast as the Lions prepare for their toughest match of the trip to date against South Africa A. Alex Lowe, Stuart Barnes and our intrepid tourists Owen Slot and Stephen Jones discuss the victory against the Sharks (again), a call-up for Marcus Smith and Covid chaos in the Springbok camp.
     
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    • 34 min
    No Bull, only Sharks

    No Bull, only Sharks

    The Ruck has arrived on tour as Stephen Jones leads from the front in Johannesburg, where he's joined by rugby photographer Dave Rogers and Jonny Fordham of The Sun. They discuss a chaotic start to the trip, Covid outbreaks in the camp and who's caught the selectors' eye so far on tour.
     
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    • 27 min
    Lions vs Lions

    Lions vs Lions

    Alex Lowe is joined by Owen Slot, Stuart Barnes and rugby broadcaster Ali Eykyn to discuss the British & Irish Lions' first tour match in South Africa as well as England's victory at Twickenham against the USA.
     
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    • 45 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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