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.


  • Sale Crush Connacht's Challenge Cup dream - Craggy Rugby

    01/04/2019 Duración: 41min

    Connacht's abysmal record in England was extended by an tough Sale team who took their chances efficiently and were brutally parsimonious in defense. We hear from a reflective Andy Friend and a crestfallen Tom McCartney as well as a chirpy Sale coach Steve Diamond. Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the game while post match analysis is provided Dave Finn and Alan Deegan.

  • Midweek prior to Sale QF

    27/03/2019 Duración: 24min

    William Davies caught up with Andy Friend and Paul Boyle at the midweek press conference in the lead up to the Challenge Cup Quarter Final away to Sale. William is joined by Linley MacKenzie and Alan Deegan to reflect on the excellent win over Benetton Rugby and look forward to the daunting challenge of Connacht trying to win their first ever knockout match on English soil.

  • Bonus Beating of Benetton - Craggy Rugby

    25/03/2019 Duración: 39min

    Connacht kept their PRO14 playoff hopes alive with a last gasp bonus point try from the irrepressible Jack to beat Benetton and ensure they stay in 3rd place with just 3 matches remaining. Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the match while we hear from Andy Friend, Jack Carty and Benetton coach Kieran Crowley in the post match interviews. Linley MacKenzie, Danny Deegan, Niall Sheil and Alan Deegan give their thoughts on a fantastic win in the post match analysis section of the podcast.

  • Midweek prior to Benetton

    20/03/2019 Duración: 42min

    William Davies spoke to Andy Friend and Caolin Blade at the Connacht midweek press conference prior to the home match against Benetton. William is joined by Linley MacKenzie and Alan Deegan to preview the match and the final 4 matches of the season as Connacht attempt to reach the PRO14 playoffs for the second time in their history. There is also a quick but interesting history of Murty Rabbitts, home of the Connacht Rugby Supporters Club, the Connacht Clan.

  • Obilerating the Ospreys - Craggy Rugby

    04/03/2019 Duración: 39min

    Connacht had their biggest ever win over the Ospreys in a season defining match at a typically windy Sportsground that sets them up for a grandstand finish to the season. Rob Murphy takes you through the match, while we hear from Andy Friend, Kieran Marmion and a dejected Ospreys coach Allen Clarke in the post match interviews. Dave Finn and Danny Deegan join Alan Deegan for post match analysis where World Rugby's apparent proposal of a World League without Fiji, Samoa and Tonga gets the full Dave Finn rant treatment.

  • Midweek prior to Ospreys

    28/02/2019 Duración: 41min

    William Davies talked to Andy Friend and Eoin McKeon at the midweek press conference. William is joined by Linley MacKenzie and Alan Deegan to flit over the awful performance and result in Glasgow but celebrate the record Connacht representation in the starting lineup of an Ireland team in the 6 Nations. We also hear from Ospreys coach Alan Clarke who gives a bit of background the upheaval in Welsh rugby at regional level and their hopes for a win in Galway. And we finish the podcast with a tribute to Micky Heaslip who passed away last week.

  • Garotted by Glasgow - Craggy Rugby

    25/02/2019 Duración: 36min

    Connacht's playoff hope took a massive hit as Glasgow blew them off the field in Scotstoun. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match and provide post match analysis. We hear from Andy Friend and Kyle Godwin in the post match interviews as well as Dave Rennie and Rob Harley to get the Warriors view of the match.

  • Midweek prior to Glasgow Away

    21/02/2019 Duración: 30min

    William Davies interviews defense coach Pete Wilkins, Ireland prop Finlay Bealham and backrow tyro Paul Boyle in this weeks podcast. Rob Murphy hosts the podcast and is joined by Linley MacKenzie, William and Alan Deegan to review the excellent result against Cheetahs and look forward to the difficult assignment of trying to garner a win for the first time in Scotstoun.

  • Connacht defeat Cheetahs - Craggy Rugby

    18/02/2019 Duración: 30min

    Connacht and the Cheetahs served up an entertaining match in the battle for the playoff spots with the home side securing victory and denying their South African opponents a losing bonus point with a late late Jarrad Butler try. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match while Linley MacKenzie and Dave Finn join Alan for post match analysis. We hear the post match thoughts from Andy Friend, Jack Carty and Cheetahs wing William Small-Smith.

  • Midweek prior to Cheetahs at home

    14/02/2019 Duración: 42min

    Andy Friend and Denis Buckley chat to William prior to the Cheetahs match in the Sportsground. Linley MacKenzie and Alan Deegan join William to review the season so far and look forward to the challenge of the Cheetahs. William and Alan also chat to Craggy Rugby's South African correspondent Morgan Piek to catch up with the progress of the ever improving Cheetahs.

