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PODCAST – Premiership semi-final previews

16 May 2014

  • Aviva Premiership reaches last-four stage
  • Hear from Stuart Lancaster following Thursday's squad annoucement
Ben Youngs

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The first focus of this week’s RFU Podcast is Stuart Lancaster’s initial squad announcement for England’s June tour of New Zealand and the one-off international against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

He named a 20-man party on Saturday and we were at Twickenham to hear him explain those selections.

With the Aviva Premiership reaching the semi-final stage, there is also news from each of the four camps preparing for this weekend’s mammoth clashes.

Leicester Tigers travel to Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening, and we have interviews with Ben Foden, Jim Mallinder, Ben Youngs and Richard Cockerill ahead of what is sure to be a typically fiery East Midlands encounter.

On Saturday, David Strettle’s Saracens host Harlequins. He gives us his thoughts on facing his old club, while lock George Robson previews the occasion too.

Finally, with London Wasps gearing up for a doubler-header against Stade Francais for a place in next season’s Rugby Champions Cup, James Haskell looks forward to a meeting with his former employers.

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