House of Rugby

House of Rugby
James Haskell and Alex Payne and special guests do their best to discuss anything but rugby. Subscribe free to get a new episode every Wednesday. The UK’s No1 rugby show, brought to you by JOE.

The One Where Haskell Came Back From the Jungle
Dec 11 • 72 min
Alex and Mike welcome James back from I’m A Celebrity. They talk tasks, dingo dollars, surviving on 200 calories a day, the new All Blacks coach, death threats and lots of rats.
The One About Living with Hask and Tinds
Dec 3 • 63 min
Alex is joined by two former England captains, Rob Vickerman and Ollie Phillips to talk Dita Von Teese, Stade Francais, Mount Everest, romantic gestures, Dan Carter, tornados, scaring off Jonah Lomu and shacking up with James and Mike. This is one not to…
The One About Toulon, Sonny Bill and M&M’s
Nov 26 • 60 min
Alex and Mike are joined by the former Newcastle, Toulon and England centre Tom May to discuss international disappointment, house hunting with Matt Giteau, Sonny Bill off-loads and the perfect sportsmans breakfast.
The One About the Red Roses
Nov 19 • 51 min
Alex and Mike are joined by the former European MVP and the current Harlequins Ladies captain, Rachael Burford to talk Haskell in the jungle, ask whether England could play the Six Nations without their Saracens players, and discuss England’s Red Roses…
The One About Saracens and I’m A Celebrity
Nov 12 • 61 min
As Hask heads to Australia and ‘I’m A Celebrity’, Alex and Mike are joined by the former England 7’s captain Rob Vickerman to talk all things jungle, the fallout from Saracen’s punishment, Emily Scarratt, Sonny Bill Williams, and animal ‘bits and pieces’.
The Live World Cup Final Debrief from Yokohama
Nov 2 • 43 min
Alex, James and Mike look back on the World Cup Final in front of a packed live audience in Yokohama to discuss just how South Africa beat England so convincingly, pay tribute to Rassie Erasmus and his team, and ask what Eddie Jones needs to do to moving…
The Final Japan Mini-Pod - with Elma Smit
Oct 31 • 32 min
In an emotional final mini-pod from Tokyo, Alex and South African TV presenter Elma Smit wander round Hamarikyu Gardens and look forward to the World Cup Final by focusing on the Springboks and the amazing stories of Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira. They…
The World Cup Final preview one we did in Tokyo
Oct 30 • 90 min
Alex, James and Mike reflect on the World Cup semi-finals and discuss whether New Zealand’s defeat was a one-off. Mike looks back on the week building up to the 2003 final, reminisces about what he said to Stirling Mortlock in the tunnel before the game,…
The Third Japan Mini-Pod - with Kirstie Stanway (Take 2)
Oct 28 • 21 min
Alex is joined once again by Kirstie Stanway of Sky Sports New Zealand to reflect on the semi-finals, look at the reaction of the All Black faithful after defeat to England, and to discuss just why Eddie Jones’s side were so dominant in Yokohama.