  • Cardiff conundrum still unsolved - Craggy Rugby

    28/01/2019 Duración: 38min

    Connacht rescued a losing bonus point in Cardiff after a poor display, we hear from an unhappy Andy Friend and the impressive Cillian Gallagher as well as an upbeat Cardiff coach John Mulvihill. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match and they are joined by Linley MacKenzie to try an analyze a very disjointed and disappointing match. The quiz winners are announced along with the correct answers to what proved to be a tricky assignment.

  • Midweek Prior To Cardiff Away - Craggy Rugby

    24/01/2019 Duración: 33min

    William Davies talks to backs coach Nigel Carolan and hooker Dave Heffernan about their newly signed contracts, the excellent win in France and the difficult assignment in Wales. William is joined by Linley Mackenzie and Alan Deegan to review the Challenge Cup win and preview the Cardiff game. There is a injury list update, news of the quiz draw and the 6Nations event the Craggy Crew are hosting in Murty Rabbitts.

  • Beating Bordeaux - Craggy Rugby podcast

    21/01/2019 Duración: 46min

    Connacht were breathtaking in the final five minutes of a topsy turvy final pool match to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and qualify for the Quarter Finals for the fifth time in a row. The Craggy crew take you through the game and we hear from Andy Friend, Jack Carty, Tiernan O'Halloran and an unhappy Bordeaux-Begles coach Joe Worsley.

  • Midweek Prior To Bordeaux Away

    17/01/2019 Duración: 36min

    Andy Friend, Tom Farrell, the Challenge Cup permutations for Connacht, the quiz questions, William Davies with score reviews and fixture previews, Linley Mackenzie with a mini history lesson of previous Connacht glory days in France - this podcast has it all.

  • Surviving Sale - Craggy Rugby

    14/01/2019 Duración: 39min

    Connacht have their Challenge Cup destiny still in their own hands after a tight win over Sale Sharks in Round 5 at the Sportsground. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match, Andy Friend and Ultan Dillane give the Connacht perspective in the post match interviews, and we hear from Sale coach Steve Diamond also. Rob Murphy, Niall Sheil and Dave Finn try to analyse what was a penalty and scrum strewn game and they are joined by former Irish international Jenny Murphy to get an independent view of the win. And there is the final quiz question for the pretty unique prizes on offer.

  • Midweek prior to Sale at home

    10/01/2019 Duración: 40min

    William Davies spoke with Andy Friend and Jack Carty as they ruminated on the encouraging display if ultimately disappointing defeat to Munster but the were full of enthusiasm for the Challenge of Sale Sharks in the Sportsground on Saturday. William is joined by Linley MacKenzie and Alan Deegan to close out the analysis of the Munster game and look forward to the match on Saturday, which has a Champions cup feel to it. There is also a new section of the podcast where Danny Deegan and Alan pore over some of the more relevant stats from the Munster match to dig into how the visitors won. AND their is the second question in our three part quiz for some mysterious but unique prizes.

  • Monstered by Munster - Craggy Rugby

    07/01/2019 Duración: 47min

    A youthful Connacht side hung on to the coattails of a powerful Munster team to garner a losing bonus while at the same time conceding a try bonus to the visitors. We hear from Andy Friend and Paul Boyle from the Connacht perspective while Johann van Graan shares the Munster viewpoint. Rob Murphy is joined by Linley MacKenzie, William Davies and Dave Finn to dissect a riproaring match while William is joined by Alan Deegan to take you through the game.

  • Midweek prior to Munster at home - Craggy Rugby

    03/01/2019 Duración: 33min

    William Davies spoke with Connacht defence coach Pete Wilkins and in-form scrumhalf Caolin Blade at the pre Munster press conference in the Sportsground this week. Alan Deegan joins William to talk about the excellent win over Ulster and the importance of the match against Munster. There is also the usual review of last weekends results, a preview of the upcoming fixtures and a discussion on the injury list, as we know it.

  • Uprooting Ulster - Craggy Rugby

    31/12/2018 Duración: 36min

    Connacht achieved their first ever season double over Ulster with a 3 try victory in the Sportsground. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match and they are joined on post match duty by Linley MacKenzie, Dave Finn and Danny Deegan. We hear from Andy Friend and Tom Farrell for the Connacht view while Dan McFarland and Rob Herring provide the Ulster perspective.

  • Midweek prior to Ulster at home

    28/12/2018 Duración: 28min

    William Davies caught up with Andy Friend and Nigel Carolan prior to the Ulster match. William is joined by Alan Deegan as they review and preview the derby weekends in the PRO14.

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