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RugbyBits focuses on the Springboks, the United Rugby Championships and #SaffasAbroad, while also looking at the big news and results all over the rugby world. The podcast is co-hosted by Jared Wright, Kuhle Sonsiki, Shaun Lilford and Thala Msutu. Visit our webiste at rugbybits.com
 
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Jared, Shaun and Thala review Week 3 of the Autumn Nations Series. The boys start in Genoa with the Springboks’ 63-21 win over Italy. They discuss Willie Le Roux’s attacking impact, what Manie Libbok could add to the backline and how best Nienaber can set up the backline. We look back to the crazy Scotland and Argentina card featuring 6 cards and o…
 
Kooks and Shaun waxing lyrical about the World Cup Final and how the Black Ferns managed to keep the unbelievable forward dominance and driving from the Red Roses at bay long enough to win the title at Eden Park. We dive into the Springbok loss in Marseilles. the justified red cards with split opinion on the final try. Kooks talks about the Springb…
 
Jared, Shaun and Thala do a match-by-match review Week 1 (or is it 2?) of the Autumn Nations Series and the Rugby World Cup semifinals. We discuss about France’s last minute victory thanks to the Damian Penaud try, discuss whether the Australian performance could be a turning point, compare Charles Ollivon and Nic White’s moustache’s and tell you w…
 
Jared, Shaun and Thala have a deep review of the Springboks’ 19-16 loss to Ireland in Dublin. We debate the Damian Willemse selection at 10, how he performed, who should play with him and whether we see Manie Libbok in the next test. We look at Willie Le Roux’s impact on the Bok attack, the struggles for the rolling maul and marvel at Jesse Kriel’s…
 
Jared, Kooks and Thala preview. The Autumn Nations Series and what to expect from a jam-packed window of test rugby. We start off by asking which international window is the best and what makes the Autumn Internationals so special. We preview the Ireland vs Springbok, we ask who are the favorites for this weekend and we find out why Thala is trying…
 
Jared, Kooks, Shaun and Thala are (finally!) all back together to review the weekend’s rugby. We start with the URC and the Stormers comeback victory over the Lions in Johannesburg, lead by Manie Libbok in scintillating form. We also discuss the performance of the Lions loose trio and we recruit more members to the Henco van Wyk hype train. We revi…
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala are joined by Bulls player and SuperSport broadcaster Layla Arrison to review the group stages of the Rugby World Cup 2021. We talk about the performance of the Women Boks, the players that impressed us like Aseza Hele, Simamkele Namba, Latsha Babalwa, Nomawethu Mabenge, Nadine Roos and Zintle Mpupha. We talk about the challe…
 
Kooks, Jared and Shaun fight all the gremlins as they get through the podcast dealing not only with loadshedding but a whole bunch of other bugs. We dive into FirstPhase and after that a look into the SA Derbies coming this weekend. Due to technical difficulties we can not dive into the Sh1t Storm from Durban but we do end off having a great chat a…
 
Jared and Thala review Week 5’s URC action for the South African sides. They both laud Manie Libbok’s quality performance in the rain and discuss the decision to go for the drop goal in the last minute, as the Stormers played in the rain on Friday night. Looking at the Lions loss to Ulster, they look at what is different about the Lions this season…
 
Shaun and Thala let Kooks join the pod after serving his podcast suspension to review the weekend’s rugby. This week’s First Phase question was about combining different aspects of our favourite rugby players to create a Rugby Frankenstein and the results were terrifying! We reviewed the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, which included a brav…
 
Shaun and Thala come together to discuss the weekend’s URC and Premiership action. The pair do a full review of the weekend’s URC games, including the Bulls players on the edge of breaking into the Springboks, the impressive young Lions backline, Mannie Libbok and Brok Harris leading the Stormers to a bonus point win and a new edition of “what is w…
 
