It’s the biggest club rugby story since ‘Bloodgate’. Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined £5.3m for breaching salary cap rules. What impact will it have on Saracens? Are the sanctions fair or should they have been harsher? How have other clubs and players reacted to the news? We’ve interrupted Chris Jones’ holiday to bring you a special pod with Danny Care and commentator Alastair Eykyn to explain it all.
Ugo's big return... sort of!
Ugo is finally back on the pod but he's been stood up by Chris and Danny. They have more pressing issues at hand so our normal podding service will resume next week! But Ugo prides himself on being the consummate professional so he's turned up with some interesting stats on the World Cup, and is keen to discuss them with Paddy the engineer, who is forced to make a special guest appearance.
Bonus Pod: England stunned by South Africa in World Cup final
Chris Jones and Matt Dawson are back in the minibus to record another pod as they leave the Yokohama stadium, but the mood is very different a week after England's dominant victory over the All Blacks. Eddie Jones' side were outplayed by South Africa in the World Cup final so Chris and Matt try and pinpoint where it went wrong. They also discuss the significance of this victory for South Africa and their captain Siya Kolisi, and reflect on the last seven weeks in Japan.
Your World Cup final team talk
It’s the night before the World Cup final, the next 24 hours are crucial. So Chris Jones has got two World Cup winners – Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson – to give you, the Rugby Union Weekly listeners, some advice on how to prepare for the big match.
Inside the England camp: The World Cup Final Preview
Chris Jones and Tom Fordyce visit the England team for the final time ahead of their World Cup final against South Africa. They speak to Eddie Jones about the emotion of the day. Captain Owen Farrell defends his culinary skills and why he feels the time is right for this team to lift the trophy. Jamie George reveals how the team worked on their togetherness ahead of the World Cup. Plus, Mako Vunipola tell us about helping Billy deal with all the ticket requests for the final.