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

15 hours ago

Kooks, Shaun and Thala break down an exciting weekend of club knockout rugby, focusing on the Bulls beating Leinster at Loftus in the URC semifinal.
Kooks shares what the atmosphere at Loftus was like at the game and how it was similar to the big knockout Super Rugby games of the past. We rave about Cam Hanekom's superb performance against an all international loose trio and how Johan Goosen and Willie le Roux controlled the game tactically. We discuss how Jake White and the Bulls learned from last season by recruiting players like Devon Williams and Sergeal Petersen to add depth. We finally investigate what Leinster can do to get over the hump.
We review the surprising Glasgow victory at Munster, discussing how dangerous the likes of Sione Tuipulotu and Rory Darge are, Munster playing too much rugby in their own half for little profit and how Tom Jordan plays like a flank. We briefly discuss the threats Glasgow could bring to the Bulls in the URC Final and have a rant about people ranting about the final being in South Africa and not being accessible for European supporters.
We then do a roundup of other knockout rugby this weekend, including the Blues and Chiefs winning their Super Rugby Pacific semifinals and setting up the Sotutu v Sititi clash in the final. In the Top 14, La Rochelle and Bordeaux survive and we discuss the Racing 92's comments on Siya Kolisi. Finally Monpellier beat Grenoble in the Top 14 relegation/promotion playoff.

6 days ago

Kooks and Shaun try and filter through the huge amounts of brother's that have played test rugby and try and fit them into a test XV

7 days ago

Jared and Kooks share their thoughts on the rugby this past week. Shaun tries to steer the ship as the team navigate through the URC and Premiership.
 
We review the weekends action with a look at the URC Semi Final's. What happened to the Stormers and how many of the Leinster players will be getting their very first Republic of South Africa stamp in their passport.
 
We talk the Springboks, why Leinster need Handre Pollard and much much more

Friday Jun 07, 2024

Kooks and Thala are joined by Stormers prop Neethling Fouche as the Stormers prepare for their quarterfinal clash against the Glasgow Warriors.
Neethling reflects on the last few seasons for the Stormers and how they turned things around in 2021 to win it all. He also talks about dealing with heightened expectations after winning the URC in 2021, the ups and downs of this season and why South African teams find winning in Europe tricky.
Neethling also shares how scrumming with Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe grew his game, why he plays rugby with a smile on his face, how he dealt with injuries earlier in his career and his reaction to being called up for the Springbok alignment camp this year.
Listen out for golden nuggets Fouche shares about how he met Kooks the first time, the snore wars he has with his roommate Brok Harris and playing for that legendary 2011 Grey College First Team with Jan Serfontein.

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Jared and Thala round up the URC regular season and look forward to the upcoming quarterfinals.
We preview the Bulls hosting Benetton and the Stormers traveling to Glasgow. We discuss what can the Bulls do about the 20 minute periods where they fall away and how the Stormers can overturn their away record. Jared calls Ospreys the Castres of the URC and Thala thinks Ulster might have the best chance at an away win.
We also bid farewell to the Lions and Sharks by reviewing their season, who their best players were and what can they look forward to next season.
We then do a roundup of other rugby news. We discuss Northampton facing Bath in the Premiership final, the upcoming Super Rugby quarterfinals and the Crusaders falling out, the craziness of the Pro D2 and have a rant about the SVNS finals in Madrid.

Wednesday May 29, 2024

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 URC, Premiership and Top 14 wrapping up
 

Stephan Lewies on RugbyBits

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Kooks and Shaun welcome Stephan Lewies to the show as he chats about living the dream of becoming a Springbok, winning the Currie Cup and beating the Crusaders. He chats about the incredible leadership of Joe Marler, raucous parties after Springbok wins and winning the Premiership title in a year that had everything

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Kooks and Shaun take control of the pod this week discussing how close things were in the Champions Cup Semi Final's as well as the Sharks amazing comeback in the Challenge Cup.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Kooks and Shaun review the fifth and final episode of Chasing the Sun 2, it gets going with the shocking claims by Tom Curry towards Bongi Mbonambi after what he thought was a racial slur. 
 
We carry on with the thoughts around the 7/1 split and go through the #RWC2023 Final

Friday Apr 19, 2024

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 Europe and the flight issues that hounded the Bulls. We also celebrate the Sharks making the semis of the Challenge Cup.
We then preview a big week in the URC with must-win matches for the Lions against Leinster, the Bulls v Munster and the Stormers v Ospreys. We also look at the key matches this weekend in the URC race to the playoffs.
Finally, Kooks provides us with an injury update and a statement to people criticizing him for complaining about the 6:45 am Springboks v Wallabies kickoff.

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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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