Rugby Tackled (Episode 6)

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(L-R) Simon Best, Andy Park (host) & Andy Matchett


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

Each podcast, surveys all happenings 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:

Andy Matchett: former Ulster scrum half and 1999 European Cup winner.


Simon Best: former Ulster captain and Irish Rugby international.

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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

01.00: Ireland versus Scotland review – Did we avoid a  potential banana-skin?

02.35: Simon, what about your brother’s leadership – did you give him the wink from the stand…?

07.25: Andy, what is the role of the Irish scrum-half in terms of tactics?

09.40: Why is Donncha O’Callaghan brought in ahead of Donnacha Ryan considering Ryan is ahead of him for Munster?

12.06: What now for Andy Robinson – is the writing on the wall?

15.36: England at Twickenham – Simon you must be proud as punch – how is Rory’s injury?

16.44: Will our midfield be able to compete with the English midfield?

18.27: England French game – was it a game of two coaches?

22.15: Is the French team a team that needs to be radically overhauled?

23.48 Wales versus Italy review – Wales for the Grand Slam?

26.16: Predictions for the weekend?

28.25: Ulster’s new coach Mark Anscombe… Is it a backwards step?

30.52: What will Mark Anscombe bring to Ulster?

33.16: Will player power be a factor in Ulster Rugby next season?

35.00: Has Stuart Lancaster done enough to get the England job?

37.01: Conclusion

37.13: End

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