Rugby Direct

Rugby Direct

Every week, Rugby Direct gives you the lowdown on all you need to know from the rugby world. Whether it's the All Blacks, Black Ferns, NPC, Farah Palmer Cup, or just what's going down at the club grounds, we have you covered on your home for all things rugby. Listen on iHeartRadio for every angle, every moment, and every opinion.

Episodes

May 17, 2022 30 min
On this week's edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and special guest Christopher Reive from the New Zealand Herald (@ChrisReive) break down the weekend of rugby that was from Super Rugby Pacific, as the Kiwi sides went 5-nil over their Australian opponents, along with a feisty Pacific derby in Sydney.
Elliott and Christopher also discuss the growing reputation of Stephen Perofeta and whether an All Blacks jersey awaits hi...
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On the latest edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and Liam Napier review week 12 of Super Rugby - as the Brumbies continued on their merry way against New Zealand sides with a win over the Chiefs in Hamilton, while the Highlanders sneaked a close one against the Reds.
There were comprehensive wins for the other New Zealand sides, so we debate whether the chatter about the gap closing was misguided last week.
Stephen Perofeta conti...
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May 2, 2022 34 min
On the latest edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott and Liam discuss what amounted to a poor round for the New Zealand sides - even the ones that banked full competition points. A one-off or have Australia found their mojo in Super Rugby Pacific?
The guys debate whether the Crusaders empire is crumbling after a recent-record of three defeats this year, while the fortunes and selections of the Hurricanes continue to confound - will they s...
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April 27, 2022 25 min
On this week’s edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and Liam Napier evaluate the Super Round in Melbourne and ask if it was really Super or if it was shoddy, with the scoreline at 4-1 after the weekend.

The Highlanders lose to the Brumbies and while they're still in the mix for the playoffs, Elliott and Liam debate where this team is going and whether Tony Brown is the right man to take the team forward.

Liam and Elliott also d...
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April 19, 2022 36 min
On this weekend’s edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and Liam Napier take the temperature of Super Rugby after the last round of all-New Zealand matches, with the Blues finally winning in Christchurch for the first time since 2004 in a thriller against the Crusaders, while the Hurricanes hold on in a bit of controversy against the Highlanders. 


Elliott and Liam discuss the red-cards issued over the weekend and ask whether the su...
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April 11, 2022 34 min
On this week’s edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott and Liam debate the weekend’s big rugby issues – primarily the closing moments of the Hurricanes v Crusaders game, which saw a chance at golden point turned down... and a penalty denied by the referee.
Were the ‘Canes in the right by taking the kick for the corner? The guys also debate the Blues’ crushing win over the Chiefs and the Highlanders finally get on the board, but is it too ...
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April 4, 2022 26 min
On the latest edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and Liam Napier delve into the weekend’s rugby issues and debate the red cards that were dished out including the most contentious one – supposedly – to Caleb Clarke. 


The Crusaders ensure it’s another winless week for the Highlanders, but only just and debate whether Jordie Barrett’s switch to 12 has long-term merit after his return to the role in the Hurricanes’ loss to the Chie...
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March 27, 2022 35 min
Elliott and Liam are back for another week of rugby discussion - with the big win for Moana Pasifika dominating discussion - the win no-one saw coming, while the Crusaders underline their title credentials with a bounce-back win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The guys also update the MVP race, while we debate Beauden Barrett's latest head knock, whether the crowds were good for two days notice or not and the addition of some star ...
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March 21, 2022 35 min
This week on Rugby Direct, Elliott and Liam debate the key talking points from the weekend – including the completion of the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki competition, as well as France winning the Six Nations but Italy almost stealing the limelight and the guys dish out their MVP points for the weekend just been of Super Rugby Pacific, after a making an urgent rewrite to the competition rules.
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March 14, 2022 35 min
New frontrunners?

Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chiefs sports writer) review the latest round of Super Rugby Pacific, with the Blues coming from behind to beat the Highlanders at North Harbour Stadium and the Chiefs make a real statement in knocking off the Crusaders in Christchurch.

They also review the opening game of Super Rugby Aupiki and cram in plenty of rugby discussion on ...
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March 7, 2022 33 min
On this week's edition of NZME's rugby podcast, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald rugby writer) debate the third round of Super Rugby Pacific and give some much deserved plaudits to Moana Pasifika and eat a little bit of humble pie while doing so.
The Blues escape against the Chiefs and the Hurricanes get the job done against the Highlanders who are still searching for their ...
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February 28, 2022 40 min
Week two of Super Rugby Pacific is in the books, the Crusaders have two wins and the Blues should have had one but they don't and the Hurricanes do instead.
Elliott and Liam discuss how on earth the Blues blew it and what the Hurricanes did to spark themselves back into life.
Plus we reflect on the two sad deaths in NZ rugby last week.
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February 21, 2022 30 min
Elliott Smith and Liam Napier wrap the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific - with a big look at the opening run-arounds for the Kiwi sides.
The Chiefs were too good for the Highlanders and the Crusaders dodged the Hurricanes under the roof in Dunedin.
The guys also offer their votes for the Rugby Direct MVP and ask what can we expect from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in his season debut.
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February 17, 2022 31 min
Elliott Smith and Liam Napier discuss the late-breaking news of the Silver Lake deal with NZR, as well as take a look at how it might change New Zealand Rugby. And on the doorstep to the new Super Rugby season, we assess the fortunes of the sides in action this week.
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January 2, 2022 13 min
Elliott catches up with the man behind the Raeburn and Utrecht Shields - mythical rugby trophies that don't exist but perhaps should.
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December 26, 2021 9 min
Elliott Smith catches up with Michelle Hooper, tournament director of the 2021 Rugby World Cup - to be played in 2022 - and discusses her vision for the tournament.
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December 20, 2021 11 min
Elliott Smith catches up with Liam Napier to wrap the 2021 year of rugby
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December 2, 2021 18 min
We talk the eligibility changes to World Rugby and preview Heartland XV v New Zealand Baabaas, with the man who'll be going up against Warren Gatland in the coaching booth - Nigel Walsh.
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November 23, 2021 23 min
Liam Napier and Elliott discuss the All Blacks' poor run to finish the 2021 season and ask if it's a blip or something more.
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November 16, 2021 23 min
On this podcast:
Former All Blacks halfback Ant Strachan discusses the loss to Ireland and what can be fixed in time for France, while Ross Filipo joins us to discuss the homecoming for Waikato ahead of the Bunnings NPC final this weekend against Tasman and Moana Pasifika's Kevin Senio reacts to the Super Rugby Pacific draw for 2022.
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