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Author: BBC Radio 5 live

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Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
78 Episodes
So Warren Gatland has selected the Lions team he hopes will clinch the series against South Africa, but is everybody convinced? Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones give their verdict on Gatland's team and highlight some concerns heading into the decider. And what can we expect from South Africa without three of their World Cup stars?
So Warren Gatland has selected the Lions team he hopes will clinch the series against South Africa, but is everybody convinced? Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones give their verdict on Gatland's team and highlight some concerns heading into the decider. And what can we expect from South Africa without three of their World Cup stars?
So we're set for a tense series decider in Cape Town. Chris and Ugo are joined by Matt Dawson, Bob Skinstad and James Hook for reaction as the Lions were beaten 27-9 in the second Test. Did the pressure Rassie Erasmus put on the officials pay off? Where did it go wrong for the Lions in the second half? And what changes does Warren Gatland need to make if he is to claim another series win.
The Rassie show

The Rassie show


Has Rassie Erasmus just saved the series for South Africa or will this come back to haunt him? Chris Jones, Ugo Monye and Shane Horgan do a deep dive into that hour-long video by Erasmus criticising some of the decisions in the first Test. Top referee JP Doyle joins the conversation and backs referee Ben O’Keeffe to handle the pressure this weekend in the second Test. We also get the opinion of former Springboks captain Bob Skinstad on the whole fiasco. And we eventually get round to discussing some actual rugby.
In the final episode Sam Warburton speaks to his former Lions team mate Paul O'Connell, who played in three Test series and captained the Lions in 2009. Paul's first experience with the Lions was the tour of New Zealand in 2005. He reflects on where it all went wrong; from injuries, to tactics and a dodgy Alastair Campbell speech. Four years later in South Africa, Paul captained the Lions to a first Test win in eight years. He shares his leadership style and explains how they learnt from the mistakes of 2005. Sam and Paul also look back at their winning tour to Australia in 2013. Despite winning the first Test, there were still mixed emotions for Paul as his tour was ended by injury. How do you deal with that? And what role did he play in the side after that? Sam explains just how important Paul was nine years ago.
Danny and Ashy try to work out if Jaco Johan is a real person or whether it's actually Rassie Erasmus in disguise. They also chat about the Lions' victory in the first Test and speak to World Cup winner Schalk Brits for his take on how the Springboks bounce back on Saturday. And England are on the lookout for another new coach after it was announced defence coach John Mitchell is joining Wasps. Should fans be concerned with the World Cup two years away?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the first episode of this new series, Sam Warburton speaks to Sir Gareth Edwards about his remarkable career with the British & Irish Lions. Gareth remembers his first Lions call-up in 1968 as a student and his joy at receiving a voucher for two pairs of boots. Three years later Gareth was back with the Lions and helping them secure their first - and only - series win in New Zealand. It was a gruelling tour with 26 matches that lasted over three months. How did he keep in touch with his family, what was the secret to his partnership with Barry John and why did a match against Canterbury anger his grandma? Shortly after the birth of his first son in 1974, Gareth was back with the Lions for a third tour - this time in South Africa. This side became known as the Invincibles after they returned unbeaten after 22 matches. He relives his drop goal in the first Test, explains the real meaning behind infamous ‘99 call’ and running out of Lions jerseys before the third Test.
Ugo Monye and Chris Jones are joined by former British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to discuss this year's tour so far, which players have already staked a claim for a Test spot and whether football is really coming home. Sam is also here to announce he will be taking over the Rugby Union Weekly feed during the Lions tour to deliver four special episodes with some of the greatest players to wear the Lions jersey. His first episode with Sir Gareth Edwards all about the famous tours of 1971 and 1974 launches on Wednesday. They also discuss who impressed for England in their match against the USA and find out how Ugo ended up singing with Baddiel and Skinner.
Before Harlequins' Premiership title celebrations enter a third day, we managed to catch up with Danny Care who tells us all about their dramatic victory over Exeter at Twickenham. Chris even interrupts his honeymoon to join the conversation. We find out Ashy is in line for his third Premiership medal and there is plenty to discuss as the Lions arrive in South Africa led by new captain Conor Murray.
Danny speaks to Ugo and Chris all about Harlequins' dramatic semi-final victory over Bristol. He tells them what was said in the dressing room at half-time, why Joe Marler arrived by helicopter and his thoughts on facing Exeter in the final. They discuss the Lions' first warm-up match this weekend and what they would like to see from Warren Gatland's side against Japan. Plus, what can we expect from the United Rugby Championship?
Lions centre Robbie Henshaw joins Danny, Ashy and Chris on the pod this week. He talks about the team's training camp in Jersey, his hopes for the tour and wanting to start a Lions band this summer. They also discuss Saracens' return to the Premiership and whether they're coming back stronger than before. There's a look at both Premiership semi-finals and we talk penalty shootouts after Steffon Armitage's heroics for Biarritz at the weekend.
Sir Jamie and Sinckler

