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Max Lahiff, Ryan Wilson and Marc Edwards have joined forces once more to bring you Maul or Nothing. Join the lads each week as they take you on a visceral journey through the rugby world via a rabbit hole or two...It's Maul or Nothing!


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Max Lahiff, Ryan Wilson and Marc Edwards have joined forces once more to bring you Maul or Nothing. Join the lads each week as they take you on a visceral journey through the rugby world via a rabbit hole or two...It's Maul or Nothing!




38: Bonus Ep; Charlotte Caslick - Australian 7s Sensation

‘Fresh’ from a hard Day (& night) in Hong Kong, Ryan catches up with a player widely regarded as one of the very best in the world of Women’s Rugby Sevens; Charlotte Caslick. They talk through all things Sevens; from the fastest players to the best venues, and of course the wild weekends in Hong Kong. We hear about her personal journey - from how she got into the sport via a serious injury to dishing the dirt on her room mates. Plus, with Ryan’s eyes firmly opened to what the Sevens tour has to offer, they discuss just what the game of XVs can learn from it’s smaller sided variant.


37: Saracens Smashed, Stormers Sorrow, Saints Go Marching On + HK7s Pilgrimage

European knock out rugby is back and the big boys deliver as Bordeaux Blitz a Fazless Saracens while La Rochelle somehow survive the Stormers onslaught. Are Northampton contenders according to the boys? It’s worth noting that Ryan joins us from Hong Kong having had an almighty time at the Sevens. Fair to say anxiety levels are high after partying with all the stars. How will he take the fact that Max thinks we’re recording on another day…. We hear all about the amazing Hong Kong Sevens, and the boys round up a fabulous weekend of Champions Cup Action.


36: Sin-Win for Quins + Champions Cup Preview

This week the boys break down another howler in the Prem…. Sin Bins optional between Harlequins and Bath. Regardless what a match! This Is Rugby! The guys revel in a great win for Bristol. The only unbeaten side in the Prem since the end of the 6 Nations. (2 games…) It is tight at the top for the Play Offs with the lads rounding up all the action. Similar story in the URC, although Ryan reckons the top 3 are locked up, but there’s still space at the top table. Our darlings Benetton back in the mix…. But just 5 points separate 5th and 11th…. The Race for Europe is on, speaking of which… the Boys give their Champions Cup round of 16 previews and predictions. The usual hot takes are there and more importantly deep life affirming questions answered…. What to wear as a rugby player if you want to get melted on the field? What would Ryan and Max do now if they came up against each other? The one piece of advice for a Hong Kong Sevens Virgin? Enjoy!


35: TM-uh-O: Big Game Controversy & URC/Prem Roundup

Club rugby is back and so are the big talking points. Ryan and Max get their heads around a bizarre big game call as Quins and Sarries clashed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. What about the Bears mauling the Saints, Max takes us into Bristol’s mindset around that statement win. We round up all the action and hot takes as the business end of the URC/Prem crank into gear. We also discuss the latest transfer rumours, giving away some tantalising big goss from within the rugby inner sanctum and there’s even time to discuss how wily coaches get their players into the international set up. Oh and there’s an update on Louis Rees-Zammit’s NFL dream


34: The Ultimate Six Nations Roundup

The curtain has come down on the greatest six nations of all time (in Max’s words) Ireland worthy winners, although Ryan will no doubt infuriate some of our Irish friends with his take. But what about the others? Max is thrilled with England’s resurgence. They backed it up in Lyon, but there’s definitely some disagreement between the boys as to where France are. One thinks they’re back and the other thinks they need Dupont back! Ryan takes his time with a sobering assessment of Scotland's campaign but everyone agrees what a tournament its been for Italy. And what of Wales? Is it all doom and gloom or are there chinks of light in the distance. The boys round up a thrilling final round of rugby and an unforgettable competition as a whole. Rugby is back!!!! There’s also the Maul or Nothing Team of the Tournament to sink your teeth into or more likely sharpen your comments online.


33: Irish Dominated at 'HQ' & Italy Crush Scotland's 'Fan Slam' with Monty Ioane

Wow…. That was unexpected. Italy put paid to the Fans Grand Slam much to the chagrin of Ryan. And Despite his best efforts at the art of filibustering, the outlandish predictions of Mystic Wils finally catch up with him...Scotland to win by 14 points...AT LEAST! Back by very popular demand Simon Zebo is given his right to reply to his own predictions...but is the humble pie on his menu? We catch up with Italy winger Monty Ioane to hear all about the emotion at the Stadio Olimpico. How did the players prepare, what was the atmosphere like on the pitch and most importantly what did they get up to after. We’re then back at Twickenham with Ryan in the corporate boxes enjoying England's best performance since the 2019 World Cup Semi Final. How Ryan and Simon Zebo laughed at the suggestion England could beat Ireland… but Max said “there’s always a chance”…. Heartbreak for our Irish cousins as the potential Grand Slam is torn from their hands at the death with Marcus Smith dropping the dagger between the posts and through the Irish hearts. Question is… how did Max enjoy the action on a weekend in Prague?


