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Updated May 2020
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Elite Rugby Banter is the brainchild of Alex, Ben, Matt and Adam, four guys from South Africa (though one now calls Mauritius) who love their rugby, and enjoy talking about it, though badly, and with much mirth. They chat about the weeks' past and coming rugby action, Super Rugby, internationals, and whatever catches their attention, with a South African to Southern Hemisphere bias. They are fans who take bantering seriously, but not themselves. You can find them on iTunes, Soundcloud, and A ...
 
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The SA transfer season has just closed in rugby terms, but the landscape keeps changing with SA players still changing teams, while three Australian players say cheers to the Queensland Reds. Adam returns, a newly minted dad and evidently barely keeping it together, with Ben and Matt joining him as they chat about Jake White's Bulls, Warrick Gelant…
 
It's a five man pod this week, with Ant joining Ben, Matt, Alex and Adam as they chat about the return of Super Rugby (Adam botches the name even though he prepared for it), SA player movements to and from South Africa, Australia getting us all hot and sweaty with talk of a combine, World Rugby's official match guidelines (with Ben triggered by the…
 
The gang are in the house and Bll Beaumont has maintained his grip on the World Rugby hot seat. This, plus Mannie Libbok being given the old heave ho by Jake White, the Lions tour being possible delayed, Super Rugby saying that their tournaments will see everyone participate by themselves, Pieter Steph du Toit's desire to be a tractor and Adam inad…
 
It's been such a big week of news in the rugby world that we didn't even make it to the novelty XV this time. The gang discuss the World Rugby election, Raelene Castle's ouster as Rugby Australia boss, SA Rugby's plans to get the game through 2020 and oil barrels becoming spectators at Loftus, plus quite a bit more.Music by @monstroid, 80s TV Show.…
 
Another week has passed in the rugby world with no footy insight, but thankfully, we have the World Rugby elections coming up, which gives Ben, Matt and Adam reason to rage, scoff, argue and mull over the choice facing the haves and the have nots. Further pay cuts are underway in New Zealand, while the Australias post-pod strike a deal. Economics a…
 
As we await rugby to return to the field, anywhere really, the gang discuss the upcoming World Rugby election, rugby's inability to have a high class game in a moment when people are stuck at home, Australian shenanigans, with Adam dropping the P-word (parochial) and the thoughts of former Springbok no living in Costa Rica. Ben also tells us about …
 
It's another two man pod, with Adam engaged in a work activity (on a Monday!) and Alex doing the dad thing. With Matt and Ben left to themselves, they talk about the Crusaders busting curfew, and the USA going bankrupt (the rugby union that is) and the ultimate novelty XV, the Prop XV! We hope everyone is staying in doors and keeping safe in these …
 
It's lockdown time in the Elite Rugby Banter universe as Ben, Matt and Adam really start to feel rugby withdrawal. Thankfully, there is a fair amount of news to discuss (most of it COVID-19 related), to do with pay cuts, fist bumps and much derision thrown at those arm chair experts who claim to know something, but actually, not much. We also check…
 
It's a full house at ERB headquarters (Alex does arrive a little bit late), as the gang talk about the very crazy world we live in right now, Jamie Robert's winning the corona game, what it must be like for a WWE superstar wrestling in front of non-existent crowd, Australia trying to do a new competition, pay cuts, English season closures and to to…
 
COVID-19 is all the rage, but thankfully, Elite Rugby Banter has been preparing for a world of social distancing, self isolation and toilet roll shortages since day one (bar that one time). With Adam away, Matt (on his SA return!), Ben and Alex will play. They chat about the likely last weekend of Super Rugby, the virus' impact on the game, a Sitco…
 
With Matt still getting used to life back in SA, and Alex in a pit of despair over his Draft performance, Ben and Adam steer this week's pod, with Joe Marler looming large in this week's discussions. Thankfully, lots of rugby also took place over the weekend, with Ben and Adam chatting about the Highlanders' awful form (and player recruitment), the…
 
Ben is away on a golf tour while Matt is preparing to leave Korea, leaving Alex and Adam to steer the ship. In it, they discuss the coronavirus making a mockery of the Sunwolves' fixture schedule, the greed of the Northern Hemisphere (an old hobby horse of Adam's), the Stormers playing very badly (Alex rages), the resurgence of the Blues, the Shark…
 
It's a two man pod this week, and Ben and Adam shoot the breeze and chat about Ardie Savea's sudden desire to play the kak version of rugby, the RFU sneakily agreeing to cut their cut, mental health, weight class club rugby comps, Makozole Mapimpi being a swell guy over the tryline, rotation policies, how the Wallabies are shaping up in 2020 and so…
 
It's a full house at ERB HQ, with Matt, Ben, Alex and Adam discussing the looming demise of England's second tier, the (folly?) of the All Blacks rest weeks, Mako Vunipola having no regrets about taking the money, Wilco Louw heading overseas, Pacific eligibility and a summation of where the different conferences are. Also, Matt will soon be home!Mu…
 
