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Much Ado About Rugby

Much Ado About Rugby

By Much Ado About Rugby Podcast
Three friends come together to chat about everything rugby.
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Episode 41 - Eddie Jones, In or Out?
In this episode, Macsen and Malachi discuss what issues lie within England Rugby at the moment. They go through the XV and give their take on who should keep or lose their place in the side & provide there views into whether Eddie Jones should continue as the England Rugby Coach.
March 30, 2021
Episode 40 - England Rugby Are S**T!
Who is to blame for England's sub-par Six Nations campaign? Is this French side the best in the world? Who is going to make the Lions?  Watch the full episode as we delve into all the drama of this weekend's Six Nations games.
March 22, 2021
Episode 39 - Overrated or Underrated: Rees-Zammit, Farrell & More!
Overrated or Underrated. Is Louis Rees-Zammit overrated? Is Owen Farrell underrated? Should James Lowe even be starting for Ireland? Find out the answer to all of these and more in this episode of Overrated or Underrated.  Be sure to listen to the end of the episode for some intense & wild debate around some of the most interesting rugby dilemmas.
March 15, 2021
Episode 38 - Rugby Around The World: Ireland
In this episode, Macsen & Malachi chat with Mark from Belfast. They talk through the school & academy system in Ireland, what needs to change about the Top 14 & the happenings of Irish rugby since their historic victory over the All Blacks.   The guys also chat about their Lions 10 & more specifically who will captain the Lions in this Summer's tour.
March 8, 2021
Episode 37 - The Problem with England Rugby & "Lions Bolters"
In this episode, the guys talk through whether Sam Simmonds deserves a place in the England Squad. They each discuss their Lions "Bolter" for the upcoming tour to South Africa & analyse Wales' controversial win vs England in the Six Nations talking in depth about the questionable refereeing performance of France's Pascal Gaüzère.
March 2, 2021
Episode 36 - Pointless: Rugby Edition
Taking inspiration from the TV gameshow Pointless, Much Ado About Rugby presents Pointless: Rugby Edition. With the aim of the game to get as LITTLE points as possible by giving the most obscure answer, who will come out on top? I would like to thank everyone from the r/rugbyunion sub-reddit who participated in the survey to make this possible. The points for each answer is based off of the responses of 100 real people from the r/rugbyunion Reddit page. If you would like to play this yourself with friends, family, rugby club etc, feel free to click the link below which will take you to a Google Sheet with the questions and the points for each answer:
February 15, 2021
Episode 35 - Rugby Around The World: USA
Will the US become a Rugby power house? Why are USA 7s so good? Do American rugby players even party hard?   This week, we are joined by Hans from the US who has played at the top level of college rugby to talk about Rugby in the US in the latest episode of Rugby Around The World. Music:
February 8, 2021
Episode 34 - Beck Cutting Special
In this episode, the lads welcome special guest BECK CUTTING, Worcester Warriors Hooker and Former England U20. They discuss Beck's pathway to pro rugby, his experience at the England U20s world cup 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿  and whether Worcester Warriors are on the up! ⏫   Apple Podcasts:  Music:
February 1, 2021
Episode 33 - Rugby Around The World: China
How fast can you down a pint? 🍺 Shanghai and Hong Kong based rugby player, Tom, claims he is renown for how fast he can neck a nice cold brewski, so we put him to the test in the latest episode of Rugby Around The World 🌏 Tune in for some great touring stories (arrested?) as well as some sweet rugby education around what it's like to play rugby in China and Hong Kong 🚨
January 25, 2021
Episode 32 - Rugby Players To Watch 2021
We are back with our first episode of 2021, and what a better way than to discuss who are the rugby players and teams to watch out for in 2021.  Each choosing a player from front row, lock, back row, half back, centre and back three, we come up with our top players to keep an eye on this year. We are now introducing a season format which will consist of 5 episodes, including exclusive interviews with professional players, exciting conversations with rugby fans from around the world, hilarious rugby game shows & more! Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out... Music:
January 18, 2021
Episode 31 - Xmas Special
Merry Christmas! For the final episode of 2020, we are joined by good friend and rugby enthusiast, Simmo, for a Christmas themed episode.  Taking inspiration from BBC 5 Live show, Fighting Talk, we answer some christmassy rugby questions such as who would steal your Christmas presents, as well as run over our 2020 awards.  Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported Much Ado About Rugby this year, and we look forward to bringing your more laughs in 2021.
December 21, 2020
Episode 30 - Rugby Around The World: Wales
This is a big one... We welcome Joe from Wales to discuss what has happened to Welsh Rugby, from coaches and players to the state of grassroots rugby in Wales. Will Wales be able to regain their dominance in 2021? Tune in to find out...
