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Evening Standard Rugby Podcast with Lawrence Dallaglio

Premiership Final Preview plus guest Warren Gatland

Season 6, Ep. 21

Fresh from announcing his training squad ahead of the Qatar Airways Cup clash against South Africa at Twickenham and subsequent tour of Australia, Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland joins Lawrence and Steve Cording to chat all things rugby. He shares some of his decision making when it comes to team selection, what he hopes his players will learn as they take on the Springboks and Wallabies, why he’s fearful that players are manipulating laws to win games and what makes coaching in the age of social media more challenging.


Plus Evening Standard rugby correspondent, Nick Purewal, joins Lawrence and Steve to look ahead to the Gallagher Premiership Final between Northampton and Bath this Saturday, with the trio debating who will take the spoils and be crowned Premiership champions.  


In partnership with QBE Business Insurance and Voxpod Studios. 


Wales v South Africa and Barbarians v Fiji provide a double header at Twickenham Stadium on the 22nd June. For ticket information visit https://www.eticketing.co.uk/


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