Craggy Rugby Podcast



The Craggy Rugby podcast attempts to turn the table on the traditional format for rugby coverage in Ireland. We start with Connacht Rugby and work from there rather than the other way around. During the Rugby season we release an episode after each and every Connacht game in the Guinness PRO14 and European Challenge Cup game too. We'll also find time to talk about the big issues in the game, other provinces and Ireland in Six Nations and World Cup action. Help us grow by subscribing to the podcast and writing a review of the show.


  • Craggy Island Rugby Podcast Finally, We beat the Blues

    04/10/2015 Duración: 22min

    Episode 3 reviews game 3 for Connacht and a 36-31 win over Cardiff at the Sportsground on Saturday evening, Alan Deegan and William Davies kick the show off by taking you through a fairly hectic nine try game. Then host Rob Murphy and guests Dave Finn and Galway Advertiser sports editor Linley McKenzie join the pod for a full review. We also hear from Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam.

  • Rugby World Cup Podcast Episode 3

    30/09/2015 Duración: 36min

    Episode 3 and the World Cup is heating up. Wales and England was the big game of the weekend and has left us with a pool like no other as England face Australia this weekend. On this week's show we look back at all the action, we chat to Ronan Byrne in London who went along to the Ireland and Romania game on Sunday and we preview each of this week's games starting with Fiji and Wales on Thursday. Joining host Rob Murphy are the usual crew of Alan Deegan, Dave Finn and William Davies.

  • Rugby World Cup Podcast Episode 2

    22/09/2015 Duración: 42min

    There was one storyline to dominate them all after the first weekend of rugby action but we won't be just talking about Japan in episode one as we review all eight games. Host Rob Murphy is joined by Brett Wilkinson for a discussion on South Africa's tough opening loss while the panel this week are Alan Deegan, Dave Finn and William Davies.

  • Rugby World Cup Podcast E1

    17/09/2015 Duración: 21min

    The first in our series of world cup podcasts on We hope to provide you with something a little different throughout the 2015 tournament in England over the next seven weeks. On episode one, host Rob Murphy and regulars from our Craggy Island Rugby podcast crew William Davies and Dave Finn discuss the forthcoming tournament. Our special guest this week is Sky Sports GAA commentator Mike Finnerty as he looks ahead to the opening weekend and gives us his best memories from World Cups of yore. We're a non profit website, just plugging away for the love of the game. If you like this podcast, rate us on itunes and leave a comment. Our theme music is with thanks to The Walls and from their 2004 album Hi Lo, the track is called Bone Deep.

  • Craggy Island Rugby Podcast A Point Too Far

    12/09/2015 Duración: 32min

    The second episode of the season takes you through a Connacht's dramatic 33-32 defeat to Glasgow in Scotland on Friday. A dreadful first 45 minutes saw Connacht slip 30-13 behind but a stunning comeback rescued two points. Host Rob Murphy is joined by Alan Deegan, William Davies and Dave Finn to take you through a game of highs and lows from the unpredictable westerners against an understrenght Glasgow.

  • Craggy Island Rugby S2 Ep 1 - Dragons Downed

    05/09/2015 Duración: 40min

    The First episode of the new season was recorded at the Sportsground on Friday after Connacht's 29-23 victory over the Dragons. Joining host Rob Murphy on the pod are the usual crew, Alan Deegan, Dave Finn and William Davies. We also hear from Pat Lam and Tiernan O'Halloran. Also on this week's episode we preview the the pro 12 and European season looking at each of Connacht's 14 opponents.

  • Craggy Island Rugby Episode 30 - Epilogue

    01/06/2015 Duración: 48min

    A long season came to an end in Kingsholm, after Gloucester prevailed (40-32) in an epic play off match that went to extra time. Episode 30 is a season review but we start by looking back at a game that will be remembered for quite some time. The crew pick out their highlights of the season and look ahead to the 2015/16 campaign. Joining host Rob Murphy, are the usual crew of Alan Deegan, William Davies and Dave Finn. Stay tuned for some clips from earlier in the campaign including that famous win over Leinster.

  • Craggy Island Rugby 29

    16/05/2015 Duración: 39min

    The season isn't over, Connacht might have lost 24-20 to the Ospreys on Saturday but thanks to Leinster's win over Edinburgh, they held onto 7th spot and are now heading to Gloucester next Sunday for the Champions Cup qualification play off. It was a day of mixed emotions on Saturday, a truly abysmal first half display saw Connacht trail 24-0 but a thrilling second half effort restored pride and will offer hope ahead of a tricky test away to Gloucester. Host Rob Murphy is joined by Alan Deegan, William Davies and Dave Finn for the podcast. We start with an 'as it happened' segment from during the game plus we hear from Dan McFarland, Michael Swift, John Muldoon and Pat Lam.

