How Ronnie became world champion and what changes now
Season 2, Ep. 11
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s sixth world title is expertly analysed by Eurosport’s Neal Foulds and Dave Hendon, who join Rachel Casey to look back on the Betfred World Snooker Championship. We hear from both The Rocket and beaten finalist Kyren Wilson. Barry Hearn reflects on the battle to get fans back into The Crucible, plus we discuss the best and worst of the championship.
Still Too Close to Call
Season 2, Ep. 10
Ronnie O'Sullivan may have a three frame lead over Kyren Wilson going into the last day of the World Snooker Championship final, but as ex player Neal Foulds and commentator Philip Studd discuss with Rachel Casey, this is a very unpredictable year and an extraordinary Championship; anything could happen.The trio have a comprehensive review of the first two sessions of the final and look ahead to the next two. Plus Rachel has a lively conversation with Eurosport Presenter Colin Murray on his three week experience at the Crucible being in the company of Jimmy White and all the top competitors.
"The Greatest Ever Day in Crucible History"
Season 2, Ep. 9
Eurosport pundit and ex player Neal Foulds joins Rachel Casey and commentator Philip Studd to look back on the most extraordinary day at the 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship, where Ronnie O'Sullivan and Kyren Wilson will battle it out in the final after two semi-finals which both went to a nail-biting final frame decider. There's reaction from both players, as well as losing players Anthony McGill and Mark Selby, who wasn't happy with Ronnie "smashing em all over the gaff". Neal has plenty to say about that.Plus, ahead of spectators returning for the final, we've an exclusive interview with Jason Ferguson of the WPBSA.
Shaun Murphy on winning as a "clueless numpty" and the challenge of a Crucible semi-final
Season 2, Ep. 8
2005 world champion Shaun Murphy joins Rachel Casey to chat about the unique challenge of a semi-final at The Crucible, what he regrets saying most as a young pro and his triumph as a qualifier fifteen years ago. “I was a twenty-two year old, clueless numpty who just went for lots of shots and they went in for that fortnight.” Plus, the ’86 winner Joe Johnson and commentator Dave Hendon discuss the last four at this year's Betfred World Snooker Championship and the game's greatest cueists, rest players and exponents of high quality safety play.
Mark Selby joins The Break, as the Crucible Curse strikes again
Season 2, Ep. 7
Rachel Casey speaks to Mark Selby, who is back in form and through to the last four at the Betfred World Snooker Championship for the first time since he won his third world title in 2017. Eurosport’s Dominic Dale and Phil Yates discuss Selby and his fellow semi-finalist Kyren Wilson, who scored victories over Neil Robertson and defending champion Judd Trump respectively. We get reaction to Ronnie O’Sullivan’s comments about the standard of snooker’s younger players and chat about the magic of the one table set-up at The Crucible. Subscribe for more episodes of The Break during the World Championship, and rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!
McGill-Clarke beef stirs up controversy, and can Trump break Crucible Curse?
Season 2, Ep. 6
Rachel Casey is joined by former champion Joe Johnson and Eurosport commentator Philip Studd to chat about the big results and key stories from the World Snooker Championship. She also gets reflections from Crucible debutants Elliot Slessor and Jordan Brown and hears their takes on the beef between Jamie Clarke and Anthony McGill. The trio discuss whether Judd Trump is playing well enough to break the Crucible Curse and we wallow in 1986 as Joe takes us back to when he ruled the world, with tales of an abscess, a princess, He-Man and the secret to not being intimidated by Steve Davis....
147s at the Crucible, and why anything could happen this year...
Season 2, Ep. 5
After our first in eight years, Crucible 147s are on the menu in this episode, as we also feast on three incredible wins in round two of the World Snooker Championship, for Kurt Maflin, Mark Williams and Mark Selby. The Break also chats with Whirlwind Jimmy White to see how he’s coping among the blood, sweat and tears of 17 days at the Crucible.Joining host Rachel Casey is Dominic Dale, the former Grand Prix and Shanghai Masters champion, and esteemed commentator Phil Yates, who also discuss why we waited so long for a maximum break in this tournament, and whether there will be an asterisk next to the name of this year’s winner.Subscribe for more episodes of The Break during the World Championship, and rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!