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Before yesterdayRugby Union Weekly

Another Bill and a mid-season break

By BBC Radio 5 live
Danny Care, Chris Ashton, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones chat to RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney in the final pod before a mid-season/end of season break. We discuss the global calendar, fans returning to rugby, Swing Low and diversity in English rugby. We also pick our favourite pods of the season, and who will take the spoils in our final quiz on rugby’s greatest player?

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  • June 23rd 2020 at 20:12

'Shameful week for domestic rugby’

By BBC Radio 5 live
Danny, Ugo and Chris Jones discuss the row over pay cuts between the players and the Premiership clubs with RPA chairman Mark Lambert. We also reflect on our rugby and race pod, Danny’s back in training and who knows the most about Warren Gatland in the quiz?

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  • June 16th 2020 at 09:21

Rugby and race

By BBC Radio 5 live
Ugo Monye and Chris Jones are joined by England and Saracens lock Maro Itoje to discuss race in rugby. We also chat to Anthony Watson, Christian Wade, Beno Obano, Nathan Earle and coach Collin Osborne to discuss diversifying the game, the portrayal of black rugby players in the media and their experiences of racism in both rugby and society.

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  • June 9th 2020 at 17:42

From rugby player to stay-at-home Dad

By BBC Radio 5 live
Chris Jones, Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton are back together to chat to former Scotland captain John Barclay, who opens up about life after rugby and his own uncertain future. We also talk about a prospective new global calendar, discuss issues in the game with top administrator Mark Evans, and the quiz is back with a bang.

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  • June 2nd 2020 at 08:41

Rugby in the Dragon's Den

By BBC Radio 5 live
Chris Jones, Danny and Ugo chat to Bristol Bears owner Steve Lansdown about the salary cap, marquee players, resuming sport and what football and rugby can learn from each other. Danny also voices the players' worries about returning to full training, and for one week only, the quiz is furloughed.

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  • May 25th 2020 at 17:41

Lord Myners and Fireman Dan

By BBC Radio 5 live
Danny Care, Chris Ashton, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones discuss the salary cap recommendations set out in Lord Myners’ report, including greater accountability for players and the impact of marquee players on the Premiership. We also chat Danny’s heroics, Ugo’s Barbies and it goes down to the wire in this week’s fly-halves quiz.

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  • May 18th 2020 at 18:49

Super Rugby, a controversial Bronco and a Hall of Famer

By BBC Radio 5 live
Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones chat to England centre Joe Marchant about life at the Auckland Blues ahead of rugby restarting in New Zealand. We also discuss how the Lions tour could be affected by coronavirus, Chris Ashton gets some surprising news in this week’s quiz and who is rugby’s Dennis Rodman?

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  • May 11th 2020 at 20:23

Big Bill, 50K and a Rolls-Royce

By BBC Radio 5 live
Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones discuss another eventful week in rugby as we argue over whether the current domestic season should be canned or not, we discuss 'Big Bill' and his promise of a new world rugby calendar and chat the good, the bad and the ugly of rugby agents. We also speak to England fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean about her recent move to Sale Sharks, and there's a surprise winner in this week's quiz.

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  • May 4th 2020 at 22:38

Rugby on the frontline: Leigh Hewison

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the final episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Firwood Waterloo Ladies prop Leigh Hewison who is also a prison officer at HMP Forest Bank.

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  • April 30th 2020 at 20:15

Fat club and Genge's revolution

By BBC Radio 5 live
England and Leicester prop Ellis Genge joins a full house on the podcast as he explains his groundbreaking plans to set up a new players' union. Chris Ashton is back to chat 5km times, favourite pre-season memories and how you end up in fat club with Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Chris Jones. And can Jamie George make it four-in-a-row in the quiz?

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  • April 28th 2020 at 08:34

Rugby on the frontline: Simi Pam and Clea Fawcett

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the fourth episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Bristol Bears Women team-mates Simi Pam and Clea Fawcett, who are both working as NHS doctors on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

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  • April 23rd 2020 at 17:23

Agustin Pichot: 'I am not an anarchist'

By BBC Radio 5 live
In this bonus episode, Chris Jones speaks to Argentinian great Agustin Pichot, who is looking to oust Sir Bill Beaumont as World Rugby chairman. Pichot shares how he intends to shake up World Rugby, and with the voting opening in a few days, Ugo and Chris discuss how this race for the top job could end up being good for rugby union - whoever ends up winning.

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  • April 22nd 2020 at 10:40

Two Lions and two pop stars

By BBC Radio 5 live
Ugo, Chris Jones and Danny are joined by Saracens and England hooker Jamie George for the third week in a row as he goes for a hat-trick in the quiz. We also discuss what makes being a British and Irish Lion so special, that 2009 tour to South Africa and former Scotland winger-turned-pop-star Thom Evans pops on the pod to teach us his TikTok.

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  • April 20th 2020 at 20:28

Rugby on the frontline: Claire Molloy

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the third episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Wasps and Ireland flanker Claire Molloy, who is also an A&E doctor working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

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  • April 16th 2020 at 14:17

Birthday suits and a master chef

By BBC Radio 5 live
Danny Care and Chris Jones put on their best suits in honour of Ugo Monye's birthday as we chat to Masterchef semi-finalist and former Northampton lock Christian Day about steaks and seasoning. We also chat transfer conundrums after Jonny May's move to Gloucester, player pay cuts and reigning champion Jamie George is back to take on this week's quiz.

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  • April 14th 2020 at 19:49

Rugby on the frontline: Karen Findlay

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the second episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Harlequins Ladies co-head coach Karen Findlay, who is also a Chief Superintendent in the Met Police and working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

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  • April 9th 2020 at 12:47

Rugby on the frontline: Karen Findlay

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the second episode of the series, Sara Orchard chats to Harlequins Ladies co-head coach Karen Findlay, who is also a Chief Superintendent in the Met Police and working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

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  • April 9th 2020 at 09:11

Ones to watch and a close shave

By BBC Radio 5 live
Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones are joined by Saracens and England hooker Jamie George as we discuss the big news of the week in Eddie Jones' contract extension and debate which young players could emerge for 2023. Jamie also takes on the team in our Lions quiz, and how much money would we have to raise for Danny to shave his hair off?

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  • April 6th 2020 at 22:16

Rugby on the frontline: Jade Knight

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the first of a new series, Sara Orchard chats to Saracens and Wales scrum-half Jade Knight, who is also a midwife working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

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  • April 2nd 2020 at 13:26

Quarantash and furloughed players

By BBC Radio 5 live
Chris Ashton is back on the pod with Danny, Ugo and Chris Jones as we compare workout routines, check in with friend of the pod Tito Tebaldi in Italy and we put finance expert Sean Farrington to the test as we ask: what exactly is a furloughed employee and could rugby players be next?

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  • March 30th 2020 at 19:36
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