The Breakdown brings you highlights from Super Rugby Pacific's Super Round in Melbourne.
Ian Foster on France and Ireland | The Breakdown
The All Blacks coaching group have spent the past few weeks in Europe attending Six Nations matches amongst other tasks. Head coach Ian Foster delivered his verdict on the form of World Cup favourites France and Ireland.
Round four's Super Rugby Pacific form XV (from a Crusaders fan) | The Breakdown
Newshub's Mike McRoberts is this week's guest selector for the Super Rugby Pacific form XV. The Cantabrian went for a strong Crusaders flavour in the tight five and sprinkled some "unsung heroes" into the backline.
Relive Ireland's grand slam winning performnace | The Breakdown
The Breakdown brings you highlights from Ireland's win over England that secured them the 2023 Six Nations title.
When James Haskell predicted Eddie Jones' future | Offload
Ex-England captain James Haskell appeared on the Rugbypass Offload podcast just days before Eddie Jones was named coach of Australia and predicted exactly how Rugby Australia would navigate 2023.
How Kiwi teams are copying the Northern Hemisphere | The Breakdown
All Blacks and Chiefs halfback Brad Weber admits that the Northern Hemisphere's innovations are influencing the way New Zealand Super Rugby teams are playing, specifically with the resurgence of the quick tap.
Antoine Dupont's bag is deep | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
Bryn Hall breaks down French halfback Antoine Dupont's statistics from the France v England Six Nations match to prove just how unique and exceptional Dupont is within the international rugby landscape.
Sir John Kirwin's verdict on Borthwick | The Breakdown
All Blacks great Sir John Kirwin delivers his thoughts on Steve Borthwick's start in the England camp and outlines where things may be going wrong.
When Scott "Razor" Robertson met Joe Marler | Being Barbarians
Two of the rugby world's great characters came together for the Barbarians last November, Scott Robertson told the typically unorthodox story of his first chat with Joe Marler.
England's failed motivational video | Offload
James Haskell recalls a story from the England camp in the lead-up to a Test against New Zealand, where coaches had a motivational video put together but it failed to have the desired effect.
Grey College vs Hamilton Boys' | World Schools Festival Final
The final of The World Schools Festival sees Grey College from South Africa take on Hamilton Boys' High from New Zealand. #wsf2022
Ian Foster previews a hugely competitive World Cup | The Breakdown
All Blacks coach Ian Foster discusses international rugby's competitive landscape heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
How the Joe Marler incident played out on the field | Offload
Max Lahiff gives a first-person account of Joe Marler's sledging, explaining how the situation escalated from a previous ruck and how the mood shifted the moment Marler delivered his final line.
Inside the Barbarians sheds at halftime | Being Barbarians
In their match against the All Blacks XV, the Barbarians took a 21-17 lead into the break. The mood in the changing rooms was upbeat and coach Scott Robertson had just the message to motivate his side to finish strong.
The Barbarians experience is second to none | Being Barbarians
Just how special is a week in the Barbarians camp? Leave it to former World Cup winner Will Greenwood to lend some perspective.
How Finn Russell scouted and disrupted the English defence | Offload
Scotland's X-factor flyhalf Finn Russell admits he had a hard time scouting the English backline as uncertainty reigned over who would be healthy for their Six Nations matchup.
The Joe Marler ban has put rugby in a tricky spot | Offload
James Haskell and the Offload crew disagree with the punishment handed to Joe Marler, saying while what he said was stupid, a ban sets a "difficult precedent" moving forward.
Max Lahiff picks his England backline | Offload
Bristol's Max Lahiff gives his take on the England playmaker conundrum as well as picking his halfback and midfield combination.
Has tackle school thrown Owen Farrell off his game | Offload
Ryan Wilson didn't see the usual, confident, efficient Owen Farrell on defence against Scotland and shares some concern that the playmaker's history of dangerous tackles may be playing on his mind.
Being Barbarians | Trailer
RugbyPass presents a story of superstar coaches and players uniting under the famous black and white once again. Scott Robertson and Ronan O'Gara aim to guide the Barbarians to victory against an All Blacks VX at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Why the Six Nations is the best tournament in the world | Six Nations 2023
Former Six Nations champion Warren Gatland talks about the history of the annual European tournament as his Wales side prepares for another run at the prestigious trophy.
