England's statement win over Ireland and Louis Rees-Zammit on life in the NFL
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
2M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on the penultimate round of Six Nations action which saw seismic shocks at Twickenham and in Rome. England defied the odds to produce their best performance since the 2019 World Cup to defeat Ireland and end the visitors hopes of becoming the first Six Nations side to win back-to-back Grand Slams. Elsewhere, Italy produced a shock of their own by coming from behind to beat Scotland 31-29. Harlequins' Louis Lynagh had a debut to remember and he tells us what it was like to pull on the Italy shirt for the first time. And, as Wales lose their fourth g ..read more
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England's Irish showdown with Will Carling
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
2M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles look ahead to the penultimate round of the Six Nations and in particular England's showdown with Ireland at Twickenham. Former England captain Will Carling joins us to offer us his thoughts on England, arguing a 'data straitjacket' is holding them back while revealing he had to argue with Eddie Jones to get current captain Jamie George into the leadership group back when he was a team mentor. The big selection question mark this week surrounds fly-half with Marcus Smith back in contention. Should he be fast-tracked into the starting line-up, or is George Ford or Fin ..read more
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Duhan destroys England again
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
2M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on Scotland's win over England in the Calcutta Cup, their fourth in a row, and where the defeat leaves Steve Borthwick's side heading into the final two rounds of the Six Nations. We ask if it is time for the England coach to roll the dice with some of the emerging talent, like Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, and if it is time to say goodbye to some of the squad's elder statesmen. Whether changes are needed to England's coaching ticket moving forward to accelerate Borthwick's rebuild is also discussed. Elsewhere, we hear from Italy defence coach Marius Goosen who ..read more
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Calcutta Cup clash with Ben White
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
3M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles build up to the return of the Six Nations this weekend and discuss the crucial Calcutta Cup clash in detail. Scotland scrum-half Ben White joins the show to discuss his successful memories of the fixture and as well as his transition from England youth player to Scotland international. We also discuss if Manu Tuilagi and Ollie Lawrence could feature this weekend after the pair were recalled, and who will replace Alex Mitchell at scrum-half for England. Plus, we cast our eyes over the rest of the weekend and ask if either Wales or Italy can cause a major shock when t ..read more
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England squeeze past Wales and Murrayfield controversy
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
3M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on round two of the 2024 Six Nations where England secured back-to-back wins, coming from behind to see off Wales at Twickenham. There were yet more questions for England's new look defence and, with harder tests to come, we ask if new defence coach Felix Jones will make any amendments for the remainder of the tournament. As for Wales, they could have two victories under their belt but their young team remained winless. How can Warren Gatland turn his sides' near misses into wins? The big talking point of the weekend came from Murrayfield as Scotland we ..read more
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England a work in progress, Ireland lay down a marker
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
3M ago
The 2024 Six Nations is underway and it was defending champions Ireland who sent a message to the rest of the competition by recording their biggest win away in France, securing a bonus-point along the way in Marseille. Ben, Charlie and Charles look back on the opening weekend, including that win for Ireland and a nervy victory for England away in Rome. However, Charlie is feeling optimistic about the work being done behind the scenes by head coach Steve Borthwick and Felix Jones. There's praise also for Ethan Roots, who impressed on debut. Plus, we discuss a chaotic game in Cardiff as Scotl ..read more
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South Africa retain the World Cup and Jack van Poortvliet on England's future
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
7M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup which saw South Africa retain the Webb Ellis Cup and register a record fourth win. The game could have been different had New Zealand not lost their captain Sam Cane to a red card early on. The guys discuss the impact of that decision and also if South Africa skipper Siya Kolisi was lucky not to see red. We also discuss where this Springboks side rank amongst the best teams in rugby history and if it is possible they make it three in a row in 2027. England scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet joins the show to discuss his reha ..read more
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England fall just short, but blockbuster final awaits
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
7M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on an agonising weekend for England, who were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup after losing their semi-final by a single point to defending champions South Africa. The guys look at where the game was lost, and if England could have done more to build a lead when they were on top. The fallout from the match has been dominated by an allegation made by Tom Curry against Bongi Mbonambi after the England flanker accused the South African hooker of a racial slur. World Rugby are investigating the situation. We also take a look at New Zealand's comfortable win on Fr ..read more
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England v South Africa special from Paris
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
7M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles are joined in Paris by the Telegraph's Chief Sports writer Oliver Brown ahead of England's Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa. They run through the England starting line-up, which features three changes to the side that beat Fiji in the quarter-final and discuss if head coach Steve Borthwick has nailed his selection ahead of the biggest game of his coaching career. We hear also from the England head coach who is embracing the tag of underdog heading into Saturday's clash. South Africa named an unchanged side for the first time this tournament. We look at t ..read more
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England progress as rest of northern hemisphere crash out
Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby
by The Telegraph
7M ago
Ben, Charlie and Charles reflect on one of the most thrilling weekends in rugby history as the southern hemisphere sides show they are far from a fading force. England remain the sole hope for the northern hemisphere after Steve Borthwick's side survived a second half fight back from Fiji to book their spot in the final four. Owen Farrell responded to criticism of his selection at fly-half with a player of the match performance. In Paris, we were treated to the two best games of the tournament so far with defending champions South Africa just edging hosts France to book a semi-final date with ..read more
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