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Good things come to those who wait... we're joined by Montpellier hero Paolo Garbisi after a whirlwind of a week involving some epic celebrations and a long drive to join up with Italy ahead of their upcoming internationals! We discuss what it's like to win a first ever Top 14 title for Montpellier in his first season with the club, what the celebr…
 
We're joined by the King of Castres, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, who has been at the heart of the club's previous Top 14 triumphs over the past decade to look ahead to the final against Montpellier. We look back on the semi-finals, break down the tactical battle in the final, discuss when the Capo Ortega statue is being built and find out how close he cam…
 
Bordeaux second row Kane Douglas joins us to fill us in on how the team prepared for their victory over Racing in the Barrages without Christophe Urios for most of the week, the response of Matthieu Jalibert and Cameron Woki after being called out and whether relationships will be mended this week! Plus, we discuss Toulouse's latest win over La Roc…
 
After a frenetic final weekend in the Top 14 regular season, we catch up with one of the key men from surprise table-toppers Castres and the top tackler in the Top 14 this season. Australian second row Tom Staniforth fills us in on his journey from Canberra to Castres, the family environment at the club, how a bunch of battlers go about beating off…
 
We try desperately to join in with the epic looking party in the port at La Rochelle as well as analysing how they managed to prove seemingly everyone wrong and beat favourites Leinster to lift the European Cup. Plus, we discuss Lyon's first major trophy since 1933 and what the fact that both they and La Rochelle came up together from PRO D2 just e…
 
We're joined by La Rochelle back row Wiaan Liebenberg to chat about his decision to retire from playing at the age of just 29 and the thinking behind it, the journey that's taken him to France, what comes next and the chances of riding off into the sunset with a trophy! A bit of Champions Cup chat and an insight into the cut-throat life of a profes…
 
Lyon's player of the match in the win over Wasps that saw them through to a first major final since 1933, Joel Kpoku, joins us to discuss making a big impression early on in his career in France, what went wrong for him at Saracens, international aspirations and much more. We talk Sarries' big dogs, lazy comparisons to Maro Itoje, Eddie Jones, the …
 
Toulouse centre Pita Ahki joins us to discuss the drama of the penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium, whether he'd have fancied taking one, returning to Dublin to take on Leinster and much more. Plus, Benji reveals he was next in line to take a penalty when Leicester beat Cardiff in a shootout in 2009, we analyse all the European action, chat about…
 
We chat to La Rochelle's South Africa international Dillyn Leyds ahead of the all-French Champions Cup quarter-final against Montpellier to find out about Ronan O'Gara's spikiness, how he ended up in the west of France instead of South West London and his chances of a Springbok recall. Plus, we look at the madness of the Top 14 where still nobody i…
 
We're joined by an Englishman in the Pyrenees as Pau fly half Zack Henry talks us through his journey from Rouen in Federale 1 up through PRO D2 and to the Top 14 via a stint at Leicester in the Premiership. We hear how playing under Steve Borthwick at Tigers wasn't the right fit, what Gabin Villiere was like back in his days as a back-up scrum hal…
 
Benji's back with tales from the back-to-back Kayser derbies between Clermont and Leicester and we discuss the dominance of Top 14 sides in the Champions Cup for a second straight season, unfair criticism of Montpellier, Toulouse's tenacity, what should be done about the red cards and sanctions we're seeing at the moment and how big a job Jono Gibb…
 
Reigning champions Toulouse clung on to stay in with a shout of qualifying for the quarter-finals, despite being down to 14 men for 70 minutes against Ulster, and we chat to try scorer Manny Meafou about his journey from rugby league to NFL prospect to double winner with Toulouse in double quick time! He tells us about Antoine Dupont buying the for…
 
The guests keep getting bigger, literally, as big Will Skelton joins us to talk Ronan O’Gara v Christophe Urios, the slap, the trilogy against Bordeaux, how he hasn't heard from the Wallabies despite reports he isn't being considered for the series against England, life in La Rochelle, who the team jokers are and wait for it... how he's the smalles…
 
Another week, another Grand Slam winner... France enforcer Paul Willemse joins us to discuss his role as the only out-and-out second row in the team, the specialist coaching expertise and how it all comes together, the Shaun Edwards effect, his journey from budding Springbok to French hero and how he was completely ignored by the SARU, the struggle…
 
We're joined by Grand Slam winner and Six Nations Player of the Championship nominee Greg Alldritt to find out whether the trophy really got lost in the Seine, how the celebrations went down, what it's like being a player in this France setup, the relationship with Fabien Galthie, Shaun Edwards and the other coaches, the brotherhood between the pla…
 
It's crunch time for Fabien Galthie's men as they prepare to face England with a title and Grand Slam on the line in Paris and we analyse all the tactical, personnel and mental battles. Former England international and Toulon and Lyon full back Delon Armitage joins us to give us his insight, as well as to share a few stories on the likes of Bernard…
 
Former Racing, Bayonne, Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum half Mike Phillips joins us to look ahead to France's trip to Cardiff. He gives us his view on Antoine Dupont, tells us about the Shaun Edwards effect and looks back on his time in the Top 14. We hear about the ups and downs in Bayonne, how Dan Carter helped him meet his wife and about h…
 
Benjamin Kayser and Johnnie Beattie are back to go through France's big win at Murrayfield with a fine tooth comb. We discuss how the French are now set up to win away, how Gregor Townsend ignored all of Johnnie's tactical advice and how he bumped into a few of the celebrating France stars in Edinburgh afterwards. Plus, we discuss whether laws need…
 
We're joined by former Scotland captain and ex-Clermont scrum half Greig Laidlaw to discuss whether the Scots can be the ones to stop this France side and beat them in the Six Nations for a third straight year. We chat about how to stop Antoine Dupont, the physicality advantage of the French, Finn Russell's need to bounce back and the selection iss…
 
France are the only team left in this year's Six Nations with their Grand Slam hopes still alive and we're joined by former Ireland hooker and ex-Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman to dissect their win over Ireland. We discuss French physicality, the calibre of coaching, dessert-gate during his time in France and much more. Plus, Johnnie picks himself …
 
Ireland international and former Racing 92 man Simon Zebo joins us to look ahead to the potentially Six Nations title-defining showdown between France and Ireland and give us an insight into both camps. We look at the changes with Ireland under Andy Farrell and what life is like in camp and analyse where Johnny Sexton might be looking to pick holes…
 
It's Coming Home... or Ramenez La Coupe A La Maison as Benji would say! We preview the 2022 Six Nations, discuss how badly Fabien Galthie's preparations have been affected and what selection headaches he faces but, 12 years on from their last Six Nations triumph, do Johnnie and Benji think it's going to be France's year? Plus, we look at some of th…
 
Stade Francais skipper Tala Gray joins us to relive the drama of their victory over Connacht by six points to get exactly what they needed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup... and what he said to Wayne Barnes in the aftermath of Tolu Latu's red card! We also talk about switching international allegiance to Samoa and cover all …
 
We're joined by Racing 92 attack coach Mike Prendergast to hear what it's like organising the likes of Finn Russell, Kurtley Beale, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou and co. We discuss his route to the top, those rumours linking him with a return to Munster, his relationship with Ronan O'Gara, the heartache that's driving Racing on and how they raise th…
 
We catch up with England international Zach Mercer to find out all about the Covid cases in the Montpellier camp, their European ambition, how he's thriving on and off the field in France, being back on Eddie Jones' radar after a chat at a recent Top 14 game and much more. Plus, we discuss the lay of the land in the Top 14 and how the regulations i…
 
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