The second Japan Minipod with Kirstie Stanway - Semi-finals
Oct 23 • 26 min
The House of Rugby team bring you the second of their Japan minipods from Shiba Park, under the shadow of Tokyo Tower. Alex is joined by Kirstie Stanway from Sky Sports New Zealand to look ahead to the All Blacks encounter with England (as well as…
The second one we did in Tokyo, with the World Cup winning captain
Oct 22 • 93 min
Alex, James, Mike and a studio audience are joined in Tokyo by the former South African World Cup winning captain John Smit to talk Mandela, Cheika, Mark Regan, Jaco Peyper, the semi-final line up and who’d win a fight between Martin Johnson and Bakkies…
The first Japan Minipod - Quarter Finals
Oct 17 • 26 min
The House of Rugby team bring you the first of their Japan mini-pods from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Alex is joined by South African rugby presenter Elma Smit to talk World Cup experience, how it differs from the last two, Eddie Jones and John…
The one we did in Tokyo with the All Blacks captain
Oct 16 • 92 min
Alex, James and Mike travel to Japan for the first of the House of Rugby live shows. They’re joined by the former New Zealand skipper Justin Marshall to talk Martin Johnson, the World Cup quarter finals, swimming races and why Wales winning the tournament…
The second live one with Alex Goode
Oct 10 • 94 min
Alex, James and Mike head to Flat Iron Square in South East London for another live version of the show in front of an audience of 500. They’re joined by the European Player of the Year for 2019 - Saracens fullback Alex Goode - to talk missing out on…
The one with Luther Burrell about Ireland/Japan
Oct 1 • 66 min
Alex and Mike are joined by the former England and Northampton star Luther Burrell who’s crossed codes to rugby league. They discuss Ireland’s defeat to Japan, Wales/Australia, and Luther talks about missing out on the 2015 RWC and the switch to…
The one about the first week of the World Cup
Sep 25 • 67 min
Alex Payne is joined by Mike Tindall and Jerry Flannery to look back over the first round of group games from the World Cup in Japan, assess the state of the home nations, and ask whether referees are really having a shocker. Plus, the boys pick their…
The Live Rugby World Cup preview episode
Sep 18 • 83 min
This week the House of Rugby is live before a 500 strong audience. Alex Payne, James Haskell and Mike Tindall talk World Cup, tell some incredible stories and find out what Eddie Jones has said to Hask about England’s chances in Japan. Plus there’s…
The one on World Cup preparations
Sep 10 • 81 min
James Haskell and Mike Tindall reveal to Alex Payne how you prepare for a World Cup and Hask discusses his time in Japan including a struggle to find protein, Japanese showers and his unusual legacy.
The one with The Beast
Sep 3 • 69 min
Wycombe striker and football’s strongest player Adebayo Akinfenwa - aka The Beast - joins James Haskell and Alex Payne to discuss training with rugby players, facing Rio Ferdinand in the boxing ring and how he aims to help people with their mental health.
The one with the MMA
Aug 28 • 68 min
Haskell reveals what has compelled him to agree to fight the Bellator mixed martial arts cage, and Mike Tindall returns for his first show of the season to pile into Ireland.
The one with Chris Robshaw
Aug 20 • 68 min
Chris Robshaw, who captained England 42 times, joins James Haskell and Rob Vickerman to talk preseason for the veterans, the ups and downs of his England career including the 2015 World Cup, and who are the big threats going into the Rugby World Cup.
The one with the Man of Munster
Aug 14 • 68 min
Alex is joined by the Munster legend Jerry Flannery (who also played 41 times for Ireland and was selected to the 2009 Lions squad), and by the former England 7’s skipper Rob Vickerman. They talk Arsenal, the Eiffel Tower, Love Island, Axel Foley and…
The one to start off Season 2
Aug 6 • 70 min
Alex and James are back for the second season of House of Rugby and are joined by “house trained caveman” and England flanker Tom Wood to talk chainsaws, the etiquette of offering someone out, and the final England squad before the World Cup
The one with Michael Lynagh
Jul 10 • 70 min
Alex and James are joined by rugby royalty as Australian legend Michael Lynagh visits the house, along with his son Louis who’s starting his career at Harlequins. Together they talk World Cup wins, David Campese, strokes and bad DJ sets at Royal Ascot.
The Joe Marler Best Of
Jul 3 • 63 min
Alex, James and Mike are joined by the irrepressible Joe Marler to talk England retirement, fighting with Hask, scrum caps, Samson Lee and ‘bits’.
The Third ‘Best Of’ Show
Jun 27 • 50 min
Alex and James discuss the birth of ‘Bucko’ and ‘The Rope’, it’s all aboard The Haskell Train, Mike Tindall’s nemesis arrives, plus reflections on Christmas at the Castle. And make sure you stay until the very end.