December 14, 2020
Episode 29 - Rugby Around The World: New Zealand
For the second episode of our series ‘Rugby Around The World’, we chat to movie star Ben Affleck from New Zealand. Born in New Zealand but with a love of Argentina as well, Ben gives a unique (and less biased) perspective of rugby in New Zealand. Which rugby nation should we discuss next?
December 9, 2020
Episode 28 - England Dominance, French Flair & All Blacks Revenge
In this episode, Ed and Mal give a run down of the weekends games, discussing England's dominant form, France's flair allowing them to walk past Italy and how the All Blacks got their revenge on Argentina.
November 30, 2020
Episode 27 - Rugby Around The World: South Africa
With the start of Much Ado About Rugby’s new series, Rugby Around The World, the lads welcome South African rugby fan Jean to uncover the secrets behind South African rugby. Join us as we get an insight into school boy rugby, why so many South African players move abroad, and whether the Springboks are still the best team in the world. Stay tuned for more exciting conversations with rugby fans from all over the world in our new series, Rugby Around The World.
November 23, 2020
Episode 26 - England Fly, Wales Flop & Scotland Clinch Victory
With the first round of the Autumn Nations Cup complete, Ed and Mal cover each of the games, determining whether they think each team will Fly or Flop. As well as this, they talk about some of the stand out performers from the weekend and who are the ones to watch. Big shout out to Ireland for a great performance vs Wales!
November 16, 2020
Episode 25 - Six Nations 2020 Highlights
Six Nations 2020 Highlights. As the 2020 Six Nations comes to an end, Mal, Macsen and Ed go over the highlights from the weekend’s games. They discuss how Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack are leading France Rugby to new heights, how England Rugby won their third Six Nations in five years, and what is going wrong with Wales Rugby.
November 2, 2020
Episode 24 - Hard Men of Rugby with Luke Upton
In this episode Macsen and Ed interview Author and Journalist Luke Upton. They chat about Luke’s interesting new book “Hard Men of Rugby”, hearing about the great players of the game that Luke was able to talk to whilst writing it. They also review the weekends exciting test matches and the premiership final!
October 26, 2020
Episode 23 - Ross Chisholm
For this special bonus episode, the boys host their second professional rugby player: Ross Chisholm! Ross has been at the heart of the Harlequins team for over a decade and he tells us all about his experiences of playing at the highest level. The conversation covers what it is like playing at Quins, playing with his brother, as well as highlighting key moments throughout his career.
October 22, 2020
Episode 22 - European Finals & Bledisloe 2
In this episode Macsen, Malachi and Ed review the weekends thrilling fixtures, which included the Challenge and Champions Cup finals along with Bledisloe II. They also open up an interesting debate about whether the international selection players should be based on form or experience.
October 19, 2020
Episode 21 - Premiership Finals, The Bledisloe Cup and Eligibility
In this episode, Malachi and Ed traverse multiple topics, including the weekends premiership rugby semi finals, the Bledisloe Cup, rugby eligibility rules and the England squad selection.
October 12, 2020
Episode 20 - Creating Our Perfect Rugby Player
In this episode, Malachi, Macsen and Tedday talk through their 'Perfect Rugby Player', going all the way from the feet (for kicking) up to the Head (best rugby brain). The boys select one International Rugby Player for each body type to make their unstoppable player! Would even Rozzy be able to take this guy down?
October 5, 2020
Episode 19 - European Rugby Semi Finals Round Up
In this episode, Ed, Malachi and Macsen go through the Semi Final Games from both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup. They discuss in detail the downfall of Saracens, Bristols triumph and well as their predictions for both finals.
September 28, 2020
Episode 18 - Champions Cup Quarter Finals Round Up
In this episode, Ed, Macsen and Malachi review the weekend’s thrilling Champions Cup quarter final matches, talking through all the big moments and tries from the four games. 
September 21, 2020
Episode 17 - Start One, Bench One, Drop One
The lads have returned! Fresh back from their holiday, Tedday, Macci and Mal start by going over a few 'Play one, Bench one, Drop one' dilemmas, before discusses their predictions for this weekends Champions Cup fixtures (**SPOILER** Saracens suck). Instagram: Facebook: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Youtube:
September 19, 2020
Episode 16 - Rugby Video Games
With the absence of Macci, Ed and Mal discuss the results of the weekend, thoroughly expressing their gas for Rozzy (Ruaridh McConnochie) since his fine form for Bath. The lads also go over Ed's prediction he made 8 months ago for an England 6 Nations Squad, and discuss the need for a new rugby video game after feeling the nostalgia of the absolute classic that was Rugby World Cup 2011. 
