The Rugby Paper Podcast

The podcast for the UK’s best-selling rugby newspaper! Join host Ollie Little, regular columnist Brendan Gallagher, Nick Cain, Chris Hewett and an array of quality guests for in-depth discussion on the biggest stories on and off the pitch in the world of rugby!

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3 days ago

Plans for a World Rugby tournament that will culminate every two years in a grand final between the top side in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere look to be solidifying.
Host Ollie Little is joined by columnists Brendan Gallagher, Nick Cain and Chris Hewett to how the tournament could shape up, and impact the divide between top tier and second tier international rugby.
The guys also preview the Round of 16 of the Champions Cup.

Monday Mar 20, 2023

Congratulations to Ireland, who secured a deserved Grand Slam against England at on St Patrick's day weekend - we can only imagine how the party must have been! This week, the Rugby Paper Podcast reviews Saturday's fixtures and the tournament as a whole. To do so, the guys have the ideal special guest - Ollie Little and the full house of columnists in Nick Cain, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett are joined by a member of the Irish rugby hall of fame, Willie John McBride. 

Tuesday Mar 14, 2023

England's Six Nations trajectory took a downhill turn on Saturday following a record home defeat at the hands of the French. Less than six months out from the World Cup and Steve Borthwick's side have hit a new rock bottom, with many ruling them out as genuine contenders later this year. Joining host Ollie Little and columnists Nick Cain and Brendan Gallagher to discuss England's turmoil is former England and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson.

Wednesday Mar 08, 2023

Three difficult fixtures to call this weekend as England and Scotland bear home advantage in their challenges against France and Ireland, whilst Italy go into a Six Nations fixture as favourites for the first time in years. Will England go with Smith or Farrell? Will Ireland remain on course for the Grand Slam? Will Welsh woes be put on hold? Host Ollie   Little and columnists Nick Cain, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett are joined by former England and British and Irish Lion Fran Cotton to discuss all. 

Tuesday Feb 28, 2023

During the third round of the 2023 Six Nations, a minute's silence was held before each game to commemorate the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Rugby Paper had the privilege this week of interviewing James Waterhouse, a former professional rugby player (Plymouth, Rotherham and Esher) who is now working as the Ukraine correspondent for the BBC. In a truly unique and extraordinary episode, James calls host Ollie Little, and columnists Nick Cain and Brendan Gallagher from Kyiv. 

Monday Feb 20, 2023

The build-up to Wales vs England remains marred by uncertainty amidst strike threats by Welsh players as contract issues, financial crisis and allegations of a toxic environment pervade Welsh rugby. This been brewing for some time, masked by the success of an over-performing Welsh national side. However many, including today's guest Jonathan Davies, feel that this is the moment for a complete overhaul. 'Jiffy' joins host Ollie Little and the full house columnists to preview the third round of the Six Nations and weigh in on the Welsh rugby crisis. 

Tuesday Feb 14, 2023

The second week of the 2023 Six Nations certainly lived up to the first! Ireland conquered France in the battle of the titans in Dublin in what was billed as an instant Six Nations classic, Scotland continued their ascendency in overpowering a woeful Wales, and it was gritty, not pretty but England prevailed over Italy to get Steve Borthwick's tally up and running. Joining Ollie Little, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett this week, just back from Twickenham, is recently-retired Italian centre Tommaso Castello. 

Monday Feb 06, 2023

WHAT a start to the tournament! A thriller in Rome, an Irish statement in Cardiff and the headline act of one of the great Calcutta Cup matches in recent memory.  Host Ollie Little and columnists Nick Cain, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett are joined by a jubilant Scott Hastings to review the action from opening weekend, and look ahead to an equally blockbuster week two. 

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

As the guys bring up episode 50, fair to say they do it in the right way! The gang is back together again on the Rugby Paper Podcast, with Ollie Little and the full house of columnists in Nick Cain, Brendan Gallagher and Chris Hewett joined by England and British and Irish Lion legend Jerry Guscott to preview an incredibly highly-anticipated Six Nations tournament. Will Steve Borthwick's new era start in the right way against Scotland? Will Warren Gatland bring back Wales's glory days? Will Chris Hewett get a single prediction right? So much to answer over the next few weeks, and it all starts here! 

Monday Jan 23, 2023

In this week's instalment of The Rugby Paper Podcast, host Ollie Little and columnist Brendan Gallagher are joined by recently-elected General Secretary of the Rugby Players Association and former Premiership lock Christian Day as well as head of the RPA Gain Line Luke Cheyne. The guys discuss the RPA's multi-dimensional work within player welfare, financial instability and also address the recent law change concerning waist-high tackling in amateur rugby. 


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