The weeks First Phase question providing plenty of talking points with Eric Cantona, Serena Williams, Tommy Caldwell and LeBron James making the RugbyBits First Phase XV with thanks to some great suggestions from the Dirt Trackers. Thala and Shaun round up the Rugby Championship and give their team ratings along with Player of the Tournament for ea…
 
Thala is back in the driving seat and joined by Jared and Shaun as they look back at the Springbok bonus point win over Argentina. They look into the phenomenal first half and why the lack of accuracy in the second. They take a look at the players that stood out and ahead to this weekends clash, predicting who will start at 10 and how the bench wil…
 
Jared and Shaun are solo again as we wait for Thala to rejoin us and Racing 92 to win so Kooks comes back. We take a look at Neil Powell's coaching career, one that is unlikely to be matched by anyone in the near future. He has amassed countless medals but the humble man lists other things as his greatest achievement as a coach, leader and mentor. …
 
Shaun drives today as Kooks and Jared take a deeper look into the Springbok backline, Siya Kolisi and the loose trio. The podcasts takes an unusual turn with the focus being mainly on the backline who played well against Australia and helped the Springboks to a bonus point win. We start off with some news from around the world before our weekly seg…
 
We are joined by journalist Dylan Jack as he, Shaun and Jared breakdown the Springbok loss against the Wallabies in Round 3 of the Rugby Championship. We touch on squad depth, the bench and efficiency of the Bomb Squad. We talk about the elephant in the room from Saturday's game regarding two key moments and we look ahead to this weeks game against…
 
Jared finally gets back on the airwaves after making a move overseas. He and Shaun have a look at the match day 23's posted by Nienaber and Rennie. They take a deep dive into some key match up's and where both sides will look to gain ascendancy. We veer off track by chatting about the Munster fixture added to the November tour and what that means f…
 
Kooks drives the show with Thala and Jared away as we are joined by Dave Wessels to discuss the Springbok selections ahead of the Wallaby game in Round 3 of the Rugby Championship. We all take a trip down memory lane in picking our best Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship memories for this weeks First Phase segment. Dave dives deeper into player selecti…
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala break down the second round of the Rugby Championship, focusing on the Springboks defeat to the All Blacks at Ellis Park. We debate whether the Bomb Squad and the 6-2 split has run its course, the backline reshuffle after Jesse Kriel’s injury and the fantastic performance of Lukhanyo Am on the wing. Kooks also reveals the tru…
 
Kooks and Thala get together to look at the teams and preview the 2nd round of the Rugby Championships, with a particular focus on South Africa and New Zealand. They look at the changes made for the second test by both sides, Kooks asks for people to respect Jesse Kriel and looks forward to a more attacking approach from the Springboks. Kooks and T…
 
Jared, Shaun and Thala look back on the first game week of the Rugby Championship and South Africa’s 26-10 victory over New Zealand and Australia’s bonus point 41-26 victory in Argentina. The team discusses whether this is the most impressive Springbok victory over New Zealand in the professional era, rave about Lukhanyo Am and marvel at how some s…
 
Thala is alone with a short preview pod for the Springboks against the All Blacks in Mbombela in the opening round of the Rugby Championship. He goes through the two teams, the major changes and talking points from the two selections. He sets out some of the areas of the game which will be decisive, tries to predict how the All Blacks will play on …
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala kick off season 2 of the podcast with a big Rugby Championship preview. We start in the First Phase segment discussing what their go-to imaginary rugby move is, which starts a discussion on the merits of a good sidestep around a shopper against offloading a water bottle out of contact. Then we get into the meat of the Rugby C…
 
Kooks and Thala paired up to review all the deciders during week 3 of the July test period. In our First Phase segment, we looked at the best players from the July tests all over the word. We then took a deep dive into the Springboks win in the 3rd test against Wales. We discuss what both sets of coaches learned from the test series, the growth in …
 
In a bonus pod discussing the 2nd week of July tests, Shaun, Thala and Jared (until load shedding intervened) discussed an exciting weekend of international rugby. We started with Ireland’s first victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand. We talk about Ireland’s impressive attack, Thala and Jared provide advice for Peter O’Mahony’s sledging of …
 