Matt and Alex, in surmising-considering-discursive-yet-intrigued mood chat about what has been a busy week in the rugby world (...in the Southern Hemisphere anyway). They speak about the notion of doing a draw for the World Cup in 2023 in 2020, the rumours that South Africa are going to up sticks and throw in their lot with the north (unlikely for …
 
Edit: Apologies for Alex being so soft. Adam pawned it. He has one job of recording the recording and were it not for Alex not trusting Adam, there wouldn't have been a recording #detailsforthelossSuper Rugby is here and not a moment too soon. Adam, Matt, and Alex chat about penalties to start a game, the rise of America, Israel Folau being a unifi…
 
It's the beginning a new era, with Ben, Alex and Adam chatting about what to do about substitutions in rugby, referees firing captains, Jaco Kriel (maybe??) returning to the Lions and lamenting on their choices following the ERB draft on Saturday. Also, Ben puts it on the record that he's willing to fight Ben Stokes at a place of Pod Ben's choosing…
 
It's a two man pod with Ben and Adam chatting about Saracens being relegated from the English Premiership, Lions 2021 tickets, Alex's baby's name and finishing up their Super Rugby previews for the coming season. Matt and Alex, while not present, send in their previews for the Sunwolves and Stormers repsectively. Matt is too the point and Alex's re…
 
Super Rugby is less than a month away, with Adam back taking the wheel this week as he is joined by Matt (recovering from a bender two days prior), an initially sleepy Phil and a mellow Ant. They discuss Joseph Dweba's looming move to France, preseason results and some other news before previewing the Bulls, Sharks, Highlanders, Jaguares (Matt figh…
 
The new year has rolled round - Happy 2020 everyone! - and Super Rugby is less than a month away. Alex, Ben and Matt kick things off with previews of some of Super Rugby's finest and not so finest teams, particularly the Rebels, Blues, Lions, Hurricanes and the Brumbies. Adam also arrives late to not add much value. Music by @monstroid, 80s TV Show…
 
That's a wrap! With Christmas just around the corner, the gang (sans Matt...he's in the grips of winter from what we hear?) in 20 minutes - a record - chat about what they want for Chirstmas/the Festive Season ahead of the 2020 season.Thanks to all our listeners this year! It's been a great year but we are going to recharge for a few weeks and come…
 
It's the second last episode of the year, which was totally recorded on December 15, we swear...kind of. Matt and Adam start off things politely before Alex comes in and starts getting rather technical (as is his want), noting the contrasts between Northern and Southern Hemisphere rugby. Either way, the gang are very happy England did not win the R…
 
Alex and Ben sit down to have a quick chat about Sevens, where the Blitz Bokke won in Dubai for the umpteenth time to kick off their World Sevens Series with a bang. More importantly, a listener got in touch with us regarding a previous comment made on the pod regarding religion which missed the mark. The comment is addressed in the pod and thanks …
 
As the year draws to a close, Adam, Matt, Ben and Alex chat about how the gap can be closed between the 1st tier of world rugby, and those bubbling under (including Italy, who for all intents and purposes are really 2nd tier). Beyond the normal "intelligent discussion", there are some usual side paths taken. Music by @monstroid, 80s TV Show…
 
As the 2019 comes closer to turning into 2020, Phil, Matt, Ben and Adam look at their highlights for the year, lowlights, top moments, and spend much time discussing the Crusaders' new logo. Alex then wonders into the pod through his hung-over induced haze to drop some wisdom, in what is likely the greatest assembly of rugby gentlemen since the Spr…
 
The Rugby World Cup glow has faded and the holidays are approaching but Alex, Ben and Adam are here to chat about Dad stuff (it seems?) and where Australia, New Zealand and South Africa now that new coaches (apparently in South Africa's case) are taking the wheels. The time of Michael Cheika, Steve Hansen and Rassie Erasmus (?) have come to an end,…
 
The year is winding down but Elite Rugby Banter is here to keep the rugby fire burnings. The World Cup celebrations have faded away by Alex, Adam and Matt chat about Damian Willemse's future position, Treven Enoch and then announce the winners for the prestigious ERB Awards, including Alex going to the mat for Captain Lappies. Much other nonsense i…
 
The razzle dazzle of Rugby World Cup 2019 is over. The Springboks are touring South Africa lapping up the platitudes but have no fear, Elite Rugby Banter is here. The gang, in all their glory, chat about Saracen's hand being caught in the proverbial till, Beast's new book, Flouw's retirement, reveal their embargoed RWC 19 predictions - which were m…
 
What a performance! It's a great day to be South African as Adam, Alex, Ben and Matt wax lyrical about the Springboks' outstanding Rugby World Cup final display that dispatched England, and put smiles on millions on faces. The gang break down the game in Yokohama to its key moments and run the rule over the game's different aspects which led to Sou…
 
