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Champions Rugby Show
17 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Finn Russell – Perfect Ten
Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell speaks exclusively to James Burridge ahead of the biggest match of his career. The enigmatic Scotsman talks about facing Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup Final, what it means to be short-listed for the EPCR European Player of the Year award plus he fires a warning to his Scotland team mate Stuart Hogg.
49 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
The Final - Now is the time
Racing, Wales and Lions legend, Jamie Roberts, joins James Burridge and BT Sport commentator Alastair Eykyn to look ahead to this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup Final when Racing 92 take on Exeter Chiefs for a chance to be crowned Kings of Europe. There is also a guest appearance from arguably the form fly-half in Europe right now, Racing’s enigmatic number ten, Finn Russell.
22 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Mike Phillips - Racing against time
Racing 92 and Wales legend Mike Phillips helps James Burridge count down to the Heineken Champions Cup Final. The former scrum-half discusses Parisian flair, emotional coaches and his masterplan for beating Exeter Chiefs!
28 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Gareth Steenson – Mr Exeter
Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson joins James Burridge to discuss his beloved Chiefs reaching their first ever Heineken Champions Cup final. Steenson talks about the calmness of Rob Baxter, the brilliance of Stuart Hogg and what it would mean to beat Racing 92 and lift the Champions Cup.
43 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
The Heineken Champions Cup Final Four
Former Wasps flanker Flo Rossigneux and Sky Sports commentator Miles Harrison, join James Burridge to look ahead to this weekend’s semi-final showdowns after a dramatic weekend of Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final action. Saracens edged out 4 time champions Leinster to set up a trip to Paris to take on Racing 92 in Saturday’s first semi-final. The second semi sees Exeter host Toulouse after both sides’ convincing quarter-final wins over Northampton and Ulster respectively – and we speak to former Chiefs prop, Brett Sturgess, to find out what Exeter need to do to overcome the Cheslin Kolbe inspired French side.
51 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
The Heineken Champions Cup is back!
Former ASM Clermont Auvergne scrum-half and Scotland captain, Greig Laidlaw, joins James Burridge and RTE commentator Michael Corcoran to look ahead to this weekend’s mouth-watering Heineken Champions Cup quarter final ties. We analyse defending champions Saracens’ trip to Leinster, the all French affair between Clermont and Racing 92, Toulouse’s clash with Ulster, and former Saints scrum-half, Lee Dickson, discusses Northampton’s chances against an in-form Exeter side. Plus Greig Laidlaw tells us what makes Racing and Scotland fly-half Finn Russell so special.
19 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
The new-look Heineken Champions Cup
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the European club rugby calendar, the Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup will have a brand new look for the 2020/21 season. EPCR CEO Vincent Gaillard and Chairman Simon Halliday join the Champions Rugby Show to talk through an exciting 24-club format and its special features.
30 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Ronan O’Gara – The Heineken Cup was everything
Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara reflects on a stunning career which saw him win the Heineken Cup twice with Munster. One of the greatest fly-half’s in history, O’Gara discusses miracle matches, missed kicks and inspirational team-mates - plus he reveals how life in La Rochelle is treating him.
36 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Neil Back - Winning back to back
Arguably one of the game’s finest flankers, Neil Back joins James Burridge to take us through his glittering Leicester Tigers career which saw him play in three Heineken Champions Cup Finals – winning two of them. The former England forward also discusses that World Cup win in 2003, the art of leadership and how to tackle Jonah Lomu!
39 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Sir Ian McGeechan – Coaching royalty
Sir Ian McGeechan reflects on his remarkable coaching career with James Burridge. “Geech” discusses European glory with Wasps, getting the best out of Danny Cipriani, and keeping big egos in check!
36 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Nigel Owens - European Centurion
Regarded by many as the world’s finest official, Nigel Owens reveals his pride of having refereed over 100 European matches, including six Heineken Champions Cup Finals. The Welshman relives his favourite moments on the pitch, discusses the pressure of refereeing the best players on the planet and reveals why the game has given him so much.
25 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Rob Kearney - Chasing Stars
Leinster legend, Rob Kearney, discusses his glittering club career to date which has seen him claim four Heineken Champions Cups, a European Challenge Cup and the European Player of the Year Award. The Ireland and Lions full back also reveals his most memorable European rugby moments and what it’s like playing under coaching royalty such as Michael Cheika, Joe Schmidt and Stuart Lancaster.
24 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Ken Owens - No Hiding Place
Scarlets, Wales and Lions hooker Ken Owens reflects on his brilliant career, as we celebrate 25 years of the Heineken Champions Cup. The Sheriff discusses his heroes becoming his friends, that stunning win over Toulon in 2018 and whether he should have a pub built in his honour!
26 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Dan Lyle – An American in Bath
Dan Lyle joined Bath as an unknown American, whose critics said wouldn’t understand the sport – but he left as a European Champion. Listen to how the former number 8 helped Bath conquer Europe and is now helping to advance rugby in the USA, as well as calling the Heineken Champions Cup action on NBC Sports.
26 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
Keith Wood - Stand Up and Fight
He was a man that broke the mould. Former Ireland hooker Keith Wood reveals all about his brilliant club career, including his reluctance to join Harlequins, his heartbreak at losing the 2000 European Cup Final and how Stand Up and Fight became Munster's iconic anthem.
24 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Denis Hickie - Leinster Legacy
Leinster legend Denis Hickie re-lives the heartbreak of THAT semi-final defeat to Munster in 2006 – but gives his take on playing in the match that helped launch his side in Europe. Hickie also explains why his sister’s wedding suffered at the hands of Leinster’s first European Cup triumph!
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Simon Zebo - The Flying Irishman
Racing 92 superstar Simon Zebo discusses his past, present and future in the Heineken Champions Cup. The Irish wing gives us the lowdown on record-breaking hat-tricks, his unique bond with former club Munster, and why he believes his current side will lift the European Cup.
33 minutes | May 26, 2020
Andy Nicol – Bath, Brive and Bordeaux
He became the first Brit to lift the Heineken Champions Cup - Andy Nicol explains how he helped Bath to "The Holy Grail" in 1998. The former Scotland scrum-half also discusses battles with Brive, red wine in Bordeaux, and trying to fill the European Cup with milkshake!
32 minutes | May 22, 2020
Lawrence Dallaglio - Written in the Stars
"Leading Wasps to European glory was as good as winning the World Cup!" English rugby icon Lawrence Dallaglio talks about his two brilliant Heineken Champions Cup triumphs, why Wasps were destined for success, and what he said to upset Sir Steve Redgrave!
34 minutes | May 19, 2020
Leon Lloyd - Just a kid from Coventry
He was the teenager that replaced England legend Rory Underwood, and went on to become the hero in one of Leicester’s greatest ever victories. Leon Lloyd discusses scoring two tries in the 2001 Heineken Champions Cup Final, the agony of snapping his neck and his inspirational new career.
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