  • Craggy Island Rugby 28 - The Big Finale

    13/05/2015 Duración: 45min

    A six try demolition job in Parma saw Connacht secure a bonus point 40-10 victory over Zebre at the weekend and sets up a final day showdown with the Ospreys this Saturday with so much at stake. Host Rob Murphy and regular guests, Williams Davies, Dave Finn and Alan Deegan look ahead to a final day like nothing experienced out west in the 13 full seasons of Celtic League and Pro 12 rugby.

  • Craggy Island Rugby 27 - Seventh Anyone?

    02/05/2015 Duración: 43min

    The podcast returns and with two games to go, the Connacht dream of a top six finish seems to be slipping. Recorded after the 31-13 home loss to Glasgow, host Rob Murphy is joined by returning special guest Linley MacKenzie of the Galway Advertiser, William Davies, Dave Finn and stats man Daniel Deegan. In a busy podcast the crew have heated discussions on the out half situation and the effect the current injury crisis is having on the team.

  • Still Sixth - Connacht 20 Ulster 27 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    12/04/2015 Duración: 51min

    Brace yourselves for a jam-packed podcast this week as we get to grips with yet another, (yet another!) thrilling afternoon following Connacht. Ulster won 27-20 at the Sportsground on Saturday but that's only the half of it. A fourth defeat in a row should have put the season up in smoke but thanks to a fightback for a losing bonus point and a little help from results around the league, Connacht are stilling clinging onto sixth spot with three round to go. On the podcast this week, Nigel Owens (brief cameo), Liam Toland (much longer cameo), Rob Murphy (host), Alan Deegan (back up host in training), William Davies and Dave Finn (full of opinions). Plus we have snippets of post game audio from Pat Lam, Denis Buckley, Neil Doak, Tommy Bowe and Rory Best. To help us grow, like us on facebook (Craggyislandrugby), follow and retweet us on twitter (@craggyrugbypod) and please review our show on itunes.

  • Never A Dull Moment - Gloucester 14 Connacht 7 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    06/04/2015 Duración: 47min

    The season seems to generate more dramatic with each passing day for Connacht Rugby. On Friday night in Gloucester we had it all. A truly awful first half, a superb fightback after half time and post game drama that made headlines around the world. The full crew return for our 25th podcast of the season. Part 1 looks at the fallout from the Mils Muliaina arrest after the game at Kingsholm. We speak only of the facts taking you through the confusion that ensued in the hour after the game on Friday and outlining the very latest information we have on the issue. In part 2, things get tetchy as the crew debate the pros and cons of some of Connacht's most high profile signings in recent years and reviews some of the media coverage around them. Will Connacht benefit from a more critical eye in the national media? In the final part of the podcast we dedicate our time to reviewing Friday's performance in Gloucester and previewing the hugely important game against Ulster next Saturday at 2:40pm in the Sportsgrou

  • A Munster Mauling - Munster 42 Connacht 20 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    02/04/2015 Duración: 35min

    Just four games remain in the Guinness Pro 12 season and Connacht remain in the much coveted six position despite two defeats in a row now. Last weekend the westerners trounced 42-20 at Thomond Park and the Craggy crew were in attendance. On the way home they stopped off for an hour to dissect a typically one sided game in Limerick. There’s lots to discuss for host Rob Murphy and guests William Davies, Dave Finn and Alan Deegan as we look ahead to the final few weeks of the season which includes a European Challenge Cup trip to Gloucester this Friday. The topics include Dan McFarland’s departure at the end of the season to become assistant coach in Glasgow, Pat Lam’s fine from the Pro 12 disciplinary committee, the European distraction, Donnacha O’Callaghan’s disruptive performances and the injury crisis that has enveloped Connacht in recent months.

  • Lam, Basting - Cariff 18 Connacht 17 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    10/03/2015 Duración: 49min

    The podcast returns and there’s only one issue on our minds this week. After Connacht’s last gasp defeat to Cardiff in Wales on Friday, Pat Lam’s post game interview took centre stage and has made quite a stir in the following days. Host Rob Murphy and regular Craggy guests Alan Deegan, William Davies and Dave Finn dissect the game and the post game comments which include Lam’s claim that Leighton Hodges made inappropriate to stewards at the Sportsground in January. That claim is as of yet uncorroborated but as of Monday, Lam had been callled to a Pro 12 disciplinary hearing at a date to be confirmed.