Steve Borthwick on Courtney Lawes' immense presence | Six Nations 2023
Incoming England coach Steve Borthwick shares a story of Courtney Lawes' long-awaited return to rugby and the moment the hard-hitting forward stepped back onto the pitch.
James Haskell recalls a fight with Jamie Cudmore | Offload
When asked who his biggest enemy was on the rugby field, James Haskell decided that Canada captain Jamie Cudmore was the most applicable name and shared a story to back it up.
Max Lahiff on the 'fighter's heart' nature of rugby | Offload
Bristol Bears prop Max Lahiff speaks on his teams' struggles this season, emphasising the psychological challenges of rugby and pinpointing where the Bears' "redemption will lie".
Quickfire with James Haskell | Offload
Marc Edwards hits James Haskell with some quickfire questions, where Haskell reveals the best players he's played with and against, his biggest enemy and the best rugby fight he's seen (or been in).
Johnny Sexton voices his disapproval over the RFU's tackle laws | Six Nations 2023
Ireland star pivot Johnny Sexton shares some constructive criticism on why he believes the RFU's new tackle laws are unfit for purpose.
What Finn Russell said to Owen Farrell after Duhan's try | Offload
A video of Finn Russell talking some trash to Owen Farrell as Duhan van der Merwe runs away for a remarkable try has gone viral, so RugbyPass' Offload podcast asked Russell what he said.
Steve Borthwick reacts to Eddie Jones' new role in Australia | Six Nations 2023
Incoming England head coach Steve Borthwick shares his well-wishes for Eddie Jones as the former England coach takes up a new role in Australia.
Farrell on the 'dangerous' France team | Six Nations 2023
Having come up short against the world No 2 side in last year's Six Nations, Ireland are well aware of the danger that France pose at this year's tournament, with Dupont and co further proving their winning DNA throughout the Novemeber Tests.
Will Greenwood describes the Barbarians' energy pregame | Being Barbarians
Barbarians assitant backs coach, Will Greenwood, takes a moment before kickoff to describe the shift in intensity within the Barbarians' camp for their match against the All Blacks XV.
The problem with coming off the bench in rugby | Offload
Max Lahiff emphasises the importance of using your bench well by sharing his experiences as a player coming onto the field late in the game and struggling to make an impact.
Was Marcus Smith even playing at 10 for England | Offload
Ex-Scotland forward Ryan Wilson analyses England's attack and points out how Steve Borthwick employed Owen Farrell at flyhalf for more conventional attacking play and then Marcus Smith came into 10 when the game opened up.
Freddie Burns chooses his 10-12-13 combination for England | Offload
Former England No 10 Freddie Burns picks his preferred flyhalf and midfield combination for the current England squad, ditching the Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell experiment.
Kyle Sinckler's maturation as a rugby player | Rugby Roots
Kyle Sinckler debuted for Harlequins at age 18, and while the prop was highly dedicated to his craft from a young age, in hindsight he now recognises his shortcomings.
Warren Gatland says Andrew Porter needs 'a kick up the backside' | Six Nations 2023
Andrew Porter may consider himself lucky to have avoided a yellow card for a late hit on Wales fullback Liam Williams, he may also consider himself lucky he doesn't have Warren Gatland to answer to for it.
Johnny Sexton on Ireland's resilience | Six Nations 2023
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton praises his team's mental growth throughout this World Cup cycle after showing great composure to handle Wales' comeback efforts.
What Kyle Sinckler remembers of the 2019 World Cup final | Rugby Roots
Kyle Sinckler started in the No 3 jersey for the 2019 Rugby World Cup final but lasted just three minutes, suffering a concussion as a result of friendly fire with Maro Itoje.
Scotland's emotional win at Twickenham | Six Nations 2023
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend sheds light on what it means to beat England at Twickenham and how his team plan on backing this performance up in the weeks to come.
Freddie Burns rejects the criticism of Steve Borthwick | Offload
The common criticism of Steve Borthwick being a one-trick pony is strongly opposed by his former No 10 Freddie Burns, who says Borthwick is the best coach he's played under.
