Rugby Tackled (Episode 1)

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(L-R) Simon Best, 'RugbyTackled' host Andy Park and Sheldon Coulter


Welcome to our first Rugby Podcast – ‘Rugby Tackled’ – hosted by Andy Park, former Ulster winger and member of the famous 1999 European Cup winning team.

Each podcast, surveys all developments in provincial, national and international rugby with in-depth opinion and analysis from key individuals on and off the field.

This week Andy is joined in the studio by fellow European Cup winner Sheldon Coulter and former Ulster captain and Irish international Simon Best.

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Points for discussion are documented below.

(Times are indicated should you wish to listen to any specific point raised):

00.00: Introduction

00.52: Is Ulster rugby entering a period of consistency as demonstrated by Munster and Leinster?

03.16: Ulster’s new signings  – are the foreign players fitting in?

05:04: John Afoa – what does he offer that is different from BJ Botha?

06.20: Is the Ulster back-line playing catch up to the pack in terms of ability?

07.23: Is Ian Humphreys the right man?

11.02: Stefan Terblanche – is he adding much to the squad?

13.12: Defense – the role of Jonny Bell and the impact he has had on the Ulster defense?

14.44: Brian McLaughlin – is it the right decision that he goes?

19.42: Who will take over if McLaughlin goes?

20.48: Why are the English teams failing to deliver in the Heineken Cup?

25.51: Heineken Cup quarter final previews?

28.41: Ulster vs Munster?

31.52: 6 Nations Preview – Ireland – Should Declan Kidney have experimented more with players?

33.50: Is Keith Earls a 13?

35.50: Scotland – what do you expect from them?

36.56:  Wales – will they crumble?

38.48: England – do you expect them to spring a few surprises?

41.30: France – are we to expect big things from them?

43.14: How will the new Italian coach fair – will he bring a bit of flair to the Italian team?

44.57: 6 Nations predictions

46.19: Heineken Cup Quarter final predictions?

47.13: Conclusion

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Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.

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