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It’s time for rugby fans 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. The Live tour is the first ever outing for the hit podcast which, since launching in the summer of 2020, has grown to become the UK’s top sporting podcast, with more than 3 million listeners and 20 million-plus viewers online. Joining James and Yorkshire-born Mike will be their podcast co-host, and former Sky Sports’ rugby presenter, Alex Payne.

You can catch The Good, The Bad and The Rugby – Live when the tour kicks off at Sheffield City Hall on Friday, April 29. In the following weeks, the tour travels around the UK and also visits Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester.

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.

Announcing the tour, Mike said: “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.

“We have so much fun creating each episode of The Good, The Bad and The Rugby,” James added, “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!”

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

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

James Haskell 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 to serious motivation and leadership. He is also extremely comfortable hosting and being an auctioneer for any event. James 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 appeared on a number of shows such including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, The Chase, A League Of Their Own and A Question Of Sport.

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

Mike Tindall MBE 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 at both 12 and 13.

Playing for England from 2000 to 2011, Mike featured in 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, Tindall 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. Not being one to shy away from a challenge, in 2015 Mike became a finalist on both The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. Mike 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 married to Zara Phillips and is actively involved in raising money for Cure Parkinsons, Matt Hampson Foundation and Rugby for Heroes.

Alex Payne is an experienced television presenter and broadcaster, 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.

In 2020, he joined forces with James Haskell and Mike Tindall 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.

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “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.”

The Good, The Bad and The Rugby – Live tour dates:

Friday 29 April 29, Sheffield, City Hall

Sunday 1 May, Liverpool, Empire Theatre

Tuesday 3 May, Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Wednesday 4 May, Cardiff, St David’s Hall

Thursday 5 May, Newcastle, O2 City Hall

Friday 6 May, Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

Wednesday 11 May, Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 14 May, Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions

Sunday 15 May, Swansea, Swansea Arena

Wednesday 18 May, Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre

Sunday 22 May, Oxford, New Theatre

Friday 27 May, London, London Palladium

Saturday 28 May, Birmingham, The Alexandra

Tuesday 31 May, Bath, The Forum

Wednesday 1 June, Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

From top James Haskell, Alex Payne, Mike Tindall

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.cuffeandtaylor.com

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