  • Treviso Trounced - Connacht 53 Treviso 5

    02/03/2015 Duración: 41min

    After Connacht's 53-5 home win over Treviso they now hold a six point advantage over the Scarlets in the Pro 12 table as the race for sixth intensifies. The final six rounds are going to be hair raising stuff with Cardiff away next on the cards for Pat Lam's men this Friday. The Craggy podcast crew take you through the game first and then meet in the Huntsman to dissect a seven try to one victory over the Italians. William Davies, Alan Deegan and Dave Finn join host Rob Murphy for the chat in front of a live audience. The game kicked off just minutes after Ireland's fantastic win over England in the Six Nations and the fact that young Connacht star Robbie Henshaw had such a staring role doesn't go without a mention or two. There's post game audio from Pat Lam, Aly Muldowney, Craig Ronaldson and Tiernan O'Halloran and a long overdue salute to the soon to be retired Connacht rugby legend Michael Swift.

  • Dragons Outnumbered - Dragons 25 Connacht 30 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    26/02/2015 Duración: 47min

    Connacht are back on track in their quest to usurp the established order, they remain sixth after a 30-25 away win against a Dragons side that played 64 minutes with 14 men on Sunday. Next up, a home tie with Treviso this Sunday minutes after the full time whistle in Ireland and England. Host Rob Murphy is joined by the usual panel, Dave Finn, Alan Deegan and William Davies to look back on the win in Newport and preview this very unusual fixture (in terms of time) at 5:15 this weekend. There's a discussion on John Cooney playing against the Dragons twice in as many weeks, the problems with re-refereeing incidents and the challenges awaiting Connacht in the final seven rounds of the Pro 12. Plus, there's audio from Galway Bay FM Co Commentator Brett Wilkinson recorded after the game in Newport and Connacht coach Pat Lam.

  • Scarlet Faces Everywhere - Scarlets 32 Connacht 14 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    19/02/2015 Duración: 42min

    After a very poor display against the Scarlets in Llanelli last weekend, Connacht are facing into two must win games in the coming weeks starting with Sunday's trip to Newport. The crew return for episode 20 to get to access Connacht's current run of form and preview a vital game in east Wales. Host Rob Murphy is joined by Alan Deegan, Dave Finn and William Davies to discuss everything from Leadership groups to underrated Romanian born Italian referees. There's some talk about Ireland and France too while we have post game audio from west Wales includes interviews with Pat Lam and Jake Heenan.

  • A Journey To La Rochelle - La Rochelle 20 Connacht 30 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    27/01/2015 Duración: 58min

    Episode 19 is a special documentary following Connacht on their trip to La Rochelle in the European Challenge Cup where late tries from Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy helped snatch a bonus point 30-20 win. The Podcast takes you through the whole trip starting in Dublin airport and then following on to La Rochelle where we speak to Pat Lam before the game and lots of the people involved behind the scenes too, including Adrian Leddy Connacht Branch President and Connacht Media executive Louise Creedon among others. Galway Advertiser journalist Linley McKenzie joins host Rob Murphy to preview and review the game, Connacht supporter Warren Gavin takes the recorder into the crowd during the contest and we also have a snippet from Galway where the regular Podcast crew watched the Connacht Eagles take on Germany and access Jake Heenan’s return to action. There’s lots more including post game interviews with Dan McFarland, Mils Muliaina and Pat Lam in this extended version to help bring you the story of an event

  • The Chiefs and their Scrum Dance - Connacht 24 Exeter 33 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    19/01/2015 Duración: 33min

    Another week and another home defeat, 2015 started with a bang thanks to a home win over Munster but the last two weeks have been more of a whimper with defeats to Edinburgh and now against the Exeter. After Sunday's 33-24 defeat to the Chiefs in a high scoring dual at the Sportsground, Host Rob Murphy was joined by regular guests Alan Deegan, Dave Finn and William Davies to dissect a bizarre game where Connacht scored four tries, led 17-10 at half time but shipped 23 unanswered points in the second half. We also hear from Pat Lam, Rob Baxter and John Muldoon in the post game interviews. We'll be back next weekend with episode 19 from La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast. Out facebook page is called Craggy Island Rugby Our twitter feed is @craggyrugbypod which is also the best way to contact us. Fine us on tunes by searching 'Craggy island rugby' and if you have a minute, write a review on our itunes page, it makes a huge difference.

  • Edinburgh Master Elements - Connacht 13 Edinburgh 16 - Craggy Rugby podcast

    10/01/2015 Duración: 35min

    Connacht suffered a first home defeat of the season on Friday night against Edinburgh missing out on a chance to move into the top four in the process. For the second week running, conditions were horrendous at the Sportsground and this time it was Edinburgh who mastered the elements, winning the toss playing with the wind in the first half and scoring a crucial try which set them up for the nine point second half and a 16-13 win. On the podcast with host Rob Murphy are Alan Deegan, William Davies and Dave Finn we also hear from Connacht coach Pat Lam and his Edinburgh counterpart Alan Solomons

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