The Ben Ryan Best Of
Jun 19 • 60 min
Alex Payne and James Haskell reflect on their three shows with the former Olympic champion Ben Ryan, who coached Fiji to glory at the Rio Games, and hear some of his remarkable stories. From cursed players to 10 pain au chocolats for breakfast, this is an…
The one where we did a Best Of
Jun 11 • 60 min
Alex and James are joined by Billy Vunipola, Mike Tindall, Rob Vickerman and Nick Kennedy to look back at some of the best moments from the show, including the curry pizza sandwich, shing shong, getting thrown out of the England WhatsApp, cuddles with…
The one about Pacific Islands rugby
May 28 • 78 min
Alex and James are joined by former Wasps and Samoa lock Dan Leo to discuss Hask and Dan’s time as teammates, whether rugby is exploiting the Pacific Islands, and the mental health issues that players and people face in the region
The one about team socials
May 21 • 68 min
Alex, James and Mike discuss what happens on a team social, who organises them, who’s the social hand grenade, and why letting your hair down is good for team morale
The one about Saracens & celebrations
May 14 • 70 min
Alex, James and Mike talk about why Saracens won the European Cup, Eddie Jones’ sneaker collection, Alex Goode’s big nights out and the Royal WhatsApp groups
The one where Haskell retires
May 7 • 56 min
James announces his retirement from the game through injury. He talks heartache, parents, best moments, regrets and future plans.
The one about the rise of women’s rugby
Apr 30 • 78 min
Alex and James are joined by Harlequins Ladies captain and World Cup winner Rachael Burford to talk about Rachael’s career and the rise of the women’s game, while Hask hijacks the Perfect Pour.
The one where Joe Marler came back
Apr 23 • 72 min
Alex and Mike are joined by Harlequins prop Joe Marler to talk rugby summers, the best players they’ve ever played with, six-a-side teams, and what Joe would do if he ever saw Billy Vunipola outside of a popular high street coffee shop
The one about Israel Folau
Apr 16 • 79 min
Alex and James are joined by commentator Nick Heath to talk about Israel Folau’s comments on homosexuality, Billy Vunipola’s warning and tolerance in rugby
The one that Vernon Kay presented
Apr 9 • 74 min
James and Mike are joined by guest presenter Vernon Kay to discuss player hygiene, 4G pitches, Christian Wade in the NFL and the biggest social hand grenades
The one with the journalist
Apr 2 • 79 min
Alex and Mike are joined by the Daily Mirror’s rugby correspondent, Alex Spink, to talk about the relationship between players and press, Danny Cipriani and the future of Eddie Jones
The one where Ben Ryan was asked about the England job
Mar 26 • 84 min
Alex and James are joined by the former Fiji coach Ben Ryan to talk breakdowns, skill players, mentality and whether he’d want to take over from Eddie Jones
The one where Richard Madeley turned up
Mar 19 • 72 min
Alex, James and Mike are joined by James’ father in law to discuss the six nations, Alun Wyn Jones, and what it’s like to have a Haskell in the family
The one where Haskell’s best mate showed up
Mar 12 • 76 min
Alex and James are joined by the former Wasps, Northampton and Gloucester prop, Paul Doran-Jones to talk pizza, sex tapes, chemistry and fatherhood
The one where we had royalty
Mar 4 • 69 min
Alex and Mike are joined by Mike’s wife Zara to talk a life in sport, world cups, Olympics, retirement and who’s the biggest rugby nause
The one where we actually talk about rugby
Feb 26 • 64 min
Alex, James and Mike come to terms with Wales’ victory over England, come up with some snappy ideas for House of Rugby merch, and solve the Brexit crisis with a politicians XV
The one where Joe Marler turned up
Feb 19 • 65 min
Alex and James are joined by Harlequins prop Joe Marler to talk retirement, England, bits, fights and Samson Lee
The one where Haskell was in a strop
Feb 11 • 67 min
Alex, James and Mike talk Eddie Jones’s mind games, Warren Gatland’s massages and ponder what position Julia Roberts would play in a Hollywood 15
The one where Tinds rubs it in over Ireland
Feb 5 • 71 min
Alex, James and Mike discuss England’s six nations win, Kyle Sinckler’s wind-up, Johnny May’s singing and why beating Scotland means more than anything. Oh, and there’s a vintage TV XV
BONUS: Women’s Six Nations preview
Jan 31 • 31 min
Alex is joined by former England international Maggie Alphonsi, and former Ireland stars Jenny Murphy and Fiona Coghlan to discuss the Women’s Six Nations.
