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French RUGBY CONNECTIONS with Veronique Landew & Mike Pearce
33 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
It's a wrap & Xavier Brissard, author of the art of the war of rugby
This is the last episode of the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast for season 2 and we've had a ball...pun intended, sharing the latest French Rugby news, from the top 14, the Heineken and Challenge cup, the 6 Nations, and Les Bleus, of course. Mike Pearce, finally provides more details on his book "Les Bleus Brothers", perfect for your summer holiday and I have the pleasure to speak with Xavier Brissard, who has written an excellent and thought-provoking book called "The art of the war of rugby". Enjoy the French RUGBY CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the gallic flair.
24 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
The Top14 competition started on 4th September and will finish in style in le Stade de France in Paris. Mike Pearce and I preview the final between Castres and Montpellier and we pay homage to the final game of a special rugby friend, Monsieur Guilhem Guirado! We share with you the latest Rugby news and we discuss the FUN CRUNCH aka the Barbarians game at Twickenham last Sunday,Enjoy the French RUGBY CONNECTIONS, the rugby podcast with the gallic flair!
17 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
"English" Connections at Castres & Les Barrages
The Top 14 season is officially over after 26 epic French rugby weekends! Mike and I give you a very quick review of this ultimate French rugby weekend and the latest rugby news regarding transfers, retirements, new jobs, and women's rugby in under 20 mins! Veronique has Covid and needs to look after her vocal cords.To be continued! Next week: Montpellier and ....Castres will play in the semi-final, but which team will they play against? Racing 92 or Bordeaux or Toulouse or La Rochelle. Enjoy the French RUGBY CONNECTIONS, the rugby podcast with the Fench flair.
41 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
French rugby in all its glory & Eric Champ (Part 3)
Done and dusted! The Challenge and the Heineken Cup have been won by two French Rugby clubs and this weekend, both winners will meet in the very tight Top 14 last weekend of rugby before the playoffs aka "Les Barrages". Hear our thoughts on these hard-won European cups and what's in store in the final Top 14 weekend! Finally, you can listen to the final part of my chat with Eric Champ, kindly translated by Tom Dickson! Eric champ is philosophical and funny and made me laugh on a few occasions while recounting some anecdotes. You will enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTiONS, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
27 minutes | May 20, 2022
Allo, Allo ici Toulouse with Tom Dickson
Tom Dickson, English and French rugby friend from Stade Toulousain and highly valued translator in previous episodes with Fabien Pelous, Yannick Jauzion, Denis Charvet, and Eric Champ joins me in previewing the penultimate weekend of the crazy Top 14! Not a boring competition for sure, this year!We also talk about the Euro semis, Pain au chocolat or Chocolatine;-) and Rugby Sevens! Enjoy the French Rugby Connections, the podcast with the French flair!
33 minutes | May 12, 2022
European Cup French Style and Eric Champ (Part 2)
It feels good to be French when you're a rugby aficionado, following the phenomenal win from Toulouse against Munster and Racing 92 at the Stade de la Defense versus Sale! This week, you can also listen part 2 of my chat with former Bleus Eric Champ (42 caps), about his time as a rugby player and owner of the Toulon club and his thoughts about its current owner. Piece of warning, this week's French rugby lesson is getting arduous! Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
36 minutes | May 5, 2022
CHAMPagne! Eric Champ is on The French Rugby CONNECTIONS!
Back with a bang! After a 4 week hiatus, the FRC is back on and the Top 14 is going mad, i.e. the points difference between the top 7 teams is minimal! Eric Champ is my guest this week (episode 1) and he reminisces that QF in 2011 against Les Anglais. but he would love to have a pint with Mickey Skinner 30 years later. Mike Pearce and I review the Top14 and I rant over the six Nations Women final.....PS: I have to thank Tom Dixon who kindly translated for Eric Champ. Merci Tom!
19 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Tik Tok Top 14 Time
Only 5 more weekends of Top 14 rugby before the playoffs and the fight will be fierce as the race to the top 6 couldn't be tighter! Veronique Landew and Mike Pearce summarise the Top 14 as it stands and we deep dive into the Tik Tok 6 Nations! Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French Flair!
37 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Jean Pierre Rives (part 2) & Les Bleus are finally Grand Slam Winners!
Done and Dusted! Bravo les Bleus for your epic 6 Nations Grand Slam win! I also chat with twice grand slam winner, Jean Pierre Rives about his life post-rugby as a painter and sculptor and his involvement with the creation of the French Barbarians with Jacques Fourroux in 1979 and the rest is history! Mike Pearce, my co-host provides great stats about the 6 Nations, shares his sorrow about the Welsh Rugby situation, and updates us on the Top 14. Not long now until the semi-final! Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
36 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Casque D'or aka Jean Pierre Rives & Les Bleus Grand Slam Conquest
This week with Jean Pierre Rives, nicknamed Casque d’Or – Golden Helmet – Rives was the star of French rugby in the 1970s and 1980s and became French captain 34 times, playing alongside Jean-Claude Skrela and Jean-Pierre Bastiat in a legendary back row. His style was free-spirited, unpredictable, and entertaining.....in one word ....Very French.Mike Pearce and I review and preview the last crucial game for France and briefly for the other nations. Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French Flair!
