The Rugby Paper Podcast

The UK’s biggest rugby newspaper has a podcast! Join us for in-depth Six Nations analysis and discussion of what’s going on in the world of the sport we love.

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7 days ago

For the first time ever on The Rugby Paper Podcast, a full house! Host Oliver Little is joined by columnists Nick Cain, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett to discuss the The Rugby Championship. One week into the tournament and New Zealand struggles continue, while Australia fought back to beat a resilient Argentina despite the notable absence of their stalwart captain, Michael Hooper. Joining the guys to discuss is none other than former Wallaby captain James Horwill! 

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

The focus of The Rugby Paper Podcast journeys across the pond for your next edition. Joining host Ollie Little and columnists Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett is Head of Europe and the United Kingdom for the NFL and former World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, who discusses comparisons he has been able to make through his own transition between the two sports, as well as the groundbreaking potential of the Rugby World Cups in the USA in 2031 and 2033. The guys also briefly preview the upcoming Rugby Championship!

Tuesday Jul 26, 2022

Episode 24 of The Rugby Paper Podcast welcomes former Ireland fly-half Mick Quinn, basking in the success of his team's historic summer  in New Zealand. Together with host Ollie Little and columnists Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett, Mick lays out Irish prospects for the World Cup next year. Mick also takes the liberty to lay into English life prospects in general. 

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Points of discussion are in abundance in your next edition of The Rugby Paper Podcast after a fitting finale to the summer series. Host Ollie Little is rejoined by Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett as they welcome special guest, former England full-back, professional cricketer and rugby journalist Alastair Hignell. As well as discussing Ireland's phenomenal achievement in New Zealand and the perennial problem of England selection, Alastair provides fascinating insight into his charity work for The Sporting Memories Foundation, an organisation that uses the power of sports reminiscing and discussion to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness among the elderly. 

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Two weekends of summer tours have proved a microcosm of the very fine north/south divide at present. Australia vs England, New Zealand vs Ireland, South Africa vs Wales and Argentina vs Scotland are all locked at a win apiece. The Rugby Paper Podcast looks ahead to a weekend guaranteed of drama and unpredictability. To do so, Ollie Little is joined by columnists Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett, as well as former Bath and England prop Gareth Chilcott. 

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022

Saturday's Gallagher Premiership Final was a wonderful occasion - not least if you are a Leicester Tigers fan! The Rugby Paper Podcast looks back at the final and the Gallagher Premiership season as a whole, as well as reviewing the England squad for their tour of Australia which was announced following a dismal showing against the Barbarians. Joining host Ollie Little to do this are regular columnists for The Rugby Paper Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett, as well as former England prop Jeff Probyn. 

Wednesday Jun 15, 2022

Following a weekend of chaotic semi-final action, this week's instalment of The Rugby Paper Podcast previews the all-important Gallagher Premiership Final between Leicester Tigers and Saracens. Joining host Ollie Little is columnist for The Rugby Paper and podcast debutant Chris Hewett as well special guest former England scrum-half and World Cup winner Kyran Bracken. 

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

Your next edition of The Rugby Paper Podcast discusses the United Rugby Championship. The URC is undergoing something of a revolution, with the addition of four South African provinces this season. Two South African sides made it to the semi-finals, however with all four Welsh regions missing out on quarter-final spots. Joining Ollie Little, Nick Cain and Brendan Gallagher to debate this imbalance is former Wales captain and one of the most distinctive voices in rugby, Eddie Butler.

Wednesday Jun 01, 2022

This week, host Ollie Little and Assistant Editor Ben Jaycock are joined by Scotland international and Saracens back row Andy Christie to discuss the all important denouement for the Gallagher Premiership 2022 season, chaotic international call-ups, Love Island and more.

Wednesday May 25, 2022

Episode 17 tackles one of the most pressing issues in English men's rugby. An already-shrinking grassroots game has been hit by the pandemic and needs as much support as it can get in order for the top levels of rugby to not be affected. Discussing what needs to be done, host Ollie Little is joined by columnists Nick Cain and Brendan Gallagher, as well as two time British and Irish Lion Peter Winterbottom.


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