15 links to NH Podcasts about Lions Tour



  • If you have about 15 hours a week spare "ear-time" over the next 2 weeks, and you might be interested in a different point of view, below are 15 podcasts from the "British and Irish Isles" for you.

    The links are all to podcast site Player.Fm, so you can choose to either just browse to play/download the ones that appeal, or opt to subscribe.
    (Most are also available through iTunes, Podbean.com or direct from the various sites - so use whatever suits you best.)

    If you can reply with suggestions for NZ ones that would be great.
    (Or from elsewhere with a Lions interest.)
    I've already found the SportRadio online live-feed, NZ Herald's Out of the Box the Tony Veitch paper-shufflingly The Roar and Kirwan on Facebook's Feed the Backs

    I'm an Ireland fan, so that's where I will start:
    Podcasts from an Irish perspective
    The 42 Rugby Show
    Usually 2-3 a week during the tour. Main person is Murray Kinsella. a tactics-savvy journalist.

    NewsTalk - Off the Ball
    2-3 times a week: usually an Irish journalist and an ex-international (usually Keith Wood or BOD).

    Joe.ie - Hard Yards
    A mix of opinions, analysis and a few tall tales,
    Usually about 1 a week but might be more during the tour. Usually with a couple of ex-players (often ROG). A mix of opinions, analysis and a more than a few tall tales,

    Pundit Arena - Oval Office
    2-3 times a week: 2 online journalists talking plus sometimes an interview.

    Irishman Abroad
    Not a rugby podcast, but a range of long interviews, about 10-15 of which are of Irish rugby players (usually recently retired). Not the usual mundane soundbites - the interviewee gets time to talk. (Also Irish actors, comedians etc.)

    Podcasts from an English perspective
    Egg Chasers
    3 guys talking about rugby. Opinionated, fun but not ignorant. 2 English guys and 1 Welsh.

    Blood and Mud
    2 guys talking about rugby. 2 English guys - the sort of rugby-conversation you have over several beers: sweary, funny, biased, but also well-observed, though sometimes endearingly daft.

    Rugby Pod
    2 recent retirees: Jim Hamilton (Scotland lock), Andy Goode (flyhalf for Leics & many others - think England's Steve Donald apart from winning a RWC). Lots of opinion, not a lot of objectivity and some very tall tales.

    Brian Moore - Full Contact
    Sundays: The former England/Lions hooker - always forthright, but as an ex-lawyer he likes a well-argued discussion. Different ex-players each week.

    TalkSport - Rugby Special: Lion's Den
    1 hour every day. Standard broadcaster interviews from a UK Radio station. Also include pieces from Ireland's Michael Corcoran and various NZ pundits.

    BBC Rugby
    2-3 a week during the tour. Standard broadcaster interviews from a UK Radio station.
    Plus some in-depth specials such as:
    "2005: How not to win a series",
    "Making of the 1997 film 'Living with the Lions' " etc.

    Podcasts from a Scottish perspective
    Scottish Rugby
    About 1 a week - 3 fans who not surprisingly, more of a focus on the Scotland team, but a bit of Lions chat.

    The Thistle
    About every 2 weeks - also 3 other fans who likewise have more of a focus on the Scotland team, but also a bit of Lions chat

    Podcasts from a Welsh perspective
    Attacking Scrum
    Usually 2-3 times a week during the tour. Describes itself in duplicate as "Wales Rugby Podcast for Welsh Rugby fans" - just in case you weren't clear the first time.

    Wales Online - Rugby podcast
    About 1 a week. Journalists and ex-players.


    There are various YouTube bloggers/vloggers but as you might expect from a Lions fan,
    I've stuck to dull-routine mp3 (catch a download just like catching box-kicks out of an Auckland night-sky)
    rather than the more visual video versions (even if it is usually just 2 blokes talking, sometimes with one shuffling paper)

    Listen and either enjoy or be outraged, but hear a different point of view.
    😄 🏉

    Cheers
    Megweya



  • I've been listening to Eggchasers for a few weeks, I quite like it.

    I also tried The Rugby Pod a few time but it wasn't for me. Wasn't as slick as egg chasers, was too much time filling crap. There's 15 hours of podcasts to sample, I don't want to listen to your stupid quizzes and other nonsense. May have been a bad batch (this was just before the series, at time of NH clubs finals).

    I don't think there is an nz podcast?



  • Have just listened to the latest The Rugby Pod, as it's still in my iTunes stream.

    Pretty good actually. Maybe too harsh earlier.



  • @Rapido Just listened to the latest episode and I have to disagree. They (the two British guys) were talking up the Lions set piece and basing it solely on their performance against the Crusaders. Sounds like they know very little about NZ rugby and you could tell that the kiwi guy hosting it was getting really frustrated with the constant ridiculing of NZ's lineout, breakdown and scrumaging abilities. If they think the Crusaders poor lineout means the Abs are going to be equally as poor, then they are in for a shock.