27 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Bread of Heaven for Wales or third time lucky for France?
On this episode, we preview from a French and Welsh point of view that Pivotal game! Will it be third time lucky for Les Bleus or could the men from Wayne Pivac create a big upset? Mike Pearce, my co-host goes back to memory lane where his love of Rugby started 52 years ago, when he first saw a valiant Welsh rugby team play on TV and the rest is history. Unmissable! French Rugby CONNECTIONS, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Cardiff showdown and Denis Charvet (part 2)
Mike Pearce and I review THAT phenomenal 6 Nations match between Wales vs France and what's been happening in the top 14 too. Your French rugby digest in 30 mins this week! Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
34 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Denis Charvet (Part 1) & Les Bleus vs Scotland
Mike Pearce and I preview the pivotal match between Scotland against France. The last time, Les Bleus won at Murrayfield during the 6 Nations was in 2014, so payback time! I chat with another former international phenomenal player from the 80s and 90s, the talented and humble Denis Charvet about his rugby days, and I finish with the ritual French lesson! Enjoy the French Rugby Connections Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
35 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Le "Green Crunch" & Franck Mesnel, part 3
Review and preview of the 6 Nations and especially THAT game between the two strongest teams in the northern hemisphere, France and Ireland by Moi, Veronique Landew, and my co-host, Mike Pearce. We also discuss what's going wrong at Toulon and I finish my chat with the humble and magnificent former French International and co-creator of Eden Park luxury leisurewear, Franch Mesnel. Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS, the Gallic Podcast with the French fair.
47 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Franck Mesnel, playing in 3 World Rugby Championship & against England (part 2)
Franck Mesnel recalls the crazy years or "the Showbizz years" when rugby was still amateur and facing Les Anglais in the QF in the Rugby World cup in 1991. He recollects how on the back of a bow tie, he created a business with his teammate, Eric Blanc. Fast forward to2022, Mike Pearce, my co-host, and I preview the 6 Nations and Les Bleus: will they finally win the 6 Nations this year? Enjoy French rugby CONNNECTIONS, the rugby podcast with the French flair.
37 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Franck Mesnel, a perfect French gentleman (part 1)
This week, I have the immense privilege to speak to one of the best fly-half and Centre in the World, Franck Mesnel. He reminisces of his younger days playing rugby and the incredible "Show Biz" memories of playing with Eric Blanc, Jean Baptiste Lafond, Philippe Guillard, Brett Gosper, etc. My co-host, Mike Pearce and I review the "Euro Covid-plagued cup "and to finish off, I teach Mike a new Rugby word as part of my ritual and unmissable French lesson. Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the French flair!
15 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Euro Fest 2022
In this week's short episode, Mike Pearce and I preview the European Championship games and we share with you the latest news regarding the top 14 and the Pro D2 rankings. As usual, I finish with my French rugby "lesson" and this time, Mike raised his "Welsh" beret....Lol Enjoy the French Rugby CONNECTIONS, the French podcast with the Gallic flair.
24 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Happy 6 Nations & Yannick Jauzion (part 3)
Games are still back on as far as we are aware and Bordeaux is still topping the Top 14! The 6 Nations are just round the corner and I can't help myself recalling THAT spell-binding game between France vs Wales last year to Mike... We both review the numerous and high-profile transfers and I chat with Yannick Jauzion, former Bleus (73 caps) and Toulouse player about his life after rugby and his thoughts about Les Bleus success in the last few years. Enjoy French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the gallic flair!
23 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Bonnes fêtes & Yannick Jauzion (part 2)
On French Rugby CONNECTIONS, listen to part 2 of my chat with Yannick Jauzion, 73 caps playing with Les Bleus, and 12 years spent with Stade Toulousain. Regarding the Top 14, it was a brief rugby weekend as only 3 games were played last weekend, because of the new Covid variant. Enjoy French rugby CONNECTIONS with moi, Veronique Landew and Mike Pearce, the rugby podcast with the gallic twist,
29 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
O Scrum all ye faithful & Yannick Jauzion (Part 1)
On the French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, this week, I chat with International Centre and former Toulouse player, Yannick Jauzion about his phenomenal try and that win against the All Blacks in the RWC in 2007 and also the "not so great match" playing against Les Anglais in Telstra Park in 2003 in the RWC semi-final . Part 1 is unmissable and more rugby chat for next week with Yannick. Mike and I discuss the European Cup difficulties and preview the Top 14. Enjoy French Rugby CONNECTIONS Podcast, the rugby podcast with the gallic flair.
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