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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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Thala is back as all but one of the team look back at the brilliant Sharks win and how Toulouse put Leinster down in their third straight loss. We dive into the Sharks journey and are surprised about the strays they caught celebrating. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup is over for this season, time to focus on the domestic competitions with the U…
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Kooks and Thala come together to do a quick podcast reviewing the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarterfinals and look forward to round 14 of the URC. We discuss Leinster’s great week in exorcising the La Rochelle ghost, signing Jordie Barrett and their social media entering their villain era. We discuss the issues with the South African teams in…
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Kooks and Sharks are at it again as they focus on the South African sides in the Champions and Challenge Cup. They look at sides which simply can not lose, Sharky makes a bold prediction and Kooks' hot take will make the South African's happy. #ChampioncCup #ChallengeCup #RugbyUnion #Stormers #Bulls #Sharks #Cheetahs #Lions #Springboks #JasperWiese…
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Shaun and Thala review round 12 of the URC which saw all 4 South African teams win their matches. We first look at the Stormers victory over Edinburgh and Shaun (who watched live) raved about how good Damian Willemse looks live and the encouraging signs from Wandi Simelane’s performance. For the Sharks game, Thala discusses whether the Sharks have …
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Shaun and Kooks are joined by a surprise guest as we discuss the 6 Nations and Super Rugby shock results. This weeks first phase we discuss what song our favorite players would run out too. In the Six Nations we discuss if England have recipe to beat Ireland, Gregor Townsend is on the chopping block and how incredible the Italian midfield was.…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala are joined by SA rugby Twitter bad boy AP Cronje to review the South African derbies in week 11 of the URC. We first react to the Bulls breaking their seven match losing streak against the Stormers with a convincing win at Loftus. AP breaks down how the Bulls have improved this season, we discuss why Johan Goosen should alway…
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Shaun and Thala review week 2 of the Six Nations. We start at the controversial no try call at the end of Scotland v France and debate whether the officials got it right. We also discuss why all the Scotland losses against the better teams all feel the same and whether France played a lot better than most give them credit. Moving onto England v Wal…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala review the first round of the Six Nations which saw 3 away wins. We start by discussing the player, try and moment of the round with love being shown for Joe McCarthy’s performance and the Duhan van der Merwe try among others. We begin by reviewing Ireland’s dominant victory over France. We look at how Ireland shut the French…
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We certainly run out of time but Francisco takes us through a bit of the weekends action, talk about the tournament format and the disruption in teams due to coaching changes along with everyone waiting on World Rugby to confirm RWC2027 qualification. Francisco talks warmly about the retiring Rayner Parkinson from Germany and a look at his career #…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala come together for a comprehensive preview of the 2024 Six Nations which starts this weekend. We look through each team and the changes made to the squads since the 2023 Rugby World Cup, we discuss the players we are looking forward to seeing and what a pass mark will be for each team. Which team do we think will win the Grand…
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Thala and Shaun review the weekends Champions Cup action. They talk about the Sharks...AGAIN and have a look at the Round of 16 fixtures. We pick our winners to go through to the Quarter Finals try and unpack what is going on with the Sharks, Owen Farrell and how the Bulls and Stormers nearly slipped up. Enjoy…
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Kooks and Shaun get 2024 underway as they take a look at the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action from the weekend. We talk Finn, Antoine, Damian, Hacjivah and much more. We then dive into what 2024 will bring and a look at contenders for the Springbok jersey as well as what this year will bring for France, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Englan…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala record their last pod of 2023, mainly looking back at the second weekend of Champions and Challenge Cup and wrapping up a massive year for rugby. We start with the Stormers smash and grab win over the champs La Rochelle. Kooks talks about almost taking a photo with Jonathan Danty. Shaun has questions about the balance of the …
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Shaun and Thala review the first round of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup games - a weekend of mostly positive results and performances for the South African teams. We start with the Bulls dominant win over Saracens at Loftus. We discuss Cameron Hanekom’s rise as the next big thing in South Africa rugby and the dangerous Bulls back 3. We then go to…
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We're back baby and we get this new season off with Thala, Shaun and Kooks chatting about what's going on. Shaun and Kooks avoid the Sharks problems, Thala is basking in the Bulls victories. We take a hard look at fans and why the likes of Owen Farrell are putting their international career on pause. We take a look at the Champions Cup Round 1 fixt…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala deal with their Rugby World Cup hangovers by looking at each of the top RWC teams to discuss where do they go from here. Listen as we discuss the Springboks coaching situation, what the All Blacks will do at flyhalf, what France can do to be less Dupont-dependent, who England should build around in the next four-year cycle, w…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala break down South Africa retaining the Rugby World Cup after their 12-11 victory against New Zealand. The gents start by marveling at Pieter-Steph du Toit’s man of the match performance and Kooks talks about his attempt to commemorate his performance. We then break down the Springbok defensive performance, the impact of Kwagga…
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The full squad are all here to preview the biggest Rugby World Cup Final ever. Jared, Kooks, Shaun and Thala react to the match day 23s selected by the two teams, the impact of the 7:1 Springbok bench will seek to have, how the All Blacks will counter Ox Nche and Trevor Nyakane, the importance of starts and the kicking game and the most important p…
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Shaun and Thala are joined by Distracted Sports' Tony O'Sullivan to debate selections and to get a Kiwi take on Saturday's Rugby World Cup Final between South Africa and New Zealand. Tony shares the stress he has thinking about Ox Nche, why Dane Coles and Willie le Roux have similar roles in the team, the luxury of rotating between Sam Whitelock an…