  • @akan004 said in 15 links to NH Podcasts about Lions Tour:

    @Rapido Just listened to the latest episode and I have to disagree. They (the two British guys) were talking up the Lions set piece and basing it solely on their performance against the Crusaders. Sounds like they know very little about NZ rugby and you could tell that the kiwi guy hosting it was getting really frustrated with the constant ridiculing of NZ's lineout, breakdown and scrumaging abilities. If they think the Crusaders poor lineout means the Abs are going to be equally as poor, then they are in for a shock.

    Yeah. I actually agree with this. Thought Jin Hamilton was seeing what he wanted too see. Was going to comment about it somewhere but couldn't be arsed on my phone.

    But at least they were talking about rugby.



  • A few more from an English perspective:

    Alex Corbisiero's Scrum Down podcast. Latest is him in Auckland talking to Dan Bowden

    https://audioboom.com/channel/the-scrum-down

    Flats and Shanks also often a good listen. Ex England international David Flatman and Welsh International Tom Shanklin. Not too much Lions content yet, but they do have a good interview with Phil Bennett talking about the 74 and 77 tours.

    https://flatsandshanks.com/



  • @Margin_Walker Shanklin was a pundit on sky the other day, seems rather biased... and almost a little bit shoulder chippy at times.



  • @Margin_Walker said in 15 links to NH Podcasts about Lions Tour:

    good interview with Phil Bennett talking about the 74 and 77 tours.

    That was a really good long interview (50 min) - a real insight from a sporting and human perspective. Bennett talked about what it was like for a 70s amateur player to have to get time off work for a long tour and the impact of being away from wife and young child.
    Also some jaw-dropping penny-pinching compared to today's corporate-logo'd lavish NH/SH tours:
    There was only match-day kit - they had to bring their own club training kit (and dry it out each night!)

    Sadly the rest of the podcasts waffle far too much - which is a shame as Flatman is good when he is in the TV-commentary box and chips in with a couple of pertinent comments about scrums. But clearly, when given an open microphone and no time limit, the focus can wander.



  • @Bones

    Not seen the pundit work in question. He usually comes across pretty well in the podcast though, even if too much of it can sometimes be taken up by the pair of them going through their social calendar.



  • @Megweya

    See the post above, they definitely digress a touch too much, but I still prefer it to Eggchasers, which seems to be the market leader in the UK and the Rugby Pod (Goode's a bit of a prick)

    Thought the interview and insight with Bennett was great. Was a different world back then and the pressures touring for 3-4 months with the Lions put on your family life and day job were huge. The section where he talks about coming back from victorious SA tour in 74 after being away for much of his wife's pregnancy and subsequently losing the baby was tough going.



  • Great thread. A lot of these podcasts have been fascinating listens.

    Perhaps we could have this as a general rugby podcast thread. There are some good Aussie rugby podcasts and i'm sure South African etc.

    Listened to the podcast on the 05 Lions Tour.

    What stood out for me was:

    • A lack of ownership of the problems. Even in just the people they interviewed there was a lot of ego. A lot of blame being dished out but not a lot of ownership - even 12 years later.

    • Woodward was interestingly vague/blase. Woodward did not go into much detail at all. He did touch on preferring Englishman as they had beaten ABs in nz in 2003 whereas the other nations players had a fear of playing the ABs. He seemed to suggest the tour was impossible which I found a bit of a cop out. I would have liked him to deep dive into his mistakes and what he would have done differently but I guess that tells you the makeup of Sir Clive.

    • Victim mentality - with SpearGate those interviewed didnt even entertain the flipside of the entire incident - and then with ABs (and southern hemisphere teams in general) getting special treatment at the judiciary 'for years' whatever the hell that means. Again an example of blame vs ownership. Also an example of Matt Dawson who was interviewed being a complete twat.

    • Touring. How different touring was even in 05 to now. The way the Lions were in individual rooms was lunacy. Wifi/social media I imagine would make this 17 tour much different to 05.



  • @KiwiMurph said in 15 links to NH Podcasts about Lions Tour:

    • The way the Lions were in individual rooms was lunacy.

    Really? Adults in their own room is lunacy? I'm sure team unity and culture wouldn't take a big hit if players had their own room.



  • @Nepia On a 6 week tour with players from 4 nations i'd think it would have a huge impact on team culture and team building.



  • @KiwiMurph said in 15 links to NH Podcasts about Lions Tour:

    @Nepia On a 6 week tour with players from 4 nations i'd think it would have a huge impact on team culture and team building.

    I don't think that, if a team can't bond without players sharing a room then they've clearly got other issues.


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