The Good, The Bad & The Rugby
The Good, The Bad & The Rugby
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James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne return for season three of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby. Expect more great guests, insight, laughter and tears.
Hask and Tinds are joined by a special guest this week as Matchroom MD, and the man behind some of boxing's biggest fights in the last 20 years, Eddie Hearn, drops by the studio. They discuss Anthony Joshua’s upcoming fight on Saturday 1 April with Jermaine Franklin on DAZN, which Eddie calls the most important of AJ’s career. Eddie also gives his verdict on how to better market rugby for the masses, tells which fighter demanded a Rolex, debates whether a Hask v Joe Marler match-up would sell out, recalls his 00s heyday at Sugar Reef and explains how he feels about people knowing him more for the No Context Hearn memes. Watch Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin live on DAZN, this Saturday April 1st, included as part of your monthly DAZN subscription, sign-up at DAZN.com 🥊 EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/goodbadrugby Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee!
Records were broken, tears were shed and jigs were danced as an Ireland Grand Slam on St Patrick’s weekend has come to pass. The man behind the jig, Ireland’s captain and the highest ever points scorer in Six Nations history, Johnny Sexton, breaks away from celebrations to join Hask and Payno for a debrief. He relives Saturday, gives his two pence on Andy Farrell and tells the lads that while this is great, the job won’t be done til the autumn. Hask and Payno also give their thoughts on Freddie Steward's red card, England’s fitness and question the World Cup pools, which as it stands has the top 5 ranked teams in the world in one half of the draw... France '23 is gunna be one hell of a tournament!
What a stunning penultimate round of the Six Nations and to break it down with Payno and Tinds are the crowing Ben Kayser (sans his yellow gloves) and Shane Horgan. The boys deconstruct England's record defeat with Tinds really trying not to go in hard - he fails. Ben tells us how he'll delight in the victory whilst eating rosbif at his English father-in-law's and reveals what it was like watching that game at Twickenham sat between English rugby royalty, and, Shane revels in Josh van der Flier and Cian Healy's hooking duties. The guys also discuss the gulf between the Premiership and Test rugby and recall the worst defeats in their careers, surprise surprise Tinds can’t remember it! GBR TOUR TICKETS: https://bit.ly/GBRTourTickets 🎟️
England won the World Cup in 2003 but often forgotten is the Six Nations Grand Slam winning team earlier that year. Payno and Tinds are joined by Lawrence Dallaglio and Matt Dawson to look back and relive each game, culminating in that ferocious finale in Dublin. The boys discuss their "world class" partying ability, Matt's sticky gloves and an interesting Christmas card from Sir Clive, Lawrence reveals the lengths he took for privacy at Pennyhill Park and of course that red-carpet drama at Lansdowne Road! Also, don't forget our World Cup After Party Tour, tickets available here https://bit.ly/GBRTourTickets
We’re getting to the business end of the Six Nations so Payno, Hask and Tinds preview what’s likely to be a gripping slate of penultimate round games. With Marcus Smith dazzling for Quins over the weekend, Tinds predicts some surprising line-up changes for England, Payno’s desperate to know why international teams don’t throw caution to the wind more often & Hask derails the conversation with a nod to Jamie George’s sporting repertoire and Payno’s Sake chaos. And just when you thought you knew everything about Payno, he lets out that he was in Pony Club as a youngster…
Payno returns to take stock of a Six Nations for the ages and the trio announce that they’re going back on tour after the World Cup in the autumn!!!! Once they get over the excitement of getting back on the road, they give their two pence on the state of play in Wales, as the Welsh clubs pick through their new budgets and try to map out who they can and can’t afford to keep on the books next season. Hask and Tinds relieve the time they spent on a picket line, Alex decides a Rugby League and Rugby Union hybrid is the future of the game… and Tinds gives some insight into the level of pressure Owen Farrell might be under, as he reflects on how heavy the weight of the 10 jersey could be, even for one Jonny Wilkinson…
No Alex or Tinds this week so Hask has sent out the bat signal and two GBR favourites have answered. Ben Kayser and Jon ‘Fox’ Davies join the pod to discuss one of the most turbulent weeks in the history of Welsh Rugby. The players and the board are at war but will the players make the historic decision to strike ahead of their pivotal Six Nations clash against England? Foxy gives us the low down on the feelings in and around Cymru. The boys also preview this weekend’s Six Nations match ups. Ben gives his honest thoughts on the prospect of facing a resurgent Scotland and Hask does his best to get Fox permanently banned from Welsh Rugby.
No Alex this week so Hask is in the big chair alongside Tinds as they look back on a brilliant second round of matches in the 6 Nations. Ellis Genge joins us from inside the England camp to discuss the win over Italy, reveals whether there was unrest among the players under Eddie Jones and what it's like when you run head-first into Sebastian Negri. He also answers some of the criticism of England's playing style and how it's been to have the Netflix cameras following the team around. Also on the show is former Ireland winger turned TV presenter Tommy Bowe to reflect on that amazing match between the Irish and the French, the Scottish All Blacks and how he went viral after a slight mishap on the box. Follow The Good, The Bad and the Rugby: Instagram: @goodbadrugby Twitter: @GoodBadRugby TikTok: @goodbadrugby Facebook: @GoodBadAndRugby
As the dust settles after a turbulent weekend of rugby, the boys get back together to talk back selections, team mentality and a new era for the 6 Nations. Greig Laidlaw jumps in (from Japan), with his views on the brilliant performance from Scotland, and Stuart Hoggs' sun tan. Mystic Mike makes his predictions for the next round, and the trio take a moment to bid farewell to Simon Middleton.
