ITV RWC Commentary Team

ITV’s team for the Rugby World Cup
Presenters: Mark Pougatch, Jill Douglas, Craig Doyle, Martin Bayfield.

Pundits: Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton, Brian O’Driscoll, Bryan Habana, Sir Clive Woodward, Paul O’Connell, Gareth Thomas, George Gregan, Sir Ian McGeechan, Lawrence Dallaglio, Maggie Alphonsi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jim Hamilton, Mike Phillips and Michael Lynagh.

Commentators: Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison, Martin Gillingham and Simon Ward.

Co-commentators: Jamie Roberts, Ugo Monye, Shane Williams, Scott Hastings, Danielle Waterman, Ben Kay and Alan Quinlan.

Ireland, Chill. Your RWC Prep could be going as badly as Russia’s…

Jersey Reds Beat Russia 35-22

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49494860
Jersey Reds beat Russia in a World Cup warm-up game

The island side, who finished fourth in English rugby’s second tier, led 28-12 at half-time in Moscow after tries from Leroy Van Dam, Luc Jones, Greg Dyer and skipper Apakuki Ma’afu.

Auguy Slowik then crossed early in the second half for the islanders.
Russia scored two tries in each half, with Sale lock Andrei Ostrikov going over for one of them.

The fixture was arranged through Russia head coach Lyn Jones, whose son Luc plays for Jersey.

Russia, ranked 20th in the world, are in a pool with Scotland, Ireland, Samoa and hosts Japan at the World Cup which begins next month.

BBC Article

Russia are not going to have a fun time at this Rugby World Cup methinks. Congrats to Jersey Reds of course.

ALL BLACKS 31 FOR RWC9

Owen Franks, Ngani Laumape and Liam Squires have missed out, with the latter omissions on stand-by as back-up. The rest of the squad was fairly predictable:

FORWARDS
PROPS:
Angus Ta’avao
Joe Moody
Nepo Laulala
Ofa Tuungafasi
Atunaisa Moli

HOOKERS:
Codie Taylor
Dane Coles
Liam Coltman

LOCKS
Brodie Retallick
Samuel Whitelock
Patrick Tuipulotu
Scott Barrett

LOOSIES
Ardie Savea
Luke Jacobson
Kieran Read
Matt Todd
Sam Cane

HALFBACKS
Aaron Smith
TJ Perenara
Brad Weber

BACKS
Anton Lienert-Brown
Beauden Barrett
Ben Smith
George Bridge
Jack Goodhue
Jordie Barrett
Ryan Crotty
Richie Mo’unga
Rieko Ioane
Sevuloni Reece
Sonny Bill Williams

Unlikely friendship and great listen

Having taken 8 hours to get from London to Stratford on Avon, thanks to 2 crashes on M25 and having to turn back at Oxford having got through it as wife left phone in the car 🤬😡🤬😡☠️ (Mani make room under that patio please), I had loads of time to catch up on some podcasts.
The best of which was the House of Rugby episode with Haskell & Robshaw.
Was surprised how close they seemed, it was actually quite sweet!

It’s a good listen, although the Eddie haters may want to skip some of it as they are very complimentary of him.
For everyone else it offers a peak behind the curtain.

Highly recommend!