Jared, Shaun (with Thala making a post Load shedding appearance) breakdown the Springbok loss to Wales in Bloemfontein. Players that built up their Springbok stocks and some that lost. We dive into Nienaber getting criticism and whether it is justified and what we need to win the series on Saturday in Cape Town. First Phase this week is about our a…
 
Jared, Shaun and Thala reflect on the first week of the July tests. The boys break down the Springbok’s last-minute win in the first test against Wales. We look at what went wrong in the first half, Elton Jantjies’ horror show of a first half and then how Jasper Wiese, Damian Willemse and Willie le Roux turned it around. We react to the team select…
 
International season is here! The boys talk about who some of the impact players will be, like Damian Willemse and Nick Tompkins. We look at what a successful series will be for the Springboks, who are we looking forward to see and also talk about how dangerous Wales can be. Will Ireland finally win a series in NZ? What does Eddie Jones have planne…
 
Jared and Shaun take an in depth look at the Super Rugby, Premiership and URC Finals. A virtual fist pump to Hacjivah Dayimani & Freddie Burns who have taken title celebration up a notch and we are all here for it. Shaun takes a look at a few referee moments in the Stormers v Bulls game highlighting some problems which have been an all too regular …
 
The full squad is here to break down the squad chosen by Jacques Nienaber for the Springboks’ test series against Wales. We break down the selections, the surprises and the snubs in each position and how we expect them to figure out during the test series. Hear why Jared highly rates Rynhardt Elstadt, Shaun and Kooks’ concerns at flyhalf and the de…
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala break down the weekend of knockout rugby around the world. In the First Phase, we discuss our favourite finals in which our teams were not involved in and we discussed the Cheetahs v Lions 2007 Currie Cup Final, the Bulls v Chiefs 2009 Super Rugby Final and the Waratahs v Crusaders 2013 Super Rugby Final. We then break down t…
 
The team is joined by Carl Lewis, head of content at Betcoza, our wonderful sponsors as we dive into the weekend’s URC Quarterfinals. We start in Loftus and credit is give to Jake White’s Bulls team for their consistency throughout the competition and for outlasting the Sharks. We look into why the Sharks season finished below our expectations and …
 
The full squad is joined by chief rugby Twitter pot stirrer AP Cronje, as he continues to offend rugby fans throughout the British Isles in our URC quarterfinal previews. In the Bulls v Sharks game, we debate what the Sharks game plan actually is, their lack of fluency in attack, the importance of Thomas du Toit, the emergence of Johan Grobbelaar a…
 
The full squad, battling nationwide power cuts, came together to discuss the epic European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals. We join in the celebrations in France, as we rave over the impressive performances for both La Rochelle and Lyon. We rave about the performances of Dillyn Leyds and Raymond Rhule as La Rochelle win their first major tro…
 
The entire team jump on in this weeks episode as we take a deeper dive into the South African sides games in the URC. We do however start off with each team member selecting who they believe the others would favorite in the UltimateRugby App. Kooks, Thala, Jared and Shaun bring out some funny moments and well thought out answers based on their rugb…
 
Kooks and Shaun are at the helm in this episode as they jump into Leinster's near perfect Champions Cup performance, Toulouse's stuttering season, the Itoje v Etzebeth battle and the upcoming URC. They both dive into Episode 1 of SuperSport's Springbok and British & Irish Lions documentary, TwoSidesRugbyBits tarafından oluşturuldu
 
The full squad is joined by Tom Savage (better known as @threeredkings on Twitter) who is nursing a hangover from his weekend in Dublin after watching his beloved Munster in the Champions Cup quarterfinal against Toulouse. Tom talks about the fight Munster put up against the European champions. We discuss other ways to settled tied knockout games i…
 