After a tantalising wait, here is this week's pod! It's all about the Rugby World Cup semi-finals as Alex, Ben and Ant go mental (yet there is some disquiet) about South Africa making the Rugby World Cup final for a third time, and heap praise on England's excellent performance to eliminate the Mordor of Rugby, the All Blacks. Faf's fabulous hair, …
 
With Phil in Japan, Ben joins Ant to talk about the respective records of Jérôme Garcès and Nigel Owens heading into this weekend's World Cup semi-finals. There is also some mild banter, and much insight (we'd argue anyway). They conclude that the Springboks have nothing to worry about apart from themselves. Music by @monstroid, 80s TV Show.Thanks …
 
For the first time ever, it's a one man show. Adam steers the ship and is joined by Phil, who reports in from Japan. This is arguably the least bantery episode ever. But hey, we serve the People! Adam goes through the quarterfinals that have just taken place at the Rugby World Cup, and while irritated with South Africa, the second half promises bet…
 
It's the calm before the storm as Ant, Ben and Alex (Adam still hasn't recovered from the glass of wine apparently while Matt is sleeping...I mean, he's right there!) look over the looming quarterfinals. Will Japan continue their fairy tale against the Springboks (and will Brighton 2015 be mentioned five or 10 times)? Can Ireland stop the might All…
 
Alex and Ben are joined by Phil to talk about his upcoming trip to Japan for the playoffs! The gang discuss the French Revolution, Asian geography and other news before diving into the final reviews of the group stages and the legacy of Typhoon Hagibis and a RWC XV (so far) is proposed. They also lament the cancellation of the game the world will n…
 
The Rugby World Cup is heading towards its business end but there is some loose endsto wrap up first. Ant joins Ben and Adam to discuss the weeks games thus far, and those coming up, including arguably the biggest game of them all: Canada vs Namibia, plus the small matter of Japan vs Scotland. South Africa's trouncing of Canada is covered too, as i…
 
It's our 100th episode, and in classic ERB style, we completely forgot about it. Have no fear, because Matt, Alex and Adam chat about Joe Moody's middle name, confuse him for Owen Franks, wonder who was the most chuffed Springbok to see Damian Willemse and cover the happenings and comings at the Rugby World Cup thus far. The business end is near by…
 
Alex and Ben steer the World Cup ship this week, in two parts! The Rugby World Cup is meandering towards the quarterfinals once more after the busy weekend, but much rugby is discussed. Scotland's thrashing of Samoa, France's hot and heavy defeat of the USA and New Zealand dispatching Canada with all the Barretts are discussed, along with the comin…
 
Predictive analytics are playing a bigger role in sports, and some South Africans decided to get into the action by designing their own predictive tool that is targeting this year's Rugby World Cup: Ruggerbot.com.Adam "sat down" with Thomas Davies, of re:source design, the minds behind Ruggerbot.com, to find out how it works. Music by @monstroid, 8…
 
What a Rugby World Cup so far! Chris Lee joins Alex, Matt, Ben and Adam as he gives the Irish view of their epic defeat to Japan. The gang also chat about all the other World Cup action, including SA's meh victory over Namibia and Wales win over Australia (including some controversial refereeing!). To add some brains to this week's pod (Chris exclu…
 
Ben and Adam sprint through the happenings on the field in the Rugby World Cup thus far, noting now Uruguay as it stands have a shot at the quarterfinals, recounting what's like when their high school team faces an opponent they have no right facing, and wondering about the teams only just beginning their campaign. Also, Schalk Brits has been named…
 
The Rugby World Cup is now underway, and Ben, Matt and Adam in chilled-out fashion discuss the week's games, including New Zealand's hard fought but deserved win over South Africa, Australia's good victory over Fiji, Rob Howley's betting habits, the haka and its "status", other World Cup niceties and the usual too-ing and fro-ing. Alex is off in th…
 
The 2019 Rugby World Cup is days away in Japan and ERB are here to preview (badly at times, and other times well) the weekend's games, plus Wales and Georgia on Monday. Adam, Ben and Alex kick off the first of ERB World Cup Weekly, which will run through the entire tournament. Today's major focus is dedicated the Springboks' clash against the All B…
 
The Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, and ahead of kick-off, Nicola joins Ant, Matt and Adam to see whether the three of them know the Laws (not Rules!) of Rugby. Ant and Matt pass with flying colours, though rucks appear to confuse the kak out of Adam (this is not surprising). Prior to chatting about the game and its troves, Gareth Thomas…
 
The Rugby World Cup begins in a week...you heard us right, a WEEK! All the squads have been chosen, typhoons (mostly) avoided and 20 nations will be competing for the Webb Ellis Trophy. But, are all the players selected from their country of origin? Do they know the local party song? If, for example, they aren't Scottish, do they even know what hag…
 
The Rugby World Cup is but weeks away and Alex, Ben and Adam are here to finish up their previews ahead of the global showpiece in the Land the Rising Son. In classic ERB fashion, there is a foul up when it comes to the New Zealand preview, Adam is willing on the briyani he had for breakfast to deal with the previous night, Ben gets tired playing g…
 
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