Kyle Sinckler's relationship with his coaches | Rugby Roots
England and Lions prop Kyle Sinckler candidly discusses the evolution of his relationship with his coaches and how his lack of a father figure influenced his professional career.
Ellis Genge explains his decision to join Roc Nation | Changing the Game
England prop Ellis Genge discusses the evolution of his relationship with Roc Nation's Michael Yormark as the Bristol star is unveiled as Roc Nation's newest signing.
Steve Borthwick on how England let Scotland back in the game | Six Nations 2023
Englnad's new head coach Steve Borthwick says he and the team will have a strong focus on reviewing the moments that led to Scotland's scoring opportunities and eventual win.
Owen Farrell emphasises Englands focus on full team attack | Six Nations 2023
England captain Owen Farrell offers some insight into England's attacking ambitions while reacting to his side's disappointing loss to Scotland at Twickenham.
Willi Heinz describes Eddie Jones' coaching | The Breakdown
Former England international Willi Heinz reflects on his time in the England side and how Eddie Jones' coaching style uplifted the players.
Patricia Maliepo is lighting up Super Rugby Aupiki | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
The seemingly untouchable Patricia Maliepo has been providing X-factor plays for the Blues this Super Rugby Aupiki season. The No 12 will continue her push for further higher honours as her side face Matatu in the semi-finals.
How to resolve the All Blacks coaching saga | The Breakdown
Former All Black Sir John Kirwin weighs in on New Zealand Rugby's handling of Ian Foster's future, providing his simple solution so all parties can move on and focus on their respective campaigns at hand.
Mils Muiaina's from XV of Super Rugby Pacific round two | The Breakdown
Former All Black Mils Muliaina was in Melbourne watching all six matches of Super Round and delivered a form XV of the round for The Breakdown.
Super Rugby Aupiki round two highlights
Highlights from round two of Super Rugby Aupiki, as the Hurricanes Poua faced off with Matatu and the Chiefs Manawa clashed with the Blues.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck playing like a star | The Breakdown
Rugby League convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is starting to hit some fine form for the Blues thanks to som subtle adjustments to Leon Macdonald's attack.
Shaun Stevenson is picking up where he left off | The Breakdown
Projected World Cup bolter Shaun Stevenson has addressed his biggest weakness - his inconsistency - and strung together a number of world-class campaigns.
Super Round highlights | The Breakdown
The Breakdown brings you highlights from Super Rugby Pacific's Super Round in Melbourne.
Which All Blacks would excel in Sevens | The Breakdown
Could Ardie Savea win a World Cup and an Olympic gold? Pundits would love to see some All Blacks have a crack at Sevens for the big tournaments.
Peter Lakai showed up and showed out | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
In the absence of the colossal Ardie Savea, Peter Lakai put in a wildly impressive shift donning the Hurricanes' No 8 jersey. James Parsons discusses the 20-year-old's incredible potential.
The rumoured All Blacks coach selection panel | The Breakdown
Sir John Kirwin deliveries an inside word on who is rumoured to make up the selection panel finding Ian Foster's successor.
Super Rugby Aupiki round three highlights | The Breakdown
The Breakdown delivers Super Rugby Aupiki round three highlights.
Who was the MVP of Super Rugby round three | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
The Aotearoa Rugby Pod's panel deliver their picks for the most valuable player from round three's action, naming Sam Cane and Frank Lomani as the standouts for their effort in their respective team's wins.
The World Cup challenge for fringe All Blacks | The Breakdown
Sir John Kirwin speaks on the All Blacks' rest requirements and how it favours the current squad while making life more difficult for bolters who make the World Cup squad.
John Kirwin's verdict on Ardie Savea | The Breakdown
Sir John Kirwin shares his view that while Ardie Savea made a mistake, his apology has set a strong example of how to own your actions and serves as a fair conclusion to the situation.
Salesi Rayasi was the form No 11 of round two | The Breakdown
Hurricanes winger Salesi Rayasi is named the form left winger of the Super Round after a dominant performance aginst the Rebels that was equal parts physical and silky smooth.
