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Podcast: Episode 107 – Rugby’s Uncertain Future


This week on the podcast we’re joined by Alan Dymock from Rugby World Magazine and Nicks Johnson to look at the future of rugby given the ongoing global crisis surrounding coronavirus.

Will the 19/20 season be completed? Will the Lions tour to South Africa go ahead? Did the SRU jump the gun in cancelling the domestic season? Can rugby weather the current economic uncertainty and who will come out on top in the battle for World Rugby’s top job?

We take a close look at Gus Pichot and Bill Beaumont’s bid for the World Rugby presidency and wonder if things might be closer than first anticipated.

There’s obviously a lot of coronavirus related chat in this episode so if you’re trying to avoid news around this issue to protect your mental wellbeing then you may want to skip this one. We’ll be back with some more nostalgia and silliness in our forthcoming episodes.

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12 Responses

  1. According to rugbyoass, french press reporting draw for RWC won’t be delayed BUT rankings will not be current standings but those at conclusion of RWC unless 6N is completed.

    Which means Scotland to be ranked 9th even though we are currently 8th. Therefore we will be in a group of death.

  2. Screw it. Scotland team for 2023 World Cup, say what you predict it will be below.

    1. Pierre Schoeman
    2. Fraser Brown
    3. Zander Fagerson
    4. Jonny Gray
    5. Sam Skinner
    6. Jamie Ritchie
    7. Hamish Watson
    8. Magnus Bradbury

    9. George Horne
    10. Finn Russell
    11. Duhan VDM
    12. Sam Johnson
    13. Huw Jones
    14. Darcy Graham
    15. Stuart Hogg

    16. Stuart Mcinally
    17. Rory Sutherland
    18. Oli Kebble (converts to TH)
    19. Richie Gray
    20. Matt Fagerson
    21. Ali Price
    22. Adam Hastings
    23. Blair Kinghorn

    1. Hogg; D Graham, H Jones, Johnson, van der Merwe; Russell, G Horne
      Schoeman, McInally, Z Fagerson; Skinner, J Gray; Ritchie, Watson; Bradbury
      (Stewart, Sutherland, Berghan, Cummings, Crosbie, Price, Hastings, Kinghorn)

      Reserves: Turner, Kebble, Toolis, M Fagerson, Shiel, van der Walt, Hutchinson, McDowall

  3. Siosiua Halanukonuka and Nick Frisby will leave Scotstoun at the end of the season.

    1. I rate Sam Johnson but for me, Scott was the form inside centre for Scotland this last season and still don’t understand why he wasn’t given at least some game time this last 4/5/6 Nations. Hope he can continue his form at Leicester whenever competitive rugby is resumed & that he isn’t overlooked for playing south of the border. We have a number of potentially great 13s at the moment but strong & skilful 12s are a bit rarer & we can’t afford to let another drift into the wilderness before their time. Hope everyone is keeping well.

      1. Been watching the ‘past’ Scottish rugby games on Saturday night. Forgot about Ian Jardine at i/c. What a strong runner he was with some lovely angles coming onto the pass.

  4. I’m not impressed by Dave Rennie’s comments regarding handing the title to Leinster. As Head coach of a side currently in a play off position he should be focused to win for Glasgow. Maybe he is just trying to wind up Edinburgh but it smacks of a guy whose more interested in moving on to his next job than winning anything with Glasgow.

  5. I have a very socially distant Where’s Dougie Donnelly… Please see link, scroll through pictures on home page, you will find the Horne brothers. Not sure if its pointed out before. If not #YoureWelcome

  6. The Culture Secretary met with representatives from football, rugby and other sports this week. It seems as though finishing the English Premier League seems likely on the basis that games will be played at smaller neutral venues that are strictly controlled via testing of all individuals who enter.

    I can see the 6N following suit with the remaining games played mid to late summer. I always feel that a full Millenium stadium is almost like a 16th man on the pitch and so this would be good news for Scotland if the Wales game takes place at a smaller quiet venue. The other issue I guess is how French and Italian players can be safely transported to wherever the games will be played. Finishing the tournament will clearly be in Scotland’s interests as I can see us beating Wales at a neutral venue which would allow us to bank those ranking points ahead of the RWC draw.

    1. Seeing as Top 14 is off until at least September I can’t see France playing their remaining game in summer.

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