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The Ruck Rugby Podcast

The Ruck is the Rugby Podcast from The Times & The Sunday Times. Join Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and a selection of guests every week as they provide insight and reports throughout the season, including big name interviews and forthright analysis. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tracks

Marcus Smith starts! England squad to face Japan
Steve Borthwick has named his England squad to take on Japan in Tokyo this weekend so Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe - who are both in Japan - react to the team selection. They discuss Marcus Smith starting at fly-half, Chandler Cunningham-South's potential impact at blindside and the exciting opportunity for the team. They also question why Borthwick went early in naming his squad and delve into a revealing answer from Henry Slade about how much he's enjoying being part of this England setup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36:42 19/06/2024
Test week for England, URC semi-finals and Hannah Botterman ahead of the PWR final
England face Japan in Tokyo this weekend so Alfie Reynolds speaks to Will Kelleher who is on the ground to bring us the latest from the England camp, they also discuss the match not being on television and why it is a reflection of the rugby media landscape. Mark Palmer looks back on the URC semi-finals including a huge win for Glasgow, the positive impact of the South African sides on the competition and a third straight year without silverware for Leinster. He also previews Scotland's summer tour to the USA, Canada, Chile and Uruguay. Finally, Hannah Botterman, the Bristol Bears and England prop joins the pod to preview the Premiership Women's Rugby final as Bristol face defending champions Gloucester-Hartbury. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
56:56 17/06/2024
Double dose of Twickenham - Premiership final review and England squad announcement
Northampton Saints are the Premiership champions for the first time in 10 years! Alfie Reynolds and Alex Lowe are back at Twickenham to reflect on their victory over Bath and to react to Steve Borthwick's England squad for their summer tour to Japan and New Zealand. They ask whether, despite having a player sent off, the Premiership final was a missed opportunity for Bath? And, is this a pivotal summer for the England career of Marcus Smith? They also chat about Northampton's ability to win ugly, the brilliant Premiership season we've just had and England's front row options. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:01 10/06/2024
Premiership semi-finals review and a look ahead to a sold out Twickenham final!
Alfie Reynolds and Stuart Barnes look back on the Premiership semi-finals as Northampton Saints and Bath booked their spots at a sold out Twickenham. They discuss the vast improvements in both sides' forward packs and the contrasting celebrations at Franklins Gardens and The Rec, as well as looking ahead to the final. They also review the defeats for Saracens and Sale and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
49:29 03/06/2024
The Champions Cup final delivers again as Leinster lose again!
Alfie Reynolds, Stuart Barnes and Peter O'Reilly look back on the Champions Cup as Toulouse beat Leinster in a brilliant final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It's Leinster's third straight defeat in the final, so was this them choking or simply Toulouse being too good? They also discuss the conclusion of Gloucester's season as they lost to the Sharks, who became the first South African side to win one of the traditional 'European' finals and they preview a return to Premiership action with the semi-finals this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
46:49 27/05/2024
Could Premiership Rugby change its name? Sale's Sam James and the play-off mix
Premiership Rugby's Chief Growth Officer, Rob Calder, joins Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher to discuss the potential re-brand of the Gallagher Premiership. He worked for the ECB on the 'The Hundred' so chats about changing the league's name, neutral venue semi-finals and whether the final could be moved away from Twickenham? Plus, Sale Sharks' Sam James reflects on the club reaching the play-offs following a big win against Saracens and the boys go through the rest of the weekends action and look ahead to the Champions Cup final between Leinster and Toulouse. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
62:38 20/05/2024
Behind the scenes at Bristol Bears
Ahead of the final weekend of the Premiership season Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher make the trip to Bear Country. They spend a day at Bristol Bears' high performance centre to get a behind the scenes look at the club, including chatting to director of rugby Pat Lam, COO Tom Tainton as well as James Dun, Joe Batley, Callum Sheedy and Harry Randall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
73:53 16/05/2024
Did Gloucester 'disrespect' the Premiership!?
