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28th Apr 2020

Baz & Andrew’s House of Rugby – Drew Mitchell & Ultan Dillane

Patrick McCarry

House of Rugby

“I swear, we are going to f*** them boys up!”

Re-living two massive games from 2016 and catching up on the fall-outs in Rugby Australia on the latest House of Rugby show.

By the time he turned 23, Ultan Dillane was a Guinness PRO12 winner with Connacht, had six Test caps for Ireland and had beaten South Africa and New Zealand.

In the space of a summer month, in 2016, Dillane had help Connacht to a memorable league triumph then came off the bench at Newlands, in Cape Town to help Ireland win on South African soil for the first time. The Connacht lock was only too happy to reflect on some of those moments and allow himself to dream of a possible South African return with the British & Irish Lions in 2021.

Also dialling in was a man with some big victories and silverware (Tri Nations, European Cup, Top 14) in the bank – former Toulon and Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell.

Week six of remote recording for Baz & Andrew’s House of Rugby saw Mitchell and Dillane join us to chat with Barry Murphy and Andrew Trimble.

Dillane spoke superbly about what it meant to the people of Connacht to win the league and how the province struggled to kick on after the success of 2015/16. In fairness, losing AJ MacGinty, Rodney Ah You, George Naoupu, Aly Muldowney and Robbie Henshaw that summer was far, far from helpful.

He also spoke about the animal charity, MADRA, he is involved with, which is helping out families and animals during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Mitchell was in top form, too, as he spoke about painting and doing puzzles during quarantine, his decision to un-retire and play rugby in New York, and Raelene Castle’s decision to step down as head of Rugby Australia. Also discussed on that show:

  • How Ultan Dillane is staying fit and how Bundee Aki is a Fortnite demon
  • CJ Stander’s dad and his motivational speech before Ireland beat South Africa
  • Eddie Jones’ x-rated half-time advice to Drew Mitchell during his first game against Ireland
  • Classic movie (Midnight Run), album (Justified – Justin Timberlake) and match (Ireland vs. Springboks, First Test, 2016) reviews.



Former Wallabies and Toulon winger Drew Mitchell gives Barry and Andrew all the latest from Australia. Connacht and Ireland lock Ultan Dillane dials into the House of Rugby virtual studio from Galway and recalls a famous Irish victory in Cape Town.

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