32: Simon Zebo’s Guide to Beating Ireland + 6 Nations Preview

We’re delighted to be joined by Ireland, Lions and Munster star Simon Zebo. He gives the boys the keys to the kingdom with his take on how England can beat Ireland. Only 3 things need to happen…. He gives us an insight into what makes Jack Crowley tick and what makes Joe McCarthy such an irresistible force. The real question is “are Ireland better now than they were during last year’s grand slam” and Zeebs is pretty sure of his answer. He explains to the Philistines just why Andy Farrell is so good at what he does and just for good measure gives his prediction on the “Fans Slam” for Scotland…. The boys preview of the penultimate round of the Six Nations filled with predictions, hot takes and hopefully the perfect soundbite from an extremely confident Ryan.


31: Michele Lamaro on Italian Heartbreak + Duhan The Destroyer of England's Title Hopes

“Humble in Victory, Gracious in Defeat” does not apply to Ryan Wilson ever. Disgraceful post-France, his humility following Scotlands resounding win over England is something to behold. Max remains admirably calm in the face of Ryan’s gloating and can’t help but wax lyrical over Big Duane VDM… We also catch up with Italy Captain, Michele Lamaro, and those heartbreaking last seconds when the win against France was in their hands. He tells us what went through their heads and the atmosphere within the squad. It’s also a bright future for Italy and they know they’re going in the right direction and things are falling into place.


30: Tepid Takes and Geordie Sheikhs

The boys are back to talk Darts, Dublin and Domestic duties, as Max finally completes his incredibly protracted house move....somehow thanks largely to his cutting loose with a hand saw...which gives Ryan an idea! Also in this episode, recorded at the start of the week but unfortunately delayed due to technical reasons, the boys dish out some now not so hot takes on recalls for Manu Tuilagi, Harry Randall & Hamish Watson😬, while also giving some much more relevant opinions on actual recalls for friends of the show Ollie Lawrence and Blair well as the mysterious continued omission of Zach Mercer. The boys also give us some deep thoughts on a hopeless task for Wales and a maybe not quite so hopeless task for Italy... And they also find the time to check in on the Saudi deal…. Is the Kingdom about to descend upon the Premiership? Can we expect Toulouse to Tyneside for Antoine DuPont as Newcastle look to be the big beneficiaries of barrels of banknotes??? Get on the banter bus!


29: Six Nations - The Great Murrayfield Robbery

Sacré Bleu Ryan is angry. He is still seething at Saturday’s result. Having spent the week in Dubai, had his return flight cancelled and arrived for all his work at Murrayfield at the last minute he can’t quite fathom what’s happened. Unfortunately for Max, Ryan is going through the 6 stages of grief…. He’s done denial but can’t get past anger. Which is funny. Max meanwhile is the eternal optimist seeing the good in England’s narrow win over Wales (something which irritates Ryan immensely) Luckily both the boys agree that Ireland are unstoppable and could become the first team to win back to back six nations championships in the history of the 6 team competition. Also if you want to see the boys, they’ll be recording a live podcast at the Prince of Wales pub in Covent Garden on Tuesday! Ticket proceeds go to charity so come say hi!


28: Sione Tuipulotu - the Cardiff Cauldron - Inside Scotland vs Wales

The Maul or Nothing Boys get the inside scoop on that most astonishing of matches between Wales and Scotland. Sione takes us through those suffocating moments as the game looked to be slipping away…. What was being said, who stood up, what goes through your mind when the noise is deafening and what was Gregor Townsends reaction to the unfolding events. We also hear about the post match reaction in the changing room and their approach as they turn their attention to the France game. We also hear about Sione first bumping into Max in the gym when he was a teenager in Melbourne and the absolute beasts they had in their young squad. There’s also been some family fun trying to persuade his brothers to come and enjoy the delights that Scotland has to offer. As always a front row seat to all the chat and gossip from the Six Nations… Enjoy!


27: Astounding Weekend Of Six Nations Rugby

The boys break down a ridiculous round of rugby as the Six Nations kicked off with a bang. A record breaking Ireland pulverising France in Marseille Was that the finest ever Irish performance in the six nations or were DuPont-less France a little bit Bleu…. Ryan enjoyed all the hospitality at Wales vs Scotland and even managed to enjoy 1 half of rugby as Wales almost pulled off the unspeakable comeback to end all comebacks. Seen schmoozing with all the big Wales stars, how did Ryan survive and make it on the pod? Max meanwhile waxes lyrical on an England back row and a performance to finally be proud of. (Sidestepping the fact it was England’s narrowest ever victory over Italy) He’s played Ethan Roots in his Fantasy Team and thinks he’s a different specimen of rugby player. It’s a full round up of the highs and highers of the Six Nations and also find out how to win tickets to Scotland vs France!!!