After Gloucester lost 90-0 away to Northampton, Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Alfie Reynolds question whether they disrespected the Premiership by fielding a weaker side? Before that they also discuss the race for the play-offs as we head into the final weekend and debate the good, bad and unintended consequences - especially around the scrum - of World Rugby's law changes which will come into effect in July. Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
55:33 13/05/2024
Harlequins and Northampton go down swinging and Gloucester's Lewis Ludlow
It wasn't to be for Northampton Saints or Harlequins as they both lost in the Champions Cup semi-finals. Leinster and Toulouse, two of Europe's most prestigious clubs will contest the final at the end of May. Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher, Stuart Barnes and Peter O'Reilly look back on the action. They discuss the two great occasions in Toulouse and Dublin, question whether it was a missed opportunity for the English clubs and ask if Leinster have the mental strength to finally win it. Plus, Alfie talks to Gloucester's Lewis Ludlow as they got through to the Challenge Cup final and the boys name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52:47 06/05/2024
Contrasting styles in Premiership rugby, England's grand slam and Twickenham controversy
Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher review another weekend of domestic rugby as the Gallagher Premiership served up contrasting matches in Bath v Saracens and Harlequins v Northampton, both of which were fascinating! They chat about officiating controversy and the race for the play-offs, Rocky Clark joins the pod to look back on the conclusion of the Women's 6 Nations as England won another Grand Slam. Plus, the boys preview the Champions Cup semi-finals and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47:38 29/04/2024
Behind the scenes at Harlequins
Ahead of Harlequins facing Northampton Saints at Twickenham this weekend and with a big Champions Cup semi-final on the horizon against Toulouse; Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe head to the training ground to find out what makes the club unique. They speak to Chandler Cunningham-South, Cadan Murley, CEO Laurie Dalrymple and Head Coach Danny Wilson about the clubs playing philosophy, putting on big events at Twickenham and the Premiership run-in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
56:18 25/04/2024
Twickenham and Ashton Gate drubbings!
Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Elgan Alderman reflect on the weekend's action in the Premiership and Women's 6 Nations, including huge wins for the Red Roses and Bristol. Following England's comfortable victory over Ireland at Twickenham Alex chats with broadcaster Johnnie Hammond about the competitive balance to the women's tournament. And, with Newcastle shipping over eighty points to Bristol, where do the north-east club go from here? Plus, they name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:56 22/04/2024
Red Roses Special!
With England set to host Ireland at Twickenham in the Women's 6 Nations this weekend Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Elgan Alderman head up to Pennyhill Park to go behind the scenes of the Red Roses training camp. They speak to head coach John Mitchell as well as Sydney Gregson and Ellie Kildunne about what drives the number one team in the world to keep improving, teacher training, unexpected job interviews and much more! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
53:08 18/04/2024
Does the Champions Cup work with South African sides?
Following the Champions Cup quarter-finals Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe, Will Kelleher and Alan Dymock review the weekend. Alex was in France for Harlequins' sensational win away to Bordeaux and Exeter's defeat to Toulouse. They question whether South African sides being involved in a 'European' competition is currently working and how the issues facing the tournament can be resolved, after the Bulls made 13 changes for their trip to Northampton. And, Will chats with Harlequins scrum coach Adam Jones to review their historic win. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
60:17 15/04/2024
Jack Willis on life at Toulouse and the Champions Cup quarter-final!
Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Elgan Alderman review the last-16 in the Champions Cup, preview the return of the Women's 6 Nations and discuss rugby's scheduling issues. They also chat to the England and Toulouse flanker Jack Willis about life in France, wanting to add to the club's great history and being unable as an overseas player to be picked by England. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
58:35 08/04/2024
Premiership and Women's 6 Nations round up. Plus, Lewis Ludlam previews the Champions Cup last 16.
Alfie Reynolds, Mark Palmer and Elgan Alderman round-up the latest action from the Premiership and Women's 6 Nations, plus look ahead to the last-16 of the Champions Cup. They discuss Irne Herbst's 7 minute yellow card in the Quins v Bath game, a missed opportunity for Scotland in the 6 Nations and Elgan's weekend of French rugby. Alfie also chats to Northampton Saints back row Lewis Ludlam to preview their match against Munster this weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59:27 01/04/2024
Marlie Packer's 100th cap and the Premiership returns
Following a busy weekend of Women's Six Nations and Gallagher Premiership, Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher look back on the action. Alfie chats with England back-row Marlie Packer after she made her 100th England appearance in their win over Italy. Plus, the boys discuss which sides might be hitting their form for the Premiership run-in, how much is too much for season tickets? And, name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