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Shaun and Thala are joined by Jamie Wall of Radio New Zealand to preview the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup final. Jamie discusses why some of the changes in selection for the All Blacks in 2022 happened more through chance than by design. The influence of Joe Schmidt and Jason (not James, Thala) Ryan as coaches. Why Rieko Ioane gets a bad wrap…
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Thala leads the team along with Kooks and Shaun as they unpack just how the Springboks wangled their way into the RWC2023 Final. We look at how brilliant England were but were just not able to hold on. Clutch Handre and other great substitutes that lifted the Springbok game. A look at the All Blacks and their big in over Argentina plus we already a…
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We take a look at the scintillating rugby on display this weekend as RWC2023 puts on a show in the best Quarter Final display in the tournaments history. We go over each game and touch on the Fiji comeback, Argentina cook as Nico Sanchez seals the game. the All Blacks fending off Ireland after what felt like a lifetime and the Springboks beating Fr…
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Jared, Shaun and Thala preview the weekend's Rugby World Cup quarterfinals now that all the teams have been announced. We start with Wales v Argentina by asking who is the bigger loss between Taulupe Faletau and Pablo Matera. Jared ponders how Argentina's high possession game plan will go against Wales being happy to defend. We pick out players to …
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Shaun and Thala are joined by the Roar Rugby Podcast's Harry Jones to look at the Springboks before their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal clash with France in our RugbyBits n Pieces episode. We first discuss some of the selection dilemmas that the Springbok coaches might still be pondering - does Libbok or Pollard start, what is the composition of the…
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala were joined by Actu Rugby journalist - and two timed failed guest of our podcast :( - Thomas Corbet to preview the Springbok opponents in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, France. Thomas revealed why there is less concern in France about Antoine Dupont's injury and whether he will start in the quarterfinal. We discussed what …
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Kooks, Shaun and Thala wrap up an exciting final round of group stage games of the Rugby World Cup. There was no other place to start but Portugal’s victory over Fiji. We talk about the impressive Nicolas Martins, how Mike Tadjer’s kick stole the show and whether Fiji can bounce back from this loss for their quarterfinals. We then review the other …
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Shaun and Jared take the first half of the RugbyBits Pod as they review the Springbok win over Tonga. Jared discusses Deon Fourie and the rest of the team while Shaun gives an unpopular opinion on Luke Pearce. We talk injuries and what's to come in the Quarter Final's. Thala joins Shaun in the second half as we look at all of the results from the l…
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Jared and Shaun take a dive into how the Springboks will get their 5 points on Sunday as they take on Tonga. The Springboks will be looking to avoid the 2007 scare and seemingly have named a team to do so. We look at key points for each player and talk about Siya Kolisi in his 50th test captaining the Boks. We look at the bench and take a deep dive…
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Kooks and Thala review the 3rd week of the Rugby World Cup, focusing on a breathless encounter between Ireland and South Africa. We dissect the Irish victory over the Springboks. We discuss how Ireland won the breakdown battle and the brutal defence shown by both sides. We then get to the Manie Libbok and Handré Pollard debate and we discuss what e…
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Shaun and Thala record a special RugbyBits n Pieces preview for week 3 of the Rugby World Cup which has a lot of tasty clashes in store. We start with looking back at Italy's comeback win against Uruguay with Tomasso Allan and Lorenzo Cannone impressing the most. We also gush about Manuel Ardao and the 4 turnovers he made for Uruguay. We look at th…
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Shaun and Thala record a special Rugby Bits n Pieces pod to preview the biggest Rugby World Cup pool game (ever?) between the world champions and the world number 1s. The boys admit that they do not know anything about rugby, since Nienaber and Erasmus have flipped the script on everyone with the 7:1 bench. We talk about how the bench will be used,…
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Kooks and Shaun take a deep dive into the Springbok win over Romania, how Deon Fourie and Marco van Staden handled the hooker duties and just how to deal with losing Malcolm Marx and not having an out and out hooker come in. Shaun looks into how best to unleash Andre Esterhuizen and gets talked down twice by Kooks after going on a rant about the pe…
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Thala, Jared and Kooks are joined by Sam Roberts (Gallagher Premiership commentator, contributor to RugbyPass and Mr Rugby Journeys on Twitter) to preview the upcoming Rugby World Cup. We go pool by pool and predict which teams come out of each pool. Is this the biggest opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup ever? Can the loser of France v New Zeal…
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In this RugbyBits and Pieces Rugby World Cup prediction episode, Kooks and Thala get their hot takes out as they discuss who should be on Fraud Watch and which games should come with an Upset Alert. Thala discusses why he is watching Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland closely, Kooks has a plot twist for his fraud watch pick and Thala continues his beef…
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Kooks and Thala come together to record a RugbyBits and Pieces pod where they make predictions on the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Today they make predictions on the Player of the Tournament, the Top Try Scorer and Top Points Scorer. Do you take Antoine Dupont or the field for Player of the Tournament? Is it set up for Siya Kolisi to have his crowning…
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Springboks and Fiji have a historic weekend at Twickenham, De Allende v Esterhuizen and are Samoa World Cup quarterfinals contenders? Shaun and Thala reflect on the final weekend of Rugby World Cup warm up matches. We start with the Springboks’ record breaking victory over the All Blacks in Twickenham. We look at what the differences were between t…
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Jared and Shaun wrap up the weekends action as they review the epic win by the Springboks and why, regardless of the opposition, it was so important. We look ahead to the All Black clash on Friday discussing the selections and specifically Canan Moodie at 13. Keith Earls gets props from the team and Shaun still feels he would have been a great 13. …
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Thala and Shaun take the reigns while Kooks is globe trotting trying to find Jared for a pint in the UK. We take down the polarizing task of picking the best players in the world right now with some hilarious moments. Both Thala and Shaun struggle through some of the forwards and are in fine form when it is time for the backs with four wild cards b…
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