26: PART 2 - Ben Earl Reveals All

In this second part of their chat, Ben tells the boys all about life at Sarries; including life under the tough love leadership of Captain Faz, the infamous get right sessions and having to pretend to be our very own Ryan Wilson…and just how unpopular that made him! We also hear about Ben’s hopes for the Six Nations, his captaincy aspirations and just what did go down between Farrell and Arundell in that World Cup training session…


25: Six Nations Rugby Preview

It’s finally here… The Maul or Nothing Six Nations Mega Preview Fest 2024. The boys break down each team, who to look out for, what the big talking points are and most importantly they answer the conundrums currently flying around one of the most intriguing Six Nations for years. With the raft of retirements, unavailabilities, 5 new captains and question marks over most of the fly halves (bar Finn “Messi” Russell) the boys do the hard work by answering all those queries for you. They gaze into their crystal balls to predict the final outcomes while trying not to alienate themselves from every single fan base. We also have time to hear from Max after that epic 101 point encounter against Bath and the ecstasy of the victory and the smash in the Bristol Bermuda Triangle


24: England’s Future Captain Ben Earl Reveals All

It’s finally here, after months of ghosting and self reflection from Max, it turns out his friendship with Ben Earl is real and the ultimate gaslighting was merely an illusion. It’s a bumper episode with Ben Earl as he talks us through his time playing at Bristol with Max, the ups and downs and a particular man of the match performance which was all the sweeter for how it came to be in the first place. Ben takes us through his World Cup experience and putting all the pressure on himself before the Fiji game. He talks us through 24th man beer fears and what was the most powerful driver for some of Sarries best performances. There’s a lot of honesty around his England aspirations and how he felt under Eddie Jones. There’s even more honesty around how ridiculous he thought Max looked in his new scrum cap. He also gives us his take on media furore around his celebrations, Sarries and Faz It’s England’s Future Captain (in our minds) Under the Microscope


23: Captain Fintastic and the Super Saints - The Champions Cup Roundup

It’s a tough one this week…. Max reflects on Bristol's European exit, which has the boys googling therapy dogs…. Luckily Ryan spent the weekend working at Gloucester, he tries to persuade Zach Mercer to apply for Scottish citizenship but breaks his dry January on the town with Adam Hastings, Leone Nakarawa and Niko Matawalu. The Saints show their champions credentials… which Smith do you prefer though for the Six Nations, Finn or Marcus. Speaking of Finns, Ryan’s pal is the new Co captain of Scotland. What will he be like…. And what will it be like for Jamie Ritchie now? There’s a Champions Cup roundup and what to look forward to in the last 16, as well as some complete guess work predictions 👍 The boys also breakdown the red cards and Joe Schmidt’s big move to head up the Wallabies!


22: Blair Kinghorn & an intimate insight into life in France

We catch up with Toulouse’s latest star signing, the back three sensation that is Blair Kinghorn. We find out that he thought he was off to Toulon and all about his first taste of French team showers and how he measured up. He also talks us through the manic pre match warm up with Antoine Dupont. It’s intense but it might not be quite what you think…. We get an insight into the real Blair Kinghorn as he enters Max’s Minds of Moria quizzing. It gets weird but then again Max and Blair are weird so it works. Most importantly he spills the beans on a British and Irish Lion who the elite rugby playing world has renamed for a hilarious reason. Oh and he misses Adam Hastings so spends hours with his Zoom lover.


21: LRZ to the NFL...say whaaaat!

In this BONUS EP the boys give their instant reaction to the huge news that LRZ is headed to the NFL....or at least to the NFL's International Player Pathway in the hope of making it big in the NFL and securing the success and mega wealth that comes with it!


20: The Angry Edition…Cards & Cr*p Calls on Blue Monday

It’s a Champions Cup Special as the boys breakdown all the main talking points from the weekend's action. Thing is…. They’re pissed off! Despite his New Year’s resolution to be happier there’s a proper stress test of Max’s willpower when he’s handed a (ludicrous in our unbiased eyes) yellow card against the mighty Bulls. Even worse is he’s been reprimanded for wearing his Gryffindor scrum cap… but who grassed him up to World Rugby??? Meanwhile Ryan has been jousting and jabbing anyone and everyone on social media after his Glasgow Warriors side were robbed of a win at Exeter. Was it the right call in that dramatic finale? You’ll be surprised to find that Ryan may not have thought so. But are Spats with Flats worthwhile…. The boys though are loving the B’s… Bordeaux, Blair (Kinghorn) and Bath.


19: New Year Thrills, Drills & Poo Pills

With the New Year come the inevitable resolutions which Ryan has bafflingly decided to stick to. Some good drills, poo pills (it’s almost exactly what it sounds like) and a very big one… but can he last until Feb? In fact can he last the week with the boys together again. Max promises to be happier, with some philosophical musings around the need for it. On the rugby front Max’s chassis gets some serious air time after Bristol’s long awaited win away at Sale and the boys break down the Premiership match of the season so far. A 78 point thriller between Exeter and Northampton. Let’s make the Prem more like Super Rugby one of the many topics of discussion. There’s also some early chat around the fast approaching Six Nations and what England fans actually want. Results or entertainment…. Also, what the hell was Max wearing against Sale….