Episode 1532: Coach, Director, Politician – The Rassie Revolution, East West Doping Hypocrisy And The Insta Shame Game
Ever since the draw was made, we’ve been plotting Ireland’s possible route through the glass ceiling of a rugby World Cup quarter-final. Two years ago, it looked like a great draw, as South Africa floundered. Now, with former Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus in charge of things on the pitch, off the pitch, and the boardroom, they look like the second best team in the world.
South African journalist Craig Ray joins us to talk about their 16-16 draw with New Zealand in Wellington last Saturday morning, their talismanic new captain, and why Erasmus is the perfect person to have so much control over every facet of Springbok rugby.
Well, based on those 40mins and last week at Ellis Park and last year in Wellington and Pretoria and twickenham, Ireland won’t be relishing a RWC quarterfinal against the Boks. #NZvSA
— Craig Ray (@craigray11) July 27, 2019
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has already served a 3-month drugs ban, and is currently under investigation after a member of his delegation smashed a vial of his blood after he questioned the accreditation of the testers who had taken the sample. We talk to Ken about east/west doping hypocrisy, Shayna Jack’s Instagram tears and the PED shame game. And Australian journalist Daniel Cherny brings us the view from down under.
Sun Yang to Duncan Scott: “You’re a loser. I’m a winner.” pic.twitter.com/W1AhD6XekV
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2019
Plus there’s Eoin’s Love Island finale, selfish swan-dives, the Kilkenny joy-stealer, and David Seaman getting lobbed.
We’re more used to seeing him on a rugby field than a villa in Spain but congrats to @IrishRugby 7’s player Greg O’Shea who had won this years #LoveIsland with his partner Amber #loveIslandfinal pic.twitter.com/0HMT8DKN5A
— Inpho Photography (@Inphosports) July 29, 2019
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We talk to @DavidEpstein (author of The Sports Gene) about his new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World https://t.co/eyxddus8TC pic.twitter.com/jn3p0R6U4r
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.@dionfanning was there enjoying one of the truly great days in Irish cricket – and we talk to him about the irrepressible Tim Murtagh, 5-wicket hauls, and memories of his dadhttps://t.co/o6ExH9MJ95 pic.twitter.com/8mQP3y47eh
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