September 3, 2020
Episode 15 - England North vs South
With the upcoming North vs South game happening in New Zealand, Tedday, Macci and Mal are joined by Welsh joker, Iwan Price-Thomas to discuss what a North vs South game in the Gallagher Premiership could look like and who might star for each side.
August 23, 2020
Episode 14 - Premiership Rugby Returns
With Tedday away on holiday, Macsen and Malachi discuss the conclusion of the Super Rugby Aotearoa and their standout players there, as well as the restart of the Gallagher Premiership, giving a run down and opinions of the various games. Exeter are boring lol.
August 19, 2020
Episode 13 - Beer, Travelling & TikTok
In this episode, Ed, Macci and Mal are joined by Major (Maiwa) and Gwylim (Gylhelm) for our first ever IRL episode. While briefly covering the recent changes to the 6 Nations, this episode covers a lot of other important topics such as beer, travelling and TikTok.
August 16, 2020
Episode 12 - Rugby Club Tier List
In this episode, Teddy, Macci and Mal rank all major rugby clubs across the globe from tiny to massive, leading to Macci getting seriously triggered at how Super Rugby is a far superior league to the Premiership.  Make sure you also check out the youtube video for this episode as well for the full experience at:
August 9, 2020
Episode 11 - The Barrett Brothers
In this episode, Ed, Mal and Macsen discuss the weekend's Super Rugby action, which Premiership teams are the most dangerous for next season, the differences between Rugby Union and Rugby League and which of the All Black brothers Jordie or Beauden Barrett is the better player. 
July 26, 2020
Episode 10 - Lions 2021
After a short break, Cheesoid, Macci and Mal are back at it again with another banging episode of Much Ado About Rugby. In this episode, the lads cover the rugby latest news and a run down of the Super Rugby's latest results before discussing who is going to make the cut for the Lions 2021.
July 11, 2020
Episode 9 - Ruaridh McConnochie
In this episode, Ed, Macci and Mal and joined by a very special guest, Bath and England International, Ruaridh McConnochie. The lads chat with Ruaridh about his school boy rugby days all the way through to his World Cup Experience, his goals for the coming seasons and his Premiership Rugby predictions.   Please check out Shout 85258: Instagram: @muchadoaboutrugby
June 26, 2020
Episode 8 - Is New Zealand Rugby Better Than English Rugby?
After a run down on the Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 2 matches, Tedday, Macci and Mal discuss whether New Zealand rugby is more interesting than English rugby, coming to the conclusion that Saracens are, in fact, the most boring team ever.
June 22, 2020
Episode 7 - Rugby is Back!
With the first game of the Super Rugby Aotearoa marking the return of rugby since the break, Tedday, Macci and Mal give their thoughts and opinions on the two opening games; Highlanders vs Chiefs and Blues vs Hurricanes.
June 18, 2020
Episode 6 - The Future of Saracens
In this episode, Ed and Macsen discuss the details of Saracens Salary cap Scandal and look at how rugby might looks for the North London club next season. The boys also discuss Saracens potential best XV next season as well as who they would like to win the Premiership in Sarries absence. 
June 12, 2020
Episode 5 - Why England Lost the Rugby World Cup
In this episode, the lads welcome their first guest, Will (Simmo) Simpson, onto the pod. They shine a light on the innovative new Super Rugby Aotearoa rule changes as well as some big transfer news, before moving on to discuss why England were beaten by a rampaging South African side in the World Cup Final. 
June 5, 2020
Episode 4 - Our Best Rugby Experiences
In this episode, Ed, Macsen and Malachi talk about their personal rugby experiences. From club to school teams, the guys cover some of their funniest and most memorable times playing rugby.
May 27, 2020
Episode 3 - Allez Les Blues!
Ed, Macsen and Malachi discuss pros and cons of the biggest leagues in Europe before moving on to talk about how the French have become a force to be reckoned with in recent months.
May 22, 2020
Episode 2 - Southern Hemisphere XV
Ed, Macsen and Malachi give a run-down of the latest rugby news. To celebrate the announcement of the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa, the gents decide on their Southern Hemisphere XV, explaining the sometimes questionable reasoning behind their choices. 
May 13, 2020
Episode 1 - Rugby's Youngsters
Ed, Macsen and Malachi discuss Sir Ian McGeechan's list of the top young players in world rugby. The guys also share their opinions on the World Rugby Player of the Year nominations. Disclaimer: Ed doesn't actually think Alun Wyn Jones is a bad player. 
May 9, 2020