Roll up, roll up, get your Six Nations preview here - rugby nause or not, this episode is for you… The boys are joined by Jon ‘Fox’ Davies and Geordan Murphy to run through what’s what for this year's tournament, just over six months out from the Rugby World Cup later this year. There’s all change in Wales and England camps, with Gatland and Borthwick in situ, the top two teams in the world in France & Ireland battling for the top spot and Italy finally playing some exciting rugby- it’s set to be a good’un. The boys unpack it all; selection, Netflix, game plan and tactics - oh, and Hask goes off on one (again) about ruckgate…
Another quiet week in the world of rugby… The RFU dropped a bombshell when they announced plans to lower the legal tackle height in the amateur game from the shoulder line to the waist line; cue uproar from every corner... So, Tinds & Alex sat down to tackle the debate. They hash through the stats, data and views from across the game, with The Head of Game Development at the RFU, John Lawn to find out how and why the decision has been made. They’re also joined by Paul Milham and former Leicester Tiger, James Buckland, who’re both from Aylesbury RFC, one of hundreds of clubs who’ll be affected by the announcement.
Alex, Hask and Shane Horgan take a deep dive into the Heineken Champions Cup. How did a competition once viewed as the pinnacle of the northern hemisphere club game lose its lustre? What should it look like in the future? Should it stay traditional or become something completely new, like cricket's The Hundred? Joining them are the head coach of reigning European champions La Rochelle - and all round legend - Ronan O'Gara and the former Wasps Head Coach, and now Scarlets Backs and Skills coach, Lee Blackett.
Eddie Jones joins Hask and Alex to talk about his new role as Australia Head Coach. He also explains why he knew he was going to be sacked from his role with England, the effect it had on him and the prospect of the two sides matching up at the World Cup. We also hear from Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan on why he thinks Jones is the best coach in the world and their aims over the next 5 years as they approach two World Cups and a Lions Tour.
2022 was a massive year for rugby in England, the sport’s having a tough old time off the pitch, so Hask and Alex invited themselves to Twickenham for a coffee with the big dogs; the CEOs of the PRL and the RFU, Simon Massie-Taylor and Bill Sweeney. The boys manage to peel back the curtain of the goings on in the corridors of power, learn about the men behind the jobs, as well as Eddie’s dismissal, Borthwick’s ascension, Wasps & Worcester and the future of domestic rugby from the prem to grassroots. They talk Championship, Red Roses, Prem 15s, marketing, investment, sponsorship, broadcast deals and the global calendar… strap yourself in for a whistle stop tour of the problems and solutions in the game, as Bill & Simon see it. There’s no stone left unturned in this extended show.
Starting as we mean to go on, the boys catch up with the All Blacks record cap-holder and stand-in skipper; super Sam Whitelock. Payno and Hask get into New Zealand’s rollercoaster year & ask what was really going on as they lost 4 in 5 games. We find out about the Whitelock rugby dynasty and his own amazing rise from club rugby to the iconic black jersey in just 12 months. We get the low-down on some of his illustrious teammates, the story behind a rather strange photo with a former Prime Minister of New Zealand & Sam reveals an unlikely hidden talent that blows the boys away. Oh, and Hask goes full fanboy & recalls the time he crashed their 2015 World Cup winning celebration party.
Join the lads for one of the best nights of their live theatre tour, earlier this year; Cardiff with Scott Quinnell. The boys are aware they’re on Scott’s home turf, with the crowd on his side, so fireworks between Hask and SQ are inevitable. Rugby league, Wigan, the Lions, Jason Robinson, Shaun Edwards and the dynasty of legendary rugby players that makes up Scott’s family are all for discussion. Hask also relives how he almost donned a Wales shirt, Tinds remembers how he once ran out for Llanelli and they both recall the glory days (and embarrassing days) at a hostile Principality Stadium.
Welcome to another shambles of a Christmas special as the boys are in the studio with their Blackeye gin to look back on the year personally and in rugby and ahead to 2023 in which one of the team reckons France will bottle it in their own World Cup. Tinds talks about a heavy week or so down under after his jungle experience, we see the return of 'Japan Alex' as Hask and Tinds go to town on him after one G&T too many and we find out about Hask's stand-up escapades, would he jack it all in to be a comic - you bet he would if the cash was right! We also find out the amount it would take for Hask never to speak publicly again - a crowdfunding page has already been set up!
BONUS Episode: After his appearance on the show earlier this week Payno sat down with the brilliant Wayne Barnes to find out about the man behind the whistle. We find out his favourite ground and his childhood hero, if he still gets nervous and why Richie McCaw and John Smit are the best players he's refereed. We hear of a 'Tea Tour' around Samoa with the late great Peter Fatailofa (it wasn't tea they were drinking!) and about Wayne's love for musicals and amateur dramatics!
Just weeks after THAT game in France and THOSE tweets from Rassie Erasmus the brilliant Wayne Barnes joins Payno and Ben Keyser to talk about the backlash on social media in the aftermath of that Springbok defeat and how it's affected him and his family. He reveals that he cancelled the planned half-time celebration at Twickenham in recogonition of his 101 caps and whether he wants to carry on being a referee or not (SPOILER: He does!). It's not all serious though, we find out what his karaoke song is, if his picture is still in a New Zealand urinal and how he and his team escaped from the Principality after the World Cup QF win by France over the All Blacks in 2007.
The Lord of the Jungle, Tinds has returned from Australia so we had to get his thoughts on a tumultuous 10 days or so in English rugby with the Eddie Jones' sacking. In the 3rd of our GB&R: The Breakdown Tinds reveals why he thinks Jones was sacked, Hask is still fighting in Eddie's corner and Payno explains why we didn't have the counter balance to David Pembroke on last week's explosive show. Hask gets on his soapbox (again...) to rant about the media and Payno crunches the numbers, almost sending the boys into a spin!
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