56:29 25/03/2024
6 Nations 2024 Review!
The men's Six Nations reached its conclusion on the weekend as Ireland won back-to-back titles. Alfie Reynolds, Elgan Alderman and Mark Palmer review all the action between Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. Whilst Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe report in from Lyon where England narrowly lost to France. They chat about Wales' wooden spoon, Italy's best ever Championship and ask where Scotland go from here? Plus, they look ahead to the Women's 6 Nations and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
67:59 18/03/2024
Ireland's back-to-back Grand Slam dream undone by England and Scotland left soul searching after losing in Rome
The Six Nations produced one of its great days on Saturday with Italy and England beating Scotland and Ireland in two epic matches. Alfie Reynolds, Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher discuss all, including why it is England's best performance and result since the 2019 World Cup semi-final. Will chats to Italy back-row Seb Negri after they won at home in the Championship for the first time in 11 years. Plus, they discuss France beating Wales, why bonus points in the Six Nations are ludicrous and name their God or Goddess of the week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
64:16 11/03/2024
Sam Warburton and Tommy Bowe preview next weekend's 6 Nations action
Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe are joined by two British Lions legends, to find out if anyone (but particularly England) can stop Ireland, if Italy can bring the fight to Scotland, and to ask what would be a successful championship showing for Wales. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
77:35 04/03/2024
Scotland beat England (again) Ireland beat Wales (again) and Italy (almost) beat France
Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe and Mark Palmer get together in an Edinburgh hotel lobby to unpick the 3rd round of the 6 nations. It's a familiar story for Wales and England, but the ending in France for Italy was anything but... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57:04 26/02/2024
Courtney Lawes and John Barclay on their Calcutta Cup memories
Times columnists and former internationals Courtney Lawes and John Barclay join Will Kelleher to look ahead to Saturday's Calcutta Cup Clash, and to look back on their own memories of thumpings, scuffles in the tunnel and that Finn Russell pass... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44:48 21/02/2024
Calcutta Cup preview, how to speed up rugby & Cadan Murley
Will Kelleher is joined by Elgan Alderman, Mark Palmer and Bernard Jackman to preview next weekend's 6 Nations 3rd round. The team also get stuck into a discussion on how to speed up the game and reduce stoppages PLUS an interview with Harlequins and England A wing Cadan Murley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
62:06 19/02/2024
Did Scotland score? England sneak past Wales and Ireland nil Italy
Weekend two of the 6 Nations is in the books and there's plenty to get stuck into... Will Kelleher is joined by Mark Palmer, Stuart Barnes and Owen Slot to discuss a controversial French win at Murrayfield, a familiar result for Wales at Twickenham, and Ireland putting Italy to the sword. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59:57 12/02/2024
Wales v Scotland an instant classic, England win in Rome and Ireland lay down a marker
The opening weekend of the 6 Nations lived up to its billing with plenty of drama on the pitch. Alfie Reynolds is joined by Owen Slot and Peter O'Reilly to look back on the action in Marseille as Ireland beat France, Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe send in a dispatch from Rome following England's opening weekend victory and Mark Palmer joins the pod to reflect on Scotland winning in Cardiff for the first time in over twenty years and what could have been a famous Welsh comeback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
51:41 05/02/2024
Inside the Scotland camp
Will Kelleher heads north of the border and is joined by Mark Palmer to spend a day in the Scotland camp ahead of the start of the 2024 Six Nations. They chat to Kyle Rowe, Luke Crosbie, Arron Reed and Andy Christie as Scotland prepare to get their tournament underway against Wales in Cardiff, a venue they haven't won at for two decades. They hear from the players about their back stories and discuss how the squad can move on from the disappointment of the Rugby World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:11 31/01/2024
6 Nations Preview 2024!
The Six Nations is here! With the 2024 championship kicking off on Friday night, Alfie Reynolds is joined by Will Kelleher, Mark Palmer, Peter O'Reilly and Elgan Alderman. They discuss each nation and the big questions and talking points they face heading into the tournament. Who are the favorites out of Ireland and France? What does success look like for Scotland? Can England reconnect with Twickenham? And, will it boil down to a wooden spoon decider between Wales and Italy? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
60:49 29/01/2024
Rugby's Netflix moment, Champions Cup last-16 draw and Louis Rees-Zammit to the NFL
Alfie Reynolds, Will Kelleher and Stuart Barnes reflect on the conclusion of the Champions Cup pool stages and question whether the format of the competition still needs tweaking. They discuss the massive news that Louis Rees-Zammit is putting his rugby career on hold to pursue a career in the NFL and that Joe Schmidt is the new head coach of the Wallabies. Plus, Alfie and Will sit down and chat to James Gay-Rees, the executive producer of the new Netflix series Six Nations: Full Contact which comes out this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
64:22 22/01/2024
Champions Cup, British and Irish Lions and England 6 Nations squad preview
Alex Lowe and Will Kelleher join Alfie Reynolds to look back on another weekend in the Champions Cup, which once again provided some great matches and highlighted the current issues with the competitions structure. They also chat about Andy Farrell being named British and Irish lions head coach last week and debate whether a lions tour would be successful for the women. Plus, with Steve Borthwick naming his England Six Nations squad on Wednesday they discuss the big decisions that he faces. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
56:14 15/01/2024
Premiership, England and players union discussion with Jamie George
England, Saracens and British and Irish Lions hooker Jamie George joins Will Kelleher and Alfie Reynolds for today's episode. He chats about the latest round of Premiership action, as the race for the play-offs hots up and Jamie's team mate Owen Farrell has been linked with a move to France. He also explains why England players have opted to start a new agency to look after their contractual and commercial deals with the RFU. Plus, he looks ahead to the 2024 6 Nations as England aim to build-up on their third placed finish at the World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
56:50 08/01/2024

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