Introducing ‘Behind The Ruck’ – The Ultimate Rugby Podcast Experience with Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh

Introducing ‘Behind The Ruck’ – The Ultimate Rugby Podcast Experience with Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh
'Behind The Ruck' - The Ultimate Rugby Podcast Experience with Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh

Get ready to dive deep into the world of rugby like never before as two rugby legends, Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh, step up to the mic and bring you the most exhilarating rugby podcast of all time: “Behind The Ruck.” 

With their wealth of experience, infectious personalities, and insider insights, Rudy and Juan are here to change the game and take you on a rollercoaster ride through the world of rugby.


Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh: Two rugby powerhouses, who’ve not only conquered the rugby field themselves, are now set to conquer the airwaves. While Rudy may have hung up his boots, his love for the game has only grown stronger, as he now shares his passion as a dedicated coach. Juan, on the other hand, continues to dazzle on the field as a key player for Western Province, and together, they make the perfect team to host “Behind The Ruck.”

Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh
Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh

“Behind The Ruck” – The Ultimate Rugby Podcast:

Get ready for a whirlwind adventure through the world of rugby, where Rudy and Juan spill the beans on past experiences, dissect current games, and provide unique perspectives on trending rugby news and headlines. But that’s not all – they’ll also take you behind the scenes of their off-field interests and engage in captivating conversations with special guests that will leave you in stitches and awe.

As Rudy and Juan put it, “Behind The Ruck” was born from a desire to showcase a different narrative in South African rugby. The dynamic duo saw an untapped niche in the market, where the voices of players were underrepresented. They wanted a platform where they could share their own stories, inspire the youth, and connect with fellow rugby enthusiasts on a personal level. They believe that by sharing their challenges, experiences, and unique sense of humour, they can motivate and uplift the next generation of rugby players. As Juan puts it, “We wanted to write our own story, not the way we’re expected to tell it.”

Why “Behind The Ruck”?:

The podcast’s name, “Behind The Ruck,” reflects Rudy’s position on the field, but it’s also a nod to their vision – providing rugby players a safe space to be unfiltered and offering viewers an insider’s look at the sacrifices, joys, and trials of being a rugby player. It’s about laughter, resilience, and seeing Rudy and Juan as the down-to-earth individuals they truly are.


“Podcasting allows for engaging connections with your listeners. Fostering a sense of community and connection among your audience, especially with sports being a cultural connection between people. Because we share our personal thoughts and views we find our audience enjoy it. It’s not scripted and we have the freedom to give our real thoughts. We have the freedom to ask the questions that other Rugby shows don’t. The fact that we can share experiences we’ve been through ourselves, makes it special.”


Meet the Hosts:

– Juan De Jongh: When he’s not making tackles on the rugby field, Juan spends quality time with his family. On his off days, he’s known for his surprisingly good dance moves and his love for golf.

– Rudy Paige: A retired rugby player with a playful spirit, Rudy was a fierce competitor on the field. Now, he’s a passionate coach who keeps the rugby flame burning bright.

Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh
Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh

“Behind The Ruck” has already welcomed some incredible guests, including Marvin Orie, Raymond Rhule, Malakai Fekitoa, Warrick Gelant, Gio Aplon, Morne Steyn, JJ Fredericks, and Salmaan Moerat. Each episode is a journey into the heart and soul of rugby, filled with laughter, inspiration, and unforgettable stories.

Why a podcast you ask? “We are doing this for people to get to know the man behind the rugby player. There is so much more to the Players than rugby. We love that we get to ask what they do outside of rugby, their thoughts, as well as their challenges. We want you to walk the journey with us. The best example of this was our interview with Warrick (Gelant), we enjoyed it because we got the listeners to know another side of Warrick…something they’ve not seen before,” they end off.

“Behind The Ruck” is not just a podcast; it’s a celebration of rugby, camaraderie, and the indomitable spirit of its hosts, Rudy Paige and Juan De Jongh.

Tune in, laugh along, and be inspired as they share their remarkable journey and uncover the untold stories of rugby.

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