#Scrum5 podcast: Vince Aso and midfield partners central to Hurricanes force

This pic was actually Twickenham's April Fool's joke, but it's not far off the current situation with the AAMI Park surface in Melbourne...

This pic was actually Twickenham’s April Fool’s joke, but it’s not far off the current situation with the AAMI Park surface in Melbourne…

ESPN Australia & NZ: It was great to be back on the old ESPNScrum podcast with Andy Withers and Sam Bruce for the first time in 2016, where among other topics, Sam and I got a bit argricultural about the situation down in Melbourne.

Also, the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in Super Rugby’s game of the round, and we examine their red-hot form. Plus the Brumbies and the Waratahs, the AAMI Park sandpit, and the roaring Lions in South Africa…

#Scrum5 podcast: All Blacks first, daylight second…

ESPNscrum.com: The All Blacks dominated the Rugby World Cup final from the opening whistle, smashing the gainline and executing basic skills, but they also certainly benefited from the majority of the 50-50 calls against “fatigued” rivals – particularly in “the championship minutes”. Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and I round up the talking points in the final Scrum5 podcast of the year..

#Scrum5 podcast: England’s future is paved with green and gold

ESPNscrum.com: Australia’s performance to beat England at Twickenham is not just the best of the Rugby World Cup to date; Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and I say it offers Stuart Lancaster, or whoever is the England coach post World Cup, a blueprint if only he is brave enough to adopt “non-English methods”..

#Scrum5 podcast: Australia have too many points in them to lose to England

ESPNscrum.com: Andy Withers and I look forward to the pivotal match this coming weekend, England v Australia, and suggest Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley is much improved for working with “familiar” Chris Malone, while our colleague on the ground in England, Sam Bruce, is trapped in 1972 in a Crossroads timewarp..