The one we did live from the Aviva
Jan 29 • 67 min
Alex is joined by Mike Tindall, Shane Williams, Simon Zebo, Rory Lawson and a studio audience for the Guinness Six Nations preview at the Aviva Stadium
The one where Tindall’s nemesis turns up
Jan 22 • 69 min
Alex, James and Mike talk Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell at seven and Mike’s amateur-game-nemesis pops by to surprise him
The one where Mrs. Haskell shows up
Jan 15 • 69 min
Alex, James and Mike are joined by Chloe Haskell to talk about what it’s like to be married to Hask, the good times, the bad times, injuries, depression and everything else in between
The one where Ben Ryan came back
Jan 8 • 63 min
Alex and James welcome back Olympic champion Ben Ryan and talk Jerry Tuwai’s boots, cyclones and how many eggs a chicken lays in a year
The one where James Haskell forgets to turn up
Jan 2 • 63 min
Alex, Nick Easter and Rob Vickerman talk Steve Diamond, South African rugby and a guide called Jackson
Christmas with the Queen, Richard & Judy and rugby festive duties
Dec 26, 2018 • 54 min
Alex, James and Mike discuss Christmas at the Palace, festivities at Richard and Judy’s house and hand out their 2018 Awards. And make sure you stay till the very end!
Leicester’s decline, English woe in Europe and mental health in rugby
Dec 18, 2018 • 66 min
Alex, Mike and Rob discuss the failings of English clubs in the Champions Cup, examine Leicester’s decline and look at mental health in rugby
The remarkable story of how Ben Ryan led Fiji to Olympic glory
Dec 11, 2018 • 62 min
Alex and James talk to Ben Ryan about Fiji, with doctors, Olympic gold and the pain au chocolate breakfast
Burgess, BaaBaas, big nights and bodies
Dec 4, 2018 • 66 min
Alex, James and Mike talk about texts with Sam Burgess, nights out with the Barbarians, relegation from the Premiership and big bodies. Plus James shows his terrible Harry Potter knowledge
Andrew Trimble special: Joe Schmidt, Sam Burgess, dressing-room fights and Tindall’s Irish reckoning
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
Alex is joined by Mike Tindall and Andrew Trimble while James is in hospital. The three talk Sam Burgess, egos and 2015. Mike tries to repair his relationship with Ireland plus Joe Schmidt, Andy Farrell and tackling
Billy Vunipola special: Chicken curry pizzas, being ‘big time’ and vulgar Welsh grannies
Nov 20, 2018 • 59 min
Alex and James are joined by Saracens and England star Billy Vunipola to discuss his return from a third arm break, Ireland’s win over the All Blacks, getting fat-shamed by The Queen and curry pizzas. England’s clash with Australia is previewed, James…
England’s misfortune, Ireland’s flaws and gruesome injuries
Nov 13, 2018 • 59 min
Alex, James and Mike Tindall pick the bones out of England’s narrow defeat to the All Blacks, Mike doubles down on Ireland, the pair compare their gruesome injury stories while Andrew Trimble goes on assignment to interview foes turned friends Brian…
TV meltdowns, England’s escape and how to beat the All Blacks
Nov 5, 2018 • 59 min
Alex and Rob Vickerman sit back and enjoy James explaining how he malfunctioned live on television and the social media fallout that followed; England’s win over South Africa is dissected, Rob outlines how you beat New Zealand while Jordan Larmour, Wales…
The Autumn International Special
Oct 30, 2018 • 66 min
Alex, James and Mike Tindall preview the first week of the Autumn internationals, ask what would represent success for Eddie Jones, JCBs, sausages, fake tan and Sherlock Holmes
Lineouts, leaks and English arrogance
Oct 23, 2018 • 59 min
Alex and James are joined by Nick Kennedy to talk red cards, why everyone hates England, leaking stories to the Daily Mail and how Haskell could have made Nick the new Paul O’Connell
Could Leinster beat the Lions?
Oct 16, 2018 • 60 min
Alex, James and Rob Vickerman discuss England’s future, Leinster’s strength, Freddie Burns’s weakness, chaos at the breakdown, red wine and saucisson, hugs, and a Lions side that could beat Leo Cullen’s European Champions.