Does Australia have enough talent for Eddie Jones' ambitions | The Breakdown
Eddie Jones has shown how he can make a team perform at the World Cup but Kiwi pundits aren't convinced he has the talent in his player pool to field an XV capable of World Cup heroics.
How the past 12 months have played out for Ian Foster | The Breakdown
We take a look back over th events that have unfolded over the past 12 months in the All Blacks camp and how New Zealand Rugby have reacted.
Super Rugby round one highlights | The Breakdown
Highlights from the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific, including the Blues' big win over the Highlanders, the Chiefs' upset over the Crusaders and the Fijian Drua's exciting win over Moana Pasifika.
Super Rugby Pacific round three highlights | The Breakdown
The Breakdown delivers highlights from Super Rugby Pacific round three.
Brad Weber says the new rules make for lung busting rugby | The Breakdown
After a markedly higher tempo round one, the new Super Rugby rules have certainly proved their worth with the players working harder and spectators enjoying more ball in play.
Super Rugby Pacific team of the week | The Breakdown
The Breakdown invites The Rock radio host Bryce Casey to submit round three's Super Rugby Pacific team of the week.
The international coaching landscape has become volatile | The Breakdown
Sir John Kirwin describes how International rugby has changed in its tolerance for losing and how coaches are bearing the consequences.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck making great performances a habit | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
NRL convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck looks to be settling into rugby union in his second season with the Blues, having impressed in all three rounds of Super Rugby so far. James Parsons and Bryn Hall discuss RTS' growth.
The growth of Etene Nanai-Seturo | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
Former All Black sevens star Etene Nannai-Seturo impressed in the Chiefs' win over the Highlanders, scoring a scorching try and creating opportunities out of nothing. James Parsons outlines where the X-factor winger has improved.
Cometh the hour, cometh the Dallas McLeod | The Breakdown
With All Blacks David Havili and Jack Goodhue out injured, third-choice Crusaders No 12 Dallas McLeod stepped up against the Blues and proved that he too has a bright future.
Relive the Super Rugby Aupiki semi-finals | The Breakdown
The Breakdown brings you highlights from the semi-finals of Super Rugby Aupiki.
Super Rugby Pacific plays of the week | The Breakdown
The Breakdown brings you the best highlights from round four of Super Rugby Pacific.
Relive the drama of Blues v Crusaders | The Breakdown
The Breakdown brings you the best moments from the Super Rugby Pacific 2022 final rematch between the Blues and Crusaders.
Foster discusses the fall out from NZR's decisions | The Breakdown
The All Blacks management staff have faced a lot of uncertainty over the past 12 months, Ian Foster spoke to The Breakdown about where things currently stand.
Leicester Fainga'anuku wins player of round four | The Breakdown
The player of Super Rugby Pacific round four is awarded to the Crusaders' Leicester Faina'anuku after the powerhouse winger's hat-trick against the Blues.
Freddie Burns is about to 'dive head first' into New Zealand rugby | Offload
New Highlanders recruit and former England No 10 Freddie Burns says he is ready to embrace every moment of his upcoming season in New Zealand in Super Rugby Pacific.
Why Freddie Burns is so excited to play for the Highlanders | Offload
Former Leicester Tigers and England flyhalf Freddie Burns describes his emotions as he embraced the opportunity to play for the Highlanders alongside some of the game's greats.
How South Africa dominated England in the dark arts | The Offload
Max Lahiff breaks down South Africa's scrummaging tactics and Ryan Wilson marvels at their all-around set-piece superiority on The Offload.
France are everyone's boogey-monster | Rugby Roots
Ireland wing James Lowe projects France as the team to beat at the Rugby World Cup 2023, praising the team's halves combination, youth and physicality.
South African side Grey College send off their team to the World Schools Festival
The famous Grey College send off their team as they prepare for the World Schools Festival in Thailand. The South African college will take on eight of the best rugby sides in the world from the 13th-17th December.
James Lowe's first impressions of Johnny Sexton | Rugby Roots
James Lowe discusses his move from New Zealand and his surprise at the perceived aura around Ireland captain Johnny Sexton.
Chris Ashton on why Sam Burgess struggled in Rugby Union | Rugby Roots
Chris Ashton leans on his experience as a cross-code success story to discuss the reasons why Sam Burges' foray into Rugby Union didn't work out.
