Hosts Al Kellock, Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm catch up with Scottish Rugby referee's Mike Adamson and Hollie Davidson for our first podcast of 2021. Mike and Hollie discuss their recent appointments, the changes to training and preparation within the Scottish Rugby set-up and how they have had to adapt their on-field refereeing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Hollie tells us her pathway from player to referee and Mike, who will officiate England v Italy in round two of the Guinness Six Nations, gives us an insight into his transition from Scotland 7s to becoming an international referee.

December 21, 2020

Fantasy XV

To end 2020 hosts Al Kellock, Chris Paterson, Jamie McMillan and Rachel Malcolm pick their Fantasy XV. After a lot of deliberation and miscommunication Chris Paterson set out his criteria as a current World XV, Al Kellock selected from Scottish players in the last 20 years and Rachel Malcolm picked her fantasy XV of current Scotland players. So listen to hear when combined together who made into their final fantasy XV selection.

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend and captain Stuart Hogg react to today’s draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Scotland have been drawn with reigning champions South Africa and Ireland, along with two other countries, the team which finishes top of the Asia/Pacific Qualification tournament and the second top side from the European qualifying competition.

On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by Scotland international Huw Jones. The Glasgow Warriors back talks about what it has been like changing positon to full-back this season and what he is expecting this weekend when Glasgow Warriors travel to play Exeter Chiefs in the European Champions Cup.

Chris Paterson, Al Kellock and Jamie McMillan look back on Scotland’s defeat to Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup and ahead to this weekend’s games in the European Champions Cup, with Edinburgh at home to La Rochelle on Saturday and Glasgow away to Exeter on Sunday.

New Scottish Rugby Chairman, John Jeffrey and President, Ian Barr are also on this week’s episode to discuss the challenges they’ve faced due to COVID-19 and their hopes for the year ahead.

This week we hear from Scotland centre, Duncan Taylor on his rugby career so far and life inside the Scotland camp, as the team prepare to face Ireland on Saturday on the final weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup.
 
Duncan tells us about how he is glad to be back in camp after a period of being injured, starting alongside Jaco van der Walt this weekend, touring with Al Kellock in 2013 and how preparations are going to take on former Saracens coach Andy Farrell's Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. 
 
Al, Chris and Jamie discuss the pathways to international rugby, look ahead to Ireland v Scotland and the challenges Scotland might face and they review both Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors PRO14 fixtures.

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair joins hosts Al Kellock, Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm on this week's podcast from inside the Scotland camp. ​

Mike tells us about what the week ahead looks like in camp, how the coaches and analysts prepare for the final weekend, the challenges coaching international rugby compared to club rugby​ and finding the balance in attack and defence.

Al, Chris and Rachel give their views on the Autumn Nations Cup fixtures from the weekend and Glasgow v Munster from Monday night.

Scotland scrum-half, Ali Price joins hosts Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm on this week's podcast to chat about the opening fixture of the Autumn Nations Cup against Italy and what they expect this weekend against France. ​​

Ali Price tells us about how he feels facing scrum-half Antoine Dupont​, the atmosphere in the Scotland camp, how they have been keeping busy in their downtime with games of chess and warzone and the changes in the team to play against France. Al, Chris and Rachel review Italy v Scotland and Leinster v Edinburgh from the weekend and the Scotland team selected to play on Sunday. Watch the match live on Amazon Prime Video – Scotland v France Sunday 22 November (kick-off 3.15pm GMT).

Scotland Centre, Chris Harris joins hosts Chris Paterson and Al Kellock on this week's podcast to chat about his rugby journey from Carlisle RFC to the Premiership and international rugby stage.
 
Chris Harris tells us about his favourite international moments including being selected for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the atmosphere the fans bring to BT Murrayfield, how preparations are going for their first Autumn Nations Cup game against Italy on Saturday and how the squad are keeping busy in their downtime.
 
Al Kellock catches up with Scotland captain and co-host Rachel Malcolm around the disappointing news of the remaining Women's Six Nations fixtures being cancelled and the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers being postponed.
 
Al and Chris discuss the performances of both Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO14 and the Scotland team selected to play Italy on Saturday. Watch the match live on Amazon Prime Video – Italy v Scotland, Saturday 14 November (kick-off 12.45pm GMT).

Head Coach, Gregor Townsend joined hosts Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm on this week's podcast to discuss the Guinness Six Nations and upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.Gregor Townsend discusses the strength and depth of his Autumn Nations squad, updates us on Finn Russell and Adam Hastings injuries sustained against Wales and tells us what he expects to see from Italy in the first Autumn Nations Cup match. Al, Chris, Rachel and Jamie review our final Guinness Six Nations match of the year and our first win in Wales since 2002 as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors weekend performances. Rachel Malcolm gives an update from the Women's camp after their postponed game against Wales

International rugby has returned. Scotland and Glasgow Warriors hooker, Fraser Brown and Scotland and Stirling County winger, Rachel Shankland join hosts Al Kellock, Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm on this week's podcast. Fraser Brown talks to us about captaining his country for the first time on Friday night, the milestone moments for his team mates and how they were celebrated off the pitch under the COVID-19 restrictions, managing the game against Georgia and preparing for the final game of the Guinness Six Nations against Wales this weekend. Scotland Women debutant, Rachel Shankland gave us an insight into her journey to the national team, how it felt to score against France in her first game and the belief the Scotland Women's team has for the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers.

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