The 2017/18 Podcast Season

It’s been a few weeks into the 2017/18 season and things are settling down nicely. Well, mostly. We have South African sides actually playing rugby in the Pro14i and New Zealand getting back into the swing of things by dishing out a few ungodly thumpings to their Southern Hemisphere cousins in the Rugby Championship, with every record-setting score an embellishment on the “2017 Lions” section on the C.V. of Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell.

After the Lions tour we took a little podcasting break, but we’re back. Kevin McLaughlin and James Downey have been studio regulars with Ronan O’Gara dialling in from Paris.

And the list of guests just this season goes thusly: Ian Madigan, Andrew Trimble, John Muldoon, Michael Bradley, Ian Keatley and Tommy Bowe.

We’ve a new listener question segment – tweet using #askTHY to get a question in and we’ll choose the best for our guests that week.

And we’ve had ROG running through the streets of Paris to the accompaniment of church bells…

 

So if you haven’t listened before, or you’ve been busy, here’s a quick guide to the last few episodes…

Episode 28: Ian Keatley on impending fatherhood and signing up for another two years in Munster red. We discuss the role of the impact sub with Ian, Ronan O’Gara and James Downey and whether a player’s desire to be in the first XV will ever fully satisfied by being a “finisher”. And we’ve an interview with Tommy Bowe.

 

Ep. 27: Andrew Trimble on (re)approaching a big milestone for Ulster and how he approached his co-captaincy role last season. James Downey, now backs coach with Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League, chats with ROG about moving from playing into coaching. And we’ve an interview with former Connacht and Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley, now the boss of Italian side Zebre.

 

Ep. 26: Connacht evergreen John Muldoon joins us on the line from Galway. ROG tries to get himself an All Ireland hurling final ticket before talking captains and captaincy with Kevin McLaughlin. And we’ve a good chat with Exeter’s premiership-winning fly half, ulsterman Gareth Steenson.

 

Ep. 25: First episode back after our post-Lions break. Ian Madigan talked us through his move to Bristol and the different approach he encountered in France. ROG and Kevin McLaughlin chatted about pre-season training and fat camp. We got a South African view on the Pro14’s expansion from Sport24’s Lloyd Burnard.

 

If you want more episodes here’s a link to the main soundcloud page for the pod where you can go back through every show we’ve done: https://soundcloud.com/thehardyardssportsjoe.

 

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