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With the Autumn Nations Series now done and dusted we turn our attention back to the club game and in particular the Gallagher Premiership and the United Rugby Championship.

Joining Brian in studio once again is the former England centre Tom May. They reflect on the shambles at Twickenham on over the weekend which saw the Barbarians game with Samoa called off on 90 minutes’ notice! The pair discuss who and what is to blame for the incident and if this second blunder in two years is enough to kill off the idea of the Barbarians moving forward.

Billy Vunipola was named MOTM on his return for Saracens but can he force his way back into the England setup? We discuss his performance and assess England’s depth after the Autumn series.

South Africa’s United Rugby Championship sides face an uncertain few weeks after the country was placed on a red list by both the EU & UK after the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. We speak with former Springbok and broadcaster Robbi Kempson about what impact this latest setback is set to have on the URC and South African Rugby.

World Rugby announced a seismic rule change last week, from January players will be allowed to swap international allegiance provided they haven’t played for three years. Former Samoa centre Dan Leo has been front and centre of this campaign and he joins the show to break down the impact the new ruling is likely to have both on and off the pitch in the Pacific Islands.

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