Ford loses keys to No 10, Welsh optimism and hedgehog cafes
Chris Jones and Tom Fordyce visit the England and Wales camps ahead of the quarter-finals. George Ford being dropped is the big talking point at the England hotel. Billy Vunipola joins the pod to discuss World Cup legacies and Tom has been to see Joe Marler to chat hedgehog cafes and the Aussies. George North talks about Hadleigh Parkes’ budgie smugglers and why the Wales camp is so relaxed. Plus, Stirling Mortlock gives us some insight into Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones.
The All Blacks: A Podumentary
What does it take to be an All Black? Chris Jones takes an in-depth look into the New Zealand rugby team – but to give us a proper insight into the All Blacks we needed to recruit some big names, so we called on Tana Umaga, Keven Mealamu and Andrew Mehrtens. They tell us about the lure of the silver fern, the pressure that comes with it, what it takes to be captain and the cultural significance of the Haka.
Quarter-finals, Try Star and Wolverine blood
Danny Care and Chris Ashton look ahead to the quarter-finals. They tell us what Eddie Jones is like before a big game and what it's like to be eliminated from a World Cup. Ireland legend Jamie Heaslip helps us figure out how to beat the All Blacks. They discuss where Wales could come unstuck against France and can Japan's fairytale run at their home tournament continue? And there's a big shout out for Ben Foden and his band Try Star.
Bonus Pod: Japanese joy and Scotland are out of the World Cup
Scotland’s World Cup is over for another four years. Chris Ashton and Chris Jones reflect on their defeat to Japan and get the thoughts of a disappointed Rory Lawson. But there’s plenty of love for the hosts and their style of play. There’s also a quick look at Ireland’s win over Samoa which sets up a quarter-final with holders New Zealand.
The Hobgoblin and Hagibis
Typhoon Hagibis is the big talking point as pod fans descend on the Hobgoblin in Tokyo. Chris and Tom Fordyce speak to some rather concerned Scotland fans and some rather more philosophical England fans. There's also some singing, bowing deer and talk of robot restaurants. Chris Ashton speaks to scrum-half Ali Price about the injury that ended his World Cup, Scotland’s big showdown with Japan and Wales reaching the quarter-finals.