Jared, Shaun and Thala get out their notebooks and discuss what each of the South African URC playoff teams need to work on if they want to win the competition. We look at the Stormers tough win over an impressive young Leinster team and Deon Fourie’s impact. We discuss which of the non-Springbok superstar Sharks players has impressed us the most. …
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala huddle up for another classic episode of the RugbyBits podcast. We start with our new segment, First Phase, and discuss our rugby conspiracy theories. Kooks shares what sorcery Doug Howlett used to keep his All Black try scoring record, Shaun laments the failed opportunity with the EP Kings and we wonder if Jared is actually …
 
The full squad is joined in this episode by former Western Force and Melbourne Rebels head coach, Dave Wessels. Get your notepads out, because this podcast is better than an World Rugby coaching course! We talk Dave’s experiences working under 4 different Springbok head coaches during his time at the Stormers and the Brumbies, his love for Ikeys an…
 
It's all hands on deck this week as Jared, Kooks, Shaun, and Thala discuss the Springbok alignment camps, and what the purpose of these camps is, the reasonings for certain snubs and inclusions. Plus, the gents deliver their hot rugby takes that could get us cancelled, review the SA URC results and look ahead to each team's run into the playoffs. F…
 
Jared, Kooks, Shaun and Thala are all here to talk about the full house of South African URC victories in Round 14. We talk about the progression of the Blitzbok stars in the Sharks and the Stormers like Werner Kok, Seabelo Senatla and Ruhan Nel in their victories over Welsh opposition. We gush over the Bulls loose trio performance against Duane Ve…
 
Thala, Shaun and Kooks are joined by SA Rugby magazine writer Dylan Jack as they take a deeper look at the South African URC teams. As we head into the business end of the competition we look at the state of the SA sides and debate which side is the best in the country, Who are the Sharks going to buy next and who might miss out on a spot in the pl…
 
The full squad is here to review an entertaining Six Nations competition by looking at each team's performance in detail. We marvel at France's grand slam campaign, but Kooks starts asking questions about whether they have maybe peaked too early. Jared has to dig deep to defend England and compliment Ireland. Shaun continues his love fest for Joe M…
 
Thala, Shaun and Kooks are joined by the Raeburn Shield… Chairperson? CEO? Defender? Let’s go with Defender of the Shield, Dave Algie. We discuss how it all came about and the amazing history behind both the Raeburn and Utrecht Shields, tracking the winners in international rugby since the very first Men's test at Raeburn Place. We look at some of …
 
The RugbyBits team chat to Ottavio about Italian Rugby and their Six Nations run, why he supports Promotion/Relegation in the tournament and when, if ever, Sergio Parisse will play his Test match and will it be for Italy or Argentina. A great dive and insight into the club scene, feeder systems and a look at the Italian coaches of the past plus we …
 
Thala and Shaun are joined by Charlie Morgan, the Telegraph's senior rugby writer to do a deep dive on Eddie Jones' England. We look into England's reliance on Manu Tuilagi and whether anyone can step into his shoes. We discuss Eddie Jones experimenting with formation-less attacking structures and position-less backlines. We debate what England's i…
 
Thala is joined by Jared and Shaun to reflect on Six Nations Round 3 where the top teams started separating themselves from the rest. We discuss France's continued march to the Six Nations title. Thala calls out the British and Irish Lions players in the Scotland team and we ponder why Kooks is always missing pods when Finn Russell has a stinker. W…
 
Kooks, Shaun and Thala are joined by Mitch of the Rugby Fixation Podcast to look at the new Super Rugby Pacific competition. We discuss the Fijian Drua’s spear and the issues with the Moana Pasifika’s entry into SRP, the issues had in the past with new teams in Super Rugby. Mitch expertly goes through the different Australian Super Rugby teams, the…
 
The full squad discusses the big bombshell rumour about the Springboks replacing Italy in the Six Nations from 2025 onwards and the implications for the game in South Africa, the Six Nations itself, Italy (and other emerging nations in Europe) and the Rugby Championship. A wide-ranging conversation which considers issues such as the development of …
 
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