In a special edition of The Rugby Club this Friday we preview the Home Nations’ summer tours with the help of Will Greenwood, Ieuan Evans and Alan Quinlan.
The domestic season is over for another year, and attention turns to international affairs, with a mouth-watering set of fixtures lined up this month.
Stuart Lancaster is aiming to guide England to their first win in New Zealand since the World Cup-winning year of 2003, as they kick off their antipodean tour on Saturday.
The All Blacks have already tasted defeat to the tourists, but that was halfway across the world back in Twickenham two years ago, and Steve Hansen’s men are virtually unstoppable at Eden Park.
With the Premiership final last weekend the England squad is depleted, giving a chance to some of the fringe players in Lancaster’s squad, but the All Blacks won’t be taking things lightly.
We get the latest from Auckland where England are preparing for Saturday’s first Test of three against the world champions, and we catch up with Freddie Burns, who is bracing himself for the All Black challenge after a tough final season at Gloucester.
Also on the show we have interviews and analysis as the other Home Nations prepare to do battle in the southern hemisphere…
WALES: Warren Gatland’s side face a thorough inspection as they take on South Africa in a two-Test series, and the head coach assesses his side’s chances of victory with Scott Quinnell.
SCOTLAND: Former Scotland internationals Rory Lawson and Hugo Southwell give Vern Cotter some advice ahead of their Tests in Argentina and South Africa by selecting their personal dream teams.
IRELAND: Joe Schmidt has had an eventful first year as national coach, guiding Ireland to Six Nations glory, and he chats to Shane Horgan about his tenure ahead of their tour of Argentina.
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