Sir Jamie and Sinckler


This week Ugo, Danny and Chris are joined by Lions hooker Jamie George who talks about playing in the Championship this season, Saracens' crucial play-off and what to expect from South Africa this summer. You will also hear from Kyle Sinckler on his Lions reprieve and why being an inspiration is so important to him. There's also the fallout from Bristol's victory at Leicester, Wayne Pivac's latest Wales squad and Jonesy reports back from his stag do.
The top four in the Premiership is done and dusted, but who will go on to lift the title? Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton look back at a busy weekend of rugby as Sale and Harlequins confirmed their spot in the semi-finals. They share some of the best excuses team-mates have given for missing training and Ashy's explains how his car got an unexpected paint job. Plus, you'll hear from Shaunagh Brown and Rachael Burford after they helped Harlequins win their first Premier 15s title with victory over arch-rivals Saracens in the final.
Ugo, Danny and Chris reflect on Toulouse winning the Champions Cup for a record fifth time. They talk crowds, family photos and champagne goggles as 14-man La Rochelle came up just short at Twickenham. They also discuss Leicester's defeat to Montpellier in the Challenge Cup and the progress they've made this season. Plus, there's a round-up of the Premier 15s semi-finals and having been overlooked for Chris' stag do, Ugo and Danny take matters into their own hands.
Comments (20)

Peter peter

Grow a spine, Eddie Jones and take some responsibility for your terrible decisions.

Apr 1st

Peter peter

English pod for England fans.

Mar 16th

Peter peter

Dump Chris Jones and I'll listen more regularly.

Feb 23rd

Peter peter

As a Welshman I'VE called 5 from 6!! I shouldn't have backed Italy this weekend. Any jobs going boys?

Feb 16th

Thomas Good

wait what? nobody comments on these?!?! think ive just found my in with the glamorous trio of jonesy, uges and danny boy!

Feb 12th

PL Barber

This show gets worse and worse. Chris Ashton needs to concentrate on his day job. Ugo's stock phrases go round in mind-numbing circles. Danny Cliché - don't know what to say. The only time there is ever anything insightful is when Chris comes back but then he gets swamped by the froth that so excites da ladz. Tedious.

Dec 22nd

Konrad Höije

Horrible to hear Hugo complaining about being black compared to being disabled. The context was pupils being tolerant towards people being different. I think Hugo should apologise and seriously consider his views on disabled people. Konrad

Dec 4th

Warren Daly

Wagon circling on this tackle. Poor show from Ugo and DC

Sep 8th

Russ Abbott

On your mention of the dreaded global rugby calender here are some thoughts Midweek games are ok but unlike some members of the panel, some of us half to work until 4.00pm +. So the alternatives for me are take holidays or try to rush the ground through Leicesters rush hour traffic. The whole summer rugby debate is creating a north south divide on another podcast a rfu spokesman stated that the semis and semi finals would be held in July allowing people still to go on holiday in Aug. The midlands and above start there school holidays at the beginning of July, as well as the whitsun break. This would make fans have to miss the business end of the season. Many fans I have spoken to have said there would be no point in having a season ticket as they would miss something like 4 games. Im really really hoping rugby stays a winter game

Sep 7th

Andrew Wilson

The story of the burger bar queue is certainly amusing 🍔🍟🤣!

Jun 23rd

Sandcastle •

Diversify the game? Thought rugby was meant to be a sport, a competition between people. Didnt realise that skin colour was so important, so long as you have the right skin colour, good forbid anyone ask for more white rugby players, white people are evil. But hey, when most pro rugby teams are made up of Fijians, Samoans, Welsh, English, South Africans, Americans, canadians, Japanese, kiwi's or Australians, you'd have thought diversity was already a thing. But no, let's make this all about skin colour. Because the melanin content of your skin is so important, what, don't believe me? Just ask apartheid South Africa, they will tell you how important skin colour is.

Jun 17th

Tom Nam

why do your podcasts never work when posted on Mondays?

Mar 9th

J Coker

my God. real interogation. well done bbc

Jan 28th

Tony McConnochie

Loved this Podumentary and would love to see them done for other countries. Great work guys.

Oct 17th

Ross Edwards

ABs Podumentary was amazing. PLEASE more like this on other passionate rugby countries Wales!)

Oct 17th

Peter peter

Any chance of a programme spotlighting Care's opinion of the England WC picks?

Jun 20th

Paul Lewis

got to love Pat Lam.

Apr 30th

Helen Leyshon

Love the Billy V episode!

Mar 3rd

johnson bloatley

lads to much time on the Basteareaud? incident, your here to talk rugby not pontificate about what someone said in the heat of the moment, get over it and get on with it

Jan 25th

Oscar Thuillez

love the pod, i listen to it on the way to school and before my rugby matches. when Danny Care retires he must work full time on the pod he's so good

Jan 16th
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