Josh Tuisova never lifts weights | Rugby Roots
Chris Ashton reveals that during his time in Toulon he never saw Fijian star Joshua Tuisova lift weights, despite what the 113kg utility back's physique might suggest.
Jesse Kriel on putting the final nail in Eddie Jones' coffin | RugbyPass Offload
Marc Edwards jokingly blames the Springboks for putting the final nail in Eddie Jones' coffin as England's head coach, Jesse Kriel gives his perspective on the change.
How Aussie Sevens star reacted to being told he was too little
Maurice Longbottom comes from a proud Rugby League family, but his initial aspirations of following his uncles into the NRL were cut down when the five-foot-five athlete was told he was too small to make it in the league.
Aaron Smith almost got Freddie Burns in trouble | Offload
A welcome message from Highlanders and All Black halfback Aaron Smith put a grin on Freddie Burns' face so big that the former England No 10's wife got suspicious.
What it was like being a rugby player in the olympic village
Wallaby Sevens star Maurice Longbottom describes the Olympic village environment and how the athletes were able to interact away from the competitions.
Dalton Papali'i is forcing Sam Cane to play better | The Breakdown
Previewing a huge match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders, the Breakdown panel discuss the clash between the team captains, two All Black No 7s in exceptional form in 2023.
The Academy - Part One
RugbyPass takes a look behind the scenes at the Leicester Tigers' player academy.
England missed an opportunity by accepting the draw | The Breakdown
Isaac Boss says England's decision to end the game when they could have chanced their arm at a win meant they missed an opportunity to test themselves ahead of next year's World Cup.
Why Perenara kicked with two minutes left and why England gave up | The Breakdown
Taylah Johnson analyses how the 30 penalties awarded throughout the weekend's Twickenham match dictated the actions of the final minutes and ultimately led to England settling for the draw.
Josh van der Flier robbed his teammate of mens Player of the Year | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
James Parsons explains why he believes World Rugby Men's Player of the Year Josh van der Flier's teammate would have been the more deserving recipient of the award.
How England players should have navigated Eddie Jones' review | RugbyPass Offload
The Offload panel brainstorm ways that teams can conduct honest reviews by ensuring the anonymity of the players consulted.
The honour of being caned by Victor Matfield | RugbyPass Offload
Jesse Kriel reveals it was Victor Matfield who consummated the young utility back's Springbok initiation by caning him, "a huge honour" Kriel joked.
New Zealand Rugby Try of the Year nominees | The Breakdown
The New Zealand Rugby awards are just a few weeks away and so the ten nominees for try of the year have been announced.
The case for Ardie Savea as the best in the world | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
The Aotearoa Rugby Pod panel discuss Ardie Savea's dominance throughout a shaky All Blacks season and how his monumental influence deserves more recognition at the World Rugby awards.
Does Dalton Papali'i deserve the start over Sam Cane | Aotearoa Rugby Pod
Bryn Hall gives his verdict on Dalton Papali'i vs Sam Cane and discusses the implications of starting one head of the other ahead of a World Cup.
Quickfire with Jesse Kriel | RugbyPass Offload
Springbok utility back Jesse Kriel names the best player he's faced, the best player he's played alongside and more quickfire questions from Marc Edwards.
The Academy - Part Four
Part four of our behind the scenes look at the Leicester Tigers academy.
Mike Brown | Rugby Roots
Jim Hamilton is joined by former England international Mike Brown in the City of Newcastle. Mike discusses his difficult ending at Harlequins, how that team turned around their season to win the Premiership and much more.
Francois Hougaard on Wasps beating Tigers and Bakkies Botha memories | RugbyPass Offload | Episode 16
Springbok star Francois Hougaard joins Ryan Wilson, Max Lahiff and Marc Edwards on Episode 16 of our podcast RugbyPass Offload this week. The Wasps utility players talks beating Leicester and memories from playing for the Bulls in Super Rugby.
The All Blacks now follow trends rather than set them | The Breakdown
Sir John Kirwin says it's been too long since the All Blacks were innovators and set the benchmark for success through their own original schemes, saying the Northern Hemisphere now lead.