Rugby fans, it’s time to get lined up as England heroes JAMES HASKELL and MIKE TINDALL take to the road with the world’s most popular rugby podcast – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE RUGBY. There are two South Wales dates next May, Cardiff and Swansea.

And with them on the Swansea Arena leg of the tour is Welsh rugby legend JONATHAN DAVIES who is coming off the subs bench to join them.

Speaking about Jonathan’s addition to the line-up for Swansea, Mike Tindall told us…..

“Jonathan is an absolute legend of Welsh rugby and a good friend to us here at The Good, The Bad And The Rugby –so we’re delighted to have him on board for the show in Swansea.”

Regarded as one of the greatest Welsh players of all times – Jonathan Davies won fans for both the rugby union and league codes, competing at the highest levels for club and country in both the amateur and professional eras. The renowned, versatile back, played for Wales for both codes and league’s Great Britain side.

Since retiring from the game in 1997, he has established an equally respected career as a TV pundit, featuring regularly on BBC’s union and league coverage. As president of fundraising at Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre, he’s raised more than £30m. 

James Haskell added…..

“Having Jonathan join us in Swansea is an honour – he’s a fantastic addition to the squad. It’s going to be a great night.”

Jonathan Davies

The live tour is the first ever outing for the hit podcast which, since launching in summer 2020, has grown to become the UK’s top sporting podcast, with more than 3million listeners and 20million-plus viewers online.

And you can catch The Good, The Bad And The Rugby – LIVE right her in South Wales at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Wednesday, May 4th and at Swansea Arena on Sunday, May 15th. Tickets details at the bottom of the page.

Joining James and Mike will be their podcast co-host former Sky Sports’ rugby presenter ALEX PAYNE.

The trio will take to the stage to recreate the trademark banter they have on air, as The Good (Alex), The Bad (James) And The Rugby (Mike), share tales from on and off the pitch for what promises to be a night filled with surprises and laughter.

THE GOOD THE BAD & THE RUGBY – from top James Haskell, Alex Payne, Mike Tindall

Announcing the tour, Mike told us…..

“Since launching The Good, The Bad And The Rugby podcast, we’ve all become even closer, through the stories we’ve shared ourselves and the stories our guests have shared. Now we can’t wait to get on the road, with more tales from our rugby lives, and to meet our listeners – and maybe hear a few stories from them.”

Episodes of the podcast have featured glimpses into each of the men’s lives – earlier this year, Mike announced his son’s dramatic birth on the bathroom floor, alongside guest appearances from some of the rugby world’s biggest stars.

James added……..

“We have so much fun creating each episode of The Good, The Bad And The Rugby, getting stuck into a whole range of topics for 90 minutes. Mike and I have enjoyed touring life with England – and now we’ve got our own tour… It’s going to be great!”

And Alex said…..

“It’s a pleasure to bring James and Mike to the table each week, when we sit and put the world to rights – and what better way to celebrate that, than by taking it out on tour?”

Not only are these guys rugby giants, but if you’ve seen them on TV or listened to their podcast, you’ll know just how knowledgable and hilarious they are, in equal measures.

James is one of the best-known rugby players and sports people in the UK. Having played 77 times for his country as well as playing around the world and for the British and Irish Lions, James is known as much for his ability on the field as his personality off it. Having retired in 2019 James is pursuing a career as a podcaster, presenter and professional DJ.

Alongside these he spends a large amount of his time speaking on a number of topics from straight after dinner work, too serious motivation and leadership. He is also extremely comfortable hosting and being an auctioneer for any event. James also has a number of podcasts, Couples Quarantine, Backrow Radio. What A Flanker “The Podcast” and the smash hit podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby which averages around 260k listeners per weekly episode.

James has also appeared a number of times on shows such as I’m A Celeb, The Chase, A League Of Their Own, A Question Of Sport, Fighting Talk and various other mainstream shows. James has transcended just being a rugby player.

James Haskell – I’m A Celebrity 2019 (ITV)

James is also a Times Bestselling Author for his smash hit autobiography “What A Flanker”. He has also published some best-selling fitness and nutrition books Perfect Fit, Cooking for Fitness and Rugby Fit.

If there was a competition for rugby honours, James and Mike would be level scores.

Mike Tindall is a renowned retired international Rugby Union player, with caps for England, Barbarians, Bath RFC and Gloucester RFC.  Mike’s premiership career spanned 17 years, joining Bath RFC at just 18 years old.

After 8 years with Bath RFC, Mike moved to Gloucester RFC where he played both 12 and 13. Playing for the England from 2000 to 2011, Mike featured as a core component of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad and later went on to captain his national team. Mike was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his contribution to his sport. 

He was selected for the Barbarians squad on their short tour in May 2012 against England, Ireland, Gloucester and Wales. In May 2013, Mike captained the Barbarians against England, and was named a replacement for the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions as part of a 2013 trip to Australia. Since his retirement from professional rugby in 2014, Mike has played for his local amateur club, Minchinhampton RFC.

Mike Tindall (Getty Images)

Not being one to shy away from a challenge, in 2015 Mike became a finalist on both The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. He continues to hold an active role in domestic and international sport in a number of ways through punditry on a range of TV and radio outlets including talkSPORT, BBC Radio 5Live, BT Sport and BeIN Sports.

In 2018, Mike became one third of the popular House of Rugby podcast.  The trio then created a brand-new show starting The Good, The Bad, The Rugby in 2020 which has gone from strength to strength following its start as the number one sports podcast in the UK and is now the biggest Rugby podcast in the world. 

Away from the sports field, Mike is actively involved in raising money for Cure Parkinsons, Matt Hampson Foundation and Rugby for Heroes

And it takes someone special to keep these guys in check on the live dates, and that’s exactly what Alex hope to do.

Alex has been on our TV’s for a long while now, having first joined Sky Sports News in 2004. He fronted Sky’s rugby union coverage from 2012 and has presented over 20,000 hours of live television, over 200 test matches, four Lions tours and more than 50 England internationals. He has covered every major league in the game and interviewed every major star, from Jonah to Jonny to Johnno.

Last year he joined forces with James and Mike to create ’The Good, the Bad and The Rugby.’ Despite representing ‘The Good’, his association with the other two means a once relatively respected broadcasting career now lies in ruins. Alex is happy to admit that it has, at times, been mildly amusing watching James and Mike destroy his reputation. He runs a burgeoning tech business called The Room, which will be his lifeline once the last embers of his media career have been extinguished.

The Good, The Bad And The Rugby – LIVE promises to recreate the magic of the podcast’s weekly episodes, which feature rugby chat as well as wider sporting and pop-culture talking points. Much of the show’s success has been in its core appeal to rugby fans while also engaging a wider audience.

THE GOOD THE BAD & THE RUGBY – from left Alex Payne, James Haskell, Mike Tindall

Ben Hatton is Director of Theatre Touring for promoters Cuffe and Taylor, he told us……

“The Good, The Bad And The Rugby podcast was a must-listen hit for sports fans in 2020, and with season two currently making a similar impact, we are excited to launch this tour which will take James, Mike and Alex out on the road with their fans across the country.”

Those dates are St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Wednesday, May 4th and at Swansea Arena on Sunday, May 15th. Tickets are sure to fly out the door, you can get yours from HERE.

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