RugbyBits

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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Episodes

6 days ago

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 Wales, we look at the positives for the young Wales team for as they fought to a narrow loss in Twickenham and we discuss what are the other ingredients England need to play the pressure game Steve Borthwick and Felix Jones are trying to implement.
Then we move to the Aviva and rave about another impressive Jack Crowley performance, how Ireland’s rotated players stepped up in this game and we remain patient with Italy.
Our First Phase question asked us to predict the World Rugby Player of the Year winners for the next 4 years and we discussed whether Antoine Dupont can still win it in 2024 even if he just plays Sevens.

7 days ago

Francisco Isaac joins us again as Thala and Shaun pick his brain about the  2024 REC after two rounds, red cards and all the South Africans involved

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

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 out, the big performance of Jack Crowley, the failures in France’s rucking and kicking, and how much the Paul Willemse red card is to blame.
Then we move to Wales near comeback from 27-0 down against Scotland. Is it same old Scotland? What can Wales implement in their approach in future? We rave about the 2nd half Aaron Wainwright had and discuss whether the Finn-Tuipulotu-Huw Jones 10-12-13 might be the best attacking trio around.
We finally look at England’s victory over Italy. We discuss England’s struggles to adapting to Felix Jones’ rush defence, whether Italy are getting closer to winning consistently and the man of the match performance of Ethan Roots.
Our First Phase question discussed who would be in rugby’s Mount Rushmore and we discussed the rumoured appointment of Duane Vermeulen in the Springbok management structure.

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

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 #SaffasAbroad

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

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 Slam and which surprising team do we think Wales will get the wooden spoon from Italy? Who do we think will be the Six Nations Player of the Tournament? How do Ireland and France move on without key players like Jonathan Sexton and Antoine Dupont? Can Scotland finally make the step up? Who will Borthwick pick in his England team?

Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

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

Wednesday Jan 17, 2024

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, England and more.

Wednesday Dec 20, 2023

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 loose trio. Thala talks about the experience of watching Levani Botia and Will Skelton live.
We then look at the narrow Bulls loss at Lyon and how well they’re set up to make a run at both the URC and the Champions Cup. We rave about Sergeal Petersen and Devon Williams and start to preview the big upcoming derby between the Stormers and Bulls.
We run through the other Champions Cup results. We worry about Toulon and Munster’s narrowing chances of qualifying for the knockouts. We rave about the form Bordeaux is showing and we sense an opportunity for the rest of the competition to capitalize on La Rochelle, Leinster and Toulouse not yet hitting top form.
We then shift focus to the Challenge Cup and Kooks and Shaun lament yet another bad Sharks loss, this time to the Cheetahs. We rave about the great job being done in Bloemfontein, while trying to diagnose why the Sharks look so pitiful. We also look at the Lions big win over Newcastle and shout out Georgia’s Black Lion for their first Challenge Cup win ever.
We finish by looking back at 2023 and some of the big storylines - the Springboks finding a way, the disaster of the Eddie Jones era in Australia, the success of the Tier 2 nations.
We will be back for the 3rd round of the Champions Cup!

Thursday Dec 14, 2023

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 Welford Road where a mostly second string Stormers outfit nearly shocked Leicester at home. There were encouraging performances from three likes of Keke Morabe, Jurie Matthee and Sti Sithole, but Handré Pollard and Jasper Wiese led Leicester to the bonus point win.
We go through each of the other Champions Cup games. We note Leinster using the Jacques Nienaber rush defence to finally get a win over the champions, La Rochelle. We talk about some of the surprise results from the weekend, including Exeter beating Toulon and Bayonne getting a draw with Munster and finally talk about the entertaining game of the weekend - the Siya Kolisi-led Racing being beaten by Harlequins.
We also review victories from the Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs in the Challenge Cup. We finish off by talking about the Cape Town SVNS, the dominance of the Australian women’s team, the Argentines breaking the pool and what reforms may be needed for the South African women’s team.

Wednesday Dec 06, 2023

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 fixtures and wonder where Wandi Simelane should go

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Welcome to the RugbyBits family

RugbyBits was started by four South African guys (Jared, Kuhle, Shaun and Thala) who love the game of rugby. It was created to provide a platform for people not in the mainstream ruby media to discuss and debate what is going on in the rugby world. Our weekly podcasts will look mainly at South African rugby, but it will cover international teams and competitions such as the Rugby Championship, Six Nations, United Rugby Championship, Champions and Challenge Cup, Super Rugby, Currie Cup amongst many others. Join us as we debate the contenders and pretenders in the rugby universe, as we focus on South Africans performing well in international competitions in our #SaffasAbroad section and we try to fix the issues in the game we love, podcast by podcast.

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