Baz & Andrew's House of Rugby - Latest from locked-down Italy 3 months ago

Baz & Andrew's House of Rugby - Latest from locked-down Italy

No Baz this week, but the show goes on.

This time last week, Barry Murphy and Andrew Trimble conceded it could be their last House of Rugby for a while. This morning, Trimble joined forces with Producer Pat and a dedicated crew to ensure there was another high-quality show to enjoy.

With Murphy on his way back to Ireland from Dubai, Trimble was in the host chair and he steered the show through whatever rugby gems we could get stuck into as well as dealing with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the associated after-shocks.

The gang are joined on the show, from Parma and Treviso in Italy, by Benetton and Italy outhalf Ian McKinley and Zebre head coach Michael Bradley. With Italy on lock-down, given the alarming rates of confirmed Covid-19 (Coronavirus) cases in the country, we spoke with both men about life in the heart of the pandemic.

Bradley speaks about watching on from Italy as the rest of the world reacts, in their own way, to the outbreak while McKinley gives an insight into how a professional rugby player stays fit, focused and upbeat while on lock-down. Also covered on the show:

  • Ulster signing Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan
  • Gallaghers Premiership and European rugby postponed until further notice
  • Bans in for Marler, Tuilagi, Lousi and more, but do they still apply when rugby returns?
  • What Irish treasures would go in our Bunker of Rugby



Andrew Trimble and Pat McCarry are in the House of Rugby studio to discuss the massive fall-out, sporting and otherwise, caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The lads call Irish rugby stars Ian McKinley (Treviso & Italy) and Michael Bradley (Zebre